In Ephesians 5 Paul is speaking about redeeming the time. We need to come to understand our Christ identity in order to experience the true freedom that is ours in Christ.
Ephesians 5:8-11 says, "You were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light... Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. All things are exposed, therefore, awake."
This is a call to revival and resurrection. Rise up out of apathy and complacency. Then Christ will give you life.
"See that you walk wisely, not as fools, but wise. Redeeming the time because the days are evil. Do not be unwise but understanding" (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Ask, knock, and seek until you understand and begin implementing God’s purpose for your life. We need to understand what God's word is to us: "Do not be drunk with wine...but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18).
How do you redeem lost time? When you understand, that before the foundation of the world was laid the Lamb was slain in the realm of eternity, all your promises are done. In the realm of eternity, God has made provision for everything you need to walk in your Christ calling.
CHOOSE TO LIVE IN CHRIST'S REDEMPTION
Many feel like they lost time and missed the occasion of grace due to foolishness or sin with the idea they have to get back on the highway of holiness and start all over again?
In the story of the prodigal son not only did the father see the son afar off and kiss him and embrace him, but he did so even though the son had squandered away his inheritance. Have you ever felt you squandered away something God gave you and you came to your senses and said, "I have to go back to the Father"? The father said, "Let's give him the robe and ring." The ring and the robe are a sign of authority and position. He said, "Let's give him back the inheritance."
Redemption has to do with the recovery of what was lost and the ransomed price, the Blood, the precious price that was paid for you to be bought back in every area that you were once a slave.
You can choose life and blessing, or death and cursing. You can choose to be free and live in the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, or you can choose to live in that bondage and believe you can never be free. Ephesians 1:7 says we have the forgiveness of sin and the redemption by His Blood. How many in the body of Christ understand He has redeemed you, once and for all – there is now no reason that you cannot advance and bear fruit that remains for His Kingdom.
Some have accepted forgiveness, but you didn't get your ring or robe back. You never let the Lord complete the story of the prodigal son or daughter and bring you back into the fullness. You get forgiveness AND redemption. You get the ring and robe and go back and do what the Lord CALLED you to do.
Isaiah 61:1 says, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because..."
Let's remember the purpose of the anointing. Why do we have the anointing come on us in this moment? We are anointed to proclaim, not ask freedom from God. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon us to proclaim liberty.
Command freedom over those that are oppressed. Jesus is the one who proclaimed the liberty of God, and we have been sent into the world to do the works that Christ did.
Isaiah 61:2 says, "[He has anointed Me] to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord..."
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us to proclaim, decree, and prophesy others into the acceptable year, not moment! How about a whole year of abundance, overflow, and advancing in our CALLING in Christ resulting in fruitfulness?
MINDSET TO RECEIVE THE NEW
You can proclaim the acceptable year and come into it. A prophetic word not only gives you hope and promise, but you create with your prophecy; you have an ability to pull people into their future potential and connect them to their future.
Others are proclaiming fear, judgment, anxiety; we need to begin to hear what Heaven is saying. We are moving in the time where we can only be led by the voice and Spirit of God. Let's step into the NEW thing.
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