Container of God

December 11, 2014

John 14:9-14
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Container of God

Philip asks a rather superficial question of Jesus that evokes a response from Jesus that unveils all that He is. “Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Philip, like so many of us, is only focused on the outward and so he, like so many of us, misses the real truth. The truth was the Father had been there all of the time in the person of Jesus. Their lives and identity are woven as one and you can’t have one without the other.
What is the relationship that Jesus Christ is communicating to His disciple in these last hours that He has with them. Their is such a powerful truth here that we so often read over it, but like Philip, we really haven’t grasped its reality. Jesus tells Philip (paraphrasing), “I am the expression and the manifestation of my Father. He who is Spirit is revealed to you through my flesh.” What we see in Jesus, His life, His words, His love and His expression is Father’s nature and character expressed through humanity, into humanity. No one had ever gotten closer to touching and seeing God than when they beheld and touched the life form of the Father in Jesus. What Jesus expresses here and through his Spirit anointed prayer in John 17 are truths that we seldom dare to truly believe and embrace. In John 17:20-23 Jesus prays, “”My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.””
Jesus came into the world hidden from the world’s view, because He was nothing significant or important as the world views it. Those who truly know their identity in Christ are most often like Jesus, insignificant in the world’s eyes. What sets the true people of God apart is that they are embracing the reality and truth that as the Father was in Jesus, so Christ is in us. Even as Jesus grew up obscured from public view. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” God is maturing Sons (both men and women) that are the expression of His divine character and nature. These Sons are not their own. They have relinquished self for sonship, even as Jesus was not His own. What He heard the Father speak, He spoke and what He saw the Father do, He did. As the Father had expression through the Son, so the Son has expression through us as we will yield our beings to Him. Jesus relinquished His will for God’s will, just as we must also relinquish our will for His. Jesus, through His prayer to the Father and later through the giving and imparting of the Holy Spirit into us as believers, He came into us with the purpose of being one with us.
Can we hear that today or are we like Philip who could only see the superficial relationship, but hadn’t truly grasped that Jesus Christ and the Father were one? We see and often view the Father and Christ as up in heaven and if we keep looking up we will see him come back some day. That is a Philip mentality. The Christ is right here with you. He is residing in you. Many of us have just lacked the revelation of who we are in Christ. We are still identifying ourselves in an old Adam mentality. We are still looking into the natural mirror and seeing Adam reflected back rather than looking into the mirror of God’s Word and seeing Christ reflected back. Who are you going to embrace and believe?
Ephesians 2:5-6 declares, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Why are we looking up to heaven when we are already seated their in Christ? Even as Jesus Christ was the kingdom of God come into the earth, He wants to establish His kingdom through a many membered Christ. Unless the His kingdom is come and His will is done in you first how can it be made manifest to the world?
Has the Son been with you all this time and yet you have not seen Him? Jesus makes an almost incomprehensible statement here in John 14:12-14, “12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” If you have the spiritual eyes to see and the faith to receive, then Jesus is telling you what He has just demonstrated through His life, you can do in like manner through yours if you know who you are in Him. This not about you being God or having a God complex. This is about you being dead and Spirit of Christ being released to live through you. It is all right there, resident in you now if you be in Christ. Embrace the identity you have in Him, for He created you and purposed you to be a container of God.

Blessings,
#kent

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Honor

March 14, 2013

1 Peter 2:17
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Honor

The Word of God teaches us to live in a culture of honor. What is honor?
The dictionary describes honor as, ‘to estimate, fix value, to revere, venerate, deference, honor which belongs or is shown to one, to hold in respect or esteem, to show courteous behavior towards, to worship, to confer distinction upon.’ It is how we value a person, office or group. We are taught first and foremost to honor God and His Son. “Thou shalt Love the Lord thy God and Him only shall you serve.” We do that through our expressions of worship, adoration of praise, thanksgiving and obedience. As we value and honor the Father we should, in no less way, honor the Son and our brotherhood in whom the Spirit of Christ indwells. The Word goes on to teach us to have honor for the king and those in authority over us. We are also to respect, esteem and value our fellow man, treating all with dignity, respect and value. Next to God Himself, the Word is very outspoken about the honor we are to have toward our parents, so much so that it qualifies as one of the ten commandments. “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you (Deuteronomy 5:16).” Jesus reiterates what God said about parental honor in Matthew 15:4 when quotes, “For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ Dishonoring your folks was a capital offence in the Old Testament, which show it wasn’t lightly regarded as option by God. It is interesting that none of these commands are considered optional or conditional about how we have been treated rather actual or perceptually. It doesn’t mean those we are to honor are always in the right or even act honorably themselves.
In today’s society a lot of this culture of respect and honor has been lost. That is one thing that is very admirable about the Asian people; they live and teach a culture of honor. We tend to think it is our right to pick and choose who we honor. We can, but it is not what the Word teaches us to do. It teaches us to love or honor your neighbor as you would yourself. Put the same value, regard and esteem on them as you do on you.
In the Father’s eyes we all have value, because He doesn’t create junk and He has placed within us His image and likeness. We are all spiritual beings and precious to the Father, no matter what our station in life, our sex, race, religion or color; God loves and values each one of us. God has redeemed us to practice a culture of honor to them that are within and without the household of God, toward Him and toward our families. I want to leave you with Colossians 3:5-25 as an exhortation from the Word of how we should all live in honor to God and one another.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”
Let us once again teach, live and exemplify that culture of honor.

Blessings,
kent

Anger

July 2, 2012

Proverbs 19:11
The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Anger


Anger is an emotion that is common to human nature and is even something we see in God.  Anger is an emotion, that like any emotion that is out of control of the Spirit, can become sin.  Some of us struggle with anger more than others, but it is an emotions that can release detrimental and hurtful consequences, both verbally and in action.  The emotion of anger is not a sin in itself.  It is a response and feeling that we can have most often in reaction to a person(s) or circumstances that are surrounding us.
One of the things that the word of God teaches us is that it is not the emotions of our heart that are to rule and lead us.  It is our will, submitted to the will of the Lord.  Emotions, out of control, produce the fruit of the flesh.  Now we all have emotions that can be good and bad, but are they subject to the Spirit of Christ in us?  Proverbs 14:29 says, “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.”  There may be a time and place for anger, but let us make sure our anger is prompted by the Spirit and not the flesh.  Jesus displayed anger when He drove the money changers out of the temple.  It was a holy and righteous anger prompted by the Spirit of the Father in Him, so it wasn’t an anger that led to sin, but rebuked sin and was jealous for God.
There are several places in the new testament that we are exhorted to keep our emotions in check, especially the ones that can be more negative.  Ephesians 4:26 exhorts us to keep our anger under control by not harboring or allowing it to continue to fester.  “Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath.”  James 1: 19-20 exhorts us, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”  The Word makes it plain here that a spirit of anger is an emotion that isn’t going to bring about the righteous life that God desires.  Ephesians 4:32 conveys that type of spirit that we are exemplify that steers us away from the spirit of anger, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you..”  Proverbs 10:12 shows the love-hate relationship and how it produces opposite things, “Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.”  An angry spirit is one that is not abiding in the rest of God.  It is one that wants to take matters into its own hands and deal with it out emotions and feelings.  Emotions and feelings are still a very real part of our soul and make-up.  While they may influence us, that should not rule us.  The man part of us, the Christ, should rule our spirit and our emotions should be subject to the Spirit of Christ in  us.  When emotions rule they usurp the headship of Christ in our lives.  They take control and then we operate out of the flesh and not the Spirit.
Remember that God could have easily destroyed all of us in His anger and would have been totally justified in doing  so, but He chose to exemplify His love through Christ which extended to us forgiveness in place of wrath and anger.  That is the same Spirit that He wants to rule in our hearts towards others.

Blessings,
kent

Living in a New Dimension

February 16, 2012

Romans 8:1-17
1Therefore, 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.
5Those 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 mindf 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.
12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Living in a New Dimension


Romans 8 is perhaps one of the most high velocity and revolutionary chapters in the Word of God because it speaks so powerfully into who we are and who we are not.  So many of us continue to carry with us this “Old Man” mentality.  It is so detrimental to our spiritual walk and the identity of who we are in Christ Jesus.  In the church world there is so much emphasis and how to change the old man and become better.  In the Lord’s eyes the old man no longer exists to the believer in Christ Jesus.  He has been nailed with Jesus to the cross.  He was buried and he passed away in that old law of sin and death.  This is the whole significance of water baptism to help our minds comprehend this reality that old things and old natures have passed away and behold we have been resurrected in Christ into the newness of His life.
Father has brought us into a new dimension, a new realm and a new place.  Things may look much the same outwardly, but now we are to be living out of a new law.  It is just like if we go to outer space, many of the laws that restrict and rule us here, no longer are in effect in that dimension.  In Christ, the law of the Spirit of Life, has set us free from the law of sin and death.
Jesus tells us in John 4 that God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth.  This is the reality of where we should now be living.  Yes, we maintain the outward man,  with its weaknesses and flaws, but now we realize that what we could never change from “the outside in”, because of the weakness of our flesh.  We can be transformed from “the inside out” through the power and in-working of the Spirit of Christ in us.  We have to spiritually grasp the paradigm shift that has taken place.  When we do, we will reckon ourselves dead to sin, but alive unto Christ.  Everything that we formally were was hostile to God, nevertheless, God’s grace in Christ has brought us into the place where now we are the friend of God; not only are we the friend of God, but God calls us His sons.  In order for us to walk in this place of sonship we have to be led by the Spirit of God and live out of that law of the Spirit of Life that is in Christ Jesus.  This passage is telling us what that looks like.  The sinful nature of the person we were has to be past tense, because it can’t effectually operate in this dimension and realm.
Yes, we all still deal with our issues.
How do we deal with them?
Romans 8:13 provides us with the key.  “… but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  It is the Spirit of God within you that is empowering you to live a victorious life and overcome the areas of the former realm you are still dealing with.  Remember, that is not who you are or what you are any longer, so don’t let the enemy try and put that identity back on you.  This is what happens so often to so many of us.  We find ourselves living again in the identity of who we were in our former man, rather than who we now are in Christ.  Your identity is paramount to your victory.  You can’t be victorious in something that you think your not.  Where there is no faith, there is no victory.  Faith is not looking at the thing you see, it is looking at the things you can not see, but that God says are true.  Only the faith in His truth can make them a reality to you.  As you walk by the Spirit, out of the power of the Spirit, believing what God says about you, you will find yourself being transformed from glory to glory even into the same likeness as Jesus.  This only follows if Father God has put His DNA in you through His Spirit.  Your spiritual birth should cause you to grow up in His likeness.
Remember who you are, and the law that you now function under.  It is no longer the law of sin and death that leads to your condemnation.  You live under the law of FREEDOM!  The law of the Spirit of Life that has set you free from the law of sin and death.  Don’t allow yourself to be put under that law again as we find the Galatians starting to do as they started yielding to that old mindset and teaching of the law.
Father wants His highest for you.  Get a revelation of who you are and don’t settle for anything less.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are His children; heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.  Live out of that new dimension of His Spirit Life

Blessings,
kent

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