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As believers, we need to understand what our mindset and lifestyle should be in these turbulent times. What does God require of His people particularly during times of upheaval, opposition, oppression and persecution. He requires His people to remain steadfast!

This word brings to mind a calm assurance, an unwavering faith, and unchanging character in times of trouble. 1 Corinthians 15:58  (TPT) says,  “So now, beloved ones, stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.”

1 Peter 1:14-16  (TPT) says, “As God’s obedient children, never again shape your lives by the desires that you followed when you didn’t know better. Instead, shape your lives to become like the Holy One who called you. For Scripture says:

You are to be holy, because I am holy.”

During a time of study about the Protestant Reformation, the religious revolution that took place in the Western church in the 16th century, I came across the Latin phrase coram deo  translated “in the presence of God” the idea of Christians living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honor and glory of God. Living life in the presence, under the authority, and for the glory of God. We are to manifest God’s holiness to a godless word. 1

A lot is changing in the spiritual atmosphere.  In new season is opening up the way for the Holy Spirit to begin to reveal things to the church. I believe a new reformation is not only coming to the church, but also to the societies in which we live. I am not the only one discerning this.  Many are proclaiming that God’s kingdom is coming here on earth as it is in heaven. We are becoming more aware of just being good Christians. There is such a wealth of the knowledge of His glory being poured out in this season. God is revealing kingdom oriented realities.  The purpose is to give us wisdom and revelation so that we will know Him better. You may wonder wonder why there needs to be a new reformation.

What was the Protestant reformation?

Some of you may have heard of Martin Luther.  He was a German theologian and religious reformer who was the catalyst of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. He was greatly troubled by what was happening in the society that surrounded him. Sin and corruption were running rampant, and they were destroying not only the lives of the people he saw every day in the town of Wittenberg. In 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in an attempt to get the Roman Catholic Church to stop selling indulgences, or ‘get out of hell free’ cards. Luther did not think the Church had the authority to grant such indulgences, especially not for money.

At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith. Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open. —Martin Luther

Why is important? Because it reveals the breath, and length, and depth, and height of the love of Christ which surpasses all understanding (Ephesians 3:18-19). And His willingness to bring the church back into alignment with His truth and purposes, and why it’s important we choose to live in accordance with His perfect will.

One of the key concepts of the Reformation was coram deo: all of life is lived “before the face of God.” It’s about living every aspect of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and to the glory of God. When I pondered this term, I think of Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Learning to live in the manifest presence of God requires maturity in the Spirit. In order for you to mature spiritually, you must develop in your life, you must make a choice to learn God’s Word, allow God to renew your mind, and then be obedient to what you learn. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I remember one particularly powerful time during my ordination, I was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit.  All I could do was fall to my knees and cry out to God in thanksgiving. There are times I sense a heavy anointing come on me when I’m speaking that seems to wreck me after I’m done. Now, I’m learning to allow Him to take me to a deeper place of surrender, openness to the Holy Spirit, and to look for open doors to release Him.

I believe that as you begin to grow spiritually, God will take you into a deeper place of yieldedness. So, learn to position yourself everyday!  “Always be eager to present yourself before God as a perfect and mature minister, without shame, as one who correctly explains the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Read How, Then Should We Live?

May God’s wonderful grace be with you all!

Love in Christ,

Dr. A.

Note:

  1. Coram Deo, Wikipedia

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