Today we continue our series “God is faithful!” Yesterday I shared two points with you, but I had a third point (a thought) I had not fleshed out yet. This is what I wrote down yesterday that I never got to: “When you set your faith in agreement with God, and you put pressure on heaven to manifest what God promised, God is glorified on the earth.” I will build on this thought today.
So what does this mean for you today? A few things.
1. Jesus lived His life in sync with heaven, and He expects us to do the same.
— Jesus only said what he heard (from heaven) and did what He saw (in heaven). Jesus said, “I came down from heaven to do what God wants, not what I want” (John 6:38). He said, “I only say what I hear my Father say. I only do what I see my Father do. The Son can do NOTHING without the Father.” (see John 5:19,30). He said, “I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it” (John 12:49).
— Jesus’ authority was derived from His submission. Since He only said what the Father told Him to say, and He only did what the Father led Him to do, heaven HAD TO back up everything He did because He was not on this planet performing His own will. There was NO SELFISHNESS in Jesus!
— By living in sync with heaven, Jesus was a human conduit of the divine. He was living in two places (heaven and earth) at the same time. Further, He was able to bring both worlds together. This is how we are supposed to live.
— In order to manifest heaven on earth, you must become a conduit of heaven on this planet. Jesus became that conduit because He was completely submitted to the Father. He receives His orders from headquarters (heaven) every day. You and I are called to be just like Jesus in this world (1 Jn 4:17). This means we don’t get to selfishly represent our own agenda. We are called to selflessly represent God’s agenda on this planet.
— Once you are Born-Again, your life is not your own. If you die to self and open your heart to do ONLY and WHATEVER the Holy Spirit leads you to do, you will live in sync with heaven and you will experience heaven on earth.
2. God gives us His Spirit so we can live in sync with Him and His purposes.
— A question I get all the time is, “Rick, how do I hear from God? How do I know God is speaking to me?” I have done teaching on this, but the simple answer is: you must spend time with the Holy Spirit. You get to know whomever you spend time with. If you spend time with God’s Spirit, you will learn to discern when He is speaking to or leading you.
— God is a Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes IN us to connect us to the Father, Spirit-to-Spirit.
— In his first letter to Corinth, Paul said, “God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.” (1 Cor 2:10-12). God has given us His Spirit, SO WE CAN KNOW! So we can know what? So we can know everything He had already planned for us before we were born. The Holy Spirit reveals to us what was prepared for us but concealed from us. Once He does, we must believe God is faithful to do everything He revealed!
— Jesus was walking around with the Holy Spirit IN Him. However, the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out on others. This is why Jesus said, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3). The Greek word translated “again” in the statement “born again” is a word that literally means “above.” Jesus was saying that we must be born from above. Which then makes sense why Jesus said the following to a group of religious leaders who would not receive Him. Jesus said, “You people are from here below, but I am from above. You belong to this world, but I don’t belong to this world” (John 8:22).
— Once you have God’s Spirit inside of you, you are born from above, and you are capable of hearing from above. You get to hear from heaven from the earth, so you can experience heaven on earth.
3. You can be Born-Again and live as a mere human.
— Like Jesus was when He was on the planet, you are living in two realms at the same time. If you are Born-Again, your redeemed spirit is connected to God’s Spirit. So with your spirit, you can communicate with God in the spirit realm. At the same time, your spirit lives in a body. Your body communicates with this world through your five physical senses. This puts you in a position to receive input in the natural and in the spirit.
— The input you get in the natural only makes “sense” when it can be validated by natural things (your senses). The input you get in the spirit, however, often does not make sense. So you are left with a choice. You must decide between the input this world is giving you that makes sense and the input God gives you, which often has no sense-realm evidence to support it.
— Believers who have the faith to choose what God’s Spirit is saying, even when it does not make sense, and even at the risk of looking foolish, are believers who live the life of faith.
— Believers who feel more comfortable only pursuing things that make sense to them, and they have a need to validate everything from a human point of view, are people who will never become the men/woman God destined them to be. Why? Because they are too tied to the flesh. The Bible calls them carnal-minded. They are born from above, but they don’t have the courage to live like it. They are so grounded to the earth that they live as mere humans, even though they are supernatural.
I am building my case. I will stop here for today. Tomorrow I will deal with the fact that believers who live as mere human beings are people who struggle with the pressures of this present world.
Declaration of Faith:
Father, I thank You for leading me to LEVEL UP in this season. I LEVEL UP by embracing who I am. I am Born-Again. This means I am born from above! I am in this world, but I am not of this world. I set my focus and attention on heaven. I receive my orders from my heavenly headquarters every day. I am naturally supernatural. You communicate with me, Father, Spirit-to-Spirit. I receive what You say and what You lead me to do. I then launch out in faith to perform it, even when I have no sense-realm evidence to support it and even when the world is providing evidence against it. I am not moved by what I see with my natural eyes. I am only moved by what You lead me to do in the Spirit. I live by faith and not by sight, which is why GREATER IS COMING FOR ME! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.