Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Person of the Holy Spirit

Hello everyone,

For some time now, I have wanted to write to you about something that is very dear to my heart. It is: knowing the Person of the Holy Spirit. I am well aware that it’s a topic that some Christians prefer to steer clear of, but without being properly taught on what the Word of God says about the third Person of the Trinity, the church will never be empowered to actively stand up against the devil and advance the kingdom of God on the earth. Without a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, our Christian walk will become dry and mechanical. In fact, our lives are powerless without the Holy Spirit and we will always be limited by the things in this natural world.   

Now, besides the Word of God, there are numerous helpful books and teachings available on the Person of the Holy Spirit. I’m going to mention one that I’m reading right now, that is a great blessing and inspiration. It’s called Hosting the Supernatural and it is written by a personal friend of ours, Pastor Nicky van der Westhuizen. Why I’m mentioning his book to you is because Pastor Nicky actually lives what he teaches when it comes to knowing the Person of the Holy Spirit. I’m not in any way saying he is perfect, I’m just saying that I can see evidence of the relationship he has with the Holy Spirit in his life – and that’s the point I want to make today.

It’s so important for us to get passed seeing the Holy Spirit as a force or a power, or an influence. He is a Person, with a personality, intellect, emotions and will. Even though He is God, He is relatable. The Bible describes Him as being a Comforter, a Friend, a Helper and a Teacher. Some translations call Him a Standby, an Advocate and a Strengthener (John 14:16, 26; 15:26). It mentions that He can be grieved and quenched (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). He can also be excited and motivated to move on, fill and completely inhabit our lives (Luke 1:15,41,67; Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31, 9:17, 13:9; Ephesians 3:16; Colossians 2:10). Most importantly, the Holy Spirit only moves by the will of the Father, and He loves Jesus. He will always manifest Himself when Jesus is glorified and worshipped in spirit and in truth. You can read about this in John 16:13-15.

So why is it so important for us to see the Holy Spirit as a person? Pastor Nicky mentioned something in his book that really brings this truth home. He said that when people see the Holy Spirit as a power, they want to use Him as power. But if they see Him as a Person, they will surrender to Him, worship Him, and love Him. Now, listen to this statement, it ‘rocked my world’: “When you treat the Holy Spirit as a Person, you don’t have to look for power; He will just give it to you.”

Make no mistake, the Holy Spirit may be relatable, but He is Holy. He is divine and glorious, and worthy to be worshipped, because He is God.

It’s the Holy Spirit that enables us to have a deep, meaningful relationship with God. He is the voice you hear in your heart, and the glorious joy you feel rise up within you as you yield to Him while He reveals the truth of His Word to you, or refreshes your soul with His peace. You can tangibly feel His presence when He is worshipped. Oh I have felt and experienced His touch, it’s something every believer can experience every day – and once you do, you will never find anything to compare with it. That’s because you will discover that He is so beautiful, so loving, and so fulfilling. In essence, the Holy Spirit makes the Person of Jesus tangibly real to you.  

Do you remember how I said the Holy Spirit has an intellect?  He is able to think and process information. 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 explains this beautifully. Now, I’m quoting from the Amplified Classic version, which includes the original Greek translation. So it may seem lengthy, but in this letter, it’s fitting for us to pay careful attention to it all – especially since we are learning about the Person of the Holy Spirit.

“Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit...” What has God revealed? Well, in the verse before this one, it says “...all that God has prepared and kept ready for us.”  So this verse is saying that the Holy Spirit unveils and reveals to us all that God has prepared and made ready for us!  

 ...for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].

For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realise and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favour and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.

And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].”

The Holy Spirit is the only One Who truly knows the deepest, bottomless things of God. He searches them and completely understands them and then He reveals them to our spirits. That’s why it’s possible for a born-again child of God to really know and experience God. But it’s a knowledge that doesn’t come by human reasoning; it’s discerned by our spirits, directly through the Spirit of God.

God is not this distant being who watches from afar and refuses to get involved with the intimate details of our lives. In fact, the truth couldn’t be more contrary to that. God desires for us to really know and intimately experience Him. There is nothing about Himself that He has hidden from us; He invites us to draw near and explore all He is and has for us. I believe it will take an eternity to do that!

If you want a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit, you must begin to see Him as the Word says He is. He is a Person Who speaks and shares the heart of God with you. When you begin to cultivate this relationship with Him, you will see the evidence of the power of God in your life.  

Now when you became born-again, the Holy Spirit came to live inside of you. His Spirit is one with yours. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” If you want to be better acquainted with the Holy Spirit and experience a fresh revelation of Who He is, then all you have to do is ask. The Bible says that we can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, where He infuses us with power, like a fountain of life that energises and strengthens us from the inside. John 7:38-39 says, “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honour).”

Ephesians 5:18, tells us that we can be ever filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit, so that we can continually draw from His power and strength that is already inside us, since His Spirit is one with ours. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.” If this is the desire of your heart, then here is a prayer you can pray; and if you pray it from your heart, by faith, it will become your reality:

“Lord, it is clear that You want me to be filled with Your power and strength today.  I want to know You in the way Your Word says I can know and experience You.  I know Your Spirit lives in me, but I want to receive a fresh infilling of Your power and presence.  I want to have Your life flow in me like continuous springs of living water.  So I open my heart right now and ask You to fill me to overflowing with Your Spirit. Thank You for creating me to be the receptacle for this wonderful power —and by faith, I receive that powerful flow of Your Spirit right now! I pray this in Jesus’ name!”

I’m so excited about this journey we are taking together to get to know the Person of the Holy Spirit. Next week we are going to continue exploring what the Word of God says about this precious member of the Godhead, Who desires to be our closest companion.

All my love,


Jenny

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The More Excellent Way

Hello everyone,

How many times have you thought that your circumstances would be so much better if you had just done things differently?  If you had just made wiser choices, or reacted with better judgement, the outcome would have been worlds apart from how it is now.  Well, did you know that being able to make the best choices every time, so that you can walk in the outcome that is always right and accurate concerning God’s perfect will for you, is actually possible?  It’s called choosing to live the more excellent way, and it’s far more obtainable than you realize.  

The Apostle Paul has some brilliant wisdom on this topic.  He says we can live in a way where we learn to sense what the very best choices are to keep us living victoriously in life, and at the same time, help others attain victory by following our example.  

Philippians 1:10 in the Amplified Bibles says, “...so that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognising the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].”(AMPC)

Paul knew that living from the perspective that we have the power to overcome, because of who we are in Christ, is far greater than living at the mercy of our circumstances, or suffering from the consequences of bad choices. If we are going to live confidently, in our God-given authority, to reign in life with Christ Jesus, we must pay careful attention to Paul’s words.

Now, right before Paul tells us about this more excellent way of life, he tells us how we can practically attain it. In Philippians 1:9 Paul says: “And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment].”(AMPC)

What was Paul talking about?  What did he mean when he said he prays our love may abound more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and keen insight?  Quite simply, Paul was talking about us having a dramatic increase of love for the Word of God!  You see, he said he was praying that our love would abound more and more to its fullest in knowledge and keen insight. That’s the Word of God.  According to the book of Proverbs 4:5, wisdom from God’s Word is knowledge and insight for comprehensive discernment.  So Paul is telling us to fall head over heels in love with God’s Word, which is knowledge and keen insight, so much so, that it becomes the chief passion and desire of our lives!  Remember, He said to let our love for the Word abound more and more.  

Why is this so important?  Because the Word of God is alive!  And the more we hear its truth, and receive it into our hearts, its wisdom and peace brings us a sure, strong hope in something that is far greater and more trustworthy than our own understanding, or anything else this world has to offer.  What makes that hope and wisdom fully develop inside of us, is when it’s received and embraced by love!  Which by the way, is the ingredient needed for faith to be produced and activated in our lives.  Do you know why?  Because perfect love casts out all fear, making faith powerfully effective. 

Now, reading on in Philippians 1:9, Paul says our love for God’s Word will result in two things: Firstly, a greater depth of acquaintance with the truth; and secondly, a more comprehensive discernment of knowing how to put it to work.  When both these qualities are at play in our lives, our confidence in God’s Word and our God-given authority to declare and operate in it, will pose a real threat to the enemy, as we are able to daily choose the more excellent way.

So, let’s take a look at the first result of being in love with God’s Word; which is having a greater depth of acquaintance of its truth. The phrase having a greater depth of acquaintance, means having a personal knowledge or experience with the Word, as you would a good friend.  Where you become more and more accustomed to it.  You begin to be familiar with how to approach it and enjoy its company. You begin to know your way around it, recognising the central truth that weaves its way through, bringing you to read scripture in context, and draw life and peace and hope, and wisdom from it.  As you become more acquainted with the Word, you begin to memorise where different truths are found, and as you read and study them, the Holy Spirit reminds you of, and leads you to others that confirm them.  It becomes the most exciting treasure hunt experience ever!  And each truth you find becomes established inside you where you are convinced it’s your truth.  And no matter what comes your way in life, nothing will move you on it. The devil can’t steal it from you because it’s so rooted in your mind and engraved on your heart that it’s impossible to change your mind on it!  Now the truth the Holy Spirt has revealed begins to radically influence the choices you make in life.  Our priorities begin to shift as our desires become aligned with His.

This leads us to the second quality Paul says we develop when we cultivate a radical love for God’s Word. We have a more comprehensive discernment to know what is right and then put it to work in our lives.  This means we can actually reach the point where we are able to sense and recognise from our spirits, what is vital and of great importance at any particular point in time; and can distinguish what is the morally right thing to do in the situation concerned.  When we do, Paul says we will approve of and prize what is excellent and of real value, and then make it part of our lives. That basically means we will see the more excellent way, know the right thing to do, and be more than willing to do it! Hallelujah!!! Now that’s a recipe for success!

Let’s put this into perspective with walking in our God-given authority.  When you love the Word, you trust it.  You trust what it says, and believe you are what it says you are, and that you can be and do all that God has purposed for you to be and do.  What’s more, when it says that God’s will is the more excellent way for you, you see and recognise it in every situation, agree with it and choose to walk in it. In truth, you have delighted yourself in Him and now His will and desires have become yours.  Take a look at what Psalms 37:4-5 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.”

So when He says His will is for you and me to reign in life with Him, and exercise our authority over the devil, and use our words of faith to change our circumstances, that’s exactly what we will do!  When He says to give, so that it will further His kingdom purpose and connect us with His supernatural provision, and to tithe because it’s His covenant plan for us, then that’s what we do!  When He says to live pure and free from gossip and strife, so that we aren’t held back or tripped up with unnecessary weight, then that’s what we do!  It’s that simple.  And when we do, Paul says we will be blameless and with a sincere heart, approach the coming of Jesus with confidence, because we have not stumbled into unbelief, but have stayed vitally on course and influenced others to do so too!  And in case you haven’t noticed, we are living in the very hour where the church of Christ is being stirred up like never before to expect His sudden return.  So don’t be caught falling asleep concerning your personal walk with God.  Become more diligent and enthusiastic than ever to choose the more excellent way every day. 

If you are ready to follow Paul’s advice to live on purpose for God, by falling in love with His Word to develop the skill to discern and make choices that connect you to the more excellent way of life He has for you, then pray this prayer from your heart with me now.

“Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me so that through my decision to give you my life, You wash me clean of all sin and past failures.  Jesus, I surrender my life to You, and by faith, receive you as my personal Lord and Saviour.  Thank you for your precious Holy Spirit Who I invite right now to fill my life. Thank you Holy Spirit that Your power is alive in me, and will stir up an insatiable hunger and desire for Your truth.  Father, I commit to diligently give my heart to Your Word.  I trust You to teach and guide me by Your Spirit in all its truth and wisdom, as You have promised to do.  Thank You that each day, as I pay careful attention to You, You will cause me to walk the more excellent way. I thank You now for a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know You more through Your Word, having the eyes of my heart flooded with light to know and understand the full hope I have in You.  By faith, I believe I will walk in a greater depth of revelation and power to recognise, know and do Your perfect will for my life each day.  By Your grace, through faith, I choose Your excellent way of living, until You come to fetch me.  In Jesus Name, Amen.” 

Now don’t wait a moment longer, meditate on the scriptures we’ve talked about and give your heart to delight in the Word of God.  You will see the benefits change and  overtake you.

Much love,

Jenny







Sunday, July 1, 2018

Be Confident!

Hello everyone,

The moment we surrender our hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God comes to live in us. The Bible says the very power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead came to reside and work inside every believer. That power of God actually raised our spirits in Christ, to be seated in heavenly places together with Him. Through Jesus, and His power in us, you and I have been given a position of authority over every work and power of the enemy.  

Our confidence to exercise our God-given authority in this life comes from knowing the Word and being skilled to operate in it. Now, the Bible says that Jesus is the Living Word; and to really know Him, meditating on the written Word of God, coupled with a hunger and desire to walk in all the wonderful wisdom and authority it brings, is key! This promise in John 14:21 is motivation enough! I treasure these beautiful and powerful words of Jesus. He said, “The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]”

You see, as much as knowing the Word and being skilled to operate in it can seem to be an intellectual exercise, it’s really far more than that. It has everything to do with nurturing a deep and meaningful relationship with the Person of the Word, and His Holy Spirit, Who breathed it into existence. Every time we get into the Written Word, let’s remember that Jesus has promised to manifest Himself to us in a way that we can clearly and personally see Him in each piece of scripture. What a glorious promise! God’s Word being made alive to us – by Himself!

When we decided to see studying and meditating on God’s Word this way, we discover that it’s alive and powerful – and is able to change everything concerning us. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energising, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” Walking with Jesus in His Word will not only satisfy us; it will completely transform us by its wisdom and truth. And He sets you free. Jesus, the Word, really and truly sets you free!  And if you stay committed to Him, His Word in you will KEEP you free! Those are His own Words in John 8:36, “So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.”

Now, getting back to the statement that our confidence to exercise our God-given authority in this life comes from knowing the Word and being skilled to operate in it…

I found four actions that will lead us to grow our confidence, because they will grow our understanding of Who our God is and who we are in Him. Psalm 119:17b says, “...and I will observe Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]” (AMPC). The devil knows he is no match for the child of God who hears, receives, loves and obeys God’s Word! That’s because, in essence, that child of God is personally hearing, receiving, loving and obeying his God through His Word. I’m trying to say: our hearing, receiving, loving and obeying has become a personal relationship – not a mechanical exercise.  

Many of the emails we receive from viewers who watch the network have to do with questions on how to practically study and understand God’s Word. People have so many questions and needs, but don’t know how to find the answers. So, here are some practical tips on how you can really enjoy a personal time of digging into the treasure of God’s Word to find the gems that are hidden for you! 1 Corinthians 2:7 says, “But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God—[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].” 

So, my first piece of advice is: when studying the Word, don’t be afraid to use technology! This is a pretty bold statement from me, since I’m the one in my family who is labelled ‘technically challenged’. If you can’t do it yourself, ask a friend to help you. Download a good Bible app onto your electronic device. There are heaps of great choices available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. There are also wonderful Bible commentaries and concordances that are available at just the click of a button! And here’s a great resource too: it’s called YouTube and Google! Naturally, you will need to make use of your Holy Ghost filter to find the gems and sift through the horrors. But go for the names of men and women of God who have truly stood the test of time in their walk of faith – and have the fruit to prove it! A personal favourite of mine is Kenneth Hagin. I love his teachings, especially when it comes to understanding and knowing the believer’s authority! The very best teacher on all truth, however, is the Holy Spirit, Who is more than willing and eager to teach you.  So, really trust His leading and prompting.  

Where to begin? There are many excellent devotionals available that highlight a scripture each day and give a helpful start to understanding how you can apply that truth to your life. You can begin there; if it triggers a desire to know more, turn to your commentaries and concordances to start digging! It’s a very exciting and insightful exercise, especially since the Holy Spirit will highlight the truth you need at that time. Whatever you discover, no matter how trivial it may seem, write it down! That’s so important! You will find yourself revisiting that truth over and over again. This is excellent, because the more we ponder on and talk about the Word, the more we understand it; and its truth becomes a part of what we believe and who we are. 

Many devotionals also give a plan to read through the entire Bible, you can even Google one! This is a great idea to steadily get acquainted with the beautiful truth it holds and how everything comes together in context. Remember, there is nothing of greater value to us in this life than God’s Word alive in our hearts; so, prioritise investing time in it!

I have recently started watching an absolutely fantastic Bible program called ‘The Bible Project’ on YouTube.   They take each book of the Bible, give an excellent summary of its contents, author and its context relating to the Bible as a whole.  It’s done in a brilliant, attention grabbing way that will make studying the Bible an absolute treat and exciting  prospect!  Once you start watching you will really find it difficult to pull yourself away!  I strongly encourage you to take a look at it.  Here is the direct link to the book of Matthew:    https://youtu.be/3Dv4-n6OYGI

I truly hope this letter has inspired you to begin your treasure hunt in the scriptures, or increase the time you are already spending in it. Mark 4:24 has always been a personal motivation for me when it comes to increasing my knowledge and relationship with the Word. It says, “And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.” Remember: hear, receive, love and obey God’s Word; it’s the only path to real confidence and success!

Until next week, happy digging!

All my love,


Jen

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Know Your Authority!

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to share a truth with you that Kenneth Hagin called “...the mightiest working of God for the believer”. The Apostle Paul thought it was a pretty big deal too; he prayed that we would receive a spirit of wisdom and revelation to see and understand it. What is it? It’s the authority that every believer has been given to exercise here on earth. The reason it’s so significant is: when we know and act in our authority, it affects the way we see and react to things in this life. In fact it changes the ‘game plan’, so to speak, to where we do more of the action and less of the reaction! It’s where we move from a place where life just happens to us, to where life actually comes from us. That’s very powerful!

First, let’s agree with what the Word says: we have an enemy, the devil, who is determined to prevent us from living free and victorious in this life. Ephesians 6:12 tells us our enemy is not flesh and blood, but principalities and powers of darkness. 1 Peter 5:8 says our enemy, the devil, goes around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to seize upon and devour. But, because of the finished work of the cross, this happened: Colossians 2:15, “[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them...” Even though Jesus destroyed the power of the enemy over God’s children, we have to stand our ground and enforce his defeat.  

You see, the devil knows that while you are ignorant of the authority you have over him, and the power of God that is in you to back it, you will never stand your ground against him. So he will reap havoc in every area of your life that you stand back and allow him free reign in. But the moment you understand and have a revelation of who you are in Christ, you can exercise your authority and cause great damage to his kingdom – while you live the best life possible here on earth.

So, let’s take a look at the authority you have in Christ Jesus. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said that all power and authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. Then, He immediately transferred that authority to us. The Bible says that the power invested in the Name of Jesus and obtained by Him, through His overcoming the enemy, belongs to the church. Ephesians 2:5-6 says that even when we were dead in sin, He quickened us by His resurrection power and raised us up to be seated with Him in heavenly places – the place of authority. Moreover, Ephesians 1:22 tells us that all things were put under His feet, under His authority! That scripture goes on to say how Christ has become the head of the church. He is the Head, we are the body, and all things are under our feet. Hallelujah!  

Listen to this: when God raised Jesus, the Head of the church, from the dead, He also raised us, the body. The head and the body are one! The authority was conferred to the head and the body together. When it comes to exercising authority on this earth, the head and body work inseparably together! 

Look at what Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.”  

Then, in Ephesians 6:10-11 Paul says: “In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armour [the armour of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.”

1 John 4:4 says, “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”

Having said that, it is really important for us to understand the difference between authority and power...I actually heard Kenneth Hagin explain it this way: 
He spoke about a small framed policeman boldly standing in front of a stream of traffic with his hand held out, signalling them to stop. Now there is no possible way that policeman has the power to stretch out both hands and, with his physical strength and might, hold back those vehicles. The only thing that is stopping that man from becoming road-kill is the fact that the drivers of those vehicles recognise his authority! They know that that policeman has the full power of the law backing him and, if they don’t obey, the consequences are more than what they care to deal with.

Just the same: when we understand the full force of the power of God that is in us, ready to back us, our authority becomes a terrifying signal to the devil. He recognises authority; more importantly, he recognises when a believer knows and acts in his authority – and he is powerless against that.

Anything the Word of God says is ours, through the finished work of the cross, we have been given the authority to take a hold of, by faith. So when the devil puts the symptoms of sickness, lack, worry, fear of failure, or any devilish thing on you, don’t stand for it. Know who you are in Christ and the power of God that is in you to back your authority. Then kick the devil right out of your life – and out of everything that concerns you!

James 4:7 says, “So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”

Next week we will learn how to grow in our confidence to use our God-given authority! Until then, stand strong in the Lord and don’t let the devil push you around!

Love you dearly,
Jen


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Don’t Just Sit There, Reign

Hello everyone,

For some time now, my heart has been stirred to really understand what the Bible says our inheritance in Christ is and how to fully appropriate it in our lives. If we can get this settled inside us, I believe we can use it as a platform to do the work of God with great power and authority. Our desire is to see the miraculous, supernatural force of God’s power at work not only in our own personal lives, not just in the lives of those in our immediate sphere of influence, but to have the reach far greater than we could have ever dreamed or imagined. Why? Because we are living in the time where it’s crucial for the manifestation of God’s power to be seen everywhere! The sleeping giant, called the church, must rise up in the authority, power, and dominion of God, to shake this world, hold back the tide of evil and bring in a mighty harvest of souls before we go to be with Jesus.

Now don’t say this isn’t for you, if you are a born-again child of God, or you feel His tug on your heart to know Him as your Saviour, you must see and understand the life Jesus desires for you to live here on earth. It will revolutionise everything about you! Having said that, I cannot over-emphasise that the life of power we can have has everything to do with our personal, inseparable connection with the Holy Spirit. Our intimate partnership with Him involves our full commitment to see His will lived out in us. It’s all about reigning with Him in victory! So, if you’re ready for change and a shift to go to another level in your walk with God, today is your day!  

For those of you who want to surrender your heart to Jesus before we go further, Romans 10:9-10 says, “...if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Verse 13 says, “For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.”

If you do believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross to carry the weight and penalty of your sin that has separated you from truly knowing God. And you believe that He rose again from the dead, victorious over sin, so that if you believe in Him and receive Him into your heart, He will not only wash away your sin and make you in right standing with Him; He will come, by His precious Holy Spirit and make His home in your heart. If that is what you desire, then say this prayer out loud now, with your whole heart, believing every word you say…

"Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for what you did on the cross over 2000 years ago;  I believe You are the Son of God, and that You died for my sins and rose again on the third day. I believe You are Lord and I ask You to come into my heart, remove my sin and live in me. Become my Lord and Saviour, and fill me with Your precious Holy Spirit. I surrender my life to You now. Teach me to walk in Your ways and baptise me with the power of Your Holy Spirit. I believe I receive You now, thank You Jesus. I am Your child, washed clean by Your blood and filled with Your Spirit of power and peace. Amen"

Hallelujah! Welcome to the family of God. Now you can come on this journey with us.

Let’s read a scripture I have often referred to, Ephesians 1:17-21, “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him...”.  Stop right there - did you notice God wants us to have a deep and intimate knowledge of Who He is? So before we go any further, if that’s what you are truly desiring, then expect to really know God more by His Holy Spirit as we walk together in His Word today! Look out for every reference to His nature and how He feels about you in the scriptures we are going to read. I can guarantee you won’t find anything indicating He is mean, selfish or egotistical; in fact, you’ll find the very opposite to be true.

Let’s keep reading, verse 18 says, “By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones)...” There is a hope God has called us to and it has to do with us sharing or partaking in Jesus’ glorious inheritance. The Word says His inheritance is our inheritance. Since the word hope means an earnest expectation: Christ’s inheritance in us is something we can press into and, by faith, expect to live in now.  

How is this possible? When Jesus died and rose again, He secured the legal right for us to live in His inheritance now, before we get to heaven one day. Hebrews 9:16-17 says, “For where there is a [last] will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive.” When Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice for our sin, His life blood had to be shed to make the testament or legal agreement for our inheritance valid and effective. Then, the moment He rose from the dead and took His rightful place next to His Father in heaven, Jesus was given all authority, power and dominion, and the Name that is above every other name. The moment we accepted Him as our personal Lord and Saviour, the Bible says we became one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17) and since we are now in Him, and He is in us, what He has been given has become ours too!

Too good to be true? Well, take a look and see for yourself: verse 19 of Ephesians 1 says, “And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places].  Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.” 

Now, take a look at Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favour and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).”

What does all this mean? It means your salvation is far more than a ticket to heaven, my friend. It’s the very life of the victorious Christ, alive in you to live and reign with Him now. He has made us partakers, partners with Him, by the very same power that has made Him alive!  The same power that raised Christ from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11) and it’s there for a purpose! 

Verse 6 says, “And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” It’s completely possible for our spirit man, who is inseparably connected to the Spirit of Christ, to be seated with Him in heavenly places - the place where, together, we have full authority and reign - while our natural bodies are here on earth.  

Verse 7 says, He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favour) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favour) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;”

Jesus expects us to live and reign with Him right here and right now - and has given us everything we need to do so! The power of God is a real, tangible force living inside us. Just knowing and understanding this truth is enough to set you on the right course of victory and power.  

Did you remember to take careful note of the references to God’s good character and how He feels about you? Every part of our reigning with Christ is held together and fuelled by His unexplainable, overwhelming love for us. 

What kind of God is this that would give us all of Himself, including every aspect of His glorious inheritance, when we least deserve it? This love is what I choose to receive, and know, and live in. So I choose to receive, and know, and live in Him - because He is love.

Next week we will look at the authority we have in Christ Jesus!

All my love,

Jen