Ephesians 4:22-24 - “Strip yourselves of your former nature…And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind…put on the new nature…created in…true holiness."
Righteousness and holiness are two different things. Righteousness is the right standing with God you gained when you were born again. The only thing you did to be made righteous was to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.
You are not made holy. Holiness is the result of your choices. It’s your conduct. It comes when you make a decision of your will to live according to the precepts of the Lord. To be holy is to be sanctified (2 timothy 2:21). Sanctified means "set apart.” Set apart from what? From the World.
I make up my mind not to sideline my spiritual growth in Christ by doing petty things that please myself. I dedicate myself wholly to the Father and choose to live holy. I choose to live a life of power! I choose to live for God!
Mark 16:17 - “And these signs shall follow them that believe;…"
Because of the tense used with the Greek word for "believe”, this verse would be better translated“These signs shall follow them that are constantly believing…” In other words, these signs don’t come automatically just because a person once walked aside and gave his heart to Jesus. These signs follow those who are constantly believing for them to occur.
Like everything else in the Kingdom of God, signs and wonders are activated by faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to rekindle the flame in your heart to see the supernatural signature of God on your life or your ministry. For the miraculous to occur, He needs you to be constantly releasing your faith – for it is your faith that activates the supernatural!
Isaiah 10:27 - “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”
Jesus is the Christ. The Greek word for Christ means “the Anointed One”. And since Isaiah 10:27 tells us the yoke of the devil is destroyed by the anointing, we don’t have to run scared when the devil comes against us. You are destined to overcome. You have that anointing – the Anointed One – residing on the inside of you if you are born again.
Stir up that anointing. Stand up in the midst of the storm. As you speak to it with all the power and authority that’s been given to you, you’ll dominate the storm.
Isaiah 54:2 - “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your ropes and strengthen your stakes.“
When you don’t think there is more to where you currently are in God’s purpose for your life, you become limited. You think this right here – all I see – is it. This type of thinking keeps you from exploring and discovering. It keeps you from stretching yourself and dreaming about other possibilities.
If you want to meet God’s calling in Christ on your life, you’re going to have to believe there is more than what meets the eyes. You begin to choose to live like there is more by expecting more and praying for more wisdom and revelation(Ephesians 1:17,18).
Kingdom destiny followers know that more is beyond, and they commit to scaling barriers or other walls put up by their minds – or by others.
Romans 8:33 - “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies."
The book of Job tells us that Satan came to God’s throne and complained about Job.(Job 1:6-12)God’s throne is the most holy place. So why did God allow Satan to come before Him in the most holy place? Because of Adam’s sin, He had the right to take Adam’s place and come before God.
So, what happened to Job cannot happen to us. Job longed for a mediator, but he had none.(Job 9:33). Today we have Jesus as our Mediator, mediating the New Covenant between God and man. However, since the devil cannot come before God any more, he comes to you on earth and accuses you in your conscience. Satan cannot come before God to accuse you because it is God who justifies you through the terms of the New Covenant. Jesus’ holy blood has given you perfect standing in the presence of God!
Isaiah 26:9 - “My soul yearns for you in the night.”
What is the most worthwhile thing you can experience on earth? Nothing less than God Himself! What is the first and most important thing to be done each day? It is nothing less than to seek, to know, to live, and to praise God.
So begin every day of the year with the impassioned prayer of David:“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…in a dry and weary land” (Psalm 63:1).As you persevere in this, you will learn to expect the presence of God to surround you throughout the day.
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As ever in Christ Jesus,
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