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OUR IDENTITY VS OUR TRADITION . . . ARE WE WHO WE REALLY ARE ?
April 4, 2017
BECAUSE WE AREN'T REAL , WITHOUT A TRUE IDENTITY !
Mark 7:6-8 (NLT) Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote , Their worship is a farce , for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God .’ For you ignore God’s law [ GOD'S IDENTITY IS THE LAW , THE TORAH "THE WAY." ] and substitute your own tradition . ”
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FIRST MAN , ADAM AND JESUS IS IDENTITY ! JESUS KNEW WHO HE WAS . . .TO HIS PARENTS . . . Jesus said , " DON'T YOU KNOW I MUST BE ABOUT MY FATHER'S BUSINESS ? ! "
Jesus said , " I do nothing except what My Father tells me . " JESUS CAME BY REVELATION "AS GOD WITH US , " IMMANUEL ! OUR REVELATION IS , LIKE JESUS IS , SO ARE WE . . . GOD IN US !
The Torah was to give the Israelites
" DEREKH " , The Way to God's Identity by their very lives, their family, their food, their clothes, their culture, all that they were . . . abiding in it !
GOD SAID ,"I WILL BE YOUR GOD, AND YOU WILL BE MY PEOPLE " TRUE IDENTITY !
WE are loved by God, not because of what we've done , but because of who we are ( our identity ) . . . WE ARE GOD'S VERY OWN !
As a matter of fact , if we don't realize THAT, and the love of God , we cannot be filled with the fullness of God . We will lack His fullness in our lives until we come to know of His deep love for us .
If you are the beloved of God , His Love is so overwhelming no darkness can set in and interfere with that exceptional love . It is impossible to be a sinner , God's love is just too great ! True love trumps everything else . Nothing else will satisfy . The passion and zeal for God , surpasses all !
All of God is OUR IDENTITY AND OUR ETERNITY !
Ephesians 3:17-19 , " That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith [ TRUE UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD'S LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS ] ; that you , being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length, and depth, and height ; And to know the love of Christ , which passeth knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God . "
KNOW WHO YOU ARE - GOD'S VERY OWN , IS THE MOST VALUABLE IDENTITY !
We are justified and declared innocent when we realize THIS REALITY , WHO WE ARE !
When we just turn to God it is God Who opens our eyes " to see" and " to know " Him .
We are justified by the very fact of being who we really are !
Galatians 2:16, "16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ , and a man is not justified by the works of the law. "
THE LAW , THE TORAH IS GOD'S IDENTITY ,
AND BY FOLLOWING THE TORAH ONE BECAME JUSTIFIED WITH GOD .
WHAT WAS keeping the Law "the Torah ", from doing what it was supposed to do ?
WHY WAS Man incapable of attaining the final result of "the Torah ", " THE WAY " , and achieve
the Identity sought for ?
MAN WAS BLOCKED FROM DOING SO , by himself !
Man's hard exterior was in the way , blocking his God given real inner self from expressing a true heart and soul , AND TRUE LOVE FOR THEIR GOD !
But we , by the faith in Jesus Christ , even we who have believed in Jesus Christ , ARE justified
by the faith in Christ , and not by OUR works .
It is not by what we do , or don't do , not if we are good or not good , but it is . . .
WHAT GOD HAS DONE , BY GIVING US JESUS WHO BROKE DOWN EVERY BARRIER , WHO SPLIT THE CURTAIN , SO WE COULD " see ' and " know " and BE HIS VERY OWN - WITH GOD'S IDENTITY IN US ! MORE POWERFUL THAN ANYTHING ELSE !
WHICH IS PERFECTION ITSELF IN US . WE ARE HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS OF GOD !
More than being just a child , or just God's creation , we are HIS VERY LIFE , HIS VERY LOVE, THE ALL BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS - all of God's Heart , all of God's Soul , all of God's Mind .
All of God's Might , all of God's Power , All of God's Energy , All that God IS , in us ! We are the Same , God's Family !
The word justified is derived from the Greek word dikaioo, which means , " to render ( that is , show or regard as ) just or innocent: - free , justify (-ier), be righteous . " FREE INDEED .
If a person is justified , it means they are ALREADY BORN innocent or made just . OUR IDENTITY IN GOD IS OUR JUSTIFICATION !
We are entitled , BY BEING OF GOD to remain the same , to be holy and righteous , with a clean undefiled conscience, mind , heart and soul just by our IDENTITY of being all of God !
Since we are God's , sins are not even possible , because we always " see" and " know" GOD , by God being every part of us . We are always justified , that is , made right with God, because OUR IDENTITY IS OF ALL OF HIM !
Everybody are entitled , by being created by God , to be clean and undefiled. NO ONE IS ADOPTED, THEY ARE ALREADY GOD'S .
THEY JUST HAVE TO " SEE " AND " KNOW " IT !
THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS , THE NEW LIFE ! BY ALLOWING GOD TO BE OUR ALL AND ALL . . . OUR IDENTITY ! IT IS ALL ABOUT GOD IN US ! THAT IS THE REVELATION !
KNOW THAT JESUS MADE " THE WAY. " HE IS THE WAY FOR EVERYBODY . . . BY LETTING JESUS LIVE IN YOU !
Hebrews 9:14 ,"How much more shall the blood of Christ[ THE PERFECT SACRIFICE, ONCE FOR ALL, FOR ALL TIME ] ,Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God [ the perfect lamb from God Himself ] , purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God ? " [ THE PURPOSE OF EVERY SACRIFICE , BY THE LAW ,
( GOD ) WAS TO REAFFIRM . . . WHO YOU WERE . . . ALL OF GOD'S , GOD'S VERY OWN , THE FULLNESS OF GOD !
If we are still beating ourselves up over our past failures and mistakes , flaws and blemishes , which have been nailed to the cross , we deny the very MIRACLE that Christ has done for us !
Jesus is "THE WAY"Who made the way to break us away from our very hard exterior to expose the truth of who we really are, ourREAL IDENTITY " GOD'S VERY OWN ".
Jesus cleansed us of every unrighteousness , declaring we are innocent [ His Very Own ] and holy and righteous before our God and Father, because He reveals to us our soft , tender ,compassionate extremely powerful , OUR inner REAL SELF . . . placed by God Himself , HIS HEART AND SOUL !
Our sins are no longer a part of us , because we are no longer BLIND , " WE CAN SEE ", and we are no longer without an IDENTITY , " WE KNOW WHO WE REALLY ARE . . . " YOURS GOD " , we know YOU ! "
This was not possible in the Old Testament, they had to continually offer sacrifices AND DO WORKS, to renew a connection and relationship with God , and maintain AN IDENTITY WITH GOD !
John 1:29 , " The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him , and saith , Behold the Lamb of God , which taketh away the sin of the world . "
Matthew 26:28, " For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins ." [ so we can "see" and " know " God ! ]
When God sees us , He sees us as His precious child , beloved , cherished , greatly adored and loved . . . His very Own !
We have peace with God . We enter God's Rest / Love . We realize we are made new in Christ - Born of God , which we always were . . . but now by revelation we see and know it and become it !
The old saying, " We're just forgiven sinners saved by grace " is so misleading because it actually confuses our real relationship and connection that God has desired for us . Jesus has broken our hard exterior for us to " see " and " know " who we really are !
WE ARE AND ALWAYS WERE GOD'S ! HE IS THE ONE WHO MADE US ! NO ONE OR NOTHING ELSE DID ! GOD ONLY MAKES WHAT IS OF HIMSELF- - - PERFECT !
SIN IS NOT ABLE TO " SEE " OR TO " KNOW " GOD!
We are not forgiven sinners, " NOT forgiven adopted children or saints , " but we are completely new creatures in Christ , old things [ that old hard exterior, is gone ] having passed away and all things have became new, because Jesus has opened our eyes [ OUR REAL SELF , FROM THE INSIDE ] and our hearts to see and know Him :
,2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ , he is a new creature : old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new . "
Ephesians 4:24, "And that you put on the new man, which after God has created in righteousness and true holiness ." We are born again , because we
" see " and " know " we are sons (and daughters) of God :
THE SAME . WE ARE FAMILY !
John 1:12-13 , " But as many as received Him , to them gave the power to become the sons of God , even to them that believe on His Name : Which were born , not of blood , nor of the will of the flesh , nor of the will of man, but of God ."
[ GOD'S IDENTITY IN US !]
So what happened to the old-you ? IT WAS JUST THE SHELL THAT HID THE REAL YOU,CRACKED OPEN TO REVEAL THE REAL YOU ! The old you was crucified with Christ . God didn't repair the old-you , GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THE HE GAVE US THE REVELATION OF JESUS IN US . ( AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE - " SEE " AND " KNOW " IT BECOME BORN AGAIN ! )
[ THE TRUTH IS : WE WERE ALWAYS OF CHRIST, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY BEFORE WE WERE EVEN BORN , BY THE VERY THOUGHT OF GOD , THAT IS FOREVER . BUT WE ALL BECAME SLAVES OF THIS WORLD AND WE GREW A HARD IMPENETRABLE HARD SHELL THAT MADE US UNABLE TO " SEE " AND " KNOW " GOD ] :
WE BECAME ALSO IMPENETRABLE TO THE LOVE AND POWER OF GOD ( THAT IS WHAT EVIL IS ) , GUESS WHAT ? OUR HARDNESS ACTUALLY MAKES US THE PREY !
ALL THE PREDATORS OUT THERE . ARE DRAWN TO THE FLAW !
DEATH WAS THE ORIGINAL RESULT OF ADAM AND EVE'S
" EATING THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT ". GOD SAID YOU WILL SURELY DIE , AND LIVE A HARD LIFE OF TOIL AND STRAIN !
MAN TEACHES HIMSELF AND HIS CHILDREN TO PUT ON A HARD EXTERIOR FOR BASIC SURVIVAL , NOT REALIZING IT MAKES THEM THE ACTUAL PREY !
John 3:5-7, "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live ; yet not I , but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith [ understanding ] of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me ." [ to break away that which was hiding the truth] .
You are seated with Christ - a position of authority THE SAME, OF THE FAMILY ! All do not realize what this means . To be seated refers to a place of authority .
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, and God's Word tells us that we are seated with Christ THE SAME , OF THE FAMILY ! :
Ephesians 2:6 , " And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus . "
Because of our position in Christ, we are seated in a place of authority over all sickness , diseases and demons, evil and darkness . Jesus said that signs and wonders would follow them who believe, including casting out all evil ( EVERYTHING THAT BLOCKS GOD'S LOVE AND POWER TOWARDS US ) requires authority - see Luke 10:17-20) .
Mark 16:15-18 , " And he said unto them , Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature [ THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE GOD'S , HE IS OUR LIFE, OUR LOVE IN US ] .
He that believeth and is baptized [ becomes the fullness of God - Him in us ] shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned [ remain blind and without the truth ] .
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils ; they shall speak with new tongues ; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing , it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick , and they shall recover . "
BECAUSE AS JESUS IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD , THE SAME THE FAMILY. OUR IDENTITY !
Who shall these signs follow ? Them thatBELIEVE. That includes all true followers of Christ that are alive on the earth right now . Take a look at this passage in Revelations :
Revelations 5:9-10 ," And they sung a new song , saying , Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof : for thou wast slain , and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred , and tongue , and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth . "
WE ARE GOD'S ,THE SAME, THE FAMILY !
The truth is , we don't need to ' ask ' God to heal somebody. We can speak with authority over that sickness and command it to flee in Jesus' Name. By the authority of being in the family of God we can command those broken bones to grow... we can command , because we are so close to the source, our heavenly Father ! This is the standard practice in the early church when the followers of Christ were going out and healing the sick ! The same is true when it comes to demons [ EVIL AND DARKNESS ]. We don't need to ask God to remove the demons [ EVIL AND DARKNESS ] , but we rather take up the authority that Christ has given us, and exercise it through faith using Jesus' Name , the authority of being God's very own.
Did you know that the only reference to prayer for healing in the New Testament is found in James 5:15 ? The rest of the NT tells us of how Jesus, His disciples and the early church would exercise their faith [ the knowledge of who they were ] when they went forth to heal the sick . They weren't asking the Father to heal the sick , they were saying things like , " Be healed in Jesus' name " or " Rise and walk !"
Jesus made it clear that we have authority here on earth , which is naturally ours through our position in being seated with Christ , in the family, we are the same . Jesus demonstrated this when he cursed the fig tree :
Matthew 21:18-22, " Now in the morning as he returned into the city , he hungered . And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon , but leaves only , and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever . And presently the fig tree withered away . And when the disciples saw it , they marveled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away ! Jesus answered and said unto them , Verily I say unto you , If ye have faith , and doubt not , ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree , but also if ye shall say unto this mountain , Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea ; it shall be done . And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer , believing , ye shall receive . "
[ to remove the demons , ( EVIL AN D DARKNESS ) and all that is blocking the Love and power of God to all ] !