August 28

Today's Bible Reading
     I Samuel 20
     I Corinthians 2
     Lamentations 5
     Psalms 36
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14)
            The human race is clearly divided into two groups of people -the natural and the spiritual. We also call these the saved and the lost. At the Rapture of the Church, there will be the taken and the left behind. During the Tribulation, they will become the earth dwellers and the Kingdom dwellers. How sad it is to be a natural man. 
            The word that is used for the natural man is the word psuchikos. There are three very distinguishing remarks of the natural man. He is dead in trespasses and sin. (Ephesians 2:1)  There are three kinds of death in the Bible; namely, physical death, eternal death in Hell, and spiritual death.
            Spiritual death is the condition of the sinner without Christ.  He is the natural man. He is blind to the truth.  The natural man cannot see spiritually.  He cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God. He is bound by Satan. The natural man is in a prison house of lust and sin. Only Christ can loose him from the shackles of sin.
            Paul tells us, however, that we can be spiritual. The word here is pneumatikos. It speaks of the satisfying, joyous, victorious, abundant life available for the Spirit-filled Christian. It is a life of abiding peace and eventual victory. For the Spirit-filled Christian, God provides supernatural power and constant growth. This kind of life is evidenced by separation from the sinful things of the world and holy living.
            Too many believers today find themselves bored spiritually and afraid to claim the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. What is this spiritual life? Watchman Nee called it the “normal Christian life.” Ruth Paxon labeled it “life on the highest plane.” F.B. Meyer called it ''the exchanged life." Hannah Smith referred to it as “the Christian's secret of a happy life.” Ian Thomas proclaimed it to be the “saving life of Christ.” Stuart Briscoe called it the “fullness of Christ” while G. B. Duncan knew it as the “life of continual rejoicing.” Jesus simply called it “life more abundant.” Whatever it is called, it is nothing less than all of Christ, resident in, reigning over, and released through the human life.
            This can happen in your life when you put Jesus on the throne of your heart. Don't settle for second best, don't fly second class. Jesus wants to do more than reside in you. He wants to preside over you. When your body becomes the Temple of God, He wants to fill you with His glory and power. He will then move you from the mediocre to the miraculous, from the natural to the supernatural, and from the usual to the unusual. Will you allow Him today to take over first place in your life, and to occupy the throne of your heart. Remember, He is not Lord at all until He is Lord of all!
            Let me ask you to focus on your church today. Would you consider your church a missionary church that does not do missions on the basis of it being a part of the program, but sees missions in the fulfillment of the Great Commission as THE program of the church?
            It is exciting that many American churches are catching sight of what God is doing, and are getting in on it, but these churches are still in the minority with less than I 0% of them personalizing missions. Remember, as a member of your church, you are a part of the church -not the building, the organization, but you are one in the Body of Christ.  I challenge you today to pray for your church and to do your part in causing it to be a true mission’s church.