Make your own life

Ever heard the quip, Make your own entertainment! ? Like, when people live in an isolated place, without any connections to the outside world, it’s sometimes said that they have to ‘make their own fun’.

Its good advice for disciples of Jesus living in this condemned world – make your own life in Jesus; don’t look to the world or even to religion to give you a life.

In some respects Jesus’ holy remnant are like castaways on a deserted island, bcos we are in this world but not of it; we are like a tiny island in a vast sea of iniquity; therefore, we have to create our ‘own world’, parallel and separate to the world, yet in the midst of the world as a lighthouse.

* There’s no real churches or fellowship where I live!” – Make your own church; make your own fellowship; begin by faith today. Don’t go looking for one, make one. Of such is the Kingdom of God. But the ‘kingdom of christendom’ says, ‘You can’t do that, that’s being independent’.

* I’m all alone, single, barren, lonely, without a family!”. – Make a family; begin by faith today. Don’t go looking for a partner and a family. Walk in faith, boldly, and the LORD may draw a partner to you with like faith, so you can truly be one. But whether or not you get a natural family, believe for a spiritual family – a 100 mothers, brothers, sisters.

We are to shake off the ‘helpless’ mentality, as disciples of Jesus. We are not to look to Egypt (the world, or worldly church) for help. Christ is our help and the Holy Spirit our Helper.

No matter how tough our circumstances are, we are above the circumstances, seated with Christ in the heavens. He is our Life, and He lives! Lift up the hands that hang down!

5 Responses to “Make your own life”

  1. cheryl Says:

    This is so very timely for me. I have a shoulder injury and would appreciate your prayers. Thanks, brother.

  2. ianvincent Says:

    It was timely for me as well, the LORD has been mightily encouraging me.

    You’ve got our prayers for this Cheryl.

  3. ianvincent Says:

    I was thinking yesterday that in my experience, in every group i’ve encountered where there’s been some claim to authority made by some – either overtly or implied, it’s never been ‘right’ – never been something sustainable and pleasing to the Lord ; that’s in my encounters.

    So, in my experience at least, I see a disparity between what Scripture describes as eldership – oversight, and the way it’s worked out in real life IN THESE LAST DAYS, and thus, the way believers function together – bcos they way we function together reveals our understanding of these things, for better or worse.

    And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all arrive to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we may no longer be infants, being tossed as by waves, and being carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in regard to deceitful scheming, but speaking the truth in love, we may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ; from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the working of the measure of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the edification of itself in love.
    (Eph 4:11-16)

    A “mature man”, and all that represents in men and women ; all that that signifies before Christ Jesus and in Him – that should be the bottom-line of our congregating/meeting, of our networking.

    How does the ‘least’ become a ‘mature man’ in Christ? The illiterate from the slum – how does he become on a par spiritually with any other Christian ‘rocket scientist’ in the world?

    That’s what i’m interested in. The ‘system’ just keeps them suppressed.

  4. ianvincent Says:

    Re: “until we ** ALL ** arrive to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; ”

    All that we call ‘spiritual authority’ ; all of what we call ‘church’ or ‘ministry gifts’ is defined by this truth.

    If this is not what is happening, then it’s not of God, or, falls far short of His will.

    Too many Christians think of spiritual authority in terms of someone who ‘tells others what to do’, who MCs meetings, the classic ‘pastor’ role.. rather than someone who’s life (aka ministry) generates – is a genesis of, reproduces, maturity in the Body of Christ.

    In this sense, spiritual authority is ONLY known by it’s fruit.

  5. ianvincent Says:

    Love is the greatest expression of spiritual authority, eh. It’s a very quiet authority, not boisterous, demanding, self-serving or pridefully controlling.

    The church is the way it is bcos the saints corporately don’t live in the authority of Jesus’ name, they have come under different authorities than the rule of Christ.

    This is most commonly expressed in “looking for a good church” type of thinking, looking for an authority to come under, instead of organically expressing Jesus’ authority today in our homes and friendships/fellowship.

    This is what I understand of “all authority belongs to Him” – when we see His authority in all, from the smallest to the seemingly ‘greatest’.

    Its also expressed in the thought “no saint is disadvantaged” , but, the spirit that works in christendom always makes saints feel inadequate, incomplete, missing the plot etc….. so that they will submit in a wrong way to human authorities which usurp the rule of Christ.

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