6 Deep Questions We All Have About Living in God’s Fullness
Pastor Lonnie uses several verses in the Bible to answer 6 deep questions that we all ask ourselves about living the full life God has called us to. We may ask these questions knowingly or in our subconscious. Now, he doesn’t ask all these questions pointedly in his message, but his sermon reflects the answers to these deep questions. This message is continuation of his other sermons over the last 4-5 weeks that have focuses on praise and worship. Here are the 6 deep questions that he’s giving insight to: 1.) What is Our Reasonable Service to God? 2.) What’s the will of God for us? 3.) What’s our goal in Christ? 4.) Why Were We Created? 5.) How Do We Manifest Glory? 6.) How Do We Love Like God?
1. What is Our Reasonable Service to God?
A physical offering done spiritually brings a supernatural release. It could be an act in the physical that has a spiritual impact. This is why our physical bodies can be a holy sacrifice unto the Lord. A person’s spiritual transformation begins with a spiritual encounter, which will always be more superior than natural programs or tools because religious programs will then have to be sustained in the person’s life forever. However, living in the abundance of God’s spiritual kingdom and living it from the heart is the lifestyle that will bring you into God’s fullness. The fruit of living by the unction of the Holy Spirit will always remain when put to the test.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2. What’s the Will of God For Us?
What is the will of God? What makes Him happy? What appeases Him? We know that it is not religious duty or programs. Romans 12:2 tells us that it is living by Holy Spirit and letting Him transform you from the inside out.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
In the natural world, there are external controls that try and conform us. For example, if you break the law you’ll be punished. In the spiritual world it is completely different, because it is by grace that we stand and live and move and fulfill God’s law. It’s Him living on the inside of us that is more than able to give us the power to overcome. Our old man is absolutely lost without the transformation that comes from our new nature in Christ. Walking and talking in the spiritual kingdom will give you the ability to overcome. It’s impossible do what God requires of us (not in the sense of the law, but of grace) if we are living from our old man that is not sanctified.Only our new man, which is God living inside of our sanctified hearts, can give us this ability. He’s the one that can give us the power to forgive others, for example. It’s by His grace. God has empowered us with the power of His name. The only way for us to know our calling is when we are living in our new nature in Christ. We’ll then begin to understand who we are, and why we were created, and where we’re going.
3. What’s Our Goal in Christ?
If “sin” is missing the target, what does hitting the target be like? Philippians chapter 3 gives us the answer.
Philippians 3:13,14 (NKJV) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
The target, or the goal, is the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. The glory of God is going to be revealed when we are transformed in His image
4. Why Were We Created?
Ephesians 1:9,10,18 (NKJV) …having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—Him,… 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Glory is the manifest purpose, and image of the Son of God in the human race for His inheritance, in His saints. God bankrupted heaven and put it on us and calls us worthy because we are a child of God. This is why we are created, to contain the very image and glory of the living Christ, and to open up and become His tabernacle and let his train come in and fill the temple, so that His name is made great.
5. How Do We Manifest Glory?
You can only give away what you have. So, to give God glory means we have to be glorious. Here’s what Ephesians says is a way to living glorious in our identity in Christ.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV) …that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
So, how do we manifest the glory of God? By putting on the new man, Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:23 references the renewing of the spirit of our mind, and actively putting on the new man. Over and over again we’ve talked about how God’s kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, and the only way to live is Heaven to earth, from the inside out. We as believers have been given the mind of Christ. Let’s use it to think His thoughts, and see things from His perspective, and to be the glorious ones that manifest His goodness and power in the earth.
6. How Do I Love Like God?
We know that God is love. This verse in Colossians tells us the importance of love as believers in Christ, and to truly love like God we must be transformed into His image but putting on the new man.
Colossians 3:9-11 (NKJV) Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
Oh, to be transformed in the image of Him. He invested it all into us, on our behalf. We are God’s inheritance. This is why He’ll leave the 99 to go after the one. The only way for us to love like He loves is to put His nature. Perhaps the answer to all these questions sound the same. But, perhaps the answer to some of life’s deepest questions only needs one answer: Jesus. Check out the full sermon now: