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13I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

14I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Phil. 3:13-14, AMP)

“But One Thing I Do”

Paul declares that there is one thing, but this one this is comprised of three parts.

1.      “Forgetting what lies behind” is the requisite for advancement. Paul is saying that he is not looking back at past failures or accomplishments. To become engrossed in the past produces adverse affects. Whether fixation on the past is focusing on the negative or the positive the result is the same; failure to advance. We have all seen those that can’t move forward for recalling all the wrongs they’ve endured or the failures that continue to haunt them. Then there are those that can’t stop talking about the big deal they closed 10 years ago, or the great career of the past. Paul was saying. I could easily find myself weighted down by a guild complex from my days as the chief persecutor of the church, or I could become arrogant thinking of all of the miracles I worked or the ground I’ve gained. However, the reward is before me and so I press on.

 

2.      “Straining forward to what lies ahead” is Paul saying that my focus is on what is ahead. I refused to get caught up in yesterday because my destiny lies in obtaining the prize and the prize is before me.

 

 

3.      “I press on toward the goal” or “I press toward the mark”. Is Paul saying that there is a greater calling. There is a greater purpose. There is this destiny for which he was created. He presses to obtain this ultimate prize.

Paul understood that he had not yet obtained the prize, but he was determined to maintain his focus and to move forward in progression toward the goal.

 

I encourage you to do the same.

 

Be blessed,

 

Bishop Rick Wallace

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This went out to the Facebook open group “The Believers Initiative”. Anyone that wants to better themselves in every aspect of life is willing to join.

 

Anyone that knows me knows that I am intent on being informed about past and current issues. I was contemplating the objective of this Group Forum
: To help advance believers in every aspect of their lives. So I took the 21 principles of Christian Living as revealed to me by the Holy Spirit and I wanted to address the 5 that are lacking the most.

21 Principles of Christian Living

1. God above all else ( When God is placed first the process of power begins)
2. Always know that God is in control (This is the essence of faith)
3. Constantly renew your mind and your thinking (transformation begins here)
4. Daily intake, digestion, metabolism & inculcation of Bible doctrine
5. Always look to give more than you receive (Fill your space)
6. Wholeness of Life (let no area be in lack)
7. Living in true abundance (finance is only a small portion of true abundance)
8. Guard Your Tongue & Understand its power. (Life & Death lie here)
9. Maintain the Temple (our bodies; health, fitness & nutrition)
10. Teach others as you learn (Of whom much is given, much is required)
11. Build up rather than tear down (Christians have become good at the latter)
12. Forgive (Forgiveness is one of the greatest ways to reclaim stolen power)
13. Live in your purpose (Your Purpose defines your pain)
14. Honor God in your Walk (This is your greatest testimony
15. Allow Praise to become a daily practice (Praise confounds the enemy)
16. Work in harmony with all believers (stop being a busy body & complainer)
17. Accept Correction (Only a fool despises it)
18. Maintain a heart of gratitude (take notice of the simple things)
19. Develop a sense of order (Without order chaos rules and little is accomplished)
20. Expand your vision & God will enlarge your territory (We have been trained to
think
small, criticized when we open up to the possibilities (God is not a god of
mediocrity)
21. No surrender; No retreat (God takes not pleasure in those that draw back)

When we follow these principles victory is inevitable. When I began to delve into the things that were troubling believers most, I found the following 5 things to be most prevalent.

1. Financial Struggles (falls under principle #3)
2. Fitness and Nutrition (falls under principle #9)
3. Relationship Issues (falls under principles #11 and 17)
4. Poor Vision or Dwarfed Goals (falls under principle 20)
5. lack of Knowledge (falls under principle #3)

Each of this issues are due to lack. The issue is always lack.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

This is the famous passage in Daniel dealing with the writing on the wall. Belshazzar was weighed in the balances or searched by God and found to be lacking. Any area of perpetual personal struggle is always due to a lack of the virtue that provides foundation and strength in that area of your life. This is why we are to have an abundance in every area of our life, not just focusing on wealth.

We are going to address these issues head on. The first thing that I want each of you to do is determine which of these areas of struggle apply to you. Determine what the exact need is. Second you are to determine which of thse areas you are strongest in and decide the best way to use your strengths to help others with weaknesses in the area of your strengths. If you know of courses, products, people and other resources, prepare to share them with the rest of the group beginning Monday. If you have something you want to share before then thats fine too. I need all of you Entrepreneurs, Life Coaches, Motivational Speakers, Spiritual Leaders to step to the forefront. I will provide support on several fronts. I will provide insight from my years of experience as a business owner; Health, fitness, health, and holistic living from my expertise in the fitness arena; and scriptural foundation in order to build the foundation on which we will build up each of these areas of weakness.

Let every one you know that is in need of help to come. Tell all the heavy hitters that this is a chance to give back as well as generate business within the guidelines of the program.

Together we will make a difference, not only in the lives of the people within this group, but the people we come in contact with outside this group.

Okay, lets do this.

Bishop Rick Wallace
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P.S. Pastors, I have some special resources to share with you. Those of you in the Dallas and Houston area should contact me directly. This includes Author and Publisher Andrea Taylor of Third Chapter Press

What Hinders Christians From Being Successful?

By 

Expert Author Larry B Morrison

“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Some would say the opposite of faith is apathy. Practical application and these words from Jesus would indicate more strongly that fear is the opposite. Fear is really perverted, twisted faith- faith that something you don’t want is going to happen. No faith at all belongs to the realm of apathy- no fear of bad, no faith for good- just flatline, also known as dead. Few of us actually live in this la-la land. Fear is an element that we all face from time to time. Actually, we live with it more than we even realize because it becomes so much second nature we are accustomed to it. So let me ask you again, “Why are you so fearful and how is it that you have no faith?”

Many of those in the role of being teachers of success principles speak often of fear, particularly, fear of failure. Yet, through the years, common everyday people, many of whom are not Christian, have found a way to conquer their fears and accomplish great things. How much more should we, children of the King, conquer our fears, given that He is our source, He is our rock, He loves and looks after us. If God be for you, who can be against you? And with Him watching your back, what have you to fear? You should be free to just go knock the stops out- yet something else hinders so many Christians; another kind of fear.

We have so much engrained religion in us. Religion in the bad sense of the word. When I think ‘religion’ I think ‘tradition.’ Traditions that invalidate the word of God, that make it of no effect. Tradition like that of which Jesus said to the Pharisees, “You nicely set aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.” What are some of these traditions?

There are varying degrees, depending on who you listen to, of ideas that are spoken as, “Let go, and let God,” “Die to your self,” and, “As a servant, you should have no thought other than how you may better serve God.” This is the lake of truth and ounce of poison formula – enough scriptural background to make it sound right, enough poison to kill you. Traditions, the words of men, trying often to explain experiences with just a hint of scripture. These ideas of belittlement of the Christian soul are like a slow death.

That being said, consider how Moses, when he had come down from the mountain, had the glory of God shining on his face. We’re afraid of getting too close to God in what we say, think, and do that we will incur God’s wrath as satan did when he said, I will be like the Most High God.” So many Christians are actually fearful that if they allow themselves to go out and be their very best, they will somehow diminish God, steal some of His glory, step on His toes, or offend Him by their accomplishment. As a result, they run so far from the fire of Glory that they end up freezing to death. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: On your best day, when you have outdone every other human on the planet, you’ve made more money, loved more people, shown more kindness, helped more, given more, encouraged more, uplifted more than anyone else- when you are shining brightly, you are no threat to God whatsoever. He is not elevated by your being small and He is not diminished by your being big. He is. Nothing changes that. You’ll never outshine Him. Our success doesn’t give Him displeasure. Just have the integrity to realize, as the centurion, you are under authority, and you have those in under your authority.

We seek so hard after God, yet this religious spirit so hinders us and we perish (physically, but more so in our soul- our mind, will and emotions) for a lack of knowledge. Our misconceptions (what we make up on our own) and misrepresentations (what we get from other people) – these religious ideas, not truths, give us an illegitimate picture of God’s nature. This divides us within ourselves and makes us hesitant to trust- unsure if God has our best interest at heart. We find ourselves fearful of Him. We choose to be small in life lest we become too much and thus offend God and risk His anger.

You read this and say, no, not me, but if you have escaped the effects of modern religion, you are rare indeed or have spent your life on a deserted island.

So what would you do with your life is knew you could not fail? It’s not an original question. Now give it a twist- what would you do with your life if you knew you could not fall out of favor with God? Go ahead, be the best you can be. Do all those things we mentioned- making money, giving, loving, helping, etc. And if you wake up one day and find the whole world is looking at you and wanting your gracious words of wisdom, just turn and point to Jesus and say, “Now that I have your attention, let me introduce you to the man who made this all possible.”

How you can use your calling, combined with your talents, abilities, and your rich covenant blessing of prosperity, to have an abundance for every good work.

Larry Morrison

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Daily Scriptural Truth – March 21, 2012

 

Romans 1

The Gospel Exalted

1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, [a](A)called asan apostle, (B)set apart for(C)the gospel of God, 2which He (D)promised beforehand through His(E)prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born(F)of a [b]descendant of David (G)according to the flesh, 4 who was declared(H)the Son of God with power [c]by the resurrection from the dead, according to the[d]Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and (I)apostleship[e]to bring about the(J)obedience of faith among (K)all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, 6among whom you also are the (L)called of Jesus Christ;

7 to all who are (M)beloved of God in Rome, called as[f](N)saints: (O)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

8 First, (P)I thank my God through Jesus Christ [g]for you all, because (Q)your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For (R)God, whom I (S)serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly (T)I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by (U)the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. 11 For (V)I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be[h]established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 (W)I do not want you to be unaware, (X)brethren, that often I (Y)have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some(Z)fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 (AA)I am[i]under obligation both to Greeks and to(AB)barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So, for my part, I am eager to (AC)preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

16 For I am not(AD)ashamed of the gospel, for (AE)it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the (AF)Jew first and also to (AG)the Greek. 17 For in it (AH)the righteousness of God is revealed [j]from faith to faith; as it is written, “[k](AI)BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

Unbelief and Its Consequences

18 For (AJ)the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who (AK)suppress the truth[l]in unrighteousness, 19because (AL)that which is known about God is evident [m]within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For (AM)since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, (AN)being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not [n]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became (AO)futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 (AP)Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and(AQ)exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and [o]crawling creatures.

24 Therefore (AR)God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be(AS)dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for [p](AT)lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, (AU)who is blessed[q]forever. Amen.

26 For this reason (AV)God gave them over to(AW)degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is [r]unnatural,27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another,(AX)men with men committing [s]indecent acts and receiving in [t]their own persons the due penalty of their error.

28 And just as they did not see fit [u]to acknowledge God any longer, (AY)God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are(AZ)gossips, 30 slanderers,[v](BA)haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil,(BB)disobedient to parents,31 without understanding, untrustworthy,(BC)unloving, unmerciful; 32and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of(BD)death, they not only do the same, but also (BE)give hearty approval to those who practice them.

The book of Romans is, with maybe the exception of Hebrews, the most doctrinally packed book in the Bible. The doctrines and precepts are multitudinous and immensely expressive in the details or bearing out the Christian way of life. Below you will find the 20 stages of World Apostasy as laid out above.

  1. They did not glorify God (verse 21)
  2. The y became unfaithful (verse 21)
  3. They took on vain imagination (verse 21) [This means that their thoughts were corrupted {they were thinking worldview instead of the ways of God}]
  4. They became darkened in heart (verse [This means they had develop scar tissue of the soul {they had become indifferent to the will of God and were no longer able to tell right from wrong}]
  5. Professed to be wise (verse 22)
  6. Became fools (verse 22)
  7. Changed Gods glory (verse 23) [they were idolatrous]
  8. Dishonored their bodies (verse 24) [expresses a scriptural term that applies to homosexuality and other sexually perverted sins between both men and women]
  9. Changed the truth to a lie (verse 25)
  10. Worshiped the creation rather the creator (verse 25)
  11. Served creatures, not God (verse 25)
  12. Submitted to vile passions (verse 26)
  13. Lesbianism (verse 26)
  14. Men went to sodomy (verse 27)
  15. Rejected the knowledge of God (verse 28)
  16. Took on a reprobate mind (verse 28)
  17. Became completely perverted in their sexual behavior (verse 28)
  18. Full of iniquities (verses 29-31)
  19. Despised the coming judgments (verse 32)
  20. Glorified wickedness (verse 32)

The question is simply: How far do we have to look in order to see all of this in today’s society?

Bishop Rick Wallace

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The 400 years of Sojourn for the Israelites.

13 Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. (Genesis 15:13, NIV)

The aforementioned scripture is the subject of much debate. Some believe that the Bible contradicts itself in ascribing the number of years of sojourn for Abraham and his descendents. I will endeavor to succinctly shed light on the matter.

Genesis 15:13 God tells Abram (who would eventually become Abraham) that his seed would be sojourners or strangers in a foreign land for 400 years; that Egypt would be punished for enslaving Israel; that Israel would become rich; that Abraham would live long; and that his seed would come out of Egypt in the 4th generation to defeat the Amorites. All of these prophesies were fulfilled in the Exodus and the settlement of Canaan under Moses and Joshua (EX. 7:1-14; 31; Num. 21:21-25; Josh. 12).

The actual sojourn of Abraham’s seed in Egypt was only 215 years. There were other countries which made of the land of sojourn (12:1-20; 13:1-18; 15:13-14; 20:1-18; 21:22-34;23:4; 26:3-35; 28:10; 29:1; 31:13-55; 35:6; 37:1; 46:1-7; 47:27; 50:22-26; Ex.1-12; Heb. 11:8-10). The 400 years of Gen. 15:13 and Act 7:6 date back to the time when Isaac was weaned and confirmed as the seed (heir) and Ishmael was cast out of the home (Gen. 21:12; Gal. 4:30). At that time Isaac was 5 years old.

Other scriptures speak of the period as being 430 years (Ex. 12:40; Gal. 3:14-17), and that places the date of original reference further back, to take into consideration the the  first 5 years of Isaac’s life and the 25 years previous to his birth, when Abraham went to Canaan to sojourn.

Below you will see a brief time bulletin which how the 430 years are accounted for:

How the 430 years are determined                                                                   Years

  • From the 75th year of Abraham’s life to the birth of Isaac            25
  • From Isaac’s birth to that of Jacob (Gen. 12:4, 21:5)                       60
  • From Jacob’s birth to his death                                                                147
  • From Jacob’s death to that of Joseph (Gen. 37:2; 41:46;
  • 47:28;   50:22                                                                                                    54
  • From Joseph’s death to the Exodus from Egypt (Ex. 12:40;
  •              Gal: 3:14-17                                                                                         144
  •                                                                         Total                                            430

 

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FOR SERIOUS BIBLE STUDENTS

I am going spend a brief moment sharing with you the importance of every Bible student building and adequate and effective Bible Research Library. It does not take one very long upon engaging the infallible Word of God to discover that God values His Word immensely and expects us to the same.

I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (Ps. 138:2, NKJV)

David tells us that God has magnified His Word above His name. The gravity of this statement is not easily apprehended. There is no mandate within the borders of the Bible that is more incessantly imposed upon its readers than the command to give ourselves wholly to the study, understanding, and execution of the Word of God.

The Apostle Paul adds another dynamic to the function of the Word in the believer’s life and the believer’s responsibility toward the Word.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15, NASB)

Paul informs us that it is not simply enough to engage the Word, but we must take care to rightfully “handle” the Word. In the Greek the word that is translated “handle” is “ὀρθοτομέω, orthotomeō, or-thot-om-eh’-o; From a compound of G3717 and the base of G5114; to make a straight cut, that is, (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message): – rightly divide. (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G3718). This calls for more than a superficial approach to the study of the Bible it calls for intense anatomization of scripture.

Paul goes further with Timothy to reveal the vast effect of scripture which further illuminates the massive importance of proper interpretation.

16Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
17So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, AMP)

This passage elucidates the fact that scripture must be properly dissected and disseminated in order for the equipping of the saints to be fully manifested.

Some of us have had the privilege of obtaining a formal academic education in the way of Systematic Theology, Textual Criticism, Covenantal Theology, and a number of other disciplines that have equipped us to engage the Word of God through a different spiritual and intellectual lens. Although this is truly a blessing in itself, not everyone will take the path of a formal education in theology, yet we are all called to rightly divide, dissect, anatomize, and analyze doctrine in a manner in which it remains pure and unadulterated.

How can those who choose to bypass a formal education approach this challenge? First, and foremost, by believing in the revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, by taking advantage of the wealth of extra-biblical resources that are at your disposal. Every serious Bible student should build a library filled with study resources to aid in the matter of exegesis, contextual analysis, historical reference, and cultural influence, just to name a few. All of these variables have an influence on the interpretation of scripture.

Though this may seem quite daunting at first, it can be accomplished by taking one step at a time. With patience and deliberation you can build a powerful and effective Bible research library of your own. With the era of digital technology in full swing, this task has not only been simplified, but has become quite a bit more affordable.

Some of us have had the privilege of obtaining a formal academic education in the way of Systematic Theology, Textual Criticism, Covenantal Theology, and a number of other disciplines that have equipped us to engage the Word of God through a different spiritual and intellectual lens. Although this is truly a blessing in itself, not everyone will take the path of a formal education in theology, yet we are all called to rightly divide, dissect, anatomize, and analyze doctrine in a manner to which it remains pure and unadulterated.

How can those who choose to bypass a formal education approach this challenge? First, and foremost, by believing in the revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, by taking advantage of the wealth of extra-biblical resources that are at your disposal. Every serious Bible student should build a library filled with study resources to aid in the matter of exegesis, contextual analysis, historical reference, and cultural influence, just to name a few. All of these variables have an influence on the interpretation of scripture.

Whether you are wrestling with the concept of justification and sanctification, or struggling with the doctrine of the Trinitarian existence of the Godhead, an adequately developed Bible research library will bring lucidity and confidence to your Bible Study endeavors.

Remember, we are talking about one of the most important life investments you will ever make, bar none. Through researching material for my ministry website I stumbled upon one of the most awesome finds in a long time. Only If I could have discovered this 20 years ago; before I begin building my research library, it would have saved me loads of money and time. I found an entire 20 volume set or resources, with over 14,000 pages of valuable information to aid the serious student of the Word; everything from Nave’s Topical Bible and Easton’s Bible Dictionary to The History of the Church, Volumes 1-8. Get this; all for less than the price of one movie ticket. This blew my mind.

It is needless to say that this beautiful set will be offered on my ministry website with great pomp and circumstance. Anyone that has approached the study of God’s Word with the true intent of adequately and accurately dissecting it will testify to the immensity in value this set of resources will provide. This is a digital product which means that if you have a laptop, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, EVO, Galaxy, or any other kind of smart device, you can carry this information with you wherever you go. You can, of course download it to your desktop as well. With the emergence of the Cloud and other online servers, you can now save this and pull it up on devices on which it is not even downloaded.

This is one of the greatest values that I have ever stumbled upon, and I had to share with you. May you be blessed in your studies, and may your studies thoroughly equip you for every good work.
If you are serious about your Bible Study and you are ready to take it to the next level, click on the following link and get you Bible Research Library. Please visit the Official Rick Wallace Ministries website and click the Bookstore/Resource tab, then go to the resources box and clink the link that says Bible Research Library. “20 VOLUMES, Over 14,000 Pages, Covering Contextual and Categorical References.

Once you have you have your set, you can contact me directly to discuss how to customize your library and the proper approach to studying the Word.

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Walk In Confidence

There is a difference between arrogance and confidence. There is a false doctrine that has infiltrated the ranks of Christianity in an attempt to confuse the believer with a concept of false humility. This doctrine would have the believer become docile and unassuming in his gifts. The believer is told when claims boldly his calling that he flirts with arrogance. Do not be deceived. Paul’s Corinthian Critics accused him of the same thing because of his first epistle to them. For Paul’s response, read 2 Corinthians 10.

Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of your confidence in who you are in Christ. You are not to lose sight of where your true strength comes from, because that is where your confidence is founded. When you allow the enemy to steal your confidence, take away your spiritual swagger through false humility, you are one step away from ineffectiveness. This is why. When you lose your confidence in who you are, it won’t be long before the enemy shows back up to talk you out of your calling. In other words, when you are not truly convinced of who you are, people will always be able to talk you out of what you should be doing.

When I look at the examples in the Bible I don’t see docility; not in Paul, not in the apostles after Pentecost, and definitely not in Christ. Humility is not docility; it is the understanding of the source of your strength and the acknowledgement of grace which cultivates teachability. Start living in power and standing in confidence.

God bless,

Bishop Rick Wallace
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Daily Scriptural Truth –
March 20, 2012

The Kenosis of Christ

Philippians 2:7 – but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. (NASB)

What does “emptied Himself” mean? The original manuscript is in Greek and the term Greek word “κενόω, kenoō”
(ken-o’-o)
From G2756; to make empty, that is, (figuratively) to abase, neutralize, falsify: – make (of none effect, of no reputation, void), be in vain.
Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G2758

This same word is translated “make void” (Rom. 4:14; 1 Cor. 9:3); make of no effect (1 Cor. 1:17); be in vain (2 Cor. 9:3); and make of no reputation or emptied Himself (Phil. 2:7).

The question becomes: Of what did Christ empty Himself?

It could not have been his divine nature, for He was God not only from all eternity (Mic. 5:1-2; Jn. 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8-11), but God manifest in flesh during His life on earth (Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Matt. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16)

Christ Emptied Himself of:

1. Equality with God (Phil. 2:6-7; Jn. 14:8; 1 Cor. 11:3)

2. God-form or God-body, the spirit body that he lived in from eternity, to take human form (Phil. 2:6-8;3:21; Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:35;Jn 1:14; Lk. 24:37-40; Zech. 13:6; Gal. 4:4; Rom.8:3)

3. Immortality of body (1 Cor. 15:3; Ps. 16:10; 1 Pet. 2:5-11)

4. The glory that He had with the Father before the world was (Jn. 12:23; 17:5; Mt. 16:27; Phil. 2:5-11)

5. His authority in heaven and in earth, which was given back to him after the resurrection (Mt. 28:18; Phil. 2:9-11; Eph. 1:20-23; 1 Pet. 3:22)

6. His divine attributes and outward power that He had with the Father from eternity. He had no power to perform miracles until He received the Holy Spirit in all fullness (Jn. 2:11; 3:34; Isa. 11:1-2; 42:1-7; 61:1-2; Lk. 3:21-22; 4:16-21; Mt. 12:28; Acts 10:38). He could do nothing of Himself in His earthly life. He attributed all His works, doctrines, powers, etc. To the Father through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

In doing this Christ set the example for us to follow. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the power to live this Christian life in power and victory.

Tune in tomorrow for the next scriptural truth.

God Bless,
Bishop Rick Wallace
http://rickwallaceministries.com/

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