Don't be afraid to ask questions or peer into things where you never looked before, on any subject, or any issue. Inside we all have "orange flags" about a lot of things. Don't ignore them when they show up - even where you may have thought a matter was thus and so before. Dare to be skeptical, at least a little, not gullible and naive. Pray for discernment and direction. Knowing the truth is better than false hope any day.
But he cannot do this among those to whom the Holy Spirit has granted the revelation of Christ and Christ in us and we in Him - that for which Jesus prayed in John 17.
The adversary then also does all he can to deflect our attention from the realization of this reality of having been created anew in Christ and being raised up with Him into the heavenly places, as well as implementation largely thru prayer and praise - a life centered around being who we are in Jesus! These are two mighty weapons against every construct of thought and entity that tries to exalt itself against the Most High.
It always goes back chiefly to the Lord’s prayer and the two prayers of Paul in Ephesians chapters 1 and 3 - that we should pray these contemplatively, thoughtfully, and with understanding and earnestness, so that the revelation of Christ and who we are in Him makes receivers out of believers!
My New Year's resolution for 2019 is
to not make any resolutions or promises,
to myself or anyone else,
that I cannot keep.
My intention, however,
is the resolve to stop saying,
"I'll do everything possible,"
and start saying,
"I'll do everything I can."
I do not intend to play God,
Who alone can do everything possible.
Please see link below - an amazing, challenging, and stimulating essay to ponder before considering the following questions!
Do we have anything in today's "Corporatized Christendom, Inc." that resembles this ongoing work of manifesting the fullness of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, amidst that which is supposed to amount to the entirety of the kingdom of priests which He would make of believers (not just the gifts of the Spirit, but also the fruit of the Spirit that comes from abiding in Him)? Instead it is largely still a clergy versus laity paradigm.
A life of Christ-like love and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit has been in many cases supplanted by doctrinal haggling and nit picking. Not that truth is unimportant! But it seems that the focus has largely shifted from the reality that is His will for us to what we think He wants, and then going about to offer it to Him in the flesh. And this is not based in Bible truth! The phrase "offering of Cain" keeps coming to mind.
The questions then become:
Does the church in the 21st century bear any resemblance to what Jesus and the Apostles advocate for?
If so, how?
If not, how?
And what is the Scriptural directive as to how this may be remedied?
The following would make an excellent study guide for any who wish to explore what is often not faced in organized religion.
God's New Thing
by T. Austin-Sparks
Chapter 3 - By the Spirit