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I firmly believe the truth of repentance and renewing of the mind have been hidden away from many believers. And because of this many still struggle to have REAL permanent change that Christ sacrifice allows us to walk in. In today’s training taken from my IMPACT discipleship class we discuss the differences between good fruit and bad fruit. And good trees and bad trees. And why these 2 things are so important for us to have real, lasting, permanent change that disciples the nations. Leave comments below!
Why did Jesus refer to Himself as the Son of Man? I propose that He wanted to make absolutely sure that we knew His life was OUR example. He did only what He saw His Father do as a Man. By Himself He could do NOTHING (John 5:30) He laid down the pattern of perfect theology for us. Not as our ceiling, but as our floor.
What does it look for man to walk with God? Jesus. It looks like Jesus. It doesn’t even look like the disciples in the Gospels because Jesus had not yet been glorified. So even they could not discern the Ways of God because His Ways are foolishness to those without the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).
When questioned about His Works Jesus answered that those who believe in Me will do the same and GREATER! Because I go to the Father (John 14:12). The world stopped the moment Christ died and rose again. But He did not die nor rise alone, but He wrapped us up in Himself, the Tabernacle of Glory to present us before the Father. And this is where we are now seated at His right hand in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). You are an heir and a co-heir of glory (Romans 8:17). Both as His Son and as His Bride!
And because of this, we now are EXPECTED to do greater works than the First-Born among many brethren (Romans 8:29). Paul understood this. (1 Corinthians 11:1) The Apostles laid down a blueprint for all to follow. The Spirit of God is manifesting fully grown sons that live from a continual Spiritual encounter with the One who encounters them. And as they know Him, they will fully know themselves (1 Corinthians 13:12). That we also may say the enemy has nothing in me (John 14:30). Afterall, are we not to be filled fully by His Spirit? (Ephesians 3:19)
And may it be said of us that we only do what we see our Father doing. Not because we have glory apart from Him, but because we are never apart from Him. Nor will we ever be again. Because of this reality, we are no longer mere men (1 Corinthians 3:3), but new creations that reveal our Father’s glory (2 Corinthians 4:6, Habakkuk 2:14) and destroy the works of darkness (1 John 3:8) everywhere we go. We don’t seek ministry, we are ministry.
What if milk is to see Christ for you and meat is to see Christ through you?
What if fully dying means to be fully awake to Love? To Hope? To Life? To Mr. Liberty Himself?
What if dying to you means to be fully alive to the One who is alive in you?
And to realize that you’re not just going to heaven, but that Mr. Heaven goes with you.
I am struck by the thought that Jesus didn’t seek a ministry. He was one. He had the biggest job of all of us. Yet, He calmly walked from place to place letting love, compassion and expectation guide Him. He wasn’t scared or fearful that He was going to “miss it”. He knew who He was. And He knew who His Father was.
I believe there is a lesson here for all of us. So I’d like to begin by revealing a strategy of the enemy.
Does the enemy try to get you to react out of fear?
As Children of God we are instructed that God does not give us a spirit of fear!
2 Tim 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
This is important for us to remember because it goes back into our identity. You see if we are lead by obligation or even a performance mindset. We could end up thinking in the terms, “I have to do this or else…”, but this is a problem for us as Children of God because we are not called to be lead by fear. And it is fear that propels people through doing stuff they don’t really want to do.
Many a religious well-intentioned preacher has done this. “You MUST… You NEED… You HAVE to…” But – it’s the same tired song playing over and over getting the same results. People are put into condemnation. Looking at what they are not instead of who they now are. And then they end up repeating the same patterns. Over and over again.
Because fear doesn’t transform, it conforms.
Now let’s uncover this pattern of condemnation together.
First, let’s begin by identifying it.
Here are a few examples of how fear can rear its ugly head…
1. If I don’t do this I will miss out on my calling in life.
2. If I don’t do this God won’t love me as much today.
3. If I don’t do this I won’t be accepted by my peers.
All of these things stem from the same thought process, if I don’t do something, I will miss out on something.
This is actually one of the deceptions of the enemy. He tried this tactic on Jesus no less.
Matt 4:2-3 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he [Jesus] was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Notice the pattern here. If you are the “Son of God” then you will do, say, look, or act like this. The enemy tried to get Jesus to REACT to fear, but Jesus RESPONDS out of faith. Because it is ONLY faith that pleases God. (Heb 11:6)
Remember the enemy’s goal is for you to see your identity through his lies. And the Holy Spirit is revealing your identity through His promises.
Make no mistake about it you are in a war. And that war is over your identity.
You see, the enemy will try to make you think that if you don’t REACT to his temptations then you’re not truly saved, favored, blessed, etc. Or whatever lie he is throwing at you at the time to try to get you to REACT to his lies of fear.
But Jesus doesn’t REACT. He is secure in His identity. Father only a few months ago publicly pronounced Him as His Son!
Matthew 3:16-17 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Armed with His identity, Jesus doesn’t react to fear, but responds in faith to the lies of the enemy.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Now what I am hoping to convey here is that both were “right”. The enemy quoted a Scripture, it’s in the Book, but the goal of it was to put Jesus in a place of questioning His identity. So I propose for Jesus to react to this Scripture OUT OF FEAR would have been wrong for Him.
And it’s the same for us.
As Children of God we don’t want to be motivated by fear, and fear is what presses through doing stuff we don’t want to do, so we need to find enjoyment as our motivation.
If you’re struggling to be consistent, maybe it’s time to stop asking God what to do and start asking Him who you are. And what you enjoy doing, how you’re fulfilled, and where you feel most fruitful.
Because after you have your own moment with the Lord, where you embrace that YOU are His beloved Child in whom He is well pleased. Then I believe like Jesus you will naturally respond in faith, no longer reacting in fear. And your eyes will no longer be on you and your trials, tribulations, walk, etc but they will zero in on the world around you. A world that is starving for what you carry.
And then you BECOME a supernatural ministry.