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.
Revival is a common topic among all Christians and churches. But what do we as Christians really mean when we talk about revival? Most churches and Christians describe revival in terms of experience. We want to experience the presence of God, we want to feel closer to God, we want His ways to become ours, we want more of God, we want His supernatural happenings to permeate our existence, and so we embark on this process called Revival.
Almost every church and Christian embarks on the road to Revival in the same manner. A survey of other churches who have or are currently experiencing revival is done to see how to go about it. Take a look at the Brownsville AG revival in FL, the Toronto Airport Fellowship, Kansas City, and most recently Bill Johnon’s Bethel church in Redding CA. All of these places have experienced increased salvation’s, healings, miracles, signs and wonders, people coming from all over to experience God. All of these places have emphasized 3 common principles. 1. A call and head to repentance, 2. A call to extended worship and praise, 3. A call and head to extended fasting, prayer, and seeking God. It appears that God has come to these places after people have done these common things. And so, churches embark on a similar road to Revival.
But, the question I ask is this, Is seeking God’s presence in this way rebellious and manipulative behavior for Christians to engage in? How could I even think so, some of you are asking, but please do hear me out as you may be surprised at what the Word has to say.
The position that Christian Revival is approached from, as seen above, seems to be in direct opposition to the Word. The position describe above is one that puts Christians and Churches in a place far from God. Most Christians and Churches seek God and Revival because they feel far away from God, they don’t sense His presence, His work, His Life, His ways, active in their present lives or community. This position is what almost always precedes the decision to embark on the road to Revival.
However, the Word stands starkly in contrast to this position.
9For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. 10And you [f]are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
1 John 2:20
But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth.
1 John 2:27
But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [ permanently] in you;
1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
These 4 passages indicate that we have the fullness of the Godhead, the very living Spirit of the Deity abiding and dwelling right inside of us. So, to start from a position that is far away from God, needing to pursue Him to get Him to come closer is directly in contrast to what the Word says about our condition and relation to God.
2 Corinthians 6:1
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
VAIN = ke-no’s – destitute of spiritual wealth, of one who boasts of his faith as a transcendent
possession, yet is without the fruits of faith
TRANSCENDENT = Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception
Paul is saying do not look at the saving grace of God, our faith, His spiritually wealthy presence, as though it is some transcendent possession lying beyond the ordinary range of perception. Don’t look at God’s presence inside of us as though it is afar off and that we need more of Him, that we are spiritually destitute.
The fact that most Christians and Churches approach Revival from this position of spiritual destitution and place of His presence being out of our range of perception is in disagreement with the words of the bible. When we come into disagreement with the words of the bible, we step into rebellion from God. When we try to do things to get God to approach us we step into manipulation.
Now, I have no doubt that Christians and Churches want to “experience” more of God, more of His Spirit doing the things the bible says the Spirit does. That is not a wrong desire, but going about it from the position above is not the will, desire, nor heart of God the Father. It is manipulative on our part to think that we must do anything to get more of Him. It is rebellious to think He is not fully present and available to us. Well, it seemed to work for these other churches so it can’t be rebellious and manipulative as I indicate….
2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.
God will honor our petitions, seekings, and praise, because He is a loving, gracious, and merciful Father; despite it being rebellious and manipulative on our part. His will, desire, and longing of heart is that we acknowledge all the things in us that are from Christ(Philemon 1:6). The heart of the Father is that we as his children acknowledge and accept that His presence is within us and for us to deny the lies of the devil that come through our senses that say He is not close. God desires for us to recognize and exercise faith that the full spiritual stature of the Godhead exists in us so that He can work through us to accomplish His good pleasures(Philippians 2:13). His heart is that we become partakers of His divine nature(2 Peter 1:4).
Do you see that? The action is on our part not His. The action is not Him coming to us, He has already done that for He lives inside of us! The action is our responsibility to acknowledge and recognize the truth of His word and act as if the place the Word puts us is in fact true and can be experienced. When we do that while we don’t “Feel” or “Sense” it to be true, we are operating in Faith! It is a faithful position to not feel like He is there but to act as though He is. When we do this, when we acknowledge his full presence and start acting as though His power is right here at hand for whatever task, when we start to believe and act as though we are close to Him and can do the things He says we can, we are in Faith and He desires to meet our work of faith with power(2 Thessalonians 1:11). When we start doing this, we are IN Revival. Miracles, signs and wonders will follow, and that gives us reason to thank and praise Him with worship.
Abide in Christ, it is a place of Revival!
How does the devil beat us? No doubt many of us have been fighting him for many many years, why does he seem to win? Better yet, why does God seem not to be involved on our behalf? Many Christians struggle with this question and never get an answer. I am here to tell you today, you can KNOW.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, We refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)
WE, not God, but WE wrestle against spiritual forces. OUR weapons, WE refute, and WE lead, not God. We must Take responsibility for the fight and stop expecting God to do it for us.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Do you realize how powerful the word is? Isn’t that the problem? We don’t realize how powerful it is becasue we have not used it. We have cried out to God and begged Him for mercy and grace and expected Him to come down from heaven and help us, to fix the issue, to prevent and counter the attack of the devil. We are supposed to use the Word against the devil.
Romans 8:6 Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Everything starts with a thought, reaping starts with a thought. Our circumstances of attack from the devil start with a thought that exalted itself against the knowledge of God. It went unchecked and produced the circumstances of all the misery of sin and death, what we have been asking God to fix. WE are at fault and responsible, not God. “Do you believe that my being stronger, or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? You think that is air you are breathing?” We believe that our reality is what the circumstances report back to our senses. That is walking by sight and not by faith.
Renew your mind to be “faith” based. Feast on the Word above all else and you will automatically know the thought of sight that leads to creating the reality of attack from the devil as well as the thought of Faith that leads to creating the reality of freedom, grace, mercy, and victory in Christ. The door has been shown to you…..YOU must open it. Abide by knowing the word and being able to use it to defeat the opposing thoughts.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.
2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
It is amazing to me how accepting of the circumstances we have become. We are bombarded by the fact that this or that can do this or that to us and therefore we need this or that to prevent this or that from being done to us. We look at the natural things of our experience as so concrete and immovable.
“…you have to think beyond the walls, beyond the boundaries, push your mind to accept that there are none.”
What if what we see and perceive to experience was meant for us to master? What if what we see and perceive to experience, those so called concrete and immovable things were meant to be our servants?
“…be a master of your environment, not a servant to it.” “These days, nothing is what it seems.”
Why did the movie The Matrix, produced in 1999, still today 12 some years later leave such a strong and well defined legacy?
Because it explained faith. It explained in understandable possibilities how faith and the supernatural could work. It pushed our boundaries and limits from the natural realm of our experience to something farther and greater. It calls out to something deep within us that we know is there, something that rings so true to us, the possibility that we have manipulative control over our existence and then gave us some sort of a believable framework see it work. It is why all the superhero, x-men, supernatural movies are so popular. It is exactly why Microsoft, chose this type of video for its X box commercial. Research shows that we respond really well to being called out in this way. Now, who do you think they got that from? God has been calling us out into the same thing way before Microsoft, or Nike, or Adidas, or AT&T! Is it sad to you yet, that they get it?!
At one point, Chris Armitage, a free running/Parkour professional the video is about, is talking about the point at which he slips, losing a sense of where his body is. “I was looking for where my hand should have been, and it wasn’t” as if he was in another dimension.
Reality is what the word of God says it is, beyond the current perception of those things that naturally seem to be real and affect us and impact us to a dimension that governs those seemingly concrete and immovable objects. The word indicates that the things in this natural physical world, despite their real impact on us, can be counteracted and prevented via the spiritual realm. We read these verses and they are all good because you know, they are true. But we don’t really believe them because when it comes to applying them in our life, we are a servant to the concrete and immovable things. All we have ever experienced is being over run by the devil. Therefore we have learned to protect by navigation around the impossible for fear of defeat yet again.
We have not been taught how to be supernatural, how to be a master of this natural environment. Jesus spoke to every aspect of our existence…..wind, waves, storms, fig trees, bodies, and food. He radically changed those things for the Glory of God and for the sake of other people. He was a master of this natural physical world. It bowed to Him and it was the servant. His circumstances never over took Him.
We have not been taught how to be that way and so we chalk His ability up to be that He was God. However, if He did those things as God, how could His very words tell us that we will do the works He did and even greater(John 14:12)? We will never be God or divine, so if we can do what He did, He could not have done them out of His divinity. He had to have done them as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit, yet still God. He lowered himself from the divine position to become man(Philippians 2:6-7) and everything He did was through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. That means we can do the same! We are actually commanded to do so!
We have not been taught how to be this way and when the circumstances of our life, the attack of the devil, over run us, we legitimize our own unbelief and continue with the ways of man because they seem to be more successful in navigating around these seemingly immovable certainties of life. Some of us are tempted to blame God as not being interested in our lives, or caring. We talk about the distance of God and try to explain why our experience does not line up to these promises in the Word. We change the meaning of the Word so that our existence makes sense. We give God an out because surely He does care about us, right, I mean there must be some reason He is not intervening? We misunderstand how He has already intervened to empower us to take care of the situation in place of Christ being here doing it for us.
The Abide Project is about explaining how Christians can operate in the supernatural existence of Christ. to be masters of their environment, to speak to the winds, waves, storms, fig trees, bodies, and food just like Jesus did and be successful! It is possible to walk in the supernatural success that Jesus walked in, as we Abide In Him.
Now you Know! And as the G.I. Joe cartoon taught me when I was little….”and knowing is half the battle”!
Let’s learn how to put into practice the power of God against the devil to establish His kingdom here on earth as it would be in heaven. It starts with seeing what where reality really is….
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For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Is the real you the natural, nothing added, plain, vanilla, imperfect, undone, unevenly colored, disheveled, blotchy, exposed, blemished, marked, no makeup, wake up version?
Our perception is not always reality. As Christians, we mostly identify with only half of the truth. I am a sinner. I am barely but thankfully accepted by the grace of God, and then we don’t ever seem to move from that place out of fear of getting over into pride. In fact, we honor and praise those who think it is pridefully presumptuous to think or desire anything more than that place of weakness and barely making it. Less of me and more of Him has become a challenge in how far away from the perfection of Christ we can get, as if that is the high mark of true humility. But that is only the beginning frame in the movie of our evolution.
Is our identification with who we are a passive aggressive attempt at recognition, and therefore rooted in pride?
If we cannot immediately answer yes to that question, then chances are it is a true statement and we cannot bring ourselves to answer it because of how it will make us look. And if that is the case, then we are clearly in pride.
It is a praiseworthy trait in Christianity to appear humble, and we wear that humility as a badge of honor. Somehow we gloss over how manipulative and prideful that really is.
The truth is that from the very beginning God desired for us to achieve Christ-likeness, to be congruent with His image. He predestined that everyone would have the opportunity to achieve that. He called us to that. He justified us, meaning He set us apart specifically for that end. And then He glorified us. Christ in us is the glory of the Lord. When we Abide in Christ we walk in the glorification He gave to us. As sanctified(set apart) children of God, we have become perfected once and for all. If we are sanctified, and we are, then we are perfected forever! This is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The reason it is prideful to identify with anything else, is because this is who God made us to be IF we are in Christ. To tell Him, ourselves, or anyone else that we are not yet what He predestined us to be, called us to be, set us apart to be, is rebellion and rejection of Him. IF we are IN Christ, we ARE the things He says we are whether we feel or think we are yet. We cannot be anything else. If we try to be anything else, it is rebellion, which is at the root, pride. IF we are NOT in Christ, then we can identify with that place that is far away from the perfection of Christ. But you are not.
IF we are in Christ, then we are to live in protest to the place that is far away from the perfection of Christ. We are to rightfully engage the perception of who the word says we are, not the perception of who we believe we have become at this place in our evolution towards Christ-likeness. It is the ultimate expression of humility and Faith to bow our recognition seeking pride and obey the word with respect to who it says we are. Our thoughts, words, and deeds must express in a radical way what the word says we are. It is truth, obedience, faith, and therefore humble, to say I was once a sinner but now I am perfected in Christ, whether practically you have aligned every thought, word, and deed. You will align every thought, word, and deed to what the word says faster if you practice identifying with that truth. Do you see that? God set it up so that we can be who He says we are and by doing that, by professing who we are, by acting like who we are, by expressing who the word says we are, we actually become that very thing.
Do you want to see what NOT identifying with Christ in this way has done to the name of Jesus? Go to Google and type in this phrase: why are Christians so and see what Google’s predictive modeling technology tries to fill in the blank with based on what searches and content people have created.
We must passionately come into alignment with who God says we are. Do you see that doing so is the essence of faith? Despite the seemingly very real understanding that our thoughts, words, and actions are not yet truly perfected in Christ, when we step out in thought, words, and deeds as though we are, believing, accepting, and professing that we are…….we are walking in Faith! We are pleasing to God when we exercise faith to be in the place He created us to be.
It is a lie from the devil to identify with anything less, it is a purpose driven lie to keep us from walking in faith and becoming who we are supposed to be. Our current perception of humility is a lie from the devil to keep us from really entering into who we are IN Christ; huh, who would of ever thought……
Abide in Christ by humbly acting as though you are the perfected child of God that you are!