Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

Sin, deliverance, grace, faith and mercy.  We throw these words around freely assuming that people understand what they mean. Yet one can’t help but think, “Do people truly understand the Gospel and its significance for their lives?”  Are people grasping the basic teachings and foundations of Christianity?  Do we truly understand what it means to be saved and have eternal life through Jesus Christ?  So in my last post I began to talk about how we in sharing our faith and even every now and again as we teach and preach from the pulpit, have to lay down the basics of Christ and Christianity for our audience.

But before I can go any further however, I think it is absolutely necessary to lay out what I consider to be some essential truths or perspectives that I personally consider PARAMOUNT in following God through Jesus Christ. I learned pretty early-on if you get a good handle of these concepts, its makes it just a little easier to develop and grow in your relationship with the Lord.  This list is by no means exhaustive and please note the disclaimer that this is my personal opinion.  I am sure others and perhaps even some of you reading right now if asked may have similar overlapping suggestions or perspectives that may be somewhat different. Either way, I pray that this list will help bring some enlightenment and understanding to someone as we aim to go back to the basics of Christianity.

Here we go…

1) You cannot follow God strictly by intellect.  Get over how brilliant you think you are.

I know….Ouch!  But yes, you are hearing right.  The truth is, you are just not that smart.  This was a difficult lesson I had to learn firsthand because of the way I am naturally wired. Listen, I’m blessed to work as a medical professional.  By nature I am analytical, detail –oriented and somewhat of a deep thinker.  Confidence, sound judgment and at times quick decisive action are just a few of the skills that I must have in my arsenal in order to care for those who walk through my office door.  All of these facets of intellect allow me to do what I do, just as it allows you to perform certain tasks using the talents and gifts you have been given.

It’s not quite so simple when it comes to the Lord. Why?  Because God is beyond human understanding.  He is an oxymoron in every way. He’s in some ways simple yet mind-blowingly complex; He is loving, gentle, compassionate and meek and at the same time frightening and terrible, especially in times of anger or quite frankly just because of His majestic power.  He can come quiet as a dove or as forceful as a raging fire storm. He knows everything about everything at all times and in all places. Sometimes He gives, sometimes He takes away. Sometimes He punishes, sometimes He pardons.  I could go on and on. My point is, you could merge together the genius of the world’s greatest minds throughout history and it would not begin to scratch the surface of God’s wisdom and knowledge.  And on top of that, He shares with us what He chooses to share.  So there are things you will learn and understand about God because He chooses to share them. And things you will not know because he hides it or alternately because our limited human minds cannot understand it.

A widely accepted basic belief that is rooted in the teachings of ancient philosophers and commonly accepted in Christianity and among many world religions today is that human beings are essentially made of 2 main parts:   the material and the immaterial or what is considered the natural (the things in the world we can detect with our human senses) and supernatural (those things in the world that are present beyond the natural senses).  That being said, there are different theories proposed to further explain the makeup of human beings with 2 such popular thoughts in Christianity being the tripartite theory and bipartite theory of humankind. Stay with me now! The tripartite theory asserts that human beings are comprised of three main parts:  body, soul and spirit.  The bipartite theory asserts that human beings are made up of two parts:  body and soul/spirit.  So in other words, although tripartite and bipartite theory share the belief that human beings are made of the body, bipartite theory sees no separation between soul and spirit.  The word soul or the word spirit are different words that can both be used to describe the same thing.[1] Tripartite theory would argue that the soul is a distinct entity and the spirit is a distinct entity.  For reasons beyond the scope of discussion for this blog post, my personal belief is in the tripartite theory of man so I will elaborate more from that perspective.  I hope you are still with me? I know some of this detailed information may seem pointless, but trust me in believing you will soon see that these points will help to bring greater insight into why following God is not strictly about intellect and reason.   Almost there!

So the body constitutes the natural or material part of us. It would include our natural senses, organs and limbs for example.  It is essentially the parts of us that can be seen, heard, touched, smelled, etc. and it is also through the natural senses that we interact with the natural world we live in.

The soul and spirit are considered to be more supernatural aspects of ourselves and the parts we know the least about. The soul is made up of the mind (intellect, reasoning and judgment), will (the power of choosing one’s own actions, conscious choice in regards to actions or thoughts, desires)[2] and emotions (feelings).  It is through the soul that we have our cravings, passions, appetite and desires for certain things.   You can now imagine why someone with a “sick” soul can make bad decisions based on irrational judgment or unhealthy emotions.

And then there is the spirit. This is perhaps the most mysterious and supernatural aspect of us that we know.  The spirit is believed to be the part of us that makes us conscious or aware of God.

It operates in ways outside of the natural world as we know it. Now am I saying we don’t use our minds in some capacity to have a relationship with God? Of course not.  You have to love and follow God with every dimension of your being:  your body, your soul and your spirit.   But the ego and pride that naturally comes with our human intellect must be buried to follow and love God. First as I keep emphasizing, your intellect is less than adequate to fully decipher the vastness of God so there is no reason to boast. Second, if you approach God with a superior know-it-all mindset, how can you ever humble yourself and give Him the reverence that He demands and the honor that He is due?

Because of sin (deeper discussion in later posts), every human being is born with what is known as an unregenerate spirit. It means by nature, humans are naturally wicked and we naturally oppose the things of God. However, when we open ourselves, surrender our will and allow God’s Spirit to have an authentic encounter with our spirit, he will give you the gift of spiritual regeneration.  In other words, God will illuminate, renew, restore and transform your spirit and cause you to gravitate to Him. And your regenerated spirit, under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit will then influence your soul and body to live a life that honors and desires God and the things of God.[3]  The deeper in relationship you get with God, the more your appetite and cravings will be for Him and what He represents. Through this ongoing transforming process, you will learn to love the Lord God with all your body, soul and spirit.  It is

especially through our spiritual connection with God, as God Himself is a Spirit that we get insight based on what God shares with us that is outside of what the mind can understand.  It is primarily by the leading of our spirit by God’s Spirit that we love Him, obey Him and love each other, even the unlovable, when it naturally doesn’t make sense and when we naturally would choose to do the opposite.  It is God’s amazing Spirit that enables us to do extraordinary things beyond our natural human ability. The concept of the spirit will come up over and over again in this Back to Basics series where I can elaborate further on this crucial part of who we are.  Furthermore, this Spirit-to spirit connection between us and our Creator is why people can still worship, have relationship and connection with God despite mental, intellectual or physical disability.  The point is not to get hung on the details but to realize that God connects with us prominently through the supernatural aspects of ourselves.  He wants to have a deep connection with you!

At the risk of becoming too long winded, I will stop here for now.  Looks like each concept will have to be its own separate post versus completing it all in one writing as I initially thought.

So remember—the mind and the intellect is a gift from God.  But make it easier on yourself and humble yourself from now. Never think you are sharp enough to outthink or fully grasp Him.  He will baffle you every time.  A mind tempered in humility is the best mind to have….and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

Bibliography

[1] Strauss, Lehman, “Man A Trinity (Body, Soul, Spirit),” published June 14, 2004, https://bible.org/seriespage/2-man-trinity-spirit-soul-body (accessed October 14, 2015).

[2] Dictionary.com, s.v. “Willl,” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/will (accessed October 17, 2015).

[3] Strauss, Lehman  “Man A Trinity (Body, Soul, Spirit)

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As the summer is winding down and we are moving full steam to the last quarter of the year 2015, the perceptive mind will reveal that now is the time of “back to.” For many students in the United States and in other parts of the world, August and September marks the dreaded end of summer break and the time of going “back to” school; for many on holiday, now is the time of going “back to” work; even this Sunday September 20th, 2015 marks the annual return of what has been dubbed as “Back to Church Sunday,” where churches across the nation make a concerted effort to draw those who have strayed away from or who do not know about the Christian faith into their open doors.
Yet, as I took an excellent course on biblical theology over this summer with Dr. Louis A. DeCaro Jr., I was reminded that in sharing our Christian faith we have to sometimes follow this “back to” theme. We have to look back in order to continue to progress forward. We have to be intentional about going “back to the basics!” So often we teach and preach the Gospel assuming that our audience understands common Christian terms and concepts. We throw out terms like grace, deliverance and redemption freely. Do people really, especially those new or early in the Christian faith, know what they mean? Do people even know what the Gospel is? Do people understand what the term means when we say it?
It’s time to get “back to basics!”

We share the truth that Jesus died as a living sacrifice for our sins so that we would have everlasting life and be restored in right standing with God. How many truly grasp and understand this concept? Has anyone taken the time to really explain the core meaning of salvation and the magnitude of its implications? Or are people left with unanswered questions like what is sin? What do I need to be saved from? Who cares if Jesus died—doesn’t every religion lead to God?
Beloved it’s time to revert “back to basics!”

How many people attend church week after week out of duty, ritual or family tradition, but have no true understanding of what we teach? How many Christians have a robotic connection with God, just going through the motions, while lacking a richly authentic and fulfilling relationship with the Creator? How many people fall away from the Christian faith when trials come because they were never properly anchored in the first place?
People of God we must heed the call to get back to the true foundation—we must run “back to the basics!”

So often we look to the Bible as an anecdote for life’s problems, a guide book of how to live, for encouragement and hope. Sure the Bible tells of us man’s origin, what the end will look like and insight into the character and nature of God. It gives us wisdom on a vast array of subjects including relationships, morality and social justice. No one can deny that the Bible is a strategic map to living your best life, the blueprint to understanding God and His ways and is the Word and declaration of God. Yes! The Bible is and does all of these things!

But despite all of these themes, Biblical Theology emphasizes that the primary theme or core concept of the Bible is that it is God’s story of love for what He created and how from a posture of love, He intentionally worked to save His creation (yes that includes you!). The Bible is the powerful and inspiring documentation of how God simply saved. Saved intentionally, step by-and-step and with unfathomable love.

Now despite all I have said, I realize that depending on the audience it is not always necessary to explain every basic concept when preaching or teaching on a large scale. It is assumed certain concepts are understood as people are more mature Christians. Of course, it is sometimes appropriate to focus on specific themes like victory, breakthrough, hope, faith, anointing, etc. as the Holy Spirit directs us. And small groups like Bible studies and other focused meetings are designed to teach and elaborate on the basics of Christianity especially for new believers. But especially when evangelizing (sharing with others about our Christian faith) and every now and again even from the pulpit, we must take the time to teach the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the story of redemption.

Journey with me over the next few posts, as the Lord leads, as I attempt to just simply share what I have learned and understand about the Gospel and God’s story of redemption (will even explain this word in later posts). I humbly don’t profess to have every answer nor am I trying to do a comprehensive teaching about Christianity. But simply based on my own experiences and the teachings that I have accepted from a variety of sources on my Christian walk, I will share what I understand at this point to be the truth…..my truth. Please feel free to comment, correct or share your own understanding and experiences as we go along. If you can bring insight into a certain topic, please share. My prayer is that someone will be drawn to Jesus Christ, others will get further understanding of who He is and we will all be reminded, even those who know Him, that God indeed loves us with an unapolegtic, everlasting love!

A firm and basic foundation will always lift you higher….and yet still I rise.
With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,
Stillirise323

Totality. Without partiality.  Complete.  ALL.  The word ALL is a  common word in most cultures.  We throw  it around fairly regularly.  “He or she is my all and all” or “I have to give it my all” are common phrases in English vernacular. But when you think of the concept of ALL is there anything or anyone that fully demonstrates or defines this concept more completely than God?  You might be pretty intelligent–but no one is all wise.  Your wife may be a fairly patient person, but is she always patient?  None can deny an artistic gift, but do you know anyone who is all-gifted?  The truth of the matter is none of  us are complete or consistent in anything that we are or anything that we do.  But when it comes to God, there is no shortcoming; there is no lack.   When it comes to every good thing on earth and in heaven, God in some way is related to, embodies or is the origin of it all.
How you may ask?  Well to start, one of God’s many names is El–Shaddai which has commonly been translated as the Lord God Almighty. That doesn’t mean on a good day God is mighty and on a bad day, God is half-way mighty.  It means God is consistently, irrefutably, undeniably mighty without fail. His might cannot be diminished.  That goes right along with the fact that  God is omnipotent or all powerful.  All power is in His hand.  His very essence is power.  Typhoons and tornados, the birth of a baby from a mother’s womb and the miraculous healing of a body ravaged with cancer are all a testiment to God’s might and power.  It would only make sense that somenone with all that power should know what their doing, right? Well, have no fear because  God is omniscient—He is all-knowing.  He knows everything about all things at all times.  He knows the grandest to the most minuscule details of your life.  So even when you have uncertainties and doubts, when you don’t know, God knows. Rest in knowing you have an all-wise God walking beside you.  Notice I said beside you because God is omnipresent.  He is always present.  Herbert Lockyer said it best in his book, All the Doctrines  of the Bible when he said God “has no center and His circumference is everywhere.” Remember , God Himself promised to never leave you nor forsake you.  These are common attributes that we ascribe to God, but it doesn’t stop there.  What can I say of a God who is all-faithful, all-loving, all-providing, all-righteous, all-holy and the list goes on.  We serve a God that is all good.
Now knowing this, why would you put your trust in people or things  who fail or fall short? Even the best of us who are appear to be “good” people are  inconsistent ?  Wouldn’t it make more sense to put your faith and trust in an all perfect, ever-faithful, consistent God?  It can only serve to benefit you.  Why? Because we serve a  God who has all and gives  all, so we can be all.
A GOD THAT HAS ALL
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,  the world and those who dwell therein (Psalm 24:1, NKJV). All things are created by God and all things are created for God.  Not only is the earth the Lord’s, but the heavens and the entire universe as well.  Angels and demons, celestial bodies and nature, man and animals–  God has complete dominion over all spheres of creation.    You may be thinking that’s great for God, but how does that pertain to me?
A GOD THAT GIVES ALL
The amazing thing about God is that He does not selfishly keep His resources to Himself.   He lovingly and mercifully blesses us from the abundance of all He has.  He is a giving and gracious God.   “… His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,….(2 Peter  1:3, NKJV).  Notice the passage says He has given us all things for life and godliness.  You need peace–God’s got it. You need wisdom? Ask and it will be given generously.  Next time you feel depressed, put in your request for a helping of unspeakable joy.  Issues with  self-control–He can give you that too.  All that you need is available to you in abundant supply through the gift of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven and we could have relationship with God.  This is why, the great apostle Paul could confidently say, “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19, NKJV).  All that you need is available to you through God’s grace (God’s gift of undeserved favor to you).  Truly His grace is all-sufficient.
SO WE CAN BE ALL
When you surrender to God, you can become all that He has created you and destined you to be.   The bible says , “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV).  In Christ, we have a whole new lease on life and and a glorious destiny to fulfill.  That old sinful man with those old sinful ways start to dissolve. The way you use to speak, you won’t speak anymore.  Anger and bad attitudes  give way to kindness and gentleness.  You start to see things the way God sees, strive to live to please God and  you will love the things that God loves.  Now don’t be fooled.  It doesn’t happen over night. But with the Spirit of God living inside of you and by your surrendering  and cooperating with God’s Holy Spirit, every day you will become more like Jesus.  Every day you will become the extraordinary person God has called you to be.  Everyday you will become a reflection of His light and His glory.
Finally, just as Jesus came with a purpose, every single human being on this earth is here to fulfill a purpose.  The road however, to fulfilling that purpose in the confines of this world can be tough. Walking with God isn’t always easy.  But I guarantee, the power of ALL through God will carry you through.  There are  days you may feel weary–but know that “you can do all things through Christ who strenghthens you (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).    Some situations and tasks may seem downright impossible and you are absolutely right; with man some things are impossible.  But trust and believe with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, NKJV). You may have to endure trials, tribulation, storms and suffering—but no experience or circumstance is wasted by our sovereign God. He can turn every mess into a miracle, use that disaster for your spiritual development and transform every  trial into a testimony all for His glory.  The God of all can use every situation for your benefit.  Not some things, not most things, not a few things but we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NJKV).
So make the Lord of all,  your all and all.  In Him is all that you need…..and yet still I rise.
With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,
Stillirise323

So today I saw there was a debate on my friend’s Facebook page (Cory Q)  about Oprah’s  stand on faith.  As a part of TD JAkes Megafest conference, a Christian-based family event that  took place late this week into this weekend, Oprah was a host and moderator during the segment called Oprah’s Life Class.   Cory Q’s question was why was Oprah speaking at a Christian event if she is not a Christian?  If you research Oprah, she does profess  to be a Christian but ” believes there are many more paths to God other than Christianity” per her own words.  So the 2 arguments:  Oprah is Christian because she said she is and after all she talks about how Jesus has helped her  vs. Oprah is not Christian because she promotes the thought that there  are several avenues  to God.

Cory Q’s response and defense from John 14:6 : ” Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'(NASB).  His argument was that by Oprah saying there are other ways to God, she is in essence denouncing Jesus and calling him a liar.  Me not wanting to get stuck on Facebook, didn’t join the debate but instead read all of the input and comments from different sources and left it at that.  But I pretty much agreed with him in my head.  Later, as  I decided to take the day to rest and spend some time with God, in my reading the bible I came across the scripture again.

Jesus said,  “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE…”

Now I am not here to judge or condemn Oprah by any means and in Cory Q’s defense he made it clear he wasn’t either.   Her faith walk is between her and God and if there is some confusion or some way the enemy is deceiving her, I pray she gets truth and clarity.  But when Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life, he is saying he is the complete package for the journey to the best destination. If you imagine taking a road trip, Jesus said he is:

The Way= Road

The Truth=The Vehicle

The Life =The Engine

He is every component you need for the journey.  He is the road or path that directs you to the plan, purposes and will of God for your life; he is the truth or that vehicle  that shuttles you to righteousness and understanding of who God is and who we are in God; he is the life or that engine that sustains us in fullness and fulfillment  even as we are surrounded by the dead and decaying things of this world and we move forward to heaven and eternal life.  The “universe”, a “higher consciousness”  and all those other avenues floating out there that claim to be a pathway to God can never replace the blood sacrifice Jesus gave to die for our sins and reconcile us back to our heavenly Father.  The devil is very crafty about packaging things as  “spirituality” and making it look good.  Some of these false religions teach good disciplines and morals, but our good discipline by God’s standard of holiness will never be enough to get us to God. You have to have Jesus….the only WAY,  TRUTH and LIFE.  I’m sticking with Jesus alone….and yet still I rise…

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise,

Stillirise323

Atencion! Atencion! Wake up and realize that we are in a constant war.  A war that is far more devastating than the natural or physical wars that have plagued human history.  Far more dangerous than bombs, grenades, mind-fields and semi-automatic weapons.  I am talking about spiritual warfare.   Whether you believe or accept it, the devil is out to get you.  But not just harass you, not just torment you—but literally to steal, kill and destroy you and everything in your life.   The bottom line is Satan and his kingdom are constantly trying to oppose anything relating to God and His kingdom.  And I mean everything!  Saved or unsaved, Christian or non-Christian, love God or hate Him Satan is still out to attack you.   Why?  Because we are all God’s creation although we are all not God’s children.  So even if you are not a child of God (i.e. someone who has accepted the gift of salvation and made Jesus Lord and Savior of your life), the mere fact that you exist and are a creation of God, makes you a target of Satan and his antics.  Even those who side with him.  Because in the end he blinds us to the fact that he is leading us away from eternal life with God and into eternal damnation and torment with him.

Thinking about all of this can really be overwhelming and even scary.  Why does it have to be like this?  If God is all powerful can’t He just end all of this sin and suffering and wipe out the devil now?  These questions have come to my mind and undoubtedly to the mind of many.  I personally don’t profess to know these answers and honestly I don’t believe anybody fully does.  There are just some secret things, some mysteries that we won’t understand in this life because we do not have the mind of God and His ways are so beyond our understanding.  Things  we will never know until we meet God and if He chooses to reveal these things to us.  Honestly, sometimes the way God operates and the ways of the world don’t always make sense to me.  But this is where faith and trust come in.  Trusting that God is in control and that in the span of eternity all things will be made right.  No more sickness, suffering, trials or difficulties.  That divine justice for the injustices and difficulties we suffer will be served if not now in this life, then later through the course of eternity and after the ending of this  corrupted world as we know it.  Since constantly complaining about it , arguing with or being angry with God will not change how He chooses to run His world (believe me we all have our times—we are after all human beings and God understands), why not take heed and use the tools God has equipped us with to navigate this war we are in and be victorious in the context of where we are now.

To win this war knowledge is of the upmost importance:

The devil attacks through 3 main vehicles:  through you of yourself, through other individuals (i.e. family, friends, coworkers, strangers) and through circumstances and situations. Many times these things work in conjunction or overlap.  The second thing is that he uses  the weapons of DOUBT, DECEPTION and DIVISION .  I hope to share more on these things in another post. But the amazing thing is that we have the authority to overcome every attack of the enemy.   That is, if you accept the Lord Jesus as your personal savior and become adopted into the family of God.

The bible says  after being  raised from the dead that:

“… Jesus came and spoke to them(the disciples), saying “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18)

As believers:

“Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ (Galatians 4:7) 

and furthermore

“…if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Romans 8:17, NIV)

So really what does all this mean?  It means that being an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ we stand to receive  the supernatural and substantial benefits of God’s kingdom now and through eternity.

To name a few we are:

1) Heirs to peace—peace in the midst of chaos, trials and seemingly impossible circumstances

-Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.       Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27, NKJV)

-You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV)

-“..the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)

2) Heirs to God’s  strength 

-It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect (Psalm 18:32, NKJV)

-For You (God)  have armed me with strength for the battle (Psalm 18:30, NKJV)

3) Heirs to God’s unspeakable  joy

“….Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV)

“ You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

4) Heirs to the God’s impenetrable protection and defense 

 -I will say of the Lord , “He is my my refuge and my fortress

My God, in Him I will trust (Psalm 91:1, NKJV)

-“for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:4, NKJV)

-No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5, NKJV)

5) Heirs to immortality and eternal life

-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16, NKJV)

-Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (John 5:24, NKJV)

This doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the benefits of being a co-heir with Christ. However, in regards to spiritual warfare, it means that we have the power to live in victory and authority like Jesus did on earth and still does in the heavens.  That God’s very Spirit, the Holy Spirit  works in us and through us to overcome the devil and the demons that operate under him. It was under the teaching of Reverend Eugene Harris, while taking an intercessory prayer class at Greater Allen Cathedral that I really had a better understanding of these concepts as he presented them.  To summarize, remember God has established His kingdom.  And the Kingdom  of God is ever advancing, invincible and has ultimate power.  God and His kingdom reigns and rules over every aspect of existence:  the components of the universe, the earth,  the natural world and the spiritual realm including angels, Satan and demons.  When Christ died and was resurrected, he was given authority and power over God’s kingdom, which essentially means power over any and everything.  As children of God we are citizens of that great Kingdom.  Yet not just average citizens, but figures of authority because, ” God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places… “(Ephesians 2:6).  In other words, as Reverend Eugene so clearly put it:  we have been established in government with Christ.  Just like any high-ranking citizen in any government seat, we have certain privileges, benefits, rights and jurisdictions in the Kingdom and when we claim jurisdiction for God’s kingdom, the old rules no longer apply.

For example when Columbus or other explorers of old landed on new land and planted the flag for Spain, England or whatever country they represented,  the old rules of that conquered land no longer had application. The new land is now under the jurisdiction of the conquering country.  In the same way when we go representing the kingdom of God and establish jurisdiction, Satan and his demons are limited to and must submit to the laws of God kingdom.  Satan can do nothing without God’s allowance and demonic forces are limited to the rules and regulations of God’s kingdom.  Hence, in this fallen world, cancer wrecks bodies, people are lame and the blind can’t see. But when you walk with the power of God and take authority as a citizen of God’s kingdom those old rules no longer apply.  In the kingdom of God at our command and in our authority through the power of God, the blind see, the lame walk, cancer must die,  demons must flee and miraculous things  take place.  Jesus performed great signs, wonders and astounding miracles here on earth. Yet he tells us that “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do greater things than these…” (John 14;12, NIV).  Imagine we have the power to do greater things than Jesus did.  Now that’s astounding and maybe even hard to believe. But believe it!   He has given us “authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy…” (Luke 10:19, NKJV)

So beloved, take authority over depression, sickness, debt, anxiety, distractions.  Tear down everything that dares to oppose God’s will for your life.  Arise in God’s power! Arise in  your authority! Arise as the royalty you are and as a child of the Most High!

Because Jesus rose in power on the third day….and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise,

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