Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Power Of Our Glory In Christ

All [things that are] Mine are Yours, and all [things that are] Yours belong to Me; and I am glorified in (through) them. [They have done Me honor; in them My glory is achieved.] John 17:10
I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: John 17:22
Jesus being glorified through us is what will end terrorism. Jesus’ glory within us is what will cure cancer, stop abortion, defeat divorce, end violence, and bring about Godly change within all of our world! The fruit of Godly love, peace, joy, faith, hope, and patience, produced by our being one with our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is the fruit that brings glory! 
Too many Christians believe that this power of God working through us can only happen when it all ends and Jesus comes back for us. But the Truth that has set us free is this: the power of Christ has actually made us one with God already and the power of Christ has strengthened us so that He can now do all things through us! Jesus teaches us in John 17:21 that through our oneness with God, is how the world will believe and be saved. Heaven and earth will pass away but the Truth that we are now one with God and that we are now as Jesus is will never pass away. No weapon formed against this Truth will ever prosper! The power of this Truth is at work in each and every born again child of God right now.
In Ephesians 5 our Father talks about the glorious church that Jesus is coming back for, a church without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. That is a church that Jesus is being fully glorified in, and that is the church for right now, for now is the accepted time and today is the day of our salvation! In John 14:12 Jesus talks about our Father doing the works through us that He did through Him, and that God will do even greater works through us than He did through Him. This is a Godly Truth for right now and it brings glory to Jesus. Through the power of Christ we will be used by our Father as Jesus is used by Him. We will be used because we are now one with Jesus and that makes us one with God! We are the body of Christ, so we will be used and act like the body we are one with and that body is God’s Body! Through Christ we are one with God as Jesus is One with God and the world will believe and be set free from the power of darkness and they will be transformed into the Light, as Jesus is in the Light! We don’t just have access to God’s love, faith, joy, peace, hope, power, and glory, through Christ we are one with them! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We Are Anointed To Know Christ Is In Us

But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do]. 1 John 2:27
Jesus was absolutely confident in Who He was 2000 years ago when He walked the earth as a man. He knew that He was the Christ. He was absolutely confident that He was sent to be sacrificed and that it was the will of our Father that He would be crucified. Jesus was absolutely confident that when He told Lazarus to rise from the dead that he would. He was confident that the water would become wine, that the demons would flee, that the sick would be healed, and that a couple of fish and some bread would feed thousands of hungry people. Jesus was absolutely confident because He was one with God. Jesus was confident because the Anointing of God was upon Him, and He was confident because He was permanently abiding and One with God’s Anointing! 
And A-men, we now have the exact same Anointing upon us. We now abide in the exact same anointing that Jesus abides in, and we now are one with the exact same Anointing that Jesus is one with! We now have the mind of Christ. God is now strong in us through Christ Who strengthens us. We are now more than conquerors through the Anointing that Jesus has given to us. 
Read how our the Anointing had Paul speak, how it had Peter speak, how it had John speak, and really read how Jesus spoke, and then you will see how we too have been empowered to speak! We have the same power within us that all of these men had and Jesus is every bit as alive within us as He was in Himself! Now stop and really take hold of that Truth: Jesus is as alive in us, just as He was back some 2000 years ago in His Own flesh. He is the same, He never changes! The way Jesus acted back then, is the way He is acting today, in complete confidence and boldness of Who God is and Who we are in Him! There is no lie in our Anointing from God, our Anointing from Him never leaves us or forsakes us, and our Anointing from God teaches us all things! As Jesus is, so are we in this world! And we can know God and His Anointing just as our Lord and Savior knows God and His Anointing!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jesus' Blood Makes Us Bright And Clean

But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near. Ephesians 2:13
And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way]. 1 John 1:5
At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you. John 14:20
We are now light because of the power of Jesus’ Blood. Before we  were empowered by the Holy Spirit to know that we were accepted by Jesus we were far away, but now through the eternal power of our Lords Blood, shed on the Cross, we are nigh Him. Which means we are united and one with our Father as Jesus is united and one with our Father, John 17:23. We are now members of Jesus’ body, we are now His Temple, and we are now the branches of His Vine! When Jesus talks about us it is always as unified and one with Him. Jesus is a hands on Savior and He never will leave us or forsake us! With Jesus we are never in the dark, we are always able to see clearly through the faith that He Author’s and Finishes for us!
He went once for all into the [Holy of] Holies [of heaven], not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves [by which to make reconciliation between God and man], but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us). For if [the mere] sprinkling of unholy and defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body, How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God? Hebrews 9:12-14
Jesus has brought us into His Light and His Light continually and eternally drives out the all darkness from us!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What Being Part Of Jesus Means For Us

For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. Ephesians 5:30
Our Father has proclaimed that through Christ we are now cleansed from all sin, because the Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior cleanses us from all sin. 
But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. 1 John 1:7 
All is all! Through Christ we are clean and all darkness has been removed from us! Now take a minute and actually think of us as being the body of Christ. First let’s consider sickness. Can Jesus be sick? No! Whose body are we? Can Jesus fear? No! Whose body are we? Can Jesus fail? No! Whose body are we,whose heart has been placed within us, whose love do we now walk in? Does Jesus ever question what God wants Him to do? No! Whose mind do we now have? We are no longer on our own, we have been grafted into the Vine of Jesus Christ and He will never leave us or forsake us! 
Faith comes from hearing the Truth and the Truth sets us free from fear and the torment of it! The Truth gives us peace that passes all understanding and joy that remains stable and fixed regardless of what is going on around us! The Truth allows us to walk by faith Authored and Finished by Jesus and not by sight! Greater is He that is within us than anything and anybody that is in the world! Whatever Jesus is, we have become one with, we are now members of His body! How Jesus is, so are we even while on this earth, 1 John 4:17. There is absolutely no weapon that has been formed that can prosper against Jesus, and we are now one with the Invincible One! Today is the Day of our great salvation in Christ and we cannot help but to be blessed and prosper in it!
By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature. 2 Peter 4

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very [a]Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them. John 17:26

For the last several days we have studied why Jesus came and allowed Himself to be sacrificed. John 17:26 sums all of the reasons up in one verse. Jesus sacrificed Himself so that He could always be in us and so that we could always have His Love.

And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment. The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31

There is really only one commandment any longer and it is Love, because Love covers a multitude of sins, 1 Peter 4:8. Jesus was raised from the dead to live within us so that we could Love. He lives so that we can now bless those who curse us. So that we can pray for those who despitefully use us. So that we can intercede for those who hate us. So that we can forgive those who wrong us, even if they do it thousands of times. Because Jesus now lives within us we can forgive those who lie about us, who beat us, and even those who kill us. This is why Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we could Love as He Loves. Our love no longer depends on others loving us back. Our Love no longer is based on actions, it is based on Grace. So our Love is always just freely given to all. 

There is no fear in Love and Jesus’ perfect Love has casted all fear our from us, 1 John 4:18. We now have the Holy Spirit within us plainly showing us things to come. He gives us peace that our Father is Great within us. He gives us the strength, the courage, the hope, faith, and wisdom that all things work out for good. Jesus came so that we could have and enjoy the exact same abundant and glorious life that He has. This is why there is Easter. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Why Is There An Easter Part VI

That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me. John 17:21-23

To me these are probably the greatest three verses in the Bible. They explain exactly what Jesus came for and the complete and total power of His offering. They plainly show us that Jesus was going to allow Himself to be crucified so that we could now be one with our Father just like He is One with our Father. They tell us that He allowed Himself to be crucified so that we could have and share His exact same glory and they show us that Jesus allowed Himself to be sacrificed so that we could be perfectly united with God and each other. Jesus tells us that these things and this perfect unity are what would allow the world to know that they are loved by God. 

We will spend an eternity with our Father, but the power of our salvation is not reserved for the future, the power of our salvation is for right now. Also, our salvation and its benefits are not reserved just for us. Our Father has allowed us to become one with Him so that we could serve the world. We have been granted the privilege of serving. Jesus tells us that to be great, we must become a servant.

Not so shall it be among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:26

Jesus is the Greatest Servant. He now ever lives to serve us so that we may be saved to the uttermost, Hebrews 7:25, and we are now perfectly united with Him. He is now our Head and we are His body Jesus is now our Vine and we are His branches. We are now perfectly united and one with the Perfect Servant, so because of Jesus, we are now great. Jesus came so that we could be used to serve all, the saved and the unsaved. This is the glory of our salvation. 

To only believe that He came so that we could go to Heaven is selfish. The True glory of why He did what He did was so that we could be used to help everyone around us. Jesus’ sacrifice permitted Him to make us one with Him so that we too could now live to ever intercede for others. We now are able to be used by God to forgive sins, heal the sick, raise the dead, and serve the world. The true meaning of Easter is not celebrating that Jesus was killed. It is celebrating why He allowed it to happen.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Why Is There An Easter Part V

Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. John 17:17

We discussed it already but Jesus went to the Cross so that it would be our Father’s responsibility to protect us and to keep us. It was such a big deal for Jesus that this was going to happen that He goes on and tells us again in greater detail that it is our Father’s responsibility to sanctify us. 

The Greek word for sanctified is, Hagiazo, Strong’s Concordance Number 37, it means: 

to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
consecrate things to God
dedicate people to God
to purify
to cleanse externally
to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin
to purify internally by renewing of the soul

We go to Heaven, or a better term, we spend eternity with our Father, because He, not us, is responsible for our sanctification. Our Father is the One Who causes us to be dedicated to Him. He is the One being greater in us, then anything that is in this world. It is up to our Father to purify us and cleanse us. It is up to our Father to remove all guilt of sin from us and to renew our minds, our wills, and our emotions. 

So as we celebrate Easter I believe that we should be really thanking Jesus for allowing Himself to be sacrificed so that all of the burden of living a godly lifestyle is now on our Father and not on us. 

And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them. Ezekiel 36:27