Week 1 - Living Without Offence

Living Without Offense

Week 1 Difference Makers – Ps James Eddison

Love must abound

Phil 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment; that you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (NKJV)

 

Have good sense about love

Phil 1:9-10 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment … that you may approve the things that are excellent” (NKJV)

 

Offence – The Great Separator

Definitions:       

Offended: resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult

Offence: the condition of being offended – hurt feelings, anger or resentment

Offensive: giving of offence, being irritating, annoying, insulting, attacking and hurting someone’s feelings

 

Impact of Offence

Heb 12:14-15 “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:  looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (NKJV)

Decisions in these situations impact you and others

Gal 5:14-15 “For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.  But if you bite and devour one another [in partisan strife], be careful that you [and your whole fellowship] are not consumed by one another” (AMPC)

Heb 5:14 “But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law” (AMPC)

 

How Offence Comes

1.       Offence comes from not accessing God’s love that is in you – genuine love

Phil 1:9-10 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment; that you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (NKJV)

2.       Offence comes from not knowing the Word and your authority

Ps 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (KJV)

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give to you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the authority of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you” (KJV)

3.       Offence comes when you can’t handle the truth!

John 6:60-61 “Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can understand it?’ When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, ‘Does this offend you?’” (NKJV)

 

Effects of Offence

1.       Offence will separate friends

Matt 24:10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (NKJV)

Prov 18:19 “It’s harder to win back the friendship of an offended brother than to capture a fortified city, His anger shuts you out like iron bars” (TLB)

2.       What is going on horizontally affects what occurs vertically

1 John 4:20 “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (NKJV)

3.       Offence hinders God’s anointing and calling

Num 20:7-12 “Speak to the rock …” (NKJV)          But Moses hit it twice – due to offence. Freedom from offence is essential in order to live a victorious life.

Heb 5:14 “But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law” (AMPC)

 

How to Overcome Offence

1.       Be quick to forgive

Col 3:12-13 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (NKJV)

2.       Show respect

Matt 18:15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother” (NKJV)

3.       Walk in humility

Rom 12:18 “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceable with all men” (NKJV)

Week 2 - Walking Worthy

Walking Worthy

Week 2 Difference Makers – Nina Speechly

The truth of God’s Word always liberates us.

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (NKJV)

John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’” (NKJV)

 

The enemy is not only a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy through his tactics and lies, he seeks to diminish God’s truth in our lives at every possible opportunity.

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV)

 

Jesus came to give us abundant life. God’s truth will always release us into that abundance of freedom and joy!

1 Pet 1:8 “whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (NKJV)

 

Walking Worthy has EVERYTHING to do with understanding our righteousness in Christ Jesus. We can never, in and of ourselves, be able to walk worthy of God.

Rom 3:10 “There is none righteous, no, not one” (NKJV)

Isa 64:6 “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (NKJV)

 

We are created in the image of God

Gen 1:26a,27 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness … So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (NKJV)

 

… as a THREE-part being – Spirit, soul and body.

1 Thess 5:23 “and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (NKJV)

 

The spirit is eternal. The soul is the intellect, will and emotions. The body is our physical being which is temporal. This is why John 4:24 states that “God is Spirit and those who worship (Him) must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 

Jesus speaks at length to a man named Nicodemus and explains this mystery.

John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh (physical-temporal) and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (spiritual-eternal)” (NKJV)

 

It is the eternal spirit which is born again at salvation.

Col 2:13 “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (NKJV)

 

In Romans 7, Paul shares in depth about the struggle between man’s sinful/carnal nature and the reborn eternal spirit within him

Rom 7:19 “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice” (NKJV)

 

Rom 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (NKJV)

Condemnation targets our soul realm. The mind, through wrong thoughts, and our emotions, through negative feelings, which in turn reinforce the wrong thoughts. It can be a detrimental cycle if left unchecked.

 

Conviction and condemnation are entirely different things. Conviction comes to the spirit through God-consciousness. Condemnation comes to the soul through sin and self-consciousness. This is why it is necessary to understand the truth about what God says about us. Then we can take these wrong thoughts and feelings captive and make them obedient to Christ by standing on His word.

 

2 Cor 10:5 “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (NKJV)

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (NKJV)

 

We can be secure in who and whose we are in Christ.

2 Cor 5:17, 21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new … For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (NKJV)

When we are born physically – we are fully human. When we are born again spiritually – we are fully righteous.

Week 3 - Positive Words Make A Difference

Positive Words Make a Difference

Week 3 Difference Makers – David Sweet

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, published 1953 has sold 15 million copies.

There is a saying: “You are what you eat”, but it should say, “You are what you think”.

Earl Nightingale: “Every one of us is the sum total of his own thoughts”

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.

If we think wrongly then our beliefs will be wrong. Then we will speak wrongly and act wrongly. What we believe is a result of what we have been thinking. The Word of God is given to straighten out our ‘stinking thinking’. Our actions follow our thoughts.

Is 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (NKJV)

God is the MOST positive being Who is or ever will be.  The battlefield of the mind is where victory is won or lost – the control centre. A positive mental attitude will determine the altitude at which we fly through life. You can’t soar with eagles if you are scratching around in the dirt with turkeys.

Jer 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (NKJV)

God has great thoughts and plans for your life but this doesn’t mean they will automatically come to pass. You have a part to play; you have to know, believe, receive and co-operate with God’s promises.

What you think about yourself has more impact on you than what God thinks about you. That means that you determine the level of success in your life.

Prov 23:7 “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” (NKJV)

Wrong thinking can abort some of the wonderful blessings God has destined for you and your life. Wrong thinking not only affects your life, but can impact the lives of others. Look at the account in the Bible of the 12 spies.

Num 13:32 “And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, ‘The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature’” (NKJV)

Only 2 spies out of the 12 believed what God had promised. God had promised to take the children of Israel out of slavery and into a land flowing with milk and honey.  10 of the spies had ‘stinking thinking’ and gave an evil or negative report. Wrong thinking can make people irrational, resulting in confusion and illogical deductions based on fear that blows things out of proportion. The land was as good as God had said, flowing with milk and honey. Yet 10 of the spies concluded that the land devoured its inhabitants – irrational thinking which goes to show the majority is not always right.

They defeated themselves by small and wrong thinking: “We were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight”. Wrong thinking blows things out of proportion. Their perspective was wrong when they saw themselves as grasshoppers in the enemy’s sight. This was totally untrue as we see in:

Josh 2:9-11 “and (Rahab) told the men, ‘I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (NKJV)Unknown Object

Positive Thoughts Make a Difference

Joshua & Caleb believed God that they could take the land. WHY? Because they believed the Word of God – that God was with them and for them. Right thinking will cause you to be strong, live long and not die prematurely. Caleb said that he wholly followed the Lord.

Josh 14:10-11 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in” (NKJV)

How many 85 year olds do you know that can run up a mountain and slay the enemy? Right thinking according to God’s word will keep you alive and cause you to succeed all the days of your life. Any of the children of Israel could have been in on God’s promise but some took the negative path that can lead to death and destruction e.g. “Let me tell you what I think.” NOW that’s where the problem is.

Some people think that our thoughts aren’t important, but it’s often where our troubles begin. Subtly, we are being programmed by the world instead of having our minds renewed by the Word of God. People Google everything these days. Some Christians know more about their sickness than their benefits in Christ. Our beliefs are a product of our thoughts and our thoughts give actions to our beliefs. The children of Israel who rebelled made assumptions which were not based on facts.

We need to stop listening to the ‘10 spies network’.

Prov 30:32 “If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, put your hand over your mouth” (WEB)

Example: Real estate sales people – can be negative or positive. The way we think about things determines outcomes. Our thoughts release words. Question? Is the glass half full or half empty? Life has its challenges. Jesus put it this way in dealing with wrong thoughts, including worry, anxiety, fretting, dreading, what we are going to eat, wear etc:

Matt 6:31 “Therefore take no thought, saying …..” (KJV)

See again thoughts, then actions. If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything. Let’s not give birth to something negative by blabbing out wrong thoughts. In context, Jesus is talking about dealing with worry or being anxious.

We can also say things like, ‘Let me give you a piece of my mind’; but, if you keep doing that, you won’t have any mind left.

What we believe is a result of what we have been thinking. The Word of God is given to straighten out our thinking. When our thinking lines up with the Word of God – which is positive – then our believing, speaking and actions will follow, causing us to succeed and have an abundant life, which is God’s will for us. The Word of God is given to us to help us overcome and deal with the storms of life. This doesn’t mean we can dodge all the storms, but with God we can overcome and get through the storms victoriously.

How This Worked for Jairus

Mark 5:22-42

Jairus came to Jesus. He was frantic, on his knees, begging because his daughter was gravely ill, at the point of death. Ever had one of those days? Things just don’t go the way you want and they seem to be getting worse. Jesus then agreed to come and lay His hands on her so she would live and not die – but a woman delays Jesus’ progress to Jairus’ house. She tells her whole story, delaying Jesus. Then someone came from Jairus’ house with the bad news, ‘Your daughter is dead, no point in troubling Jesus any further’. Can you imagine the machine-gun-like round of thoughts going through Jairus’ mind? I wonder if he wanted to scream ‘It’s too late now and it’s all because of this woman’.

Mark 5:36 “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe’” (NKJV)

Before Jairus blurts out something negative in the heat of the moment, Jesus says, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe’. The Young’s Literal Translation states ‘immediately’.

Mark 5:35-37 “While He was still speaking, there came some from the ruler’s house, who said [to Jairus], Your daughter has died. Why bother and distress the Teacher any further? Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing” (AMPC)

Jesus didn’t allow the bad report to influence Him, but encouraged Jairus to keep his thoughts positive and believe everything would work out. Jesus, who is THE LIVING WORD, encouraged Jairus to remain peaceful and stay the course. Jesus then continued on to Jairus’ house where the young girl was raised from the dead.

Is 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You” (NKJV)

WHY?                    Because he trusts in You

Where Do Thoughts Come From?

Within and without – influences of people and/or circumstances, information overload and also, the enemy. We are being bombarded with the world’s negativity – information overload (Facebook, twitter, Instagram). Our minds can be likened to a computer – garbage in, garbage out. The software needs an update from negative to positive. Positive thoughts make a difference. What we think about is our responsibility.  God does not do this for us.

Rom 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (NKJV)

Being conformed to the world means to be exposed to, and conditioned to, on a regular basis e.g. ‘It’s flu season’.  Where’s the Scripture that says this?

Question: What are we renewing our minds to? The world’s system or the Word of God? This is not just for some super saint or someone in a leadership ministry, but for every believer.

Rom 8:5-6 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (NKJV)

Col 3:2 “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (NIV)

Having positive thoughts based upon the Word of God is our responsibility.

This whole process works for us when we:         

think rightly

believe rightly                    

speak rightly                               

act rightly      

We need to get control of our thought life

God is NOT going to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves.

Some Essentials for Building Positive Thoughts

1. Cultivate POSITIVE thoughts based upon the Word of God. Feed on God’s Word

2. Recognize negative thoughts

3. Deal with negative thoughts

Are you anxious? Worried? Lost your peace? First step is to check up on what you’ve been thinking.

(Example: I once read some Christian books that seemed OK, but around the same time I started to get a bit negative and depressed. I went to the Lord about it and He said, ‘What have you been feeding on?’ Be careful what you hear. Be careful what you allow into your mind and be careful what you meditate on. These books contained honest observations, but they were presented with a negative slant resulting in negativity in my own life. Stepping on the flowers while looking for weeds.)

How do we stop negative thoughts? A minister was once asked, ‘Can you pray that I’ll have no more negative thoughts?’ He answered, ‘Do you want me to pray that you’ll die?’ Negative thoughts come to all of us. It’s what we choose to do with those thoughts that will make all the difference. Positive thoughts make a difference.

Kenneth E Hagin is noted as saying, ‘You can’t stop birds from flying over your head but you can stop them from making a nest in your hair’. We don’t want to incubate bad thoughts and give birth to a monster. The Bible tells us what to do with negative thoughts.

2 Cor 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments (imaginations KJV) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (NKJV)

Take heed to what you are thinking; sometimes our thoughts can get away from us. Question: Ever had a headache sneak up on you? Deal with it. You have to recognise it first before you can free yourself from it. What are you thinking? Strongholds of the mind are mighty fortresses built one thought upon another, yet they can be totally destroyed through the knowledge of God’s Word. Lack in our lives is often due to a lack of knowledge. Either we don’t know, or we don’t know how to apply, the Word of God with corresponding actions.

2 Pet 1:2-3 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him” (NKJV)

What are we thinking? Does it line up with the Word of God? The Bible has an answer for us regarding any problem we face. It tells us what to think about. The BIBLE is the great answer book. Don’t be anxious or let those bad thoughts fester. Do something about them. If you need help, ask for it. God can and will help you.

Phil 4:4 & 6-8 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate (THINK) on these things” (NKJV)

Positive thoughts make a difference. Question: Ever been at work and been worried about something not even related to your job? Is something constantly on your mind? Are you worrying, fretting or anxious? Replace it with positive thoughts and answers from God’s Word. You can be having positive God-thoughts throughout the day, even at work. Think positive thoughts and pray in the Spirit. This will produce positive results. Worry is meditating on the problem. We are winners – more than conquerors – but we can only access these truths when we know what belongs to us and apply it to our lives by renewing our mind. We are to meditate on the answer. Build an image on the inside of us based on God’s Word.

Josh 1:8 “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do (NLT)

The Lord was saying to Joshua, ‘If you’re going to do anything for Me, then you’re going to have to think like I think’. God’s type of meditation is totally different to other religions. Other religions try to get you to empty your mind but God tells us to fill it with His Word.

3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (BRG Bible)

It’s not new age affirmations.  Replace negative thoughts with God’s Word. A change of mind is the starting point that has caused millions of people all over the world to be saved, healed and delivered; this continues to this day. Hopelessness and negativity is changed in an instant when positive thoughts come and make a difference producing belief and actions that bring us to victory. Light expels darkness. Lies and ignorance are replaced by the Truth – bringing us to a positive frame of mind. ‘A good attitude will get you more than half way there’.

Summary

Positive thoughts make a difference.

1. Renew our minds with God’s Word, creating positive thoughts

2. Recognize negative thoughts

3. Deal with negative thoughts. How? By countering them with the Word of God.

Think about this: You can’t be saved without changing your thoughts towards God. The Bible word, repent, means to ‘change your mind and change your direction’. If you want to make a positive difference in your life, this is the starting point – repent, change your mind and direction and receive Jesus.

Acts 2:36-38, 41 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit … Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them (NKJV)

A change of mind is the starting point to making a positive difference in your life. Make a change in your life today, right now, by accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Week 4 - Getting Connected

Getting Connected

Week 4 Difference Makers – Ps Jenny Eddison

Jesus made a place for each of us in His Body (the church)

John 14:1-3 “DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also” (AMPC)

1 Pet 2:2-5 “Since you have [already] tasted the goodness and kindness of the Lord, Come to Him [then, to that] Living Stone which men tried and threw away, but which is chosen [and] precious in God’s sight. [Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ” (AMPC)

We are told to ‘Come like living stones’. This is more than an invitation – it is a directive.

Eph 2:21-22 “In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit” (AMP)

Tower of Babel

Gen 11:3 “Let us make bricks…” (AMPC)

God was not pleased with the people for choosing this course of action; nor was He pleased with them making bricks for building. His altars were to be made of uncut natural stones of all different shapes and sizes. He says to not be conformed to this world which exerts an external pressure on us. Instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind to His ways of thinking.Unknown Object

Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]” (AMPC)

We are set in the Body as it pleases God.

1 Cor 12:18 “But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation” (AMPC)

Discern the Body – Your Connections

1 Cor 11:28-30 “Let a man [thoroughly] examine himself, and [only when he has done] so should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discriminating and recognizing with due appreciation that [it is Christ’s] body, eats and drinks a sentence (a verdict of judgment) upon himself. That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason many of you are weak and sickly, and quite enough of you have fallen into the sleep of death” (AMPC)

There are three levels of connection.

1.       With your flesh, you contact the natural realm

2.       With your mind, you contact the intellectual and emotional realm

3.       With your spirit, you contact the spirit realm

1.       Flesh – external realm to external realm

2 Cor 5:16  “Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]” (AMPC)

2.       Soul – mind to mind

Phil 2:2  “Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention” (AMPC)

Phil 4:2  “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord” (AMPC)

3.       Spirit – the Holy Spirit joins us

Col 2:18-19 “Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy and disqualifying you for the prize … And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God” (AMPC)

Eph 4:15-16 “Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love” (AMPC)

Our spiritual connection is apprehended with all the saints. Some things of God cannot be ‘apprehended’ on your own.

Eph 3:17-19 “May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” (AMPC)

Ps 73:16-17 “But when I had considered how to understand this, it was too great an effort for me and too painful … Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood …” (AMPC)

Jesus is Our Shepherd

John 14:1-6 “Do not be worried or upset, Jesus told them. Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am. You know the way that leads to the place where I am going … I am the way” (GNT)

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