Sunday, April 8, 2012

How Alive Are You?

Sunrise over Guelph Lake, April 8th 2012


Living In Resurrection Power!

Have you ever felt that you were living somewhere between Good Friday and Easter Sunday experientially speaking in regards to your faith?  More than ever, I believe we need to take hold of what we believe!

We have all at one time or another questioned God’s voice. 
We have been told that you are ‘new’ but man, at times, you just thinking to yourself, I don’t feel new.  I know what God says, but I don’t feel it in my soul.

Philippians 3:10   I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that is living in me!

2 Corinthians 1:20  For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Realize this that just because they are yes does not mean that they are automatic.  There is a big difference.

What did Jesus conquer for you on the cross?  I believe he dealt a death blow to the fear of death, to death itself, to the power of sin, to anxiety, to fear itself, you name it! 

Here’s the truth – God’s love is unconditional, but the benefits of the Christian life are not.  They must be taken hold of through faith and obedience.

The biblical definition of a spiritual person is one who lives and is led by the Spirit instead of his soul/ body.

The original story of creation was the truth that Adam knew God’s voice and heard it in the garden.  The fellowship with God was clear, strong, natural and it flowed unihibited.  However that was completely botched with original sin and it affected all of us.

Romans 5:19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners,

He was disconnected from His life source and he tried to exalt himself above God. 

Pride and our ultimate appetites lost their governance and control.  Everything about learning went from revelation to information. Now we process things through logic and now, we struggle with hearing God’s voice.

The gospel has become veiled and the question is this, “How strong is your soul?”

2 Corinthians 10:4  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Soul shaping is also affected by what we allow to fester in our minds, whatever tiny habits that we have not completely uprooted like those nasty dandelions that keep coming up between the bricks.

Proverbs 23:7  AS a many thinks in his heart (states most translations) The word here could easily be understood as soul, because it is the Hebrew word, ‘nephesh’

We are not controlled by truth as much as we are controlled by what we believe to the truth.

Jesus has come to give us divine life – zoe – John 10:10

God has given us –rhema – the spoken Word and graphe – the written inspired Word

Through Jesus we once again receive the ability to have God thoughts, hear His voice, understand His ways, receive His revelation.  If you want to know God, look no further than Jesus…what makes Him angry, passionate, full of joy…

Here’s the truth – when you were saved, Your Spirit is changed instantly, your soul is not.
Our spiritual DNA comes from the Father the moment we accept Jesus.  We have been downloaded with everything we need and we are made complete.  The Bible also tells us in Romans 8:29 that we have been predestined to be conformed in the image of Jesus!  It has been all set up for us.

2 Cor 5:17 speaks of a qualitative newness.

We aren’t just fixed, there is a new hard drive that has been put in place.  We are full of zoe life.

Here’s the thing…We are ready to receive, but we still have to apply, the Bible uses the words, make every effort

James 1:21 tells us to receive the Word that has been implanted which is able to save our souls.   So we are saved and we are being saved.

There are 3 parts to your makeup.

Your Spirit

Reborn, saved, new, who I am, my legal standing, 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Peter 1:23 born of imperishable seed.

Your Psuche – your soul which is becoming pneumatikos –Spirit controlled

It has to be renewed, it is being saved, being made new, determines what I do and how I act, it is where I am experientially.  Jam 1:21, 2 Cor. 3:18  being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory from the Lord through the Spirit.

Your Body

Regulated, will be saved and will be made new  1 John 3:2  we shall be like Him.

So if you have a stronghold in your life before you were saved, it can still definitely be an issue after you are saved, after you become a child of God. 

Does that surprise you…There are exceptions of complete transformation by those who have received and laid hold of the message of the cross….You still have the flesh or the soul or your natural learned tendancies…lust, gluttony and laziness for example and they have to be rooted out of you.

We Must Enter The Process of Crysalis everyday!

We still have to work the process of transformation – the metamorphis to become what we already are.  It is likened to the process of chrysalis  for the butterfly.

Rom 12:2  Don’t be shaped by what happened to you in a bad relationship or how you gave yourself to a sinful habit.  Don’t take on the blueprint of the world around you. 

We have to prove God’s will prove means we have to demonstrate something.

God wants to draw it out of our spirit and into our soul.

Look at the life of Jesus, He always sought out the Father to listen to His leading…He set an example for us. He did nothing apart from God and everything He did was an example to completely defy a proud and self exalted soul – psuche.  He was born in a manger, didn’t own a house, doubtful he owned anything, He allowed Himself to be mocked, spit on and ridiculed all the while affiming not my will but thine be done.

May we become renewed everyday as we awaken to His righteousness!

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