Identity Theft

June 30, 2014

Galatians 4:17-20
Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. 18It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. 19My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!

Identity Theft

How many of us or others that we know have gotten a revelation of “Christ in you”? They knew who they were, their authority and freedom in Christ. They had a destination and purpose. They were no longer identified with the old man, but had come into the light and revelation of who they were as a new creation man. Then along came other teachings or worldly influence that drew them away and clouded the vision of what once was so real and liberating. Little by little you or they were seduced and led astray from the teaching and reality that once was held so dear and life giving. Once again these ones have slipped back into the law from which they had been set free. Once again they have become slaves of men or the world instead of slaves of Christ and righteousness.
Somewhere there is one like Paul who poured into you and travailed for you that you might receive and come into these liberating truths. Now the enemy has come subtly in to rob your identity and obscure your vision. There are those who want to own, control and claim you as their own, not for your good, but for there’s. Even in the religious and kingdom arenas we see these controlling and seducing spirits at work, as they bring in division and schisms within the body of Christ. They can work so cunningly in those we often regard as mature in Christ.
Paul is greatly grieved and perplexed here as he speaks with these Galatians in 3:1-5, of whom he says, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? 5Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”
This serves as a warning to us not to slip back into legalism and self-works, seeking to please God by any other means than faith and obedience. In doing so we find ourselves offering the sacrifice of Cain, rather than Abel, seeking to please God with the works of our hand and the sweat of our brow, rather than by the blood sacrifice that has been offered once for all in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
What makes you extremely dangerous is when you begin to come into who you are in Christ. Satan doesn’t mind you being religious or trying to please God some other way, but when you get a hold of your identity in Christ you become a very real and dangerous threat to him. He will use whatever is at his disposal to lead you away from that reality, rather it is persecution, tribulation, worldly seduction or false teaching. When Christ is truly formed in you then you know who you are in God and you can move in the realms not of this earth. You can pull down strongholds, principalities and dominions of darkness. You operate out of the power and authority of the Spirit of Christ in you. You become hell’s greatest threat!
Will he try and rob your identity and purpose in Christ from you? You can count on it. We don’t want to follow after the foolishness and the deception of the Galatians, but we want to press in all the more into the fullness that Christ has for those who love Him and are consumed with His life. There are many distraction and attractions all around us, both worldly and religious. Anchor yourself in the truth of who you know yourself to be in Christ. Declare it daily and walk in it moment by moment, exercising it’s reality in your daily living. Do not be deceived by the outward workings of men. Even satan can produce lying signs and wonders. Discern by the Spirit, the Word and fruit of what is being produced. Listen to that still small voice and the witness of the Holy Spirit within you. Things are not always as they seem. We can be easily deceived and led astray if we are not continually walking after the Spirit and judging all things through the Spirit and the Word of God. Guard your heart and your identity. Identity theft is prevalent in the spirit as well as in the natural. Always know Christ in you is your hope of glory and your overcoming victory.



Principles of the World

September 4, 2012

Galatians 4:8-11
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

Principles of the World

Paul says here that formerly, when we did not know God or rather were known by God, we “were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.”  What are these things to which he refers?
In verse 3 Paul clues us in, “So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.”  It means that we came under the law of Moses which showed us our sin and condemnation, but only the promise and shadow of our salvation.  These principles of the world could only keep and maintain us in the bondage of sin and condemnation.  At there best they were only shadows and types of that truth which Paul brought to them in the reality and fulfillment of Christ.  That divine sacrifice of Calvary was the doorway through which we step from the kingdom and the principles of this world into the kingdom and principles of God and life.
Paul says in Romans 8:1-3, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”  That tells us that never, by returning to former law of Moses, will we be set free from sin.  It, along with all the principles that pertain to this world, were superceded and annulled by the cross of Christ.  He is now the higher law of life and liberty.
There is no more condemnation to the those who are in Christ Jesus.  Take note of the preposition used here.  It not spoken to those who know about Christ, to those who believe on Him or through Him.  The place of no more condemnation is “IN HIM”  That means we live out of Him, not just the knowledge of Him.
Many of us as Christians have struggled with sin all of our lives and still feel the wretched condemnation of it because we still haven’t had a true revelation of who we are IN Christ.  We don’t fully grasp that we have reckoned the old man dead and are alive unto Christ.  It is no longer out of self effort that was governed by this former principle of the world that we live.  We live out of the principle and law of the Spirit of Life that is IN Christ Jesus alone.  He was the law fulfilled IN us.   Now we are dead to the former as we live into the present.  We don’t overcome sin and the principles of this world by trying to be like Jesus.  That is self-effort and self can only perpetuate self.  It can never perpetuate Spirit.  Only Spirit can perpetuate Spirit.  Paul tells us that this is now what we live out of, the Spirit, no longer the flesh.  Romans 8:5-11 goes on to say, “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives IN you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is IN you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living IN you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives IN you.”  The mind of the Spirit, is the mind of Christ IN us.  It is His Spirit abiding IN us, bringing us into ONENESS and PARTICIPATION IN Him.  We no longer are to operate out of the former us, no matter how good the intent.   We are dead unto self, but alive unto Christ, even as Paul tells the Galatians in Galatians 2:20,  “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives IN me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Only as you live out of who you are IN Christ as a son can you overcome the life you formerly lived as a slave under the principles of this world.


%d bloggers like this: