Surrender Control – BT7
We have to learn together how to surrender control, being like little children
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But I said, ‘learn together’ and this is accomplished by the means of the Holy Spirit through Body-of-Christ ministry! We are not left alone to figure out how to do this. The Lord told me just today, “The days of solo Christianity are over. Didn’t I say where 2 or 3 are gathered in My name/authority there I am in their midst? And the days of 1 or 2 wearing all the hats are over” – this ‘ball hogging’ is exactly part of The Great Wall quenching the Spirit He once showed me. Christ by His Spirit as the “One Teacher” (a) directly to us and through His Body (b) of brothers and sisters, “will guide us into ALL truth (c) and “teach us ALL things” (d). That’s the reason for this BLOG – to learn together! This is how we “manthano learned Christ . . . you heard Him and/coupled have already been taught by Him as The Truth is in Jesus” (e). Manthano means to “increase one’s knowledge, be informed, or hear or learn from” Jesus, just as Jesus said, “And they will all be taught by God, for everyone who hears and manthano learns from the Father comes to Me” (f), and “Take My yoke (g) upon you and manthano learn from Me, because I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (h). <Notes> a) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10, b) Colossians 3:16, c) John 16:13, d) John 14:26, e) Ephesians 4:20, f) John 6:45, g) harness of instruction, h) Matthew 11:29.
The Lord knows we are like little children who need to first learn how to crawl before we can walk, and learn how to walk before we can run. He knows we must first start out riding with training wheels. Later we can build hang-gliders and planes to learn how to soar (a)! The Christian life is from “faith to faith” – a common Greek idiom meaning from one step to another (b). So “we walk by trusting-relying-faith (c), not be sight” (d), “walking in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had even before he was circumcised” (e) (f). <Notes> a) Isaiah 40:31, b) Romans 1:17, c) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance, d) 2 Corinthians 5:7, e) as a sign of the old covenant, f) Romans 4:12.
Walking, like everything, takes practice! God knows we are going to make a lot of mistakes and fall down often as we learn to “walk” as His little children, who are those born by the Spirit to live by the Spirit (a). In order to walk by the Spirit (b) instead of the flesh (c) (d), we must learn to be led by the Spirit of God as grown-up sons (e) of God, and this is only possible if we keep in step with the Spirit, so close that we can ‘see’ when our leader moves to the left or write (f). James admits: “We all stumble (g) in many ways” (h), and this “mistake or error of the flesh” misses God’s holy target for our lives and thus is the definition of “sin” (i)! But what then? <Notes> a) John 3:5-8; Galatians 4:29, 5:29, b) God’s nature of unconditional-love, c) our human tendencies, d) Romans 8:4; Galatians 5:16, e) ready of their inheritance, f) Galatians 5:25, g) ptaio, h) James 3:2, i) James 2:10; 2 Peter 1:10.
Despite of our frequent stumbling, the Lord loves children who will come to Him (a). He loves making us the children of God (b), even teknion little children of God (c), and it’s His great pleasure to reveal the secrets of the kingdom to little children but keep these secrets hidden from the so-called wise and learned (d)! Did you know teknion literally means “deeply-loved infants or little children,” which is certainly before they have even learned how to read, let alone become “wise or learned” through the world’s methods of study! See The Least Among You. <Notes> a) Matthew 18:2-5, 19:13-15; Mark 9:33-37, 10:13-16; Luke 9:46-48, 18:15-17, b) John 1:12, 11:52; Romans 8:17, 21, 9:8; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:15; 1 John 3:1, 10, 5:2, c) John 13:33; cf. Galatians 4:19; 1 John 2:1, 12, 28, 3:7, 18, 4:4, 5:21, d) Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21.
Father God has infinite patience with His children because this is part of His [singular] nature of unconditional-loving acceptance (a). We have not “fallen” (b) until we don’t get up from our “stumbling,” for God has “decisive severity toward those who have fallen, but chrestotes good-gentle-kindness toward you, provided we continue in His moral chrestotes good-gentle-kindness, or we will be cut off, too” (c). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 4:8, 16, b) pipto, c) Romans 11:22.
And this chrestotes “good-gentle-kindness” is simply what God showed toward us when He appeared as our Savior to save us down-from/according-to His own mercy (a) and unconditional-favor-of-grace in Christ (b), being a key aspect of His Spirit’s [singular] nature of unconditionally-loving good-gentle-kindness (c), and this is what should lead us to repentance (d). We are “being saved if we hold fast to the logos gospel message that was preached to you, otherwise our trusting-relying-faith is in vain (e), “children of God . . . holding fast to the logos gospel message of life” (f), for “we are God’s house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (g), so “let us hold fast our confession since we have a high priest . . . Jesus, the Son of God” (h) and “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (i). Jesus warns, “I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown” (k). We must hold fast to this promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (j), for “I have never seen His righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread” (l). <Notes> a) Titus 3:4-5, b) Ephesians 2:7, c) Galatians 5:22, d) Romans 2:4, e) 1 Corinthians 15:2, f) Philippians 2:15-16, g) Hebrews 3:6, h) Hebrews 4:14, i) Hebrews 10:23, j) Hebrews 13:5 citing Joshua 1:5; cf. Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; 1 Chronicles 28:20, k) Revelation 3:11, l) Psalms 37:25.
As Christian musicians, the Lord hasn’t left His little children to even figure out how to surrender the control of our lives over to Him as Lord, Supreme Master, and Owner. His “One is Your Teacher” Holy Spirit will “teach us everything, especially to abide/remain-connected-to Him, so that you have absolutely no need for any man teach you.” However, Jesus also works through Him Body of brothers and sisters to “build us up together into His full stature” per Ephesians 4:11-13. He will gently pick us up when we stumble and helps us go from crawling to walking to running and even to flying! We will be doing a lot of “practicing” and making mistakes, but the Lord will help us, even through His Body! Don’t give up the “race of faith” or then you will never get to the finish line!