“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” ( John 1:12) This means we have rights to exercise, and in order to exercise them we have to know what they are.
What does that mean? It means to partner with the truth of what God says. It means to love your neighbor as yourself, all of your neighbors, with the understanding that it is the goodness of God that leads to repentance. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts.
It means understanding that life and death are in the power of the tongue. It means proclaiming the Gospel, Biblically in power, and not argumentatively or in manipulation with eloquent speech. It means cultivating a relationship with Jesus Christ, and understanding that you were adopted into the highest royal family. You are forgiven, loved, and seen righteous.
It means knowing the truth that you are seated in Heavenly places, your time on this earth is short, and the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. It means using the spiritual authority, given to believers, by the power of Holy Spirit to take dominion over the things of this earth. It means understanding what Jesus said, and why He said it. It means believing when Jesus said we will do the same works He did, and greater, He meant it.
It means exercising the right to a relationship with the King and Creator of the world. In order to do any of that, we must seek the Heart of the Father through the example of Jesus, and a raw relationship with him. Not taking for granted the sacrifice Jesus made to empower us so that we could bring Heaven to earth now. This happens through our bodies as the temples of God, as dwelling places of the Holy Spirit, accepted by the Blood of Christ.
He loves each of us, even in our mess. He does not condone sin, but He does love us through it. He leads us to deeper surrender and guides us on the pathway to everlasting life. He does not cause everything to happen. We have a free will. Humans can make choices to obey God or to live for themselves. Humans can make choices to compromise truth or live by it.
God’s love is so deep that He works all things together for the good of those who believe. An example would be; He can take a repentant drug dealer’s story and use it as a testimony to someone struggling with addiction, so they can become saved and free. That does not mean God wanted that person to be a drug dealer, but it does mean that He works everything together for the good of those who believe.
We must seek His face first, and then allow Him to mold us like the potter does the clay. We must die daily, crucify our flesh, and yield to the Spirit of God and His truth. We must pull down what is not in alignment with His character, trusting the process.
James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. We need to tap into hearing His voice in our lives for ourselves, and not following the stranger’s voice. These are pressing times. People are hungry for truth, but truth and religion are NOT the same thing. Truth is not a series of rituals and picnics, skipping through daisies, and catching butterflies.
In Matthew 11:30 it says “His yoke is easy and his burden is light”. The word easy comes from ‘chrestos’, which means serviceable / good. The word for light is ‘elaphrom’, which means “easy to bear”. Jesus’ burden is good and easy to bear as we surrender ourselves, because He will give us peace that passes all understanding. He will give us joy, despite circumstance.
The more we surrender and yield, the more we will be molded by the Holy Spirit. He genuinely produces the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. We cannot as believers look at the world and question or judge someone, who is not in the Kingdom, for not displaying these characteristics. They do not have the empowerment to produce them. It’s like questioning why a cat doesn’t like water. It’s the reality of it’s nature in the current state. There are some people who can display them, just like a cat may decide to swim. However, it’s not in their nature to do so.
We are living in a world and in a time where the people of God need to exercise their rights. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Matthew 7:14 says “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it”. The word for narrow is ‘tethlimmene’ which means to press / afflict.
The way requires pressing. The way can sometimes be afflicting, because it is contrary to the nature we were born into. The pressing is molding us into the new nature we have been given in Christ. We cannot mold God’s character to fit our way of thinking. Instead, we need to submit ourselves fully, and be open to the molding of ourselves into His character. This takes place by the work of the Holy Spirit.
The battle we fight is not against flesh and blood, it is a spiritual battle. Keeping an Ephesians 6:10-18 mindset is a key. In order to hold that key with confidence we must understand the Father’s heart. Jesus is the example pointing to it, and Holy Spirit is the connection.
Partnering with Holy Spirit is another key. Ask Him to fill you and yield to Him. He is the breath, and the lifeline connecting us to Jesus and the Father. He empowers us to operate in God’s power. He gives us wisdom and understanding helping us to discern. He shows us how to capture every thought, while fixing our imaginations on God’s truth. Not allowing our intellect to limit Him in any way, but rather submitting that intellect to the reality of God. We talk to Him like our best friend who’s always with us, not like some far away person in the sky.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, and we have been given much. To whom much is given much is required. We are fighting in a spiritual war, and keeping our eyes, hearts, ears, and minds fixed on truth is key. In order to be fixed on the truth you must know the truth, and Jesus is the truth. John 14:6 says it perfectly, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
This article was written by Kasey Greenplate