SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-6
In Matthew 3:1-6 we are told, “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.” Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.” John was very successful and much of Israel was listening, confessing their sins, turning. They were actually being prepared to receive the message of Christ and the remission of sin. John the Baptist came as the forerunner preparing people so that they could hear and accept the message of Christ and receive complete and total freedom. Romans 13:12 says, “Night’s darkness is dissolving away as a new day of destiny dawns. So we must once and for all strip away what is done in the shadows of darkness, removing them like filthy clothes, And once and for all we clothe ourselves with the radiance of light as our weapon. We must live honorably.” TPT We know that this process will repeat itself before the Second Coming of Christ. The Lord is pouring out His understanding concerning the depth of the work of Christ in our life. Ephesians 1 and the Sonship Gifts are a pattern that takes us into the same freedom as those who were baptized by John and were able to hear the message of Christ. We are actually being prepared as witnesses in the last days and God has opened up this Scripture to show us what produces a clear conscience so that we can germinate all the promises and fully walk out our personal destiny. This is the parallel path to what the early church walked. Nothing is impossible to us because we accept the Blood to remit our sins and totally forgive us and transform us leaving no record. With such status there is no place for blame, shame or guilt! Our sin is remitted! It is done. We can’t find it anywhere. It is gone and the fruit is confidence before God. As sons and daughters we have a right to interact with the King as He is our Dad and ask Him for the full measure of provision and fulfillment of His promises. ‘Thank You, Lord Jesus! There is truly a transformation and a renewal before You. The fruit of it is faith for Your promises to be seen and to function, operate and be fulfilled in our hearts and lives in the days ahead. We are Your witnesses and we are growing in grace, understanding, acceptance and faith for the end-times.’ This is about receiving truth, the quality of truth that will lead to greater freedom to move us forward in our life purpose. A clear conscience is essential for representing the Judicial Christ!