Identification With Christ

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

MSG I identified myself completely with him. 

 

MY COMPLETE AND TOTAL IDENTITY COMES FROM JESUS CHRIST

 

TPT My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!

 

Matt 16 Jesus asked who do you say that I am?

 

WHO YOU ARE IS WRAPED UP IN WHO HE IS.

 

WHERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING THEIR IDENTITY FROM? 

 

GENETICS, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL

 

YOUR IDENTIFICATION IN CHRIST TRUMPS ANY NATURAL DETERMINISM

 

Romans 5:12-21 The Bible is about 2 men.

 

THE SAME LAW THAT AFFECTED ALL MEN.  GOD ALLOWED IT TO AFFECT ALL MEN THROUGH CHRIST.

 

GOD’S WORK IN CHRIST FAR EXCEEDS ANY DAMAGE DONE TO US BY ADAMS FALL.

 

WE HAVE TO BECOME AWARE OF OUR CHANGE OF IDENTITY! 

 

DIVINE IDENTITY IS CONNECTED TO DIVINE DESTINY…

 

OUR REACTION TO THE WORD OF GOD IS OUR REACTION TO GOD HIMSELF.

 

AMP Phm 1:6 [And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory].

 

KJV That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

 

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

Gal 2:20 IS A CONFESSION OF FAITH.

 

TRANS – “I died there”

 

PAUL PRAYED THESE Ephesian prayers Ch 1& 3

3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your heart through faith and you become rooted and grounded in love…”

The Spirit of Faith

Rom 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

1 THERE’S LIFE IN JESUS

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

2 JESUS IS THE GIVER OF LIFE

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

THE GREEK WORD ZOE: THE GOD KIND OF LIFE

THAT LIFE WAS BREATHED INTO MAN IN THE GARDEN (Gen)

3 WE LIVE IN AND REIGN IN THAT LIFE

Rom 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

PAUL REFERING TO MINISTRY SAID, THE SPIRIT WILL GIVE LIFE

2 Cor 3:6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on A tree”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

A BIG KEY TO MAINTAINING THE LIFE

Rom 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

Moving Forward

Pastor Brody Christian

 

1 Cor. 13:8-13    msg

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

2 Peter 3: 11-18 msg

11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.

14-16 So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.

17-18 But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!

IF YOU’RE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT CHANGING THE WORLD, YOU NEED TO BE CONSUMED WITH JESUS CHANGING YOUR LIFE 

 

WE NEED TO GO FROM A VISITATION RELATIONSHIP TO A REVELATION RELATIONSHIP

 

3 MIND SETS TO HELP YOU MOVE FORWARD

  1. REALIZE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT, SO YOU NEED TO MOVE FORWARDS ANYWAY 


2 PETER 3:11 “Do you see how ESSENTIAL it is to live a holy life”

Essential – absolutely necessary; extremely important 

 

THE GOAL IN LIFE IS TO GET WHAT I WANT TO LINE UP WITH WHAT GOD WANTS!

WHEN SEEKING DIRECTION & MOVING FORWARD, BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LISTEN TO….FIND PEOPLE WHO WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR, NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR!

  1.     REALIZE THAT NOT EVERY FIGHT IS YOUR FIGHT. SO MAKE SURE YOU’RE FIGHTING THE RIGHT FIGHT 

JOB 17:9 “THE RIGHTEOUS KEEP MOVING FORWARD, AND THOSE WITH CLEAN HANDS BECOME STRONGER & STRONGER”

IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN A FIGHT, MAKE SURE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS LEADING YOU 

  1.     REALIZE GOD IS DOING MORE THAN YOU THINK HE IS SO KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

2 Timothy 6:12 fight the good fight of faith

1 cor. 13:12“you can only see part of this.”

DON’T LET A BAD SEASON, DESTROY THE WHOLE STORY! 

How To Receive Anything Pt 3

Seek

 

THE 1ST STEP TO RECEIVING ANYTHING FROM GOD IS LOCATING HIS WILL.

 

AMP Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

 

THE REASON WRONG STUFF IS HAPPENING IS BECAUSE MAN HAS A FREE WILL AND CAN CHOOSE.

KEY #2 ASK… IN FAITH

Matt 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

 

KEY #3 SEEK…

 

Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

 

MSG anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

 

NKJ Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’

 

AMP I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward].

 

Deut 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

 

1 Chro 28:9 As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

 

2 Chro 15:2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

 

4 But in their distress they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.

 

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

 

14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord

 

SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND.

SEEKING IS WHERE SOME WORK COMES IN…

DEFINITION TO SEEK:  TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO FIND.  TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO LOCATE.  TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO DISCOVER.

LOCATE THE WILL OF GOD…  ASK… THEN SEEK….

(Heb 11:6)  BBE “He is a rewarder of those who make a serious search for him”

 

OUR SEARCHING IS NOT JUST A HEAD SEARCH BUT A SPIRIT LEAD SEARCH.

 

Luke 15:8 Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’

 

WHY DON’T PEOPLE SEARCH TILL THEY FIND?

Ps 119:2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,

Who seek Him with all their heart.

 

Lam 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,

To the person who seeks Him.

 

Prov 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all things.

 

Amos 5:4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel,

“Seek Me that you may live.

Moving Forward Through the Madness 7

“HOW TO GET FULLY PERSUADED 2”

Kjv Psa 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY THERE IS!

1. PRAISING GOD IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MOVE ON

2. CONFIDENCE – BEING FULLY PERSUADED – CONVICTION

NIV Rom. 4:20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

PERSUADE MEANS: TO CONVINCE, TO AGREE, TO BELIEVE, HAVE CONFIDENCE, TO TRUST

KEY WORDS ON “HOW TO GET FULLY PERSUADED”

17 (As it is written, “a father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “so shall your descendants be.” 19 without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of god, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to god,

KEY – STEP #1 HOPE: A CONFIDENT AND FAVORABLE EXPECTATION

ONE TRANSLATION SAY’S, WHEN IT LOOKED IMPOSSIBLE. HE BELIEVED IT WAS POSSIBLE.

KEY OR STEP #2 CONSIDERED

19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated (considered) his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;

CONTEMPLATED – CONSIDERED MEANS: TO FIX ONES EYES OR MIND UPON….

KEY OR STPE #3 WAVER / STAGGERED

Vs 20 yet, with respect to the promise of god, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to god

STAGGERED MEANS: ALTERNATING OR ZIGZAG, STAND UNSTEADY, TO WAVER OR BEGIN TO DOUBT – TO JUDGE BETWEEN TWO

ABRAHAM DIDN’T WAVER BETWEEN THE 2… IN FAITH ONE DAY AND OUT THE NEXT

GOD’S WORD (HIS PROMISES) ARE THE FINAL AUTHORITY

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

WHEN YOU KNOW GOD’S WORD IT WILL CEMENT YOU IN A SINGLE DIRECTION

KEY – STEP #4 NOW WE’RE GONNA CALL – TALK TO THINGS

Rom. 4:17 (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.

WADE’S TRANS – “The God who makes the dead live and issues His summons to non existing things as though they were already existing”

WHEN YOU TALK/CONFESS, CALL, YOU ARE ISSUING A SUMMONS FOR THOSE THINGS YOU NEED AND DESIRE TO APPEAR…

WHEN YOU ARE PERSUADED AND TALK BASED ON GOD’S WORD IT CARRIES THE SAME AUTHORITY AS IF JESUS HIMSELF WAS SPEAKING

FAITH ISSUES A SUMMONS FOR THINGS TO APPEAR

Heb. 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;

HE’S THE PERSONAL GUARANTEE

GET PERSUADED AND ISSUE A SUMMONS

Vs 20 “He praised God for the blessing before it ever happened”

How To Receive Anything Pt. 2

ASK

 

Matt 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

 

Matt 6:8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9 Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE WILL OF GOD IS THE FIRST KEY TO RECEIVING – ANYTHING.

KEY #2 ASK… IN FAITH

AMP JAMES 4:2 You do not have, because you do not ask.

 

Matt 18:19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.

 

WE NEED TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD SO WE CAN AGREE AND ASK.

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting,

 

IF YOU ARE GOING TO ASK IN FAITH YOU ARE FIRST GOING TO HAVE TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD.

 

IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST ASK.

ASKING IN FAITH IS ASKING WITHOUT WAVERING.

6 for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

 

7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE WILL OF GOD… 100% IN THE WORD

NOTICE HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIM HELPING US WHEN WE DON’T KNOW THE WILL OF GOD.

 

Rom 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.