Reality - an overview
God is the ultimate reality
He created everything
Everything exists because He maintains and sustains it
He gives life to everything. You are only here because
He gave you life
He maintains you and your environment
You can only do anything because God has made it possible for you to do it
He is King (ruler of all)
He is creator of all so owner of all
What we have i because God has given ti to us to care for Him
Satan gives us things God does not want us to have but He allows us to have these as we have chosen to accept it. Satan give use these to sidetrack from what God desires us to do.
He is steward of all because He made everything and owns everything
He gives all their purposes in life
Firstly to serve Him
Secondly to serve those He tells you to serve
Thirdly to serve Him in the way He directs you
He is the rule maker (law maker)
He is the judge of all
He is the rewarder of all
God Loves you
He desires a relationship with you
He did all he could to help you be restored to the relationship mankind originally had with Him
He sent Jesus to tell us how to live in the way He desires us to live
Jesus did all that was necessary to restore us to this relationship with God.
He desires us to be forever with Him in heaven
His greatest gift to us is our free will that allows us to reject Him
Why did Jesus need to die?
Everyone has disobeyed God in some way and done something He has told us not to do.
They have rebelled against our King by doing this.
The rebellion against a king:
Breaks the relationship with him
Is called treason and is punishable by death
Man caused the break in the relationship and so only the king can restore it by forgiving the rebellious person.
God desired to do this because He loves us so much
There was a problem:
As a judge He had to carry out the death sentence on us
This meant we could not be with Him in heaven
God saw He would have to do something so sent Jesus to teach us what God required then die in our place and pay the penalty of our rebellion.
Jesus died for us and paid the penalty God required of us which meant we no longer were under God's judgment and we could now approach God and be with Him in heaven forever.
However we must not rebel again and if we do we need to stop the rebellion and do what God says we are to do. This is called holy living.
We must desire this relationship with God and Jesus and live in a way to maintain our side of this relationship
So Jesus must be King of our life.
When we die and face God and be judged, He sees we follow Jesus and that Jesus has met the need for us to be penalised so accepts us as His children and allows us to be with Him in heaven forever.
Life is a preparation for heaven
We need to follow the rules made by God to get to heaven
We need to know these rules
We need to study them so we know how to apply them
Holiness is required
The purpose of Holiness is to pursue the things God wants you to obey and do
This means we need to reject all Satan offers us or suggests for us to do.
We need to know what God desires us to do to live a holy life.
We need to know how to live a holy life
We need to desire to live a holy life
We need to know how to express the character of God
This is a mark of a holy life
The expression of His character shows we belong to His Kingdom
We need to know what God's Character is
We need to know how to genuinely do this
We serve The King as our primary purpose
We do His will rather than ours
We represent Him
We teach others about Him and His things
We show other people these things by our lifestyle
We demonstrate the Authority of Jesus over Satan, his works and his plans
We defend His Name and possessions
We uphold His Laws
Laws of the land He has allowed to be passed by a government that do not go against His Laws
We look after His things He has given us to be a steward of knowing He owns everything and we are just stewards of them
We are in constant spiritual warfare with His enemy
We are born and live in enemy territory
Satan hates us
He wants to stop us going to heaven
He attacks us to try and get us to reject God
We only sin if we do what Satan suggests
This means we are constantly under attack by His enemy, Satan, who tries to turn us away from God
This means we need to reject everything His enemy, Satan, offers or suggests to us
This means we need to know when he is attacking
This means we know how to defeat Satan when he attacks
We need to study these thing so we can deal with them
We need to discipline ourself to fight this war
We need to know and understand the enemy and his tactics
We need a desire to fight the enemy
We need a vision of Jesus and the rewards He promises
We need to expect this reward for being involved in the battle
We need to endure to the end
We need to believe He will give us all we need to fight the battle and to endure until the end.
We need to believe the King will give us all we need to live and fight and do this work which includes spiritual warfare
The battle is over after death
Our life is then judged to see what we did with what Jesus gave us
We are rewarded by the king we are following when we die
If we follow Jesus we go to heaven
If we do not follow Jesus we go to hell
In all that happens we must trust God's control over all things for us as well as His Perfect Love for us
If we do not trust His Control or Love for us
We will not do His Will in the way He desires us to do it
We will try and make things happen for ourself
We will use reason and not faith in doing what we believe God desires us to do or know
Satan will use us as we are not listening to God to do what He desires us to do.
The choice is ours alone what we do with Jesus and all He gives us
We alone give an account to Jesus for what we h ave done with our life
Which king we were serving when we died (God or Satan)
What we did with what Jesus gave us on earth
We must believe God will give us all the help we need to make the right decisions and to carry them out in the way He desires us to too
Our objectives and vision of God and His things will determine what we do
We must determine what we are willing to give up to obtain what God promises us
We must follow the example of Jesus and do what He said we are to do
Jesus is our example of how to live and what to give up to serve God.
He gave up rulership of the whole universe to come to earth and submit to the people on it.
He obeyed God in all things so did not sin.
He was willing to die to serve God and obtain all He had been promised by God
What are you holding onto the you cannot keep and that will decay that is stopping you reaping the rewards Jesus has promised you in heaven where you can never lose them.
Are you demonstrating His Kingdom and Character of The King in all you do
What of the world and its system are you still holding onto that will hinder your serving Jesus and obtaining the rewards He has for you in heaven.
The choice is yours and you alone will be to blame for where you end up after you die.