Fulfilling Your Purpose

– [Narrator] Today with Katherine Ruonala. – I want you just to picture for a moment. Imagine you’re in heaven. Would you do that? You can close your eyes for a minute if you’d
like. Now imagine you are in heaven. Might imagine you’re at the throne room, you’re
seeing Jesus, the Father, seated on the throne, you’re there with Him. Every weight, every sin, every burden, all
the guilt, it drops off you, and like a lead weight, and goes through the floor into outer
darkness. You’re in heaven, free. In heaven you are free from sin. It’s not even an issue. It’s not a hindrance, it’s not a bother. You don’t deal with it, there’s no guilt. There’s no shame, there’s no anxiety, there’s
no fear, there’s no judgment, there’s no criticism. Imagine you’re in the crowd of witnesses talking
to people in Heaven. Your interactions are so full of love. There’s only love. There’s only love, there’s no backbiting,
there’s no judgment, there’s no, oh I don’t want to talk to them, I’m avoiding them, it’s
just, you’re free, free from sin, hallelujah. You can open your eyes and, I think about
this, and you think, what happens when a Christian dies? They get buried, but their spirit is alive
in heaven, yes? Actually alive in heaven. We’re being told continually to consider ourselves
as though we’ve already gone through that process and we are already citizens of heaven
already seated with Him in heaven, already alive in God in heaven, in that He says, I
want you to consider yourself like this. That person that you see in heaven, unhindered
by fear, unhindered by shame, completely accepted. No insecurity whatsoever. Ahh, this is what it is to reckon yourself
dead indeed to sin and alive to God in Christ. Reckoning yourself dead isn’t like, okay,
I gotta make sure I don’t sin today, or okay, theoretically I know that I’m free from sin. It’s actually allowing yourself to enter into
the reality and the joy of knowing what it is to be alive to God in heaven, seated in
heavenly places with Him, that walking on the earth, on Earth as it is in heaven, as
one who is reminding yourself I am no longer a mere human. I’ve now, I’ve come back as a born again believer
supernatural being who’s been set free from sin, guilt, shame, condemnation, insecurity,
fear, and so every time the lies come around you that these things belong to you, you have
to reckon yourself dead indeed to sin. Everything that isn’t in heaven, you need
to reckon yourself, hang on, no. I don’t have to carry that, that guilt. No, no, that’s not something I have to carry
anymore. That shame from the past, those regrets, that
fear, that critical spirit, no. Actually, no, that’s not who I am. I reckon myself dead indeed to sin and alive
to God in Christ, hallelujah. It’s a glorious way to live and it’s the way
we’re continually told. So when you read the book of Romans, and you
see we died, we died, we died, we died, we buried, we rose again with Him, we dead, dead,
dead, dead, dead, it actually means it. Done, you are a new creation in Christ. All things are gone, boom, like a lead weight
pulling through the floor, bang, into outer darkness, all the things that used to beset
you, bang, you are now free from. – [Audience Female] Amen. – God has called you to reckon yourself dead
indeed to sin and alive to God in Christ, hallelujah? So as I think about that, I get a lot of joy
thinking about what that looks like and, but I’ve thinking about, in Scripture, the people
as you read the Word of God, the people actually lived like this, are actual examples. Those who lived as people who were free from
sin, who lived on Earth as though they were the people who were walking around in heaven,
free from all the garbage and the junk, and I look, and there’s so many beautiful examples. Firstly, of course we look at Jesus. Jesus, who was fully God yet fully man, tempted
in every way that we are, yet without sin, was daily living in a revelation of His identity. Every day, He wasn’t struggling with, oh,
is there something wrong with me, am I a weak, sinner that hasn’t been me, anger issues and
lust issues? No, when temptation came, He didn’t own it. He didn’t see it as something wrong with Him. He recognized it as an external thing. He knew who He was, He reckoned himself free
from sin, and then you look at the examples of His life. I mean, we could spend forever, and we will
be able to do that, looking at it, but just for example, John 13, verse 34. I was reading this today, and this comes straight
after, on the same night, straight after they’ve had the Passover meal and they’re still at
the table, and Judas has just left to go and betray Jesus, and Jesus knows and Jesus has
said, okay, go do what you have to do, and Judas has just gone, Jesus knows He’s about
to be murdered, spat on, scourged. He knows all these things, and this is what
He says. “A new commandment I give to you, “that you
love another, as I have loved you, “that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are my disciples,
“if you have love for one another.” I mean, He’s just had one of His best and
closest people, His leaders, walk out the door to go and betray Him for 30 pieces of
silver, and His commandment to the disciples isn’t like, make sure you stay with me. He isn’t having a moment of, His response
is, let the whole world know that you’re my disciples by displaying to one another the
love that I have for you. By this, everyone will know that you’re my
disciple because that’s what I’m like, and therefore that’s what you’re like. Ahh! I look at others, like one of my heroes in
the bible is Stephen, a helper, who is appointed because there was issues going on over the
food that was being served to the widows and there was disputes happening and people stuff
going on and the apostles said, look, we really shouldn’t be giving our time to that. We need to appoint some men who are full of
wisdom and the Holy Spirit, and they appointed among six others, there were seven of them,
they appointed this man Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit and full of wisdom so that he
could wait on tables and sort out the issues of the people, and it was said of Stephen
that he went about doing great and mighty miracles while he’s sorting out people’s stuff,
serving food, making sure everyone gets their portion. He’s doing great and mighty miracles to the
point that the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin target him as, he is dangerous, he is working
in a level of power that is scary and they stir up false witnesses against him. They bring slanderous accusations against
him. I look at this in Acts 6:13. “They also set up false witnesses who said,
“This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words “against this holy place and the law,
“for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth “will destroy this place and change
the customs “which Moses delivered to us. “And all who sat in the council, “looking
steadfastly at him, “and they saw his face as the face of an angel.” I mean, here they are, hurling lies and slander,
and instead of him going, that’s not true, that’s not fair, they’re liars, they’re all
liars, he’s not there, he’s like, shining with a face like an angel, and then he goes
on and he spells out all the Scriptures out to them and demonstrates to them that they
actually have murdered Jesus, the Messiah, and in verse, chapter seven, verse 54, after
showing them all of this through the Scripture, it says here, “when they heard these things
they were cut to the heart, “and they gnashed at him with their teeth.” I mean, they were really, viciously angry,
viciously. That’s hatred. I don’t know what someone gnashing at you
with their teeth actually would look like, but I think it’s like, really angry, like
hissing to the point of, grr, I want to kill you, murderously angry. They’re murderously angry, they gnash at him
with their teeth, and instead of him getting, angry back, it says here, because he reckoned
himself dead, “he, being full of the Holy Spirit, “gazed into heaven and saw the glory
of God, “and Jesus standing at the right hand of God and said, Look! “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
“standing at the right hand of God!” And they’re all there, gnashing their teeth,
and his face is shining like an angel and he’s having an open vision of heaven. That’s what it looks like to be dead indeed
to sin and alive to God in Christ. Absolutely free from the fear of man. Not moved by blame, criticism, slander, unfair
accusations, mistreatment, unjust treatment. Unmoved and instead gazing up at God and saying
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and we haven’t had to do anything except humble ourselves and believe it. Hooray, oh this is happier than you’re reacting. “Then they cried out with a loud voice, “stopped
their ears, and ran at him with one accord, “and they cast him out of the city and stoned
him. “And the witnesses laid down their clothes
“at the feet of a young man named Saul. “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling
on God “and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. “Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud
voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin. “And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Oh man, I get upset when someone gives me
a hard time on Facebook, and this guy was being stoned to death, and he’s glowing and
saying, I forgive them, God. You forgive them, too, they don’t know. Who is this person? He’s a heavenly creature. He’s a born again believer, born from the
dead. He was dead in his sin, he’s now alive to
God in Christ, hallelujah. Yet he lived, until they killed him. You and I, that’s who you are. That’s who you are, that’s who I am, that’s
who I am. You know, hang on, I don’t react like that. It doesn’t matter what you did yesterday. It doesn’t matter what you did this morning
if today you will reckon yourself dead indeed to sin because of the blood of Jesus Christ
and alive to God, that is your character. That’s who you are, hallelujah. Then I look at my favorite apostle. Who could guess who my favorite apostle is? Trevor knows. John, John because John, all the way through
his Gospel, he refers to himself as the disciple who Jesus loved. He’s the one who lived on the breast of Jesus
Ahh, I love John. You read the gospel of John, read 1, 2, and
3 John, ahh. Have it for dessert every night, seriously,
like ahh! It’s magnificent, he’s full of Jesus, absolutely
full of the love of God. He didn’t start out that way. He started out as a son of thunder who wanted
to call down fire on people but, turned into this amazing, amazing man of God. Let me read you something lovely. I found it so difficult to pick out some Scripture
from John because I’m like, it’s all good. So 1 John 4, he says this. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love
is of God, “and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. “He who does not love does not know God, for
God is love. “In this the love of God was manifested towards
us, “that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, “that we might live through
Him. “In this is love, not that we’ve loved God,
“but that He loved us and sent his Son “to be the propitiation for our sins. “Beloved, if God so loved us, “we ought also
to love one another.” I’m just gonna keep reading ’cause it’s lovely. “No one has seen God at any time. “If we love one another, God abides in us,
“and His love has been perfected in us. “By this we know that we abide in Him, and
He in us, “because He has given us of His Spirit. “And we have seen and testify that the Father
has sent “the Son as Savior of the world. “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of
God, “God abides in him, and he in God. “And we have known and believed “the love
that God has for us. “God is love, and he who abides in love “abides
in God, and God in him. “Love has been perfected among us in this,
“that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, “because as He is, so are we in this world. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love
casts out fear.” Boom, gone. “Because fear involves torment. “But he who fears has not been made perfect
in love. “We love Him because He first loved us.” I, excuse me, but I just get carried away
when I get into 1 John. It’s like, how can you stop? Maybe one day I’ll just get up and I’ll read
the whole of 1, 2, and 3 John to you for the sermon, just ugh, but you know, remembering
that we’ve died actually helps us realize who we truly are. James shared all the time in James chapter
one. It says, if any man’s a hero of the Word and
not a doer, it’s because he’s like a man who looked at his natural face in the mirror and
then walked away and forgot what he looked like, but if we will actually look at Jesus,
who is our mirror, look at Him and remember, reckoning ourselves daily dead to sin and
alive to God in Christ, remember the truth of who we are, then we realize that as He
is, so am I, so are you, so are we in this world. When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the
Son of God, who knew no sin, but became sins so that we could become the righteousness
of God in Christ, who died and rose again as the first born from the dead, has invited
us into His death, burial, and resurrection, and we get to live now as He is without having
to go through the punishment that He did, hah! Reckon yourselves therefore dead indeed to
sin and alive to God in Christ, and let the world know us by our love to each other, by
our love and our good deeds, they’re supposed to know us, not by our public, online, backbiting,
criticism, judgment, and opinions! 1 Thessalonians 4:9, here’s another one, Paul. “But concerning brotherly love you have no
need “that I should write to you, for you yourselves “are taught by God to love one
another.” He’s the example. If you’re wondering what love is, you can
read it about it in Corinthians. Love is patient, it’s kind, it’s long-suffering,
keeps no record of wrongs, it doesn’t rejoice in evil but rejoices in the truth, that’s
who He is, hallelujah, and because you know Him, you know who you are and because of that
you walk in love. “And indeed you do so toward all the brethren
“who are in all Macedonia. “But we urge you, brethren, “that you increase
more and more.” They’re already doing it, but he says, increase
more and more. This love thing isn’t just a nice idea. It is the thing that the world will know Jesus
by. – [Audience Female] Amen! – That you also aspire, it says here, we urge
you brethren that you increase more and more. That is, take in more, you can’t give what
you’re not receiving. So the revelation of the love of God is not
a once off thing. It’s a continual thing that we receive and
we give away. Here’s my cup, fill it up. Every day, here I am, fill me to the level
of every day’s most quiet need, God. I need you, fill me, and He will, and the
more you receive, you more you have to give away. The more you study Him, the more you know
Him, the more you understand who you are and what you have to give, but then he says this,
“But we urge you brethren, that you increase more and more, “that you also aspire to lead
a quiet life, “to mind your own business and to work with your own hands, “as we commanded
you, that you may walk properly “toward those who are outside, “and that you may lack nothing.” You know, I look at that, in reckoning myself
dead and walking in this love that the world is gonna know Him by and I have to think. I look at social media and I think, when I
feel tempted to engage in something, I have to ask, is it my business? Is it something that I want, am I gonna be
known to my non-Christian friends by my love if I air a public opinion about that person? Or is there perhaps, should I be going personally,
privately, to somebody if I have an issue first and talking with them, rather than taking
to a social media platform to criticize them? By this shall you, by what? By your ability to have an opinion? By what shall you be known? By what are you known, how do people know
you? By this shall all men know that you’re my
disciple, so I have to think about this. I have to think, is this gossip that I’m just
jumping on a bandwagon of? Hey, I’m told to lead a quiet life and mind
my own business and stay in my lane, to love God, to love people, and to be like Him and
to treat people like He treats them. It’s got to have a rub in my everyday life
or it’s all just theory. Can you say that by this all men know you
are His disciple? Are you known, is your online profile, to
all those people who don’t yet know Jesus, if they read your stuff, do they know you
by your love for the other believers, for the church? I think so, if you’re here, probably do, but
I have to be really careful, remembering that I need to walk properly so that outsiders,
those who don’t yet know Jesus aren’t going to be hindered by seeing something that isn’t
His nature and character reflected through me. By this shall all men know that we are His
disciples, that we love who? One another, that means other Christians who
don’t agree with everything about the same things. Love one another as I have loved you. The body of Christ, Finney said this the other
day, he said, I need to be good to the body of Christ because it’s the body of Christ. I went, aww, that’s so good. Why would we, why would we say anything against
the body of Christ, because it’s the body of Christ. Therefore, brethren, let us love one another,
for love is from God. – [Narrator] Katherine Ruonala Ministries
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