The word authentic means
"to conform to the original so as to reproduce essential
The bible says that
us in His image and His likeness.
We by nature (the new nature) are
created to look like the word, to look like
Now, we in the body of
We must look like
I've always thought it interesting that
at 12 years old
Before I go any further with this let me
say this to you. God IS NOT promoting talent, giftedness, preaching
and teaching and worship leading abilities in this hour. Yes.
The gift and the call are without repentance. That never changes. But, in this hour God is promoting something
else. He's promoting and bringing to the forefront men and women of integrity
and Godly character. We can preach and
teach to the masses, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, do signs and wonders
and miracles. But as long as the leaders in the church are running off with the
money, the secretary or in some cases the head deacon, the world will still be
able to say, "And why must I be saved?
I can act like that with out knowing this
In the first 1/3 of His life,
A place called separated. A place of separation. Now, God is according to Eph. 5:27, sending
His Son for a bride with out spot or wrinkle.
A glorious, blemish free,
Let me deal with the word HOLY for one moment. The Lord is pretty committed to Eph.
5:27. He'll not deviate from it in the
slightest. The word holy
in the Greek language is hag-ee-os. The fundamental
idea is SEPARATION!!!!!!!! It means devotion and consecration to the service of deity, sharing in
Gods purity and abstaining from the earth's defilement. In this hour God is stirring up in His church
a purity and devotion that smells and tastes like Eph.
You can have all the talent in the
world. Preach to the masses, raise the
dead, cast out critters, but do you have the character that
Husbands, do you love your wife the way
Are you raising your children in the same grace God raised you with?
Are you honest with your money and your word?
Gentlemen, are you keeping your mind straight when you see a 6 ft. blond with a
short skirt walk by?
We have proven over the years that we
can do the stuff. You know, the
stuff: Speak with new tongues, heal the
sick, cast out critters, etc. But can we
walk the walk and live a life of integrity in mind and heart that
Know this also:
So how do we know that the Father was
teaching His Son integrity and character? Here's where it could get lengthy.
But I'll be brief. In vs. 52 the Bible
If God was favoring His Son, it's
because His Son was walking in the fear and reverential awe of God. Remember, that's what fear means: Awe, and
reverence towards God. Those qualities
build in us a character that is pleasing to the Father.
The fear of the Lord holds me to His
commandments, causes me to live an uncompromising life, causes
me to love my neighbor as myself. It
builds in me
“SUBJECT” is the word hupo-tasso;
it means to be put in an orderly fashion under something.
That's the short version, but I hope you
catch the spirit of what I'm saying today.
One last thought: As we said earlier,
the gift and the call are without repentance. Once God calls and gifts you, He
won't change His mind; it's there for life.
Even He can't, and won't take it away.
However, integrity, and Godlike character are a choice. You can be wrapped up in sin, or in an
adulterous affair, cheating the IRS, overcome with anger, lust, unforgiveness, and the gift could work. The Father is looking for those who are
holding to and longing for the character of
Those who like
God Bless you,