Transforming Laity

This Holy War, the REAL Thing, Will Cost You Everything

2/6/2010

Transforming self-imposed “laity”, religion-imposed “laity”—into the GLORY OF A RESURRECTED LIFE…

…into a Kingdom of Priests—is not a doctrine, but a War.

The gimmicks and books and “small group format” blah blah won’t change a thing. You know that by now if you’ve paid attention to your own heart, and those around you. Once you put aside the “Aha! We found it! THIS time our gimmick will work!” and its adrenaline rush, and get real, you’ll realize the merry-go-round is fun at first, but ends up back in the same place in your life or home or church. NO one “slides right in” to TRUE Crucified TogetherLife. The culture shock, the skandalon is more than anyone can figure out or bear in their lives. This is about a CROSS, not changing into a “Type-A Personality” from a “Type-C” or “Type-D” and “participating more.” Gracious NO!

This Holy War, the REAL thing, will cost you everything.

Flesh never dies without a fight. “It’s HARD to kick against the Shepherd’s prod,” the Master said.

For fake believers, yet unconsecrated or converted to Y’shua, it is impossible for them to become wise, loving, courageous Priests of God. By definition. Flesh canNOT learn to be Born of the Wind, Born of Fire.

For true believers, in love with Jesus and regenerated by the Holy Spirit by “obedience of the faith,” it is still the “pains of childbirth” to “present them complete in Christ”.

It is a War to change self-imposed laity or religion-imposed laity into a Kingdom of Priests. Try it and see. Paul came honestly by the expressions “pains equal to having a BABY” and “WRESTLING to present Believers TELIOS in Christ.” : )

A “revolutionary” doctrine or gimmick or format change, all dating back to Martin Luther and John Wesley in any event, will NEVER do.

Bring it on! It’s worth it all!!! For the Lamb.

Great Grace is Upon Us (11/14/89)

We thank you our Father for what You have done

Yet it’s clear to our hearts that You’ve only begun

To change us, and shape us, and make us brand new

We’re thrilled at the thought of what You can do

For much Grace is upon us, it’s so clear to see

Your Gifts undeserved, yet abundant and free

You’ve taken a people, apart and alone

And knit us together and made us Your own

Imperfect we are, that we do not contend

But aim for perfection we will till the end

For Your Grace inspires us, woos us to dare

To serve with devotion exceedingly rare

And what of the future? For what can we hope?

Far more than survival and ability to cope

The heights we will scale and the depths we will probe

Of the love of our Lord in Majesty robed

For we serve a God who delights to be known

By those who are willing their lives to disown

Will we deserve this? Oh, never indeed

But Your Grace we’ll trust, in Your ways we’ll succeed

All around wages a war to be won

And win it we will through the cross of Your Son

So, martial your forces, dig deeply within

Seek Jesus inside you, root out every sin

Take captive the thoughts that distract from the Lord

Take up the helmet, the shield, and the sword

His Glory awaits us, don’t ever give in

And with His Grace upon us we’re certain to win

—km

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