When we made Jesus the Lord of our life, we were reborn from death to life. First John 5:1 says, "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." Being born of God entitles us to citizenship in the kingdom of God. In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. " We don't own a part of the kingdom of God, we own it all!
WE ARE TO SEEK TWO THINGS
Jesus names two things in Matthew 6:33 that we are to seek. He told us to seek (1) the kingdom of God and (2) His righteousness. Knowing we are citizens in the kingdom is tremendous, but without a revelation of righteousness, we will never know the reality of our kingdom rights.
Righteousness is right-standing with God. It is a gift that is received by faith. Romans 3:21-22 says righteousness has been made manifest by the faith of Jesus Christ. It has already come.
HOW DOES GOD SEE US?
God sees the believer through His Word. He sees us in Christ Jesus. He Doesn't look at us the way we look at ourselves. We need to see ourselves the way God sees, us, then we will be able to act like what we see. What God sees is what we really are.
According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, we have been made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. We may not feel like it or like it, but nevertheless it is true. We are the Body of Christ in the earth today--one spirit with Him, bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh, filled with His mighty Holy Spirit.
Realizing that we have right-standing with God causes us to expect results when we pray. We put faith and confidence in our right-standing with God--not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus has done for us.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Apostle Paul describes the armor of God:
1. He Says to us to be on the alert and "praying always with all prayer."
2. This is prayer armor, used to fight "against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
3. To take on this kind of prayer fight, you must put on the "the breastplate of righteousness." -- our knowing and confessing our right standing with God and our oneness with Christ.
4. It is one of the most important pieces of the armor. It covers the vital part of the "CHRISTIAN'S IDENTITY" -- his right to the authority provided in Jesus Christ.
WE EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER
We have a right to expect God to answer. We have not prayed in our name, we have prayed in Jesus' Name. His righteousness (right-standing with God) is ours! With a reality of being the righteousness of God, we expect God's Word to be true (the sword of the Spirit) and we plan for success.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY