Monday, February 24 2014
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12
Have you ever asked God the question, why are all of these bad things happening to America? In order to answer this very important question we have to take a look at the nation of Israel, God's first chosen and see how they were treated upon their defection and rejection of Him! History doesn't lie and there is much to be said for a people who God loved with all of His heart, but brought about His righteous judgment because of their disobedience and their subsequent rebellion toward their heavenly Father.
Adam was God's firstborn son created for His pleasure and purpose to see a race of human worshipers inhabit the planet and to become fruitful and multiply, thereby expanding the heavenly kingdom here on earth. Adam and his wife Eve were given a command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but they disobeyed and were expelled from the presence and provision of their Creator. From that time forward, over and over again God's people continued in rebellion against Him bringing about judgment and retribution until they finally ended up enslaved in Egypt, a once great nation laboring in the mud pits of despair for their enemies. Sound familiar?
You know the story, God's people cried out and He sent Moses to deliver them from their bondage, and so it was that they were set free and brought into the wilderness to trust God once more, but they rebelled again and were scattered in the desert. Again,"Cause and effect," the cause was rebellion, the effect was judgment on a stiff-necked people who refused to obey God and would not submit themselves under His guiding hand and so He gave them once again into the hands of their enemies! Aren't you glad God has changed and has become more mellowed out, or maybe He's just gotten older and doesn't want to offend anyone or hurt their feelings, after all He wouldn't be very politically correct if He continued to act like He did with Israel!
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all ate the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. I Corinthians 10:1-6
I WONDER WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN?
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and were written for our admonition, (to warn or instruct) upon whom the ends of the ages (last days) have come. I Corinthians 10:11
America was founded on godly principles and laws were established to recognize God and keep the government out of religion. For years these principles and laws were respected and freedom of religion was safe, that is until new generations arose with new philosophies and ideas of their own, giving way to a nation of politically correct and ignorant people who have totally rebelled against the precepts of God! It is no different today than in Moses day when God's people rebelled against Him in the wilderness and many were destroyed because of their actions and total disregard for the Most High. The apostle Paul warned us that these things were written for us in the last days that we might not end up like Israel.
Is America under the judgment of God? You be the judge! In order for one to determine that we are indeed being judged we have to take a hard look at why God would judge us in the first place! For years the moral fabric of this country has been eaten away by the moth of apathy and complacency toward the precepts and commandments of God, a total disregard for His word and a defection from the glorious gospel of salvation causing a generation to arise who are lost and devoid of the only truth that can set them free. Another reason for this rebellion against morality is the backslidden cowardly preachers of this nation who have refused to preach the truth of repentance from sin and rebellion, and instead have gone a whoring after money and fame only to leave the church in ruins, inhabited by a seeker friendly environment of lackadaisical, event motivated, consumer driven, politically correct people who cannot discern good from evil, destined to perish in their ignorance in the fires of Hell!
If you don't believe me, then believe this: we have moved from Osama to Obama in just fourteen short years when the towers fell, prophesied in Isaiah 30:25. Do you think 911 was just an attack from a foreign enemy on a great nation who is totally ignorant of their spiritual condition and defiled the Muslim holy land in their lust for oil? The terrorists who flew into the Trade Center as well as the Pentagon were of the same bloodline as those armies of the east that God sent against Israel when they sinned against Him. You mean 911 was an act of God's judgment and not an act of war on an arrogant land of rebellious people who have deeply offended the Most High God by their rebellious actions and defection from His law? Yes indeed! The Trade Center was a symbol of man's pride, greed and selfish arrogance standing as a giant twin phallus (symbolic representation of a penis) in the face of a holy God. History doesn't, lie we have gone the way of Israel by ignoring the Creator and His truth by our ignorance and lust for power and prestige and we have reaped the whirlwind of His divine retribution! Remember the tower of Babel?
For the day of the Lord of hosts (Judgment day) shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up, and it shall be brought low. Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon the oaks of Bashan; upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops. The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. But the idols He shall utterly abolish. Isaiah 2:12-18
I WONDER WHY SO MANY SCHOOL SHOOTINGS?
As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths. Isaiah 3:12
Again the government led the people to believe that separation of church and state was meant to keep the church out of government, when in actuality it was meant to keep the government out of the church, which has gravitated to the state funded schools of America. Judgment doesn't always come in the form of lightning bolts from the heavens, when God is made to leave a situation or an organization, or in this case the schools of America, He takes with Him His protection and blessing! When the presence of God leaves, the powers of darkness come in to rob, kill and destroy and they have had a field day in our schools.
Numerous shootings have plagued the high schools and colleges, not to mention elementary schools as in the recent New Town massacre. For years ever since God was forced to leave, prayer stopped, Bible reading and any form of religious activity was outlawed and evil began to enter, bringing with it a dark and foreboding spirit of murder, lust and perversion. Sex, drugs, alcohol and perversion of all kinds has made its evil way even into our elementary schools. From smoking dope in the restrooms to teachers having sex with students, molestation and sexual misconduct continue to run rampant down the halls of the once respected and protected schools of America. Sexting has become a popular way for students to send their friends selfies, nude pictures of one another during class that fuels the lusts and desires to a fever pitch. Oral sex is now an acceptable alternative to intercourse and is not even considered to be wrong because you can't get pregnant, so it is practiced throughout the schools of America.
Are you still wondering why? From the top to the bottom of the barrell, even in the churches of America there is perversion and every form of lust, pride and greed setting up our children for a fall, parents have no time to spend with their kids, so they dump them on coaches, ill-advised and often times predatory youth leaders, and any other person who will spend time to do what the parents of America should be doing themselves: training their own children! But you say, "We don't have time!" The problem is: they won't make time, there is time for TV, time for sports, time for hobbies, time for church, but no time for our kids who are reaping the effects of a deviant and totally ignorant generation of demonic babysitters paid to mentor the children of America!
For God established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers. That they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; and may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. Psalm 78:5-8
Tuesday, February 18 2014
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Many in the body of Christ are experiencing trials of sickness, financial difficulty and the loss of friends or loved ones. I have several friends who are dealing with cancer, heart problems and other severe diseases and the fear that accompanies these maladies. It seems like almost everyone I know has something they are battling with and many including myself have had to patiently pray through their circumstances with much perseverance in order to gain the victory. In the past couple of years I have had nine friends die and most seemed to be premature.
While out praying the other morning on my daily walk I was thinking about what the Lord wanted me to say to a friend I was going to meet who has cancer and I heard Him say, "Stand and fight!" That is the battle cry of the body of Christ, to stand our ground and fight the enemy of our souls. I believe because we are approaching the last days that God is preparing us to fight the good fight of faith that requires much prayer, spiritual fortitude and perseverance in order to experience the victory over the powers of darkness sent to rob, kill and destroy. As the scripture says we do not war with flesh and blood, but principalities and powers, in other words we are in a spiritual battle that has been raging ever since Adam's fall in the garden!
One of the major problems I see today in the body of Christ is the lack of unity that greatly limits our ability to fight a spiritual war against a formidable foe who has been attacking man for thousands of years and in many cases has destroyed even the strongest of faithful men. For instance take Samson, David, Abraham and even the "Rock," Peter who denied the Lord three times. Now granted they didn't all die but their missions on earth were deeply effected because of Satan's ability to deceive them. Jesus appointed twelve apostles to be overseers of His new fledgling church about to be birthed and He trained them in spiritual warfare and in intersession. These common every day "Blue collar workers" were not appointed to lord over God's people, they were chosen to intercede and to do spiritual battle for the new believers yet to come.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself (demon) against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5
A CALL TO ARMS
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
All authority over the powers of darkness covers a lot of ground and Jesus meant for us to use our God-given authority in His name and take back that which has been stolen from the body of Christ. From it's inception the church of God has been lied to and deceived by false prophets, false apostles and demons seeking to defeat us with lies and tradition passed down through the ages, leaving a greatly weakened body unable to fight because she has been convinced that the power passed away, and that she is just an old sinner saved by grace! Nonsense! The body of Christ is meant to be a warrior bride adorned with all the power and authority of her Husband Jesus to take back the world which has been stolen by Satan and controlled by the powers of darkness.
The church of Jesus Christ is the most powerful entity in the universe, able to cast out demons, heal all sickness and disease and even to raise the dead, but because of all the traditions of ignorant leadership, doctrines of demons and ritual she lies in state to be viewed once a week in her cathedral of convenience to be looked upon as a memorial to a God who died long ago. Alas, sipping their Starbucks coffee they sing about times past, and listen to sweet stories of a love long lost as they look out the beautiful stained glass windows that hold them in bondage to a dead and lifeless religion of dead works! Does this not spark something deep within your soul that being a member in good standing of the church of the blood washed saints of the Most High God would allow this travesty to continue? If you are born again, washed in the blood of Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit of the living God why in the world would you submit yourself under such nonsense to be locked away in a stinking sheep pen of man-made, modern day, only on Sunday churchianity?
The world is dying, lost in a sea of sin and sickness, spinning out of control and descending into the very chambers of death and Hell and yet their only help is asleep in a sermon induced coma promoted by ill-advised and in many cases demonized, un-tempered and un-trained leadership led by the lust of their flesh and religious dogma! Fallen away doesn't even describe the state of the modern day church, instead maybe never arrived would be a better description of what we have allowed the devil to convince us of that holds us in bondage and away from the truth that is able to set us free! Are you not getting the picture? We have been deceived, and as an old friend used to say, "Deceived folks don't know they are deceived!"
Who is left among you who saw this temple (house) in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is it not in your eyes as nothing? Haggai 2:3
SITTING AT THE TABLE OF UNBELIEF
Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Mark 16:14
I am amazed that after almost three and a half years of intensive 24/7 ministry in every circumstance, dealing with every conceivable issue of life that these eleven men were sitting at the table of unbelief. Jesus had poured His very life into these men and thoroughly equipped them for service in His kingdom and then He was crucified and buried just as He said He would be, but they just refused to believe it was true. These eleven saw things we will never see this side of a Holy Spirit invasion: casting out devils by the thousands, healing the sick, blind eyes restored, deaf hearing, lepers cleansed, dead raised, supernatural acts of provision, not to mention walking on water.
What were they thinking, were they forming a committee, talking about Jesus who had vanished from their lives, who knows, one thing is for certain in just a few short days from the time of the crucifixion, Satan already had them convinced it was all a dream and Jesus wasn't coming back! So, if that can happen to these men of God, trained by the Lord Himself what do you think Satan has done to the church in two thousand years? Total devastation! He has wrecked it with lies and traditions, rituals and myths, and has convinced the most powerful force in the universe to just sit in darkness, submit to a form of worldly men devoid of God's Spirit once a week and to shut up, write a check, die and have a nice funeral, being remembered because of your tithing record or Sunday school attendance.
The sun was just beginning to rise as the Lord Jesus also arose from the tomb being resurrected into a glorious state taking His rightful place in the newly formed kingdom on earth, when longing to see His disciples whom He had spent so much time with, but alas, only a common road whore named Mary showed up whom Jesus had cast seven devils out of coming to anoint Him for burial. What a shock to see her Lord and Savior risen from the grave as He had said, and now He told her to go and tell His disciples, "I have risen!" Well, you know the rest of the story, she told them and they still didn't believe, so, before you start throwing judgment at them, where are you in the scheme of spiritual things today, do you believe and are you going to do something about the state of His church lying in ruins among the dead? We have allowed sickness and disease to run rampant killing millions, we have also allowed the murder of fifty million innocent babies on our watch as well as giving the devil full access to God's kingdom to rob, kill and destroy; and as Sean Connery told Kevin Costner in the movie, "The Untouchables" as he lay dying, "What are you prepared to do?"
Will you continue to sit at the table of unbelief content with being in a vegetated state or will you arise from your religious slumber to wage war with the powers of darkness and claim your spiritual destiny in the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ? Jesus is not coming back for sleeping beauty, He is coming for a "Warrior Queen" prepared to fight for the cause of righteousness and to preach the uncompromised gospel of His kingdom, to win the lost at any cost and to lay down his life for others to inherit the glory of eternal life! You were created for this moment in history to fulfill the wishes of the greatest King of all kings and to reap the harvest of these last days! If you are sitting in a tomb of dead man's bones watching the world go to Hell before your very eyes, then do this: repent and come out into the fields for they are white unto harvest in the kingdom of your Father, and He will welcome you into His service, the greatest calling the world has ever known!
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
CONCLUSION: And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Monday, February 10 2014
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in regards to food and drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Colossians 2:15-17
Again the apostle Paul is warning the church at Colosse not to be cheated by men in following Jewish tradition in regards to the law and not to be judged in what they ate or drank. One of the pitfalls of true discipleship is to traverse the vast seas of man-made religion and the traditions of ill-advised leadership and false prophets trying to deceive the New Man! Jesus disarmed the powers of darkness and they have absolutely no power over us but the ability to deceive and trap us with their cunning schemes!
One of the most successful tactics of the enemy is to bring the newly born again believer back under the law in which he was set free from, and put him in bondage to the traditions, rules and regulations of ignorant men, completely nullifying the grace that set them free. I have seen it time and time again, the newly born baby in Christ being sucked up into Jewish tradition and law. From Pentecost onward, even by the hands of Christ's own disciples the Gentiles who were gloriously saved were co-hearsed to be circumcised, obey the law of Moses, keep the Sabbath and abstain from eating things that were deemed unclean in the law. Even the great apostle Peter was deceived into trying to corrupt the Gentile's new found freedom in Christ and accused by Paul of his hypocrisy.
The grace of God has set us free from the bondage of the law of sin and death and we have been released from the traditions and doctrines of men passed down through the ages and manipulated by demonic schemes to seduce us from our freedom in Christ. Beware of men who come to you and try to get you to begin to be involved in Jewish tradition, the wearing of prayer shawls, keeping the Sabbath, abstaining from certain foods and speaking in Hebrew, things that seem like the truth, but in reality they will hold you in bondage to the law, and not the grace that was given to set you free!
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grow with the increase that is from God. Colossians 2:18,19
CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST
"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all of mankind and was crucified that sin might be totally done away with and that man should no longer be held in bondage to it. The blood of Christ set man free from the bondage of sin, death and the law and by grace we have been freed from its bonds to ever serve the Lord Jesus Christ in His kingdom on earth. The "Old Man" was executed on the cross in order for the "New Man" to become a born again new creation in Christ, a brand new supernatural man recreated in the image of His Father.
No longer a slave but a son, adopted by the heavenly Father to rule and reign in a supernatural kingdom established upon the earth for a divine family of worshipers. No longer held in bondage to the rules of man, washed from sins by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the New Man is birthed in freedom and glory and as Christ was raised from the dead so also we are raised in the image of our Creator, re-birthed or in modern language, re-Mastered into the very image of the One who saved us and cleansed us from all sin and law. If we as His family could ever grasp all that was done on the cross for us to set us free we would quickly reap the harvest of the world and willingly give all to reign with Christ in power and glory in His kingdom here on earth.
When the natural man dies he is no more, destined to decompose and become dust once again, blown away with the wind, but when the "Old Man" dies, our old sinful body, we are crucified and resurrected back into the image and glory of God from which all of mankind fell when Adam sinned in the garden. A brand new race of supernatural beings raised immortal to once again enter the divine presence of the Father and to live eternally with Him forever in glory, whether here on earth or with Him in Heaven, makes no difference because we have been transferred into the Son of His love upon being born again!
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed (cleared, pardoned, justified) from sin. Romans 6:4-7
RAISED WITH CHRIST
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
The New Man has undergone a drastic transformation from a natural human being to a supernatural heavenly being formed into the image of God by the "Creative Power" of Holy Spirit! No longer just a sinner saved by grace, but a saint washed in the blood of Jesus, crucified with Him, buried with Him and raised eternal with Him to rule and reign in the kingdom of God here, and in the realm of Heaven. As the New Man sets his mind and heart on things above he begins to understand that which has been done to him in regards to the supernatural metamorphosis that he has experienced as he learns to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh.
God's plan for all of mankind is to rescue them from sin and eternal judgment and transform them back into the image of the Creator that was lost in the garden when Adam fell, thus allowing condemnation to flow down the bloodlines of humanity up until now, bringing with it the curse of the law of sin and death. The divine design was re-Mastered when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and then resurrected into a glorious New Man to become first fruits of this new supernatural race of New Men and New Women raised in the likeness of Christ! From the time of Christ's resurrection the law was fulfilled, the old priesthood was done away with and man was allowed to come before the very throne of God once again as a son and not an orphan.
It is my expressed desire in this teaching to encourage those who have become new creations in Christ to be all they can in Him, putting to death the deeds of the flesh and walking a new in the power and anointing of God, fulfilling their destiny, and furthering the kingdom of their Father here on earth. Don't let yourselves become polluted by the traditions and doctrines of men and demons, but instead even expose their deeds so that others won't become ensnared by their ignorance. Come out of whatever is not godly, including fellowships and churches who deny the truth and refuse to believe in the power of God, don't be deceived by false prophets and angels of light who will come to you to rob, kill and destroy, ill-advised and deceived they will try and hold you in bondage and cripple your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, the supreme and ultimate Commander of the host! May God richly bless you and perform His perfect will and plan for your life!
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:8-11
Monday, February 03 2014
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6,7
Many a potential New Man has been aborted by the neglect of those who are deemed the "Fivefold" ministry team who are supposed to equip the newly born saints for the work of spiritual service in God's kingdom. These so-called leaders have gone out to make a name for themselves instead of paying attention to the ministry of discipleship in which they are called, a job not un-like the raising up of human children. Laying down a foundation of solid biblical doctrine in which the newly born again so need in order to grow and become rooted in their new found faith!
In the letter to the Colossian church the apostle Paul warned them not to be cheated by the traditions of men handed down through the ignorance of their leaders, untrained themselves and ill advised in the things of God. The newly born again Christian needs to know what it is to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and how he is to walk in the spiritual realm of the kingdom in power and supernatural ability and not according to the basic principles of the world. The church today languishes in their inability to train and equip believers because they are in fact untrained themselves, fed a line of religious mush only on Sundays and are left to fend for themselves during the week only to finally die of starvation and total neglect by the residing ignorant leadership.
Jesus took twelve men untrained an illiterate for the most part and turned them into replicas of Himself filled with power and the presence of God they cast out devils, healed the sick, raised the dead and preached the un-compromised gospel of the kingdom to the lost and in three short years they were able to reside as apostles over thousands of new born believers! We are lucky today to be able to turn out a disciple in thirty years with our apathetic and pathetic way of so-called discipleship in which men are taught to be good pew sitters, or ushers or maybe even a deacon or two to help out with the offering or seat the congregation, but to equip the saints to do kingdom work, it is non-existent!
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly poison it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18
IN JESUS DWELLS ALL THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him who is the Head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:9,10
Jesus has given the believer power and authority to rule and reign in His kingdom on earth, power to heal the sick, power to cast out devils, power to raise the dead and authority in His name to back it up! There is no greater power source available in the universe than that of the Lord Jesus Christ, given freely to His priesthood of saints to rule and subdue the powers of darkness so that they can no longer defeat the church of God! It is a travesty for the most powerful entity in the world to just sit and rot away in the pews of complacency waiting for the proverbial trumpet to blow and suck them up into glory!
I was born again in my living room, set free from a $2000.00 a week cocaine addition, alcoholism and a literal pharmacy of other dangerous opiates, grass and hash. Hopelessly lost, but gloriously saved God immediately began to train me in the ministry, first He sent me a thousand miles to be baptized in His Spirit where I met a man who taught me how to cast out demons, from there on my own under the watchful eye of Holy Spirit He began to teach me His word and brought people to me to be healed and delivered from all forms of sickness and bondage's through His powerful anointing freely given to us all who would dare to use it. For over 34 years I have been able to see and experience the glory and power of God setting people free, healing the sick, raising the dead and saving the lost which is what every disciple of Christ is called to do!
If you are a born again Spirit filled man or woman of God then you have a holy calling from the Lord to fulfill in your time upon the earth. You may not be a super-star preacher or prophet of the Most High, but none the less your calling is just as important to God who created you for His pleasure to do whatever He leads you to do. Don't ever under estimate your gifts and calling because you have been made a specific instrument in God's hands for a specific accomplishment of His in the earth. Now, what is more important in the entire universe than being used by God for His purpose and pleasure, I think, none? To serve in the kingdom of your heavenly Father is the greatest act of sacrifice and service that one can possibly accomplish in his entire lifetime and it is what you were designed for.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the beloved Ephesians 1:3-6
THE DEATH OF THE OLD MAN
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. Colossians 2:11,12
In order for one to become a New Man he must first be circumcised (the removal of flesh) of his sins by the washing of the blood of Christ by faith and be buried with the Lord Jesus in baptism and raised with Him to a glorious new birth. Jesus was the forerunner of the faith and His literal death, burial and resurrection was an example of how every New Man becomes a new creation in Christ!
Justification is the New Man receiving a pardon for his sin and rebellious life by repenting and turning away from evil in which he is forgiven of all past sins and generational curses being cleansed by the blood of Christ. Sanctification is the continual removal of strongholds and sins that hold the New Man in bondage by the fire of Holy Spirit that brings about godly sorrow and conviction to conform the New Man into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. Like the refining of gold and silver the metal must be purified with intense heat in order for all of the impurities to be brought to the surface to be removed and for the Refiner to finally see His image in the metal. The process of sanctification will continue throughout the life of every New Man until he receives the "Crown of Life" to be awarded to him as he enters into glory after he completes his journey with Jesus becoming a new resident in the kingdom of Heaven forever!
The old man of flesh is done away with as the New Man arises in the image of the Creator to rule and reign in the kingdom of Heaven on earth and to subdue the powers of darkness by establishing the foundation of the temple of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the building up of His body on the earth. Living stones knit together by the love of Christ fulfilling His purpose and plan to reap a harvest of new creation saints to reign in the kingdom of His Father. The spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ comprised of New Men formed in the fires of trial into the image of God and transformed by the power and glory of Holy Spirit's supernatural ability to restore fallen man back into his original state of perfection.
And you being dead in your trespasses (overstepping the boundaries set by God) and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made you alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting (certificate of debt owed) of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:13,14