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The “Gifting” model of Jesus

Christianity today seems to focus in on specific “gifts” and “callings” a person has when it comes to ministering to the world. I wanted to take a look at what “gifts” Jesus asked for and received as a model for how we are “gifted”.

I went through every verse in Matthew and categorized the works of Jesus under each “gift” in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, to see which “gifts” Jesus was given and how often He used each “gift”.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11:
But to each one there is constantly being given the clearly seen operations of the Spirit with a view to the profit of all. For to one is given through the intermediate agency of the Spirit a word of wisdom, and to another a word of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the working of miracles,  and to another the giving forth of divine revelations(prophecy), and to another the correct evaluation of those individuals who give forth divine revelations(discerning spirits), and to another various kinds of languages(tongues), and to another the interpretation of languages(tongues). But all these the one and same Spirit is by divine energy putting into operation, dividing to each one separately even as He desires.:

  • Word of Wisdom
  • Word of Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Working of Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Different tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

NOTE: There is 1 Spirit with 9 different manifestations that He divides to every man severally as He will. We cannot receive only a portion of the Holy Spirit or a portion of His manifestations. We cannot be baptized in only some of the Holy Spirit or His manifestations. The Holy Spirit is a spirit entity, a spirit person and we cannot have just half of a spirit or half of what that Spirit has. If we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, then we have ALL of that Spirit and everything that comes with that Spirit. 1 John 2:20,27 says the Holy Spirit permanently abides in us.

The Holy Spirit in us owns the above 9 manifestations or operations. They are His and He can choose how and when He wants to manifest any of them through us. We know that the Holy Spirit wants to use them all through us because James 4:5 says “The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love” and Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”. We also now that 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says “Quench not the Spirit”. So, despite the Holy Spirit yearning to do what He desires through us, we can quench His manifestations.

NOTE: It can emphatically be argued that every word that proceeded out of the mouth of Jesus was prophetic, true wisdom, and complete knowledge. So, when it came to listing the verses under those categories, I listed parables and specific sayings given to people or groups of people by Jesus that were considered profound and or commonly known sayings that Christians are familiar with. There are things He said that I did not include in the list below that were prophetic, wisdom, and knowledge.

It should also be emphatically noted that there are Zero(0) instances of Jesus asking God the Father for any of these manifestations, or any instance where Jesus might have experienced being given any of these manifestations. Jesus did receive the Whole Holy Spirit and that Spirit remained upon Him according to John 1:32.

  • 48.5% of the time(51 times out of 103), Jesus Prophesied
  • 38% of the time(41 times out of 103), Jesus gave a Word of Wisdom
  • 18.4% of the time(19 times out of 103), Jesus performed a Working of Miracles
  • 16.5% of the time(17 times out of 103), Jesus Healed
  • 6.8% of the time(7 times out of 103), Jesus gave a Word of Knowledge

There are no specific instances In Matthew describing that Jesus operated in the following manifestations. In addition, it could be argued that Jesus operated in the following manifestations in some of the verses provided below, but there were no verses specifically stating so or indicating these manifestations were in use:

  • Faith
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Different tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

Below are 103 instances where an operation of the Spirit occurred through Jesus in the book of Matthew. I have categorized each instance into one or more of the 9 manifestations/operations laid out by Paul above.
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The “Suffering” Model of Jesus

The common belief taught in Christianity today is that we are supposed to endure “Suffering” due to our belief in Christ. Christianity explains to us that “Suffering” is a tool of God that He uses to teach us things.

I went through the book of Matthew and located 34 instances where “Suffering” was mentioned. Each instance fit into 1 of 3 categories under the general umbrella of the devil stealing, killing, and destroying. Each category had specific adjectives that described the type of suffering and I have listed those as well.

1. Persecution: A direct result of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and God.
Reviling(to assail with abusive language), false accusations, Rejection, Slander, Hatred, Premeditated murder, Judgement, Unbelief, Trying of patience, Plotted against, Death, Crucifixion, Scourging, Affliction(oppression/distress), and Deathly sorrow.

NOTE: Some of the items listed under Lamb Slain below, can be added here, since they have occurred to others in the OT and NT.

Betrayal, Conviction of death, Mocking, Scourging, Crucifixion, Spitting in the face, Buffeted(fist strikes), Smote(slaps), and Being bound.

2. Trials and Tribulations:
Poor in spirit, Homelessness, Life threatening storm, Destitution, Disappointment, Hunger, Famine, Pestilences, Earthquakes, Sorrows, and Struggle with fleshly desires. Anything else under stealing, killing, and destroying that does not fit into the Persecution category above is considered to fall into this category.

3. The Lamb Slain:
As the Lamb Slain, Jesus is the only one who could undergo the whipping post scourging and crucifixion for the purpose of remission of sins. Other OT prophets and NT disciples underwent some of these things under the Persecution category as mentioned above.

Betrayal, Conviction of death, Mocking, Scourging, Crucifixion, Spitting in the face, Buffeted(fist strikes), Smote(slaps), Premeditated murder, Being bound, False accusations.

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I wanted to look at the life and words of Jesus and His disciples to see if “Suffering” was advocated, what kind, who was supposed to suffer, and if we are supposed to subject ourselves to it.

Types of “Suffering”:

  • 52.94% of the time(18 out of 34), Persecutions were mentioned
  • 29.41% of the time(10 out of 34), Trials and Tribulations were mentioned by Jesus or the disciples.
  • 17.64% of the time(6 out of 34), Jesus suffered things associated with being the Lamb Slain.

Who “Suffered” Persecution:

  • 61.11% of the time(11 out of 18), Jesus suffered Persecutions
  • 16.7% of the time(3 out of 18), Disciples suffered Persecutions
  • 16.7% of the time(3 out of 18), common man suffered Persecutions

Who “Suffered” Trials and Tribulations:

  • 60% of the time(6 out of 10), Jesus suffered Trials and Tribulations
  • 30% of the time(3 out of 10), common man suffered Trials and Tribulations
  • 20% of the time(2 out of 10), Disciples suffered Trials and Tribulations

Response to Persecution:

  • 66.66% of the time(12 out of 18), Jesus directly responds to the Persecution with words or actions.
  • 44.44% of the time(8 out of 18), Jesus directly Refutes the Persecution to the point that men cannot argue with Him anymore in the situation, and at one point never ask Him any further questions.
  • 27.77% of the time(5 out of 18), Jesus explicitly states to His disciples and the attending crowd, that they would undergo Persecution.
    NOTE: Jesus indicates that this Persecution is a direct result for His name sake, meaning that those who undergo the Persecution would be doing so because they were uplifting the name of Jesus publicly as more important than anything they were facing. The Persecution was NOT experienced randomly or in surprise.
  • 27.77% of the time(5 out of 18), Jesus does not respond to the persecution because He was not present, he gave a description that did not warrant a refutation(parable or general statement to a crowd, usually regarding end times), or it was associated with the destiny of being the Lamb Slain.
  • 22.22% of the time(4 out of 18), Jesus leaves the situation where persecution is experienced and directly advocates for others to do the same.

Response to Trials and Tribulations:

  • 90% of the time(9 out of 10), Jesus or God directly responds to the Trials and Tribulations with words or actions.
  • 60% of the time(6 out of 10), Jesus directly Refutes the Trials and Tribulations with words or arguments.
  • 50% of the time(5 out of 10), Jesus directly Resolves the Trials and Tribulations with action and demonstration of Holy Spirit power.
  • 10% of the time(1 out of 10), Jesus explicitly states that mankind in general would undergo Trials and Tribulations.
    NOTE: Jesus gave a description that did not warrant a direct refutation or resolution(parable or general statement to a crowd). However, Jesus did indicate that His second coming would fully resolve the trial and tribulation, and the other facts in this section seem to indicate that there is enough resources NOW in this Life in Christ, to refute and resolve any Trial or Tribulation that might come our way.
  • 10% of the time(1 out of 10), Jesus does not respond to the Trials and Tribulations mentioned because he gave a description that did not warrant a refutation(parable or general statement to a crowd, or was speaking about forthcoming events).

Below is a listing of 34 times where a situation of suffering was spoken about or actually occured in the book of Matthew.

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What if Job was one of us?

Before I learned how to Abide in Christ and walk in the love, power, and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, the circumstances of my life used to not turn out like the bible said they should. So, I would go to the word looking for an excuse as to why that was. Doing so, caused me to use the word to justify my experience. IF the word is used to justify my experience, then my experience is exalted over the truth of the word.

Every Christian has pulled the God’s sovereign will card in their life at some point. When our life does not make sense and we read the word like above, we inevitably arrive at Job and pull God’s sovereign will card as a justification for why something, usually bad, happens to US whom God is supposed to love and never forsake. We don’t feel loved and we do feel forsaken, so there has to be an explanation, otherwise, our minds begin to formulate the idea that God is not who He says He is towards us and that gets over into blasphemy and unbelief and surely we can’t go there because what would be the point of our existence and belief in God…SO, God’s sovereign will is at play.

Job’s life experience and God’s sovereign will displayed in Job’s life is what we as Christians inevitably come to when suffering, pain, sickness, dis-ease, or tragedy strike our life. But, what if Job was one of us? What if Job was a NT saved individual? Would God’s conversation and ultimately God’s response to Job have been different?

We know the story, God and satan have this conversation about Job(Job 1:6-12). God says “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shuns evil? “. Satan reply’s, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”. And God reply’s, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

Now notice that God is not doing anything to Job here. Satan says to God, YOU(God) put forth YOUR(God) hand and take away things from Job and Job will surely curse YOUR(God) face. But God then says Ok, satan, YOU(satan) can test Job, everything Job has is in YOUR(satan) power.

Satan was the one who was doing the stealing, killing, and destroying from Job not God. The first mistake we make in using Job to justify our suffering when the evil one comes to steal, kill, and destroy in our lives is that God is doing it under His sovereign will or ability. The second mistake we make is to then say well, God is allowing it. Then we get into the proverbially IF God allows satan to be the prince of this world and lets satan do whatever satan wants to us and does not intervene then God is allowing it and therefore, its God’s soverign will.

That maybe true for Job, but not for us as NT saved individuals.

Notice that God is not giving satan a new realm of power over Job. Job 1:7 says satan was going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that satan is the god of this world. Luke 10:19 says that satan has ability. John 10:10 says satan’s ability is stealing, killing, and destroying; as demonstrated in Job’s life as well as ours. This has been true of satan throughout all of time thus far even today. God was not giving a new realm of power to satan, satan already had power over Job. God was merely saying, duh, you already have the power over Job. And we are also right, God did not intervene on Job’s behalf and in the end tells Job, where were you when I made everything and set it into motion. Who are you to question my motives. It was God’s decision to let Job be attacked by the devil and not intervene and Job had no real right to question that.

However, we cannot claim this same treatment by God and say that our experience is due to His Sovereign will, WHY? Read More…

Will we own it?

2 Peter 1:4
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Did you hear that, “That YOU might be partakers of the divine nature”. Are we owning that?

See, God did His part, He cleansed us unto righteousness(2 Corinthians 5:21) so that His Holy Spirit could reside in us as the new temple(1 Corinthians 6:19). God Partook of us and now WE must partake of that divine nature living inside of us.

HOW do we do that? By Faith, we acknowledge what is in us in Christ(Philemon 1:6). When we do that our faith becomes effective and that which we acknowledged manifests itself in our life in the situation.

We must own that responsibility, for it is God who works in us to will and do of His good pleasures(Philippians 2:13). YES the power is of God and not us(2 Corinthians 4:7), but WE must exercise the currency of heaven, called faith, before that power manifests into the situation. We are His ambassodors, operating on His behalf(2 Corinthians 5:20). See, God desires to fulfill the work of faith with power(2 Thessalonians 1:11). But, power doesn’t come without a work of faith preceding it. God does not do a work of power, and then we put our faith in that work. God needs us to move on His behalf, in accordance with the truth of His word, and that gives Him a framework to orchestrate His power, love, and will from the Spirit realm into this natural realm. When we exercise faith, WE become the conduit that links the Spiritual realm of God’s power, love, grace, and mercy to this physical natural world.

There seems to be a veil of pride in the body of Christ over owning this appropriately as if to fear that we are being too presumptuous in some way stealing God’s thunder. But, He expects us to own the divine nature living in us, He expects us to operate on His behalf IN Faith so that He can perform His will in this physical world. That is why He gave to US the word and ministry of reconciliation(2 Corinthians 5:19), and that is why WE must use it.

The fastest way to work on His behalf and experience the working of His will through us, is to act as if the above is true with boldness and courage in a situation where reconciliation to the word of God is necessary. We must put our feelings and senses and what we previously know aside and operate in belief, trust, and love. Acting as though we are IN those things and that the Spirit inside of us can change the reality of the situation we face, despite not feeling like we really are, IS Faith! and God will honor that.

“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo”

Seize the moment, own this opportunity, God is waiting for you to partake of His divine nature in you so that He can manifest Himself to the world around you, to your sphere of influence, to show that He is real, alive, active, and cares about what people are going through and wants to set them free!

Will you work out your own salvation in fear and trembling? Will you own it? It is the essence of Abiding in Christ.

Are you proving yourself to be a minister of God?

2 Corinthians 6:1-5: “1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;”

Christians today use this passage to justify suffering in the believer’s life. The typical Christian message is that we patiently endure [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in life and that by doing so we become more experienced at being able to respond to these things in a Christ like way. Unfortunately, no one seems to have figured out exactly how to explain how that happens, nor really has anyone been able to achieve that end through this process.

Paul was NOT advocating enduring suffering here for a greater cause.

2 Corinthians 2:14 says that God always causes us to triumph in Christ. God is causing us to Triumph, not the process of suffering or enduring hardships. Constantly enduring [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in life and never conquering them or preventing them only achieves futility and is not triumphing. The process of enduring hardship for the sake of learning something the process doesn’t naturally teach, is futile and insane. Hardship does not naturally or logically or even magically produce patience, love, self discipline, faith, or endurance. God does not supernaturally appear because we undergo hardships or suffering. There is nothing spiritually created or manifested if I am constantly being overtaken by these things. My mind, will, and emotions are led to futility. There is no supernatural expression of the Spirit in this process that brings about patience, a drive to endure, or peace; because the expression of the Spirit is done through us(Philippians 2:13) as we PARTAKE of the divine nature(2 Peter 1:4). If we are undergoing hardships and sufferings, then we are not expressing the Spirit in a position of being more than conquerors. But, the Christian message is that this process is supposed to some how help my mind, will, and emotions be led to such patient endurance.

Paul is not advocating that some how through the help of the Spirit we learn to be patient and endure these types of suffering in life as Christians in this passage. In verse 4 the word MINISTER = de-ä’-ko-nos. It means 1) one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister. In verse 4 the word PATIENCE = hü-po-mo-nā’. It means 1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance.

A Minister of God is one who is constantly executing the commands of God. Executing is not a “trying” or an “attempt”. Being able to Execute the commands of God means that we are fully able to carry them out with proof or evidence in the resulting circumstance. IF the execution of the command of God fails, the resulting circumstance can lead to an offense that can lay blame as verse 3 points out. If my answer to unbelievers or immature believers is that the name of Jesus is above ALL other things, except for [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings], sorry those things you will just have to go through and somehow God will show up; I open the door for offense and blame that God does not love enough, or is not active enough in the lives of those He came to fully deliver, save, and give Life to.

Paul’s focus is NOT on how the Christian should suffer hardship. Paul’s focus is on proving to people that Christianity is effective, that there is hope when the devil tries to manifest [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings] in a believer’s life. Paul was saying in 2 Corinthians 6:4, that consistently and constantly when the devil tried to attack him and others with TRIBULATION[afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings], Paul PROVED himself as one who executed God’s commands.

As believers are we doing and teaching the same?

God’s command was that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, heal the sick, raise the dead, give life, preach that the will of God is deliverance from ALL the works of the devil; and then demonstrate in the situation that the name of Christ can resolve the tribulation. Otherwise, His name and the ministry of executing His will is offensive and open to blame as being ineffective. Paul says in ALL things, don’t give an opportunity for an offense to be created where the offended can blame the ministry. Instead, in ALL things execute God’s commands. By doing so you prove and show that the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is above all things including [afflictions, necessities, distresses, stripes, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watchings, and fastings].

Proving that we are able to execute the commands of God prevents offense and an opportunity to say that God’s name is not effective. The proof is that the situation changes. The affliction is thwarted, the need is meet, the stripe and imprisonment are overruled, there is peace instead of tumult and distress, laboring is not required, the watching is replaced with rest, the fasting is foregone, and the storm is calmed.

The Abide Project is designed to teach you how to successfully execute the commands of God for yourself and others. Abide IN Him and every aspect of life will bow to the name of Jesus. The devil will leave you alone as you learn to always Triumph over his attack. Praise Jesus forever!

Revival – 4 of 4 – Faith not Sight

I realize that I have addressed several complex issues within the overall Christian movement with my previous post on Revival. Some of these items have been traditions Christians have clung to for many years without valid questioning. So, readers might have some confusing thoughts and feelings about what I wrote. I thought I would go into a little more depth and hopefully readers will grasp the truths being set forth. I will address each one in a separate post.

Walking by Faith not by Sight:
The only aspect of the new creation that was not fully transformed at the time of salvation is the carnal Mind(Romans 8:7). We all know what Adam lost at the fall, but what did He gain? The only thing Adam gained after the fall was the ability in his mind to know what constituted evil and to be able to consciously choose it(Genesis 3:22). He gained a carnal mind. The lingering habits and thoughts of our carnal mind is retained by us after salvation. The carnal mind of the flesh is sensing and reasoning through situations without applying the truth of the Spirit of God(Romans 8:6) in faith and standing firm until those situations produce the fruit of the Spirit and line up with the outcome the word indicates is possible.

If our experience is contrary to the word of God, the only explanation is that WE do not know how to appropriately operate in the “Life – Zoe”, authority, and ability of the Spirit living inside of us to practically impact the situation, causing it to obey the truth of God.

The Abide Project was started for this exact reason. We teach people how to do this, how to walk in and experience being “more than conquerors”(Romans 8:37), “overcoming the world”(John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-5), and not being subject to or in bondage to the beggarly elements of the world anymore(Galatians 4:9).

We are supposed to be renewed in the spirit of our mind(Ephesians 4:23). We are commanded to finish our transformation by renewing our minds(Romans 12:2). We renew our minds to the truth of the Word of God so that what we think, say, and do is in accordance with the mind of the Spirit(Romans 8:6). The subject matter of the mind of the Spirit is the word. Do the word, and we act on behalf of the Spirit and Jesus works through us as we step out in Faith. The answer is NOT to seek more of God or to try to get more IN His presence. We cannot get a partial piece of the Holy Spirit anyway, we get Him all. We just need to learn how to let the Holy Spirit move through us(experience Him).

The Abide Project teaches you how to do this. You do this by confessing and professing the truth of the word regarding His relationship to you(Colossians 2:9-10; 1 John 2:20,27), until your mind naturally accepts it as reality instead of accepting what your senses might be experiencing in the current circumstances of life. This is how you walk by Faith and not by sight. God calls forth the things that are not yet as though they were(Romans 4:17). IF we are supposed to think and act like God and be of the mind of the Spirit, then we too should be calling forth the unseen as though it has become seen. After all, that is the essence of faith(Hebrews 11:1). Faith, the ability to look at the unseen thing and believe it has been manifested no matter what the circumstances mirror back to us, comes by hearing the word(Romans 10:17). Repeatedly hearing the reality of the word exalted over the present circumstances is how Faith is built and how the unseen thing manifests into existence.

Now you have a pattern for how you experience all the other things God has provided to you. Do you need more faith? Romans 12:3 says you have received THE measure, so confess and profess that until your mind believes it naturally. Do you need more freedom from sin? John 8:36 says you are free indeed, so confess and profess that to your mind and heart until you believe it naturally. Do you need more blessing of a certain kind? Ephesians 1:3 says we have already been blessed with ALL spiritual blessings, so confess and profess that you have the blessing you need in Jesus name and thank Him for it until the unseen is manifested and your mind accepts it as reality. Faith produces an outcome. Your Faith is the substance of the unseen thing.

See, this is also where I lose most Christians because they think I am advocating Name it and Claim it Christianity and are so afraid that they are going to get over into some false belief that they become paralyzed by fear and can’t explore the truth of it to prove out the good and acceptable will of God in it. That process is called working out your salvation in fear and trembling(Philippians 2:12). There is freedom to do so, if it produces fruit adopt the truth. If it does not produce fruit of the Spirit, cast it aside and don’t follow it anymore, you won’t be thrown in hell because you tested it. I and many others have worked it out and have proven that faith works in this way with fruit of the Spirit as proof. This is not name it and claim it, I want a million dollars or a big gold apostle watch stuff. That movement took the valid principles of faith and went off into asking amiss so that they could consume that which was received upon their own lusts(James 4:3). That is not what I am saying.

It is impossible to please God without Faith(Hebrews 11:6). Faith works. Whatsoever we pray, if we really believe, we will receive it(Matthew 21:22). The opposite must also be true, whatever you pray, if you really don’t believe, you won’t receive. What we pray must align with not asking for something selfishly that we want to consume on our own lusts. IF we want that work of faith to be pleasing to God, we must not ask amiss of His will. This is why it is so important to know His will and have the mind of the Spirit. None the less, the principle of Faith/belief is true. Faith is believing the unseen thing is present. It works, and quantum physics has proven it to be true. The more shocking thing is that God was gracious and merciful enough to even answer the name it and claim it people by sometimes giving them what they named and claimed. Believing and praying(Faith) works, but it must be exercised from the mind of the Spirit and not the mind of carnally minded flesh to be pleasing to God. God is not pleased with those who have used His principles for the satisfaction of their flesh. But that does not mean those principles don’t work.

We must walk by faith and not by sight(2 Corinthians 5:7). Walking by faith means we do not accept the present visible reality reflected to us. We accept the reality the word mirrors back to us(James 1:23-25), and as long as we don’t forget what reality looks like according to the word, we will be blessed in whatever deed we face. Like Abraham did when he was too old to produce children, we consider not our bodies, or the present “reality” of the deadness of Sarah’s womb. We stagger not at the promises of God. We stand strong in faith, give glory to God, and become fully persuaded that the truth of the word will be performed(Romans 4:19-21). It is not about what we can know or perceive in our own ingenuity, what matters is that we come into agreement with the truth of the Word with utmost conviction and persuasion. That state comes about through the renewing of the mind.

The truth in the word is a more sure word of prophecy(2 Peter 1:19). The Word is prophecy, it tells what should be. It is more sure than what we perceive to be with our natural senses. The Abide Project is designed specifically to teach people how to disregard the reality of this present world and manifest the reality of the word.

Revival – 3 of 4 – Sinners and Saints

I realize that I have addressed several complex issues within the overall Christian movement with my previous post on Revival. Some of these items have been traditions Christians have clung to for many years without valid questioning. So, readers might have some confusing thoughts and feelings about what I wrote. I thought I would go into a little more depth and hopefully readers will grasp the truths being set forth. I will address each one in a separate post.

Sinners & Saints:
If an unsaved person responds to this goodness of God that a saved person demonstrated, then upon water baptism they are now a new creature(2 Corinthians 5:17), born again(John 3:3). The sin nature in our flesh that we were born with died with Christ in His death(Romans 6:4). Our spirit is raised with Christ(Colossians 2:12) and seated with Him in heavenly places(Ephesians 2:6). The One Spirit of the Holy Living God is now implanted in us(1 Corinthians 6:17). The Holy Spirit of the Godhead, in all its fullness now resides in us(Colossians 2:9-10) forevermore, never leaving, never becoming less, always constant(1 John 2:20,27). We are now the temple of that Holy Spirit(1 Corinthians 6:19). It is no longer we who exist, but it is Christ Jesus existing in us and operating through us(Galatians 2:20). At this time, prior to being baptized with the Holy Spirit, we have the power to become sons of God(John 1:12). Baptism in the Holy Spirit is how we activate the authority, power, ability, and every other things provisioned to us from the work of Christ. Holy Spirit baptism gives us access to these precious promises(2 Peter 1:4) so that we can personally experience it as well as make it available to others. As a saved and Holy Spirit baptized individual we now have the “ability” to perform the actions that sons of God perform and gain access to the whole inheritance of promises provisioned us. Things like grace, peace, mercy, love, patience, power, ability, perseverance, holiness, the mind of Christ, whatever we need to live life and live it Godly!

As saved people, we do NOT have a sin nature anymore, just like Adam did not have one when he sinned. We are no longer enslaved to sin(Romans 6:6; Romans 6:14). God is not sitting up in heaven counting the sins we as saved people might fall into against us(Romans 4:8). The problem is that the immature Christian does not know how to handle this state or freedom. When the devil accuses us before God by pointing out our failures, we don’t believe that Jesus is right there as an advocate saying, No Father, I paid the price for that, they are clean(1 John 2:1). Our unbelief in this matter, lets our hearts condemn us(1 John 3:20-21) about our wrong doing which perpetuates a cycle of sinning. Sinning leads to the condemnation, which then leads to further sins, which then leads to guilt, which then leads to repentance, which then reaps forgiveness, which then gets us back to the good state of God’s grace/mercy/good favor….Or so we think. The next time we mess up we repeat that same process. Most Christians are stuck in this perpetual process for the rest of their lives trying to figure out how to get on God’s good side. They are tossed too and fro in and out of God’s mercy and grace. This is why we have Christians today who have been saved for more than 30 years, still stuck in this cycle, and believing that holiness(sanctification as they call it) is unattainable in our lifetime.

We are expected to quit sinning(1 John 3-5) as a sign of our repentance and a way to enter into holiness. If we mess up, move on and don’t do it again. The freedom of God not counting up our sins and remembering them against us, is not a license to keep sinning(Romans 6:15). It is possible to give up sinning and live holy, God has given us everything necessary to live this life and live it in a godly way(2 Peter 1:3). How do these things necessary to live life godly come into existence for us? Through the knowledge of Him. There is knowledge, from and about what Jesus provided to us through His Work and words, that if learned and understood gives us access to call forth into existence everything necessary to live life and live it Godly. A lot of the information I am sharing with you fits into this knowledge of Him.

The Abide Project is designed to teach people how to activate and experience all those things necessary to live a Godly holy life without sinning anymore.

This is where I lose most Christians, because they are so ready to claim that I am saying I am completely without sin. We are currently, as saved individuals, new creations and without sin, despite our propensity to choose against the Spirit of God. We were once sinners though. However, now that we are saved, sin has been eradicated for and from us(Romans 6:14-18). There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus(Romans 8:1). What happened in Romans 7? Paul is talking about this struggle of doing what he shouldn’t and not being able to do what he should, how he wrestles within himself to do what is right. In Romans 7, Paul was building the case for how condemnation happens. Then comes Romans 8:1. Paul says, look Romans, all that back forth is for the birds. There is therefore NOW, instead of the back and forth, no condemnation to those who are in Christ and who walk not after the flesh, but who walk after the Spirit. He was telling them there is no struggle anymore because there is no condemnation, which is what the struggle is all about. Walking in the flesh is letting your heart condemn you. Walking in the Spirit is seeing that God is greater than your heart(1 John 3:20-21). NO means none and we must come into agreement with it. The salvation experience is indicative of us recognizing our sin, repenting from it, and reaping the experiential event of being set free from the bonds of the sin we recognized we had.

Therefore, we are not sinners anymore, we are saints(Colossians 1:12-13; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:18; Ephesians 4:12). I was once a sinner, but I got saved, and I am now a saint whose propensity to sin has been removed from me as far as the east is from the west. Can I choose to do something against the Spirit of God? Yes, just like Adam did for the very first time, without a sin nature. However, Adam did not have a propitiation, sacrifice, or an advocate like we do! Therefore, the fact that we may choose to walk according to the flesh after salvation does not make us sinners or sinners “again”, in need of re-salvation(Hebrews 9:25). A sinner requires salvation and redemption. Our redemption as saved people is complete, the work of Christ was enough to make us not sinners forever more, never needing to be further redeemed or cleansed of sin by a sacrifice(Hebrews 9:12). Is there purging that still needs to be done? Absolutely, and that is why a man is to purge himself(2 Timothy 2:21). That is why we are called to renew our minds. When we do choose against the Holy Spirit and walk according to the flesh, it makes us immature Christians with UN-renewed minds who need to learn not to let our hearts condemn us(1 John 3:20-21). Condemnation is not from God, it originates from us, from our hearts condemning us(1 John 3:20-21). If we can learn to not let our hearts condemn us IF we do mess up, then we have confidence before God, can boldly approach the throne(Hebrews 4:16), and make our petitions be known with confidence that we are in God’s favor. There is no vacillation where there is no condemnation. We must purge ourselves and get our minds renewed so we do not “want” to walk according to the flesh.

The Abide Project is designed to teach people how to let God’s view of being bigger than our hearts, build confidence about our favor in God, thus overpowering condemnation. If we can prevent our hearts from condemning us, we walk in the confidence of God, despite potential wrong doing, and that keeps us from falling into the perpetuated sin cycle that is reaped from condemnation.