30 Days Of Practicing Believing
“If the love of God which is generously bestowed upon the church through Christ Jesus is hidden from us then we are forever sentenced to a miserable life of neglect, dejection, fear, guilt, and defeat upon defeat, because His love casts away all the restraints of the human heart that impedes our ability to find satisfaction in Him through faith”
FACTS AND PROMISES:
Ephesians 5:29-30 AMPC “For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, Because we are members (parts) of His body.”
MY ALIGNMENT TODAY:
No human being in his right state of mind will abuse their bodies. We all love to pamper ourselves wether poor or rich. It is encrypted in our nature to accept ourselves in light of how God has accepted us. We are not to be obsessive with ourselves. That is evil in itself and one of the greatest distractions of this generation. There are quite number of people in our world today who will trample on others under their feet just to please themselves. They have no sense of human dignity. Love for ourselves encourages us to love others freely. This is what scripture teaches; “Love your neighbor as yourself”
There is a mystery we want to unlock today. We will observe the attitude of men (humanity) towards our body and that of Christ.
First of all, let’s consider the attitude of men towards their body. He says of men; “No man ever hated his own flesh.” What do men do to their flesh? The answer is not hidden. He says; “but (all humans) NOURISHES and carefully PROTECTS and CHERISHES it” (their flesh or body). Hating ourselves is not a common trait in man unless our hearts and soul are abused into hatred. We love us!
The words nourishes, protects and cherishes are in the present continuous tense. Meaning the action is not in the past but ongoing. So we can say that men are always nourishing, protecting and cherishing their bodies almost all the time. Do we say I protected myself yesterday but today I’ll open myself for the harms of life to get hold of me? Even the most weakest among us find ways to protect themselves all the times because they love themselves
Secondly, on the side of Christ, scripture says that Christ likewise NOURISHES and carefully PROTECTS and CHERISHES the church because we are members of His body. Let’s get into the full scripture to pick the juicy part of the fruit for our satisfaction and alignment
“For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, Because we are members (parts) of His body.” Ephesians 5:29-30 AMPC
What is Christ doing for His body? Let’s look first at what Christ is not doing — “Christ is not hating His own body just like us.” Keep in mind the emphasis is on the word; “DOING not DONE.” What is Christ doing? Christ in his present office is nourishing, protecting and cherishing His body, the church, members of His body. Who is the church? You and I are the church. The ones who by regeneration are incorporated into His life as a corporate organism. You mean I am a member of Jesus body like the way my hands and legs are members of my body? Yes, sir! Without this daily alignment of your union with Christ and His present service to the members of His body we forfeit multifaceted possibilities in Christ. We are able to bear much fruit which pleases God by yielding ourselves into Him; the vine. Johns echoes the words of Jesus in his gospels;
““I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”
John 15:5-8 MSG
Take a moment to thank the Lord for accepting you as part of His body. If you’ve been depending on your self efforts to access love, protection and nourishment ask Him to forgive you from turning your eyes from Him. Now, begin to Thank Jesus that today you are a partaker of the nourishment, and protection from above. This is an ever flowing benefit of the church —
By alignment with Christ, I believe that I have received the provision of my daily bread for sustenance, for growth, health, and good condition. Thank You Father, that in Christ Jesus, I am being developed, nurtured into something special, something glorious
You holding me dear to your heart. Oh, how I am lovingly embraced in Christ, loyalty in Your eyes. I am persuaded that you’re able to protect everything that concerns me because you love me. You preserve me because I am valuable. Satan will always try to poison our minds to make us feel dejected and wounded at heart. We don’t focus on the circumstances, we continue to fix our eyes on Christ to receive life. The uncertainties of this life does not change the dispensing hands of Christ. He’s ever protecting, nourishing, healing, preserving and restoring because He is faithful to His body. Is the world uncertain? His love is certain. His cares are certain. Are you receiving it today? Is your eyes upon Christ today?
“The uncertainties of this life does not change the dispensing hands of Christ.
Do you know that your are not just one piece of a body hidden in a crowd? He knows you by your name and hold every detail of your life in His mind; thinking of you, all the time. Not many people in the body of Christ are aware that God recognizes them as valuable because of our position in Him. Wake up each day knowing that your life is infused into His life. Don’t seek satisfaction from the corruption of this evil age. You are a member of Christ body not a member of the world.
“Jerusalem will be told: “Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.” Zephaniah 3:16-17 MSG
You delight my heart with your song. You serenade my being with life and that my soul will choose to dwell in your presence forever. What else in heaven will I desire but You. Nothing on earth will take my heart away but you. My desire. My purpose. My dream. Christ Jesus, my life
30 Days Of Practicing Believing | Day 2 | Delight Me With Your Song | 2021