Week of February 10, 2019
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.
It’s a beautiful thing when you engage in a relationship with that special someone. Especially when we meet that one that we just click with on levels that feel so deep that it just feels like it is spiritual, like you are “soul mates”. So we want to give our all to them. Sharing your world with them, your heart, your mind, your body, can be you life’s joy and be very fulfilling. We often get so caught up in the blissfulness and comfort of the relationship that we forget how we got there in the first place. The caring, honor, loyalty, respect, and the rest of the things that show we love them. Often if any of those things are violated the relationship takes a serious plunge and causes a disconnection.
In order to stay in the relationship with man/woman or regain a connection, there are some ground rules that have to be reestablished, taught and learned in hopes of getting back in that person’s good graces. Those who are familiar with this experience know that this can be some of the hardest times in your relationship. It is difficult because men and women may love but the love often has limits and conditions and we go on trying to meet those conditions to the point where the conditions end up being the only reason we are doing the things we do for them. The conditions are now what you give your all to rather than the love of your life. The relationship between man and God was somewhat similar.
In the first two chapters of Genesis, we not only see the creation of all things but we also see the beginning of a love affair. We witness the beginning of God’s love affair with His children, man. In Genesis we see how the Most High gives us everything, spearing no expense! He gives us everything and commands us to have dominion over it and be fruitful. We witness Adam having a direct connection to God and living in a beautiful place where he dwelled in God’s presence. Unfortunately, by the third chapter of Genesis we also witness the first violation, the first offense, the first sin in the relationship between God and man.
After this offense, we did not have the same connection to God and due to this, God had to send us, what the apostle Paul later describes as, a tutor. God sent us a tutor in the form of the Torah (first five books of the Bible) to show what is right and what is pleasing in His sight. But in man’s attempt to get back in God’s good graces, we became slave to the Torah’s conditions rather than meeting the conditions out of the love we have for our God.
After the Torah we read countless stories of man’s disobedience and sinful nature with very few people that longed to be reconnected to God. In addition, we read about man’s perversions with God’s Scriptures but God never left him or forsook because we serve a God whose love has no limits or conditions! Instead of completely severing the relationship and leaving us He made provisions for us. The ultimate provision was His ultimate sacrifice being, His son, Jesus The Christ. With the sacrifice the Christ’s, the blood debt of the first covenant we had with God was paid in full and once the payment was made the Christ sent the Holy Spirit to aid us and counsel us through our renewed connection with the Most High!
In Corinthians 3, Paul teaches that once we are in the Spirit of the Living God, whatever we say, do, watch, read, teach, eat, and even how we pick our leaders have to all be done through the counsel and wisdom of the Spirit. Let us give Him praise for our being in His good grace, let us pray more, meditate more, fast more, so that we continue to truly dwell with Him and have the life and relationship with Him that He intended for us since the beginning!