If you have recently, accepted, believed and confessed Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, you have made a vital, life-changing decision.
In fact, this is the most important decision you've made so far!
Though your looks remain unchanged ,you are a NEW CREATION; starting a brand new existence. This is exiciting !
I wrote in my blog "Born of Love", last week that: when you are Born again, your sins are Forgiven; you are washed clean, your slate is wiped clean and your past is forgotten.
You are Spirit -filled ,Restored and made whole! Yes you are!
Now you have become a part of His Body and a member of His Household.
Welcome to the Family of the Most High God.
The Family of God consists of His children ; born again Christians .
Born-again Christians are in the world but they are not of this world. John 15: 17- 21 ,John 17:13- 18.`
We are God's own people: the Nation of the Most High God.
A unique breed of people , a peculiar group, special ; set apart to show forth the Light and the Glory of our God on Earth.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 11 Corinthians 6:17-18.
The Body of Believers is called the Living Church , the Body of Christ, Zion ,the City of the Great King, the Household of Faith, the True Vine , the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and many other names given to us by Our Father.
In this Nation of Believers, the Official Currency is Faith; the Language is the language of the Spirit; by utterance in tongues and we also do "Christianese" (the language of Faith).
In this House our tradition and way of life is Praise and Worship.
Our Complete Guide and Constitution is the Holy Bible.
We do not defy , disregard or reject the rulers, governments and laws of our various earthly nations because we acknowledge that:
" For there is no power but of God: and the powers that be are ordained of God".
Our King and Father is the Ancient of Days, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Mighty in Battle. He is the Triune God who created and owns the entire universe.
".. for all the earth is mine ." Exodus 19:5
He rules and reigns in the affairs of men and he has the final say; for he knows the end from the beginning.
Our armoury consists of our weapons of warfare, which are not carnal weapons; but they are mighty in pulling down strongholds. 11 Corinthians 10:4-6
Our Shield is the Breastplate of Righteousness which is the Blood of the Lamb of God that was slain. Jesus Christ the Son of God is our Righteousness.
We do battle in the place of fervent prayer and we overcome , always , by the Blood and by the Word of our testimony.
The Church cannot be defeated because our foes would have to defeat our God first before they can defeat us!
New comers to the fold would quickly learn and put on the House Identity . This is the Christian's lifestyle, life values, manner of speech, mode of worship and attitudes as inspired by the Word of God. This learning process is made easier by the seed of the Holy Spirit that is in every Believer.
In a nutshell,you are highly favoured and loved! You are one of God's People and you are in good company indeed !
Wherever our God is worshipped in Spirit and in Truth, you will find there, Fellowship, Fervent Praise, Love , Sharing, Peace, Joy, Faith , Power, Anointing and Fulfilment ,Discipline ,Order; just to mention a few.
Like in a natural family, this spiritual family consists of children , teenagers and adults. They all pass through stages of growth unto spiritual maturity.
As new babes need to feed on milk , so new believers need to feed on the milk of the word of God. From milk a new-born Christian progresses to chewing meat and to cracking the bones in the Word of God. Hebrews 5:13,14
Naturally, children and teenagers would depend on adults for instructions and guidance. For spiritual growth, the same dependency applies in the House of God.
However, Christians' rate of growth and level of maturity would not depend on how long they have been born again but on how close and how yielded they are to the Holy Spirit.
Embrace the Holy Spirit . Don't stray but stick close to the Mother-ship.
Fellowship with other Believers , the Word(Bible Study and its application) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit are the three imperatives which would enable a vibrant spiritual growth .
In my next blog "Complete in Him", I write about how the Lord is our sufficiency . His Salvation Plan is all-encompassing , touching every area of our lives.
As you have come to Zion, the City of the King, the Lord has led you forth by the right way into this City as your place of habitation. You will surely remain here. Abide in the Vine and bring forth fruits of increase in the courtyards of His Holy Place. Amen.
May the Lord our God bless you and keep you, continually.
The Lord shall make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you .
He will lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
His name is upon us Children of Zion and he will bless us, always. Amen!