We have been talking about the nature of man. In this post we are going to begin looking at the components of our being and our position in Christ.
Many people are desperate for an encounter with God. None of this deserves anything from God. Religion will tell us that our rewards from God are based on us doing right.
Living a good life does not elevate God’s opinion of us. His love is unconditional regardless if we live for Him or not. It will shock many people that God loves the worst sinner as much as He loves the best Christian.
The key to our developing a deeper relationship with God is for us to first come to an end of ourselves. When we see just how unholy and unworthy we are of God’s love it will cause us to pursue Him with even greater passion.
Religion has left many Christians feeling unworthy of God’s love. We question how God could use us because we our judging our usefulness through a vision of our worth.
It is easy to see someone like Kenneth Hagin or Oral Roberts as a person God could anoint. It is not easy though to see ourselves as being used by God at the same level as these ministers.
God does not require us to clean up our act before He can use us. He accepts us as we are and will clean us up as we spend time with Him in prayer and through His Word.
It seems that our difficulty does not lie i believing God can do it. Instead we question whether He will do it. I believe that the key to overcoming this is found in the development of a revelation of who we have been made in Christ.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. (1 Corinthians 5:17)
This verse is wordy but full of revelation knowledge. Paul tells us that we “have known Christ after the flesh”. This is a major revelation which we will discuss but first let me ask you a question. Do you know yourself after the spirit?
The majority of Christians only know themselves after the physical realm. They do not have a revelation of who they are in Christ or their spiritual nature.
If you and I arranged to meet for the first time how would you describe yourself? Would you tell me that you are 5 feet tall or that you wear glasses?
We know ourselves in the physical realm. How many of us can describe our spiritual nature though? If I asked you to describe yourself from a spiritual perspective could you do it or would you respond with a religious cliche?
Functionally I believe that most Christians do not know anything about their spiritual nature. We have heard ministers quote verses that tell us things like we shall lay on the sick and that they will recover but do we really believe it?
The average Christian views the power of God as being unreachable. They believe that we are called to “pray it down”.
“Oh God send your power!”
“Please God move in my life!”
The power of God is not “out there”. It inside of our spirits and our goal for the next few posts is to gain a revelation of who we are in Christ. I will close this post with the following verse and then we will pick up with it tomorrow:
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:11)
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