The Work in Us is His
- Date: July 18, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1 John 3:1-3)
- From Built By God
I want to share a little bit on God's workmanship, the renewing of our lives, and the building of His temple for His glory. He's coming for a church that's without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing. How many of you've realized over all these years that you can't get your own wrinkles out? I wish we could in the physical, but there's no way to get them out. But the renewing of the Lord in our lives and the conflict that we have in our minds, go back and forth about how much is our responsibility and how much is God's. That's a battle we all fight, but the good news is that it is He that works in us to will and to do His good pleasure.
As Paul spoke to the Philippians, he made it real clear that, although we can cooperate with God, the work is His, and we are His workmanship. We look in the mirror many times, and we're pretty disappointed at what we see. But God is not failing. His Word promises very, very clearly that at the end of this thing, we shall see Him, and we shall be like Him! It's the hope that we have.
1 John says, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:1-3). We see that we do have some responsibility: every man that has this hope purifies himself. We are to make choices to come out from among them and be separate, as Corinthians tells us. Touch not the unclean thing. On a daily basis, especially as we're going on into this hour, there is a need to set up boundaries.
We know the word "sanctification" really speaks of that. It's allowing boundaries to be set up, to see ourselves as a peculiar people, a people that have been surrounded by the glory of God, fenced in for His glory. We don't have the right to go outside the parameter of the strait and narrow way, do we? We're called, and we continue on this course that's before us, making choices not to touch the unclean. We have talked about the defilement, the uncleanness of the world's wisdom, and how we have to separate ourselves from that worldly wisdom. It's a leaven that will destroy us. We're to pull down every thought and every evil imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God the Scripture tells us. People that are walking clearly in the wisdom of God are at odds with the wisdom of this world. The wisdom of God is able to work fully at its best in those of us that are fools from the world's perception, those who are weak from the world's perception, and those who are not noble according to the world's perception. We are noble. We sit on a throne with Him but it's not by the world's perception.
As we separate ourselves from the world, we allow the working of the Holy Spirit to lead us into the paths of righteousness for His name's sake, that straight and narrow path, that highway of holiness where there is no lion the Scripture says. That's the call on our lives. How do we walk in that? It's all great doctrine. Most of us here can quote every Scripture that I just quoted. How's it working? What does the world see in us? We have heard your testimonies. I know many of us have experienced it, but when's the last time you had somebody walk up to you and say, "What's different about you? You're different." Are we that separate? Is there enough of the anointing of the Holy Spirit in us that this world discerns it? "Depart from me. I'm an unclean man."
God's building a church, and He's coming for a church that's without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing. "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). We don't have to be afraid to go out into this world. We are the conquerors, but there is defilement, and there needs to be a putting on of the armor of God. I will tell you what. You need to be more than afraid if you're not putting the armor of God on every day. "What do you mean by 'more than afraid'?" Without that armor, you're going to lose. You are defeated. But in the armor of God, in the will of God, we are more than conquerors.