AWAKEN

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As soon as we receive Christ we are born into royalty. As He is a King so are we. We are born into kingship. We are born to rule and to reign with Him.

Romans 5:17 (TLB) – The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are KINGS OF LIFE because of this one man, Jesus Christ.

When the disciples are sinking in their boat because of an enormous storm, they run to Jesus to help them, however, there’s a problem, He’s asleep. Theirs is the deepest felt distress they’ve ever known, yet their Saviour is calmly asleep! How could this be when they’re in such danger? They immediately accuse Him of being uncaring. ‘Do you not care that we are perishing?’ (Mark 4:38) When we interpret God’s attitude towards us through our circumstances, we will always arrive at wrong conclusions. His heart towards us is revealed through the Word of God. This is the only and final authority in every circumstance for the believer to live by. When we fail to rise up in faith, we will arise with accusations against God for not doing what we expected He would. However, He is wanting us to do those things that we are waiting for Him to do.

God sleeps so WE will wake up.

Awake to what? To who we are and what we have. We have lived under ‘wilderness conditions’ for too long. ‘Wilderness conditions’ is where we expect God to do it all, to make water pour from a rock, provide bread and meat from heaven, cover us from heat in the day with a cloud, and warm us with a pillar of fire at night. However, God is unwilling for us to stay in this position – where He does it all. He intends that we’ll begin to rule in life taking charge over our circumstances. We’re the ones meant to be slaying the giants. Not God! He’ll help. He’ll move in our moving. But He’s trying to get you and I to discover the power He’s deposited in us. Sometimes God seems asleep, completely ignoring our prayers. Why? He’s drawing up from within us our birthright, to be ruling in life, kings in the Earth. The degree of our authority reflects the degree of our submission. We have submitted ourselves to Christ, the Ruler of the Universe. We’ve submitted ourselves to the will of God by receiving His Son as our Saviour and Lord. Our purpose now is to implement the will of God through the authority He has deposited within us. Any crisis we face is designed to help us discover that power within us.

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TRUTH

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Truth doesn’t manifest in our lives in one giant moment. We possess our promised land piece by piece. God allows time, warfare and tests so we are established in each piece of the land we possess. We learn to maintain living our lives in the reality of the truth we have appropriated.

Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

This includes a walk through the fire. When truth is put through the fire it is welded into our character. Truth is not meant to simply be retained in our minds as information, or even just in our spirit as illumination. Truth is to become who we are. We are transformed by truth. Truth becomes grounded in our character as we act on it. When we ‘see’ the love of God, it never becomes anymore than that unless we activate love in our lives. This appropriates the Word. We will meet opposition as soon as truth enters our inner man. This opposition either strengthens the truth or shakes it out. What can be shaken is shaken and what cannot be shaken is strengthened.

Our level of growth is closely connected to our level of inheritance, meaning that as we demonstrate that we are capable of handling greater blessing, then increased blessing comes into our lives.

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BORN

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John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’”

The message is utterly clear. Unless we are born again, we cannot ‘see or enter’ the Kingdom of God. Unless we are born of the Holy Spirit, we are only born of the flesh. It is not an abnormal thing to be born again. It is the plan of God for every single person. All of us have been destined to be born twice. Once, of the flesh, then a second birth, from above, a spiritual birth, of God Himself!

Becoming a Christian is not about becoming religious, joining a particular denomination or subscribing to a belief system. It is about a complete transformation of nature, of motivation, of our reason for living, of our mindset, of our emotional attachments and of our spiritual awareness. It is becoming a ‘new species’ of person.

2 Cor 5:17 (AMP) Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature althogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

We receive a new nature, the nature of the Father. This nature comes from our spirit being made alive through connection with God Himself. Sin disconnects us;

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

This separation is finished when we receive Christ as our sacrifice for sin. We are forgiven, cleansed from our sins and so the separation is closed. We become connected with the Father, through which we are born of God by the Holy Spirit.

This post has been adapted from my new book, “The Born Identity.” If you would like to read more, click here to check it out!

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RICHES

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2 Cor 8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Paul is here referring to the fact that Jesus Christ died without one possession to his name, without one stitch of clothing on His body without any money at all so that he could take poverty to the cross and secure its defeat for those who embrace the Saviour.

This Scripture is couched right in the middle of two Chapters written to the Corinthians dealing almost exclusively with the subject of money.  Many commentators have great difficulty admitting that this passage is actually dealing with money.  In fact I don’t think I’ve yet found one who agrees that Paul is speaking specifically regarding finances.  The most common comment is that it is a reference to spiritual riches.  The Thompson Chain Reference Bible is a wonderful resource and study bible, but at this point he too in the margin describes what Paul is referring to as ‘spiritual riches’; Jamieson, Fausset and Brown comes the closest saying, ‘…in the heavenly glory which constitutes His riches, and all other things, so far as is really good for us’,  Matthew Henry interprets it as, ‘rich in the love of God, rich in the blessings of the new covenant, rich in the hopes of eternal life’.  The Word Biblical Commentary, claiming a team of respected International scholars who were ‘a showcase of the best in evangelical critical scholarship for a new generation’, states regarding this verse; ‘Here, surely wealth and poverty are ciphers, not for material prosperity and penury but for spiritual exchange as the Incarnate Christ became what we are, so we could become what He is’. For that to be consistent, the scripture would have to read, ‘Christ…became (spiritually) poor, that you might become (spiritually) rich’.  This then becomes an absurd, almost blasphemous proposition.  To say or even intimate that Jesus Christ was a spiritually poor person is ludicrous. Here is a person who raised the dead, healed the sick, displayed complete prowess over demons and the devil, revealed truths regarding God, man and the entire purpose of God that have withstood every kind of test and scrutiny.  This person was not a spiritually poor person.  Rather it was because of His spiritual wealth that he was able to go to the cross and bear away the curses that afflict mankind.  Even if we limit His poverty to the time He was on the cross, claiming it was our poverty that He took, are we to conclude that the ‘hope’ he entered into was a spiritually poor position!?  To maintain any kind of hope, and faith through His ordeal demonstrates an extraordinary spiritual richness.  In our effort to read more into the statement than is actually there we make fools of ourselves and prevent God fulfilling His great promises in our lives. Jesus became poor regarding the wealth of this world on the cross, that those who receive Him may become rich with the wealth of this world.

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