For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died; And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake. Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (2 Corinthians 5:14-16 AMP)
Christ death paid the penalty of our sins and His resurrection gives us new life, new goals, new hope and new purpose higher and greater than the standard of this world, to pursue”
“It is very unwise to base your self worth on the standards of this world to climb a ladder leaning on a wrong wall and run a rat race that can’t be won by simply running faster”
WORSHIP , PRAYER, PROPHETIC
Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. (Ephesians 6:4 MSG)
I will consider myself a failure if my obsession and passion in life is to see my kids get straight A’s in their academic lives and had no interest in their spiritual development
The blessing of the Lord–it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it]. (Proverbs 10:22 AMP)
I still remember it like yesterday; I was just jumping around as a young kid with my friends in front of a neighbors house. A certain man I will call Mr. Lesley, who was very rich and well respected in the area, parked his car and stepped out with his entourage with some Tony Montana (Scarface) swag.
Immediately, I caught his attention and then he paused for a while looked directly into my eye through to my soul. He inquired from a man I will call Mr. Ray; “whose son is this young man.” Mr. Ray replied; “his parents just live across the street.”
Mr. Lesley being fed with this little information about my parents (he knew they were poor) stirred at me again with this disappointment in his eye and then said what would program my mind into hopelessness, anger and resentment against my parents in my early teens. He said; “if this young man’s parents were rich, his future would have been awesome”
The weight of Mr. Lesley’s words left my pre-teen mind going in circles everyday. I knew him to be rich and well respected by everybody and who am I not to believe in his words. His words cut through my soul and chained my heart into a pitch black darkness of fear.
I was so much loved by family, friends and everybody who saw me but I was suffering from low self esteem, emptiness and a void that widening itself everyday as I am reminded by Mr. Lesley’s statement. He has programmed an innocent young man into disbelief about the future and very bitter with my parents (I thought if they would have worked hard, they would have been rich for me to become great), but he probably had no idea of the deep wounds I was nursing each passing seconds of the day.
It is only the truth that sets us free. It is rather unfortunate that many are not hearing the truth which sets you totally free independent of your ability. It is called the free gift of grace. Bingo! the scales fell off of my eyes, the chains were broken from my hands and a new song of hope was embedded into my spirit by the Lord in my late teens. I knew then that, I heard a lie; total lie from the pit of hell. The devil saw my future and used the carnal mind and heart of men to try to rearrange the purpose of God for my life.
Friend, be careful about what you hear today! Men’s assessment, opinion, and estimation of you is not the final cut to your life purpose. Your destiny is not determined by your family status, color of your skin or your present situation. It is the blessing of the Lord…
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-8 ESV)
When ministers of the gospel portray God as a more distant Father from the rest and only personal to some “distinguished few” like themselves, so to keep men always grappling at their feet and look to them for hope instead of looking unto Jesus with affection as dearly beloved sons and daughters. That form of Christianity is total bondage and enslavement in it’s highest order