The Oil Of Joy - Foundation of Salvation
29 But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;
Our salvation is a born of the Spirit experience where our human spirit is changed in a twinkling of an eye. It happens so fast that our soul is not able to process it immediately but it takes the renewal of our mind to fully understand what the Lord has done in our lives. The salvation of our spirit is purely from God and we have nothing else to do about it. The salvation of our soul is a continuous process for which we have to take responsibility using the help which God provides through the Holy Spirit to get it done. Our body will not be saved but needs to be controlled throughout our lifetime whilst we await the coming of Christ to give us a glorified physical body.
Despite the fact that the younger brother went away and lived a bad life, he still had the same foundation as his brother. They shared a common Father. The difference between them was that the younger brother no longer had any inheritance. But on the other hand the older brother had everything but was not happy. He lacked one thing which the Father had in great abundance which is love and joy. We might think we are the most righteous believers but if we do not have the right attitude towards other believers who are struggling with issues then we can lose our joy. No matter the good works we do, we must not forget the foundation on which we are doing them. Being a believer is firstly about relationship with God and secondly working for God. If we focus on works and neglect relationship then we will lose our joy and fall from grace to works of law. The older brother fell into that category. He had no joy even though he said he never disobeyed the father. Let's take the time to understand the foundation of salvation then everything in our Christian life will be easier.
SALVATION IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WITH OUR NEW SPIRIT
Prayer: Father, Yet Your solid foundation stands unmoved, bearing this inscription, ‘The Lord knows those who really belong to Him.’ And this also, ‘Let everyone who names the Name of the Lord renounce all wickedness.’ I belong to You in Jesus Name. Amen.
( 2 Timothy 2:19 paraphrased)
HAPPY NEW YEAR: JOY IN THE YEAR 2018
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