The glorious liberty of the children of God (Ro 8:21)

The hope of the creation subjected to vanity.

If you look around you, you see the wonderful creation of God. Watch a flower, a butterfly, a little dog, the majesty of a lion. But don't meet this lion when he is hungry, then this marvellous lion becomes a tremendous lion. And when you are watching him catching a buffalo and beginning to eat him, with its offspring, while the buffalo is still living, then you hear the cry of the suffering creation. How much suffering on this earth, how much injustice. Do you hear the cry of the creation?
Paul tells us that the creation has been subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected it and that the creation is expecting earnestly, anxiously, what? The creation is expecting the manifestation of the sons of God. Why? Because the creation has been subjected to vanity in the hope to be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. It was said that a cow will immediately recognise when a farmer becomes a Christian.

It is important in life to have an hope and not an unreal hope but a certain hope and to have before you a glorious future, which gives you strength to resist, to go forward.

Why descended Jesus from heaven and became man?

"When he came into this world he said: .. you have prepared me a body .. Behold I come .. to do your will, o God". He said again: "I have come down from heaven, not to do my will, but the will of him that sent me" (He 10:7; Jn 6:38).

What was the will of the father?

The will of the father was
1. that Jesus would give eternal life to all who He would give to him and that he would lose anybody and raise them up in the last day (Jn 6:37-40, 44-45);

2. that all who He would give to Jesus would become one body and one spirit with him.
"Know you not that your bodies are members of Christ?";
"He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit";
"..you are not of yourselves; for you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's (1 Corinthians 6:15, 17, 20).
"He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again" (2 Co 5:15).

What problem have the disciples of Christ in fulfilling the will of God for them?

While Jesus has done perfectly the will of his father for us arises a great problem.

Our flesh lusts against the spirit and is inclined to sin (Ga 5:17).
Our mind is formed by the world and aims the things of this age.
Our soul desires to be exalted.
Our spirit is prisoner of the body and the soul.

While

The flesh, with its passions and its lusts, should be completely submitted to the spirit, crucified with Christ (Ga 5:24; 6:14).
The mind should be renewed that we may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Ro 12:2) and should aim the things above and not the things on the earth, for we are dead (Col 3:2-3).
The soul should leave the place to the spirit (Mt 16:25-26; Jn 12:24-25).

What does God do to resolve this problem?

From the very moment I accept Christ and his work of salvation on the cross for me, God begins His work of sanctification in me in order that I may be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23).
He uses two tools to obtain my sanctification: The discipline and His Word.

The discipline

He deals with us as sons. The Lord disciplines and scourges every son whom he receives so that we might be partakers of his holiness (He 12:6, 10).
In order that I may realise the abundant life, Jesus came to give me (Jn 10:10),
He has to break my independent will, my selfishness, my pride. He has to cancel my love for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life.

This sanctification needs much or less time according to my resistance. How much resistance is He finding in those who confess to love Him.
Every day God, the Holy Spirit, is working in me through the many situations I have to face. Every situation has the approval of my father.
Do I see in the happenings the hand of my loving father who desires to prepare me in order that He will be able to use me? Or do I feel unhappy, unlucky, unfortunate and begin to complain as soon as his hand touches me?
It is a pity that very often we consider our problems provoked by men, society or surroundings and don't recognise the Lord who gave his permission.
We don't have to do with blood and flesh or an hostile nature.

In the life of a Christian nothing happens by chance (accident, case).
It is God who has our life in His hands.

We should ask: Lord, open my eyes in order that I am able to understand your work in my life, so that I learn not to resist.
When I accept, through His grace, what He is disposing for my life through the circumstances, my spirit becomes free to act for the glory of God.
The more I try to spare myself, the more I seek my own convenience I am useless.
The more I accept the discipline of my heavenly father I am useful for Him.
Jesus said: "whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Mt 16: 25).
"Truly, truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat falling into the ground dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn 12:24).

What is the only reason of all my discontent and all my irritations and anger?

The love of myself. The attempt to avoid the work of the cross in my life, to recognise me dead.
Are you able to irritate a dead person?

If I realy live in communion with Christ then I speak like He did (I John 2:6). I will say: "Shall I not drink the cup which the father has given to me?" (Jn 18:11).
And like Jesus I will not drink the cup of vinegar mixed with gall offered him before his crucifixion (Mt 27:34).

Are you ready to pray with me:

Lord act as ever you think best for me. I put myself without any condition and reserve or limitation in your hands. I desire that you accomplish fully your design in my life.

I am able to consecrate myself only in the measure of my limited understanding and spiritual light. When I consecrate myself to the Lord, according to the light I have, then the Holy Spirit will discipline me according to His unlimited light and according to my need. Indeed I never understand what will be the consequences of my consecration. After every consecration the Lord desires to bring me to the next consecration. He will guide my circumstances according to my need and according to His understanding. He will use the external situations to break the resistance of my own will and fleshly desires.
Please never complain yourself for the situation you come to find yourself, although you might be squeezed like a lemon, but bless the Lord who loves you and cares for you in His wisdom. He likes to make you partaker of his holiness and glory and will rest until every part of your life will be sanctified, changed into His likeness.

His Word

In this moment the Holy Spirit likes to use His second instrument to change your life from inside: His inspired Word.

His Word is able to divide the soul from the spirit so that the soul doesn't hinder any more the spirit to operate, so that the Lord will be able to touch the life of others through your spirit. If you allow Him to work in you, you can avoid many problems, because who has ears to hear and is willing to submit himself needs not to be disciplined. Every father hates to discipline his children and would enjoy it so much when his children would listen to his voice.
Do you understand now how important it is for you to read daily the Bible, trying to get in contact through your reading with Him, who inspired the holy writers?

Dear brother, dear sister, did the Holy Spirit speak to you?

Submit yourself to His teaching.
Confess and beg His pardon for your rebellion, your self-will, your selfishness, your being unsatisfied, and whatever you have understood.
Put yourself fully in His loving hands.
Tell Him that you desire that He may transform your life according to His plain.
Submit yourself to His rule and guidance.
Don't accuse any more anybody, but lovingly react as Christian in His power and grace.
Will you?
Stand up and give Him the glory.

Klaus Döring - Via Azuni 7 - 07041 Alghero (SS) - Tel. 079-985 314 - klaus@chiesacristiana.org

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