April 21, 2006
Let Me Die, Lord
1Co 6:14 And God
hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
That word ‘raised up’ in the original Greek, means to waken, rouse, literally from disease, death, lying down,
or sitting. Figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, non-existence. To awake, lift up, raise again, or up, rear up,
stand, take up. He’s not just talking about the resurrection or the rapture here. I think he’s also talking about
raising us up from our failures, and despair over them. Remember, he’s addressing a people who had failed here. They
could have been afraid of offending this one who was in sin, so they didn’t confront him. Or perhaps there was something
of the world still holding their hearts and they thought nothing much about what he was doing-taking it lightly. But sin is
sin, and if you condone it, you are guilty too by association. But he can raise us up from the dust of our failures, he can
wake us up and lift us up and stand us on our feet and say “now, this is the way, walk ye in it!” Isa 30:21. He
will also raise up us by his own power. Yes, he raised the Lord Jesus from the death of the grave. His flesh had to die. If
we will let him through his Spirit help us die to our own ways, own wants and thoughts and take up his, and put on Jesus,
let us take our self life to the cross and crucify it with Jesus, consider it dead, then he will raise us up in his power,
to do his will. But we can’t lead and be in charge. Only the Head is in charge. He will do this by his own power. It
will be a miracle, his force, his ability, his might, and he has an abundance of power and strength to do this.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for
the flesh, to fulfill
the lusts thereof.
Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not
by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
How do you put on Jesus? Oh I think this is going to get rich. When you look it up in the Greek, the original word was
“enduo” from which we get the word “endue”. It means to sink into, as a garment, array, clothe with,
endue, have on. Well, that alone implies a closeness to the Lord, doesn’t it? As I consider this, scriptures begin to
flow through my mind. We are to walk as he walked, be transformed into his image, our life is hid in him, we are complete
in him, we are accepted in him. We have the Mind of Christ, and we are to arm ourselves with it. You might be wondering, what
is the mind of Christ? He revealed it to us in the pages of his Word. We aren’t to with forethought provide care or
supply to please our flesh. We are not to do this because if we please our flesh we can’t please God. Our flesh doesn’t
and can’t be agreeable to God. It’s two contrary natures. The one sinful and rebellious, the One Holy and pure.
By “flesh” that word means (aside from the obvious) the body, human nature, with its frailties, and passions,
and carnal thinking of self. In the world it’s “self first, self now, self always.”
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
To “walk” in him means to tread, walk , figuratively to live, follow, go and be occupied with. As I’ve
already learned there are two ways he is received. One, is to associate with, know about, hear and learn about. Then there’s
the other meaning-when you’ve heard it and reached out eagerly with force and laid hold on him, and drew him to you,
embraced him, and took him in and made him welcome, and committed yourself to him and whatever he says is right. Oh, he is
truly priceless. Matchless. He is more than a Masterpiece, more than a Treasure, he is EVERYTHING.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
One. United completely. Joined, as in marriage. In the Greek, that word ‘joined’ means to glue, to stick like
glue, cleave, keep company. By implication this type of joining is very intimate, it’s the joining of spirits-two becoming
one. United, fastened together. United in purpose, and all other ways. The only comparison I can think of is the joining of
a man and his wife together in intimacy. Their two bodies become as one flesh. Joined.
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through
Imagine-he’s not just content for me to walk with him, he comes to dwell IN me. There’s no greater intimacy,
he knows me better than I do. Nothing is hidden from him. Yet, he still loves me. He doesn’t get fed up and walk out
the door. He knows my anguished heart recognizes its own shortcomings and yearns in a way I can’t describe for his purity
and holiness. When I looked up the word “holiness” I did not find anything that mentioned how I dress or look.
There was nothing mentioned about how much I had or didn’t have. It said “pure, without mixture.” Pure.
Without mixture at all. Can’t have God and the world. You’ll love one and hate the other. You’re either
all his, or not. He won’t take half-way. He knows for new believers it’s a growing process and you don’t
grow up into that or into him overnight. But there comes a time in our lives, when we have to make a decision. Am I going
to sell out to God and give him everything I am or am I going to hold out on him? Am I going to give him part of me? No, I
want to give it all to him. Anything I would hold back would be corrupted because he wouldn’t have no part in it.
What good would that be? It has to be HIM.
1Co 6:19 What?
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's.
Jam 5:10 Take,
my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
If you look at this complete chapter in context, of 1 Cor 6, you know that the Apostle Paul was dealing with a certain
body of believers in the Corinthian Church who had tolerated sin in their midst, for one of their members was indulging in
sexual immorality. He was having an affair with his stepmother, and people knew it, and accepted it, and still fellowshipped
with him. Paul was explaining how that as believers we are placed in the Body of Christ, and as such we need to realize we
are members-parts of the Body of Christ Jesus, the Lord of glory. He is the Head of the Body. The Body is to follow the Head,
and should not defile the vessel of the Lord. If it does it cannot long remain joined to the Lord. Light has no fellowship
with darkness. But then he gives a glorious word of hope, that God can by his own power raise us up, just as he raised Christ
from the dead. Where there is repentance, and forsaking of sin, He can raise us up out of our failures, flaws, fears, and
raise us above the drawing power of the world, he can fill us with himself as we are joined to him, as we determine to cleave
to him. And the world will have no attraction to us any longer. We can see the world as it really is-a dark and desperate
place-not a place to run to when the Christian life gets a little hard. Walking with God is a supernatural life full of wonder
and excitement for those who will yield and let God have control of their lives. It’s a life of peace, and rest, and
contentment. He can thrill my soul like no one ever has, or could. He brings joy-for as I realize and begin to understand
his wonderful love for me and how far he’s went to secure me in himself, and the price he paid for me, it’s humbling,
mind-numbing. Yes, there will be suffering, yes there will be hard times, but knowing we are in his hands at all times and
nothing comes that he doesn’t allow, and knowing and trusting his love for us sustains us when we have to face trials.
Knowing he goes through it with us and never leaves us strengthens us. God doesn’t have spoiled brats. He suffered greatly,
and I should not listen to anyone who tells me being a Christian means I won’t have to. That is a false gospel. Am I
better than the Son of God? No. The Bible even tells us that all who live godly in Christ will suffer.
1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
He didn’t murmur or complain in his suffering. He did it, willingly out of love. He knows we can’t measure
up to his standard, that is the way he wanted it, so flesh couldn’t take the credit and so we would see we need him.
And we do. He is willing to grant us the grace and his power in us working that which is according to his will as we yield
How can his children have compassion for others who are hurting if they have never hurt themselves? How can they understand
and be merciful to the failures of others if they never have experienced it? If you have a child and you give that child everything
and make it work for nothing, you will have a very spoiled and selfish child on your hands. When we go through hard times,
it’s to build our character, and it’s one way God can teach us who he is, and show us that it’s in our hard
times we need him the most, and he will come through, if we trust him. If we never go through hard times, or trials, it would
not be long before we would think we don’t need God anymore. He takes us through things to show us we are helpless and
must depend on him alone. We must realize no matter what the problem, or situation, all that is needed is God. He is our all
sufficiency. He’s the answer to every problem. Every fear. Every pain.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings
in heavenly places
I found out something interesting in this verse. The first word “blessed” means “adorable, blessed”
(bless-ed) . But the second word “blessed” means to speak well of, to bless, thank, or invoke a benediction upon,
to prosper, or praise. This is from the Greek word “eulogeo” where we get our word “eulogy”.
Let that settle in for a moment. This is saying when God blessed us with these spiritual blessings in heavenly places
in Christ, he has eulogized us. A eulogy, according to Webster’s is “praise; a speech or writing in commendation
of a person, on account of his valuable qualities or services.” Now pause a moment and let THAT settle in before we
go on here. A eulogy is given only of someone who has died!!! Remember when Jesus said he that follows me must deny
himself and take up his cross?
Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Psa 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive
unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You are not your own, you’ve been bought with a price, we’ve already read that. We need to understand and believe
and accept it and begin to live and walk accordingly if we are not already. We need to take our plans, our ambitions, our
desires, our thoughts, ways, and attitudes, and bring them to the cross and leave them there-reckoning ourselves, as Paul
said, dead to the ways and wants of this world and our flesh. This is a hard saying. I know that. If you are not in love with
Christ this will make you recoil in horror. But if you can hear what the Word is saying here, with those spiritual ears, and
see it through the eyes of God-what Glory is waiting for those who do this! Oh, I’m not there yet, but I’m coming,
Lord. He’s leading. And this time, by his grace, I’m not backing up or down. I’m going through. I’m
going in. I’m going up!
Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I
am, there shall also my servant be: if
any man serve me, him will my Father honor.
If we serve him, we are to wait on him, minister to his need. What on earth could the Lord who is ruler of all, owns the
universe, all of them, and all in them, need? And let me tell you, my mind has had so much difficulty wrapping itself around
this truth-while my heart cries out for it. He died to reconcile us to the Father. Why? Because he loves us. Because he wants
a personal, intimate relationship with us. Fellowship. This breaks me up. This God who is so holy he told Israel, don’t
you bring me a sacrifice with a spot or blemish. Don’t you bring me your weak and sick and lame. Bring me your best.
And I look at me, and the more I read his word, the more I see in his mirror everything I want but am not yet. The trials
he has allowed in my life have revealed things in my heart I didn’t know were there and left me feeling ill. Sickened.
Like a hypocrite. All I have to offer him is me. A human being with too much carnality, who despite her best intentions gets
provoked to wrath at times, whose heart is not perfect, but rife with unclean things of bitterness and resentment. And fear.
Insecurity. In short, polluted. And that is the best I can bring the God I love so much. Why does that make me cry? Why does
that break me up inside? There is nothing good I can bring him in me, and I have finally began to see this in the Light of
His Truth, and I feel broken. Desperate for him, but afraid to approach such pure Holiness with such a pathetic offering.
But I can’t stay here. It’s not what I think that matters, it’s not what I see, it’s what HE SAYS
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted
in the beloved.
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;
Oh, praise God for the blood! Hallelujah for the One who was willing to suffer and die so I could be free to love him and
serve him and live with him forever! Without Fear! (Luk 1:74) I thank God our Pastor has been reminding us what God said to
Joshua “Be strong and be of good courage, you’ve not been this way before. But God is going to bring you in to
his promises!” Sheer faith in the God I love, in his desire to have me with him (as inconceivable as that is to my mind)
is what I must have. Jesus Christ faced the death of his body on the cross. He had to trust that the love of God would not
allow him to stay dead, that the power of God would raise him up again. He committed it all to his Father’s hands. He
came not to do his own will, but the Father’s. As we was in the world, so must we be. The world we live in is a wilderness.
We can’t do this ourselves. We can’t raise ourselves above it. But he can.
Son 8:5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the
apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bore thee.
Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love
is strong as death;
jealousy is cruel as
the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath
a most vehement flame.
Son 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance
of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
My Beloved is the Lord. His love for me was strong enough that he faced and conquered death. Nothing has changed his love
for me. Oh, Father, open thou mine eyes that I may see and know. And understand. Only you can help me not be afraid because
in my heart I want to die so I can see you. You told Moses no man can see my face and live. So crucify this flesh, destroy
the carnal mind, burn up the chaff, consume the flesh, and be glorified in me and through me. Take this pathetic little offering
and break it, bless it and multiply it that others can see you in this dark world. All I want is you Lord. Your way, your
word, your life. Your heart for those around me. Take me higher. Take me deeper. Bring me in to your fullness. Nothing else
is going to satisfy.
It can seem like such an unattainable prize. But with God, nothing is impossible. I was thinking on these things today,
and the Holy Spirit brought something to my remembrance that made me want to squeal with delight. It relieved me over something
I’d been fretting about for weeks now.
Remember Abraham and Sarah? Remember how God had promised them new life? They waited on the promise, tried to help it along
by their flesh and Ishmael was the result. But God did not let their failures stop the promise. They didn’t give up
hope that God would fulfill his word. Sarah’s womb was dead. In Luke 1 Elisabeth’s womb was dead. But God put
this wonderful new life there. They longed for life, and they loved God, and they could not do it themselves. God deliberately
waited until they were unable to do it, until it was humanly impossible for them to do it. We can’t have the life of
God except he put it in us. And it is such a precious thing, such a treasure, not to be taken lightly. In 1 Sam 1, Hannah
was hungry for new life but was barren. She cried out to God, just like Abraham did, just like Zechariah and Elisabeth did.
God heard their prayers. He answered with new life. He took people who were too old and unable to give birth to new life,
renewed their youth and gave them new life. Children. Children who loved and served him. Isaac, and John the Baptist. Samuel.
I had been looking at my flaws, and failures, and felt like I’d missed it, and I want the life of Christ flowing through
me. I hunger for more of him. I know I’m not worthy, in myself, but he is willing to work in me and help me be what
I could never be. He can make me be what I can’t. He can raise me up in heavenly places and I could never raise myself
up there with him.
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before
him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Oh, that scripture gives me hope. He calls things which are not as though they are!!!!!!!!! He sees me as what I am in
Christ, not in my own flesh.
Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,
when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
Think about it, saints! I don’t have to consider that I can’t do it in my flesh, that I am incapable of doing
or having this-because without Him, I can do nothing. That is how he set it up! It was deliberate on his part. With God nothing
is impossible. Nothing is too hard for him. He wants me to have Himself. He said it’s his good pleasure to give his
children the kingdom. I can’t do it, but he can! And what blows my mind is he’s giving me the assurance he WANTS
TO DO THIS, not just for me, but for all his children who lack this. For those who will yield to him and believe him. When
you start believing what you read in his Word and applying it to yourself, it gets so exciting!
Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
What does that all mean? Righteousness means equity, justification by God which means “declared righteous before
God”. Peace means and here’s that word again, “to join, one, quietness, rest, set at one again. Joy means
“cheerfulness, calm, delight, gladness, exceeding joyfulness. All this, in, by, because of, and through the Holy Ghost.
Reconciled to God through Christ. At peace with them. One with them. United with them, in love, in purpose.
Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that
raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
That’s our righteousness, he’s talking about. Imputed by faith in the promises of God. What, you may ask, does
imputed mean? It means, “to take an inventory, compute, reckon to, make an account of, or take into account, to put
something in one’s account, to determine, purpose or decide to give something to someone.” Whew! Glory to God!
Did you get that? He IMPUTED the righteousness of God to Abraham because Abraham believed him. That was the key. He believed
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong
in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Rom 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that
raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.
We can get so caught up in browbeating ourselves over failure, we forget he said he knows the heart of us all. He doesn’t
mark iniquity, for none of us could stand. There is forgiveness with him that he may feared. Oh blessed is the man the Lord
chooses to approach him, to whom he will not impute sin!
Psa 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
Psa 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to
approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied
with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Psa 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psa 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
And one of the most precious, and a great kindness on his part for he is so holy.
Psa 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according
to our iniquities.
Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:
He can look on us, and love us, though we don’t deserve him, because of his kindness toward us through Christ.
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward
us through Christ Jesus.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,
in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation
of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
What we lack is in Christ. We are in Christ, through faith. What a mighty, wonderful and magnificent God! He cuts off the
flesh-it can’t do anything to please him. Then he immerses us in his Son, and we are raised up with Him, to be seated
in heavenly places, because we believe what he says, in his word, not what we see or hear. If we receive him like we need
to, like he wants us to, by forcefully laying hold of the promise, of the Lord Jesus Christ, and seeking to know him, as Paul
Phi 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Phi 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Phi 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the
law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Phi 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship
of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Nothing else matters but knowing him, pleasing him, loving him, learning him, having him, because by default if I do those
things, everything else will fall into place, and family will be loved, relationships will be in order, home and house will
not fall apart. Isn’t that what he said?
Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my
Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his
own life also, he cannot be my
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Now, if you read this in context, and you know the rest of the Bible, then you know that he said to hate someone was wrong.
But the word “hate” used here means to love less, by comparison. To bear his cross means to lift, endure, declare,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
by (grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Now, this is a little different meaning than in Eph 1:3. When he’s raised us up here, it means to rouse from death,
to revive spiritually, rise with. (Christ). In order to attain this-and the seat has been saved for us, that is what it means
when he says “he has made us sit together”
literally in the Greek that means to give or take a seat in company with, make to sit down together. Oh, he’s given
a seat to us in the heavenlies with Christ. He’s reserved us a seat. But in order to take that seat, we have to die
to self. We have to fully surrender our selves to him. Nothing of flesh can inherit the kingdom of God. Nothing of flesh can
stand in his presence. His presence would consume it. We have to be in the Spirit.
Psa 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from
whence cometh my help.
Psa 121:2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Psa 123:1 A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest
in the heavens.
Psa 134:1 A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night
stand in the house of the LORD.
Psa 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
Has there ever been anyone who more deserved recognition, honor, glory, appreciation, total devotion, love and adoration
than our God? And our Jesus? And our precious Comforter? No, never.
Psa 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our
He is worthy, saints. None else. He is. Because he is we are. Because he loves, we have hope. Because he’s faithful,
we can make it. Because he’s merciful we can stand. Because he is, he deserves all of us. Simply because he IS.
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