I would like to introduce you to someone who lives with you every day.
“Oh, I know the LORD already. He’ll never leave me nor forsake me.”
Yes, the Spirit of the LORD came to live in you. But there’s someone else that is hidden and sometimes isolated, disconnected from participating in your day to day living — the newly created man who is born from above. He is new!
Did you know that you were born of a seed?
“You mean like how I was born of my Mom and Dad?”
Yes, that seed produced a body that is designed to live only on this planet.
But that earthly seed did not make you alive unto your Creator, the maker of Heaven and Earth. There’s only way to be born of God’s seed. (See Romans 10:8-10)
“... having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever ...” (1 Peter 1:23)
“... who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13)
Your spirit was not made alive until it was quickened by the seed (life) of God. The DNA of God resides within you. “Christ in you the hope of glory!” (Colossians 1:27)
YOU ARE A SPIRIT
YOU HAVE A SOUL
YOU LIVE IN A BODY
Your mother and father had to be joined together in order to produce life, right?
What about your spirit?
When you heard the gospel preached, your will embraced the breath of God which entered into you through grace and faith. Life ... made alive that which previously did not exist. (Read Ephesians 2:4-10 & 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Your first birth was made from corruptible seed that was stained by the sin of Adam.
Your second birth came forth from an incorruptible seed, God’s Word.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
Your Bible is a spiritual container of life-breathed words only understood by those whose spirit is connected to their Creator. Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, (God-breathed) and is profitable for
for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) See also the Amplified Version.
“The kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)
Two births, two natures!
We are unusual people, we Christians. We are citizens of the nation we live in, but more importantly, citizens of the Kingdom of God. (Philippians 3:20) We’re called out to be Ambassadors of that kingdom.
Jesus said, “I send you out as sheep amidst wolves,” yet we’re asked to love those who persecute us and to pray for them. And we’re asked to witness to them and to disciple them.
The Call of God
What we accomplish here will influence our eternal life and rewards.
“But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ...” (Revelation 2:25-26)
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature ...cast out demons...speak with new tongues...lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (See Mark 16:14-20)
The transformation of the nations has not taken place as it should because so many in The Church don’t know who they are, the spiritual authority they have been given, or what they’re ministry is.
Even those who have some knowledge of these things don’t believe in the mighty power of God, or in other words, don’t believe that what God said in scripture is for them. Many all over the world attend church services every week, listening to a watered-down gospel and teachings that are corrupted with the religious traditions of men.
Whatever happened to, “If God said it, I believe it; that settles it!”
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Eating the Bread that Came Down From Heaven John 6:41
Just as your natural body requires healthy food that comes from the earth, your spirit or "the hidden man of the heart" (1 Peter 3:4) ... requires healthy, spiritual faith-food that came out of God when it was spoken and then written.
Spirit-man receives his food, not with a fork and knife, but his food (scripture) is received as it enters the eye gate (reading), and also the ear gate — as “faith comes by hearing.” That’s why ministers encourage us to read the Bible out loud during study time. This process nourishes and strengthens the spirit of man, yes, like Superman, to be a mighty force for God’s kingdom on earth. Although the kingdom of darkness is against this, the new creation Christ-centered man is well equipped with supernatural weapons that will overcome the enemy.
Yet, we need to be aware of his strategies ...
THE CONSEQUENCES OF EATING A BAD DIET
Have you ever been listening to a minister teaching on God’s Word and then hear him try to qualify what the scripture really means by making comments about why you should not really believe whole-heartedly what it says? After all, we don’t want you to be disappointed if it doesn’t come to pass! This is evil and kills faith before it's even birthed!
Years ago, I attended a large conference and one of the classes I chose had a minister who was teaching us that some of the stories in the Old Testament were just fables handed down from one generation to the next. You would think Christians would have walked out of the room, but I was the only one who left. Why would I want lies going into my ears and heart?
Of course this is a more blatant example of religious tradition. Other times the devil is more subtle when trying to inject the venom of doubt into scripture. It’s nothing new.
Isn’t that what he used in the garden when he said to Eve, “Did God really say?”
Perversion of truth is prevalent in our society these days but is also permeating our churches and on the Christian airways. Those who don’t know their Bible receive this error as if it were truth.
A continual diet of that will weaken and subdue your spirit-man to be led about by feelings: up one day, down the next, always seeking help from man. This does not please God.
Why? Because you have the dunamis of God, His Holy Spirit abiding in your spirit. He must have the preeminence so that we can accomplish the greater works in our day. Don’t let anyone steal who God made you to be!
Jesus was angry with the religious leaders of His day.
“Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:6-9)
Mixing the Holy Scripture with words of doubt will pollute the seed!
Every failure of scripture not coming to pass is because of seeds that were corrupted by what we or someone else said that caused the circumstances to seem to be far more powerful in our eyes than God’s Word.
It is written...means it is established! What is established will accomplish the end result. “Forever LORD Your word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)
Don’t Mix the Seed
- “You shall keep My statutes.
- You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind.
- You shall not sow your field with mixed seed.
- Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.” (Leviticus 19:19)
“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” (Ezekiel 44:23)
THE END DAYS CHURCH
“LORD, please send revival! Bring the miracles and signs and wonders in our day.”
If The Church is going to go to another level we’re going to have to change our diet! Good healthy food that is pure truth is spiritual substance that is attained by revelation knowledge given by the Holy Spirit of Truth. This strengthens and empowers your inner man.
“You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” (1 John 2:20) It's the anointing that destroys yokes and removes bondage. (Acts 10:38)
“A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength...” (Proverbs 24:5)
You can soar like an eagle and dominate the heavens or peck around on the dirt like a chicken always seeking something else to eat. The choice is yours. Just remember, the world is waiting to see the Kingdom of God revealed!
Your prayer time:
Read/study scripture, then pray/sing in tongues awhile. Worship God. This will allow spirit-man to rise up and release God's Spirit to do great exploits when you begin praying! (Daniel 11:32) Let Holy Spirit lead you! That's how you follow Jesus into doing the greater works...even in your prayer closet!
- Ask the Holy Spirit to alert you when scripture is being compromised.
- Realize the thief is trying to steal your inheritance as God’s child.
- Guard your heart. Change the channel when someone is teaching error.
- If you know who you are in Christ, the deceiver cannot steal your identity.
- Understand fully that your identity in Christ is far greater than who you see in the mirror everyday.
- Jesus used scripture against the lies. We must do the same to overcome. (Matthew 4:1-11)
- “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
- Let spirit-man rise up and crucify the flesh or the flesh will subdue your spirit.
- Read Galatians Chapter five.
"Well, what about revival..."
Jesus is cleansing His church of spots, wrinkles, and blemishes by the washing of water by the Word, that she should be holy. When you know company is coming to visit, what do you do? Clean the house!
Are you having trouble hearing from God and making decisions? Whether you are a new Christian or a Believer who has been walking with the LORD for many years, a refresher class on how to be led by the Spirit is always good.
"What to do when faith seems weak." - Kenneth E. Hagin
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