Light Life 1 – Holiness, Love & Power

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Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

4 And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.

h0216. אוֹר ’ôr; from 215; illumination or (concrete) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.): — bright, clear, + day, light (-ning), morning, sun.
AV (123) – light(s), day, bright, clear, flood, herbs, lightning, morning, sun;

light light of daylight of heavenly luminaries (moon, sun, stars), day-break, dawn, morning light, daylight, lightning, light of lamp, light of life, light of prosperity, light of instruction, light of face, Jehovah as Israel’s light.

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shined.

The same word that is used in Genesis is also used in this portion from Isaiah. It represents the LIGHT of God…Jesus Christ.
The good news is that the light has come and has shined upon us. This LIGHT is CHRIST and his glory has shined upon us so that we might come out from the bondage and shadow of death.

Matthew 5:14
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidde
n.

g5457. φῶς phōs; from an obsolete φάω phaō (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; luminousnes, fire, light.
The light emitted by a lamp, a heavenly light such as surrounds angels when they appear on earth
anything emitting light, a starfire because it is light and sheds light, a lamp or torch light.

To be able to have LIGHT of Christ shine through us, we need to understand a couple of things. Though there is nothing that can stop, overpower, or put out light; however, there are things that can hinder the brilliance of light from our side. Though this does not in any way make light less powerful, it does mean that we may not be able to experience the glorious power of the light.

HOLINESS

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].

Holiness is one of the things that is much needed in the body of Christ. Holiness is an attitude of the heart and our spirit. Though God makes us “HOLY”, yet we need to make it a habit to walk in that holiness. In fact it’s a way of life that has been designed for every believer.

When we allow holiness to work in us, we are actually preparing ourselves to walk in the power of God and be mightily used of God.

When we refuse to walk in the holiness of God, we stand the risk of hindering the move of God in our lives. God’s plan is for us to walk in his power and glory, and he has made a way for us to walk in His holiness.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-4
​1 FURTHERMORE, BRETHREN, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that [you follow the instructions which] you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and] that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life].
2 For you know what charges and precepts we gave you [on the authority and by the inspiration of] the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
4 That each one of you should know how to possess (control, manage) his own body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor,

When we walk in holiness, we begin to allow other attributes like love and power develop and affect our lives. Everyday we have the possibility and opportunity to develop our character with the Word of God, and when we do so, we allow the Spirit of God to use us to reach out and touch this world with the glory and power of God.

Romans 5:1-5
​1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and toenjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
2 Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith andtried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of]joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
5 Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.

These attributes or qualities that Paul speaks about actually develops when we understand that God has made us holy, and we begin to work from there. We need to be able to build up our character based on holiness, the holiness of God.

Paul says in verse 5, that the LOVE of God is poured out in our hearts. The fact that we choose to walk in HOLINESS is determined by the LOVE of God we have in our hearts. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we struggle to walk in holiness because don’t realize how much LOVE God has poured into our hearts.

God has made us HOLY, through the death of Jesus on the cross, we have been made HOLY. But to walk in holiness we need to understand LOVE. Love and holiness work together, hand in hand.

1 John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].
8 He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.

Love can be seen, it cannot be hid. If you LOVE it will SHOW! No matter how much you try to hide love, you just will not be successful. Love is so powerful that it has to be MANIFEST.

LOVE without HOLINESS is not love but lust!

Love is not a suggestion, in fact it’s a commandment. Love is the essence of a transparent godly character. Love is so awesome that when we exercise love, love begins to flood out of our spirit, soul and body.

When the LOVE of God is present in our lives, it enables and encourages us to be pure, it releases purity.

Colossians 3:14
14 And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

2 Timothy 2:22
22 Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.

Holiness is connected with Love, and when we make the connection, we will be able to live a HOLY life filled with the LOVE of God.

HOLINESS AND POWER

Romans 1:4
4 And [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power [in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner] by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Paul speaking about Jesus in the book of Romans, explains that Jesus was declared to be the Son of God in POWER of God through the Spirit of Holiness.

God wants us to walk in power, but to experience the power of God we need to walk in HOLINESS.
The only way we can walk in the power of God and holiness is by allowing the Spirit of Holiness to operate in and through us.

I’ve seen Christians afraid of praying for the sick or to cast out devils for a variety of reasons:

– because they feel they are not qualified to do so…
– because they don’t know how to pray…
– because they are afraid the sickness or demon will attack them….

The third reason is mainly because they know their lives are not up to God’s standard of holiness.

So many Christians feel that it’s a high standard to walk in holiness, YES! It’s a high standard, because we serve the ALMIGHTY GOD.

As we allow the Holy Spirit to help us, we will begin to enjoy his fellowship and walk in holiness. We have been made the Sons of God and it is important we walk and live as the Sons of God.

John 1:12
12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

2 Peter 1:3
3 For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

1 Thessalonians 3:13
13 So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (theholy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!

Light allows us to see things clearly, when begin to walk in the Light of Christ, we allow the light to shine on us and through us. The light shows us stuff that needs to be cleared out of our lives so that the brilliance of the light might shine out unhindered.

To let the light shine in us and through us, we need to make a conscious decision to walk in holiness. When we walk in holiness, the love of God will be manifest in our lives and the power of God will be released through us.

 

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Firstfruits

God’s plan for us to be prosperous is found right from the book of Genesis. 

If we are going to be a blessing to others, we ourselves need to be blessed first. There are some Hebrew words I want to look at, words that show us that God wants us blessed. So let’s get started.

Genesis 1:1 
IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.

This is one verse we all know well, but there is something I like us to see from this verse….

Beginning – 

רֵאשִׁית Bree’shiyth – b-ray-sheeth
the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit):–beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing. Beginning, first, chief, choice part

The first alphabet in Bree’shiyth is “B” – which is “Beth“, which means “house“.
If you remove the “B” from Bree’shiyth it becomes “Reeshiyth” which means “FIRSTFRUITS“.

Deuteronomy 18:4 The firstfruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first or best of the fleece of your sheep you shall give the priest.

We don’t have priests in the temple today, but our highpriest is Christ.


Genesis 14:18-20 Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High,

19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,

20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].

Hebrews 7:1-8

FOR THIS Melchizedek, king of Salem [and] priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all [the spoil]. He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace.

3 Without [record of] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor.

4 Now observe and consider how great [a personage] this was to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth [the topmost or the pick of the heap] of the spoils.

5 And it is true that those descendants of Levi who are charged with the priestly office are commanded in the Law to take tithes from the people—which means, from their brethren—though these have descended from Abraham.

6 But this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham [himself] and blessed him who possessed the promises [of God].

7 Yet it is beyond all contradiction that it is the lesser person who is blessed by the greater one.

8 Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; while there [in the case of Melchizedek], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives [perpetually].

Tithe is not throwing up the money in your room to the Lord and what goes up is for the Lord and what falls down is yours…..The tithe is also not your investment policy, where you give 10% and expect a 100% return on investment.

Hebrews 7:8 Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; while there [in the case of Melchizedek], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives [perpetually].
Here men receive tithes, there they are received by Him/ Christ. Tithes are a testimony, a witness that Jesus lives.

Genesis 45:17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Tell your brothers this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan,


Genesis 45:25 So they went up out of Egypt and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,

26 And they said to him, Joseph is still alive! And he is governor over all the land of Egypt! And Jacob’s heart began to stop beating and [he almost] fainted, for he did not believe them.

27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived [and warmth and life returned].

28 And Israel said, It is enough! Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.

Jacob is referred to as Israel when he BELIEVED!!!
Some people need to see the blessings before they can believe.
The world will begin to believe we are following the Living God when they see the church blessed.

Romans 11:16

Now if the first handful of dough offered as the firstfruits [Abraham and the patriarchs] is consecrated (holy), so is the whole mass [the nation of Israel]; and if the root [Abraham] is consecrated (holy), so are the branches.



If the FIRSTFRUIT is holy, the lump will also be holy.
Tithe is the FIRSTFRUIT. The TITHE is holy! if the TITHE is HOLY, then the LUMP will also be HOLY

Many people have a big problem with money, thinking that money is evil…But money is not evil, it is the LOVE OF MONET that is the root of all evil…..

If you can understand this then you can change things around. If the root is holy, then the lump is holy.
Make the root holy and you won’t have any problems with the lump. When we bring our firstfruits to the Lord we make the rest, the lump holy.
God does not need our money, but when we put Him first with our tithes we are obeying the word of God in bringing our firstfruits to the Lord.

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Adam – Created in the Image of God or Just a Living Soul?

For long we have heard that Adam was created in the image of God, and that gives place for almost every religion in the world to claim that they too are created in the image of God.

But looking into the awesome WORD of GOD – through GRACE things are not what we were told they were, like for example that Adam was created in the image of God.

Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

1:28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

1:29 And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.

1:30 And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground-to everything in which there is the breath of life-I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.

1:31 And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

So taking these few verses so many have made it the foundation of saying that God created Adam in His image.

God cannot lie and neither does His word lie.

The above verses say that God created “man” in His own image and likeness, notice it also says that He gave them “dominion” and also that this was on the “sixth day”.

Let’s take this up one at a time.

1. So “if” God created “Adam” on the sixth day, then how do we explain these verses??

Genesis 2:3 And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done.

2:4 This is the history of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens-

2:5 When no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not [yet] caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground,

On day 7 God rested from all that He had created. On day 7 there was still no man to “till” the ground.
So where was “Adam”?

2. In the next verse we actually find God creating Adam.

Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.

It clearly says that “man” became a “LIVING SOUL

The Hebrew word for “soul” or “being ” is as follows..

h5315. נֶפֶשׁ nep̱eš; from 5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): — any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, x dead(-ly), desire, x (dis-)contented, x fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart(-y), (hath, x jeopardy of) life (x in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortally,

Adam was created a living being, a natural man.

Before we go fuether, let’s take a look at another verse in the New Testament.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

Look at these two words, natural person, and spiritual person. The words used in the Greek are quite interesting.

Natural man – ψυχικός – psuchikos

From G5590; sensitive that is, animate (in distinction on the one hand from G4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from G5446, which is the lower or bestial nature): – natural, sensual.

Spiritual man – πνευματικός – pneumatikos

From G4151; non-carnal, that is, (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious: – spiritual. Compare G5591.
These two verses give us an idea of what kind of spirit man is made up of. Natural man has the same kind of spirit as that of an animal. Shocking as it may sound, it is the truth.

Moving on in the book of Genesis, the next verse it says that God planted a garden and there he put “man” whom He had formed. So Adam was CREATED & put in the garden of Eden – ON THE 7th DAY.

Notice that we do not find any place where the Word says that Adam had any “Dominion or Authority”.

3. Now to the most interesting part.
Was Adam created in the Image of God?
Let’s take a look at the Word of God.

Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.

The verse is very clear that “man” Adam was made from the dust and he became a “LIVING SOUL”, it does not say that Adam was created in the image of God.

Let’s look at the Word.

Hebrews 1:1 IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,

1:2 [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].

1:3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,

Look at verse 3, “He is the SOLE EXPRESSION , the PERFECT IMPRINT, VERY IMAGE of God’s nature”, it is very clear who Paul is talking about, it is about Jesus Christ.

The Greek word used for images is as follows..

 g5481. χαρακτήρ charaktēr; from the same as 5482; a graver (the tool or the person), i.e. (by implication) engraving ((“character”), the figure stamped, i.e. an exact copy or (figuratively) representation): — express image.

The instrument used for engraving or carvingthe mark stamped upon that instrument or wrought out on ita mark or figure burned in (Lev. 13:28) or stamped on, an impressionthe exact expression (the image) of any person or thing, marked likeness, precise reproduction in every respect, i.e facsimile

Jesus Christ was the ONLY ONE created in the IMAGE of GOD, this is what God had in mind when He spoke in Genesis, saying “Let us make man in our own IMAGE & LIKENESS”.
Further God did say that they (the ones created in the Image of God) should have “DOMINION”, and when we see the life of Jesus it is very clear that He had “DOMINION” and He ministered in that “dominion & authority”.

When God said “let them have dominion” He had us in mind.
Through us believing in Jesus as Lord & Savior we have now become the children of God.

John 1:12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name-

4:4 But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,

4:5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].

4:6 And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!

4:7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8:19 For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].

Philippians 2:15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

1 John 3:1 SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.

It is clear from the WORD, over & over we find that “WE” are the sons of God.
Because we have received, accepted & believed in Jesus we are born again through the immortal seed of the Word of God.

1Peter 1:23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God.

John 1:1 IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.


John 1:14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.

So if we believe in Jesus then
John 1:12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name-


1:13 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]

We are born of God, we have the seed of the Word of God in our lives, we have the DNA that is in the SEED, the seed is the Word of God – Jesus – The Father.

So we bear the image of God through Jesus.

Adam was just a living soul made out of dust. We are the Children of God, Sons of God – created in the IMAGE of God.

Adam was NOT created in the image of God – WE ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.

Be Blessed

 

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Get Into Christ

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One morning as I looked into the mirror, I realized that I didn’t want to be me, but I wanted to be like the ONE inside of me – Christ.

We all have desires and ambitions, some of us want to be like someone successful we know, or someone we look up to. The fact is that while we try to be like others, we can fail to let who God intended us to be – Him.

That early morning, as I looked into the mirror, I so much wanted to be like Jesus. I wanted to be just like Him, in everything – word, action and attitude. One of the most difficult things I must admit for me is, having my attitude changed into Jesus’ attitude. You see, I am a person with a strong character, I tend to call “black”, black and “white”, white. I am a man of my word, and when I don’t see the same in others, it kinda “freaks” me out. And this is where I need to see my attitude change and become like Jesus’ attitude.

The key to living a successful life is not trying to be like someone else, but to be just like Jesus. Impossible, you might say, but no, it’s not impossible, but HIM-possible! Fully possible by His grace. In working with our attitude, it comes down to this – that we need to realize that our lives are in Christ, and not in our own abilities.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:45, “Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].” – The last Adam, who is Christ Jesus is a “life-giving” Spirit. He restores the dead to life.

Identity is very important, because how you see yourself is how you will act. The problem is that we have been so tuned to look at ourselves through the eyes of Adam that even though we are in Christ now, our focus is on the fleshly body and not on the spirit.

We have to understand that something supernatural happened when we choose to believe in Jesus – we became ALIVE!

I like how the apostle Paul says it in Romans 8:11, “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.”

The Spirit of Christ is in us to quicken/restore/bring to life our mortal bodies. There is a constant transformation that is taking place in our bodies. This is a fact! The Holy Spirit is actively engaged in transforming us into the likeness of Christ. Because we are associated with Christ as those who believe in him, there is an awesome transformation that takes place in us.

Paul goes on to say in, 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 “The first man [was] from out of earth, made of dust (earthly-minded); the second Man [is] the Lord from out of heaven.
Now those who are made of the dust are like him who was first made of the dust (earthly-minded); and as is [the Man] from heaven, so also [are those] who are of heaven (heavenly-minded).

And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven.”

 

Often times we hear people say, “I’m just human”, well, it’t time we began to say, “I’m human, but I now bear the image of the MAN OF HEAVEN.”

It is important how we perceive ourselves. If you want to walk in the FULLNESS of Christ, you need to see yourself COMPLETE in HIM.

Colossians 3:1-2 “IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.”

As Christians, we have been RAISED with Christ to a NEW LIFE. To see that new life manifest, we have to see ourselves as God sees us – IN CHRIST!

Because we BELIEVE in Jesus – have received, or rather been received by Him, we have become the SONS and DAUGHTERS of God.

 

John 1:12-13 “But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—
Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]”

As much as we bear the image of the earthly man – Adam, we now bear the image of the MAN OF HEAVEN. Being conscious of this fact, will help us walk in the newness of life that we have in Christ. Our lives are in Christ, so that we can manifest to this world the true image of our Father.

The world needs to see the Father – and the Father seeks to manifest Himself in us, so let us get into Christ!

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