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Jesus IS Risen, Did you Die With Him?

Sins remitted and the ‘Ticket to Heaven’, but there’s so much more!

Most people believe that Jesus ascended into Heaven. However few seem to know what this means to them in their own life.

If we put the Bible back on the shelf after merely futicket-306087_640lfilling Romans 10v9 just to get into Heaven through salvation, we are sadly missing the majority of the Gospel. That is, to our detriment, and those in our path that need Jesus.

Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God

Romans 6

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

When we give our lives to Christ Jesus, when we allow him into our hearts, when we confess that he is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead, the Bible says in Romans 10v9 we are saved.

Part of becoming saved is that we are baptized into His death (see Rom 6v3 above). God recreates our heart, our spirit. We become a new creation, as stated in:

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

See here that the old things passed away. What old things? The old you! What happened to the old me? It died with Christ Jesus on the cross. The old self that was sin-ruled since the first birth (out of our Mother’s womb). We did not know any different, but to sin. That is because we had a sin-nature. It was inherent in us, we did not need to be taught it. This goes back to the sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3 regarding the Fall of Man.)

Now however, the Bible says in:

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

God the Father made Jesus who was sinless, had never done anything wrong, become sin on OUR behalf. All of our sin, past present and future was placed onto Jesus on the cross, and thus our old sin-ruled self has died on the cross with Jesus!

Without Jesus doing this, salvation would not be possible, as there would be no way back to God following the events of the Fall of Man.

So now understand this placing of our sins on the cross with Jesus is us being baptized into his death.

Sin no longer has a hold on a new believer, positionally. The devil Satan has no rights over you once you choose to receive Jesus and make him your Lord. That is because now you have been bought by the blood of Jesus, have become one of his, and no are no longer a child of the devil (1 John 3:10).

Romans chapter 6 continues (bold emphasis mine):

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

One of the huge victories Christ Jesus won for those who believe in him is that our old “body of sin might be done away with” (v6 above), having been nailed to the cross with Jesus. This is you FINALLY being set FREE by Jesus! You are no longer a slave to sin, seemingly being controlled and overwhelmed by it, while your own feeble efforts as an unbeliever are not sufficient to overcome it. That is until you become a believer and God’s Grace becomes sufficient. Not a license to sin, but rather the strength of God’s will to support and help you resist the temptations of the devil and to give you a way of escape (1 Cor 10v13).

If we are dead to sin, why do some of us still decide to handcuffs-964722_640habitually embroil ourselves in it? Here I am not talking of the odd slip and fall, but the deliberate and habitual sin that we apply effort into practicing. Because we have a free will, and we decide to push aside the conviction of the Holy Spirit because the temptations are “just too strong” to say no to.  Or so some of us tend to believe.  However, 1 Cor 10v13 shows us that no temptation is strong enough to say no to for a believer. We must not try to raise the old man back up and continue habitually living in our former ways. We must act who we now are, a totally different creature or species. To do this we must focus on Jesus, while at the same time study the Truth that is God’s Word, and believe what is written is the truth, and act it out in our daily lives. This is the mind being renewed, which is essential to giving further distance to our old ways:

Romans 12:2:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

The bible says that the carnal mind is enmity against God (Rom 8:7). We owe it to God — the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit to walk as Jesus walked.. Holy (1 Peter 1:15). However tough it is to say “no” to temptation, know that is the RIGHT thing to do. Seek God first and His Righteousness. (Matt 6:33). Do your best to walk upright.

It is to our detriment and thousands of people that God wants to bless through us, that we abuse our new self with the sin that causes us not to be as effective in bringing the Light that is in us to the darkness of this world, the Life that is Jesus who is in us to the suffering of this world. Not to mention we end up with a sin consciousness, where we should focus on a righteousness consciousness. We will slip and fall from time to time. This is not habitual. In these cases, we can apply 1 John 1:9, repent (change our thinking, do a 180 degree turn around and walk in the ‘right’ way again.) and it says Jesus is faithful to forgive as we confess our sins.

Remember, we are a NEW creation!

Colossians 3

Put On the New Self

1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Galatians 2:20 says that you are no longer alive, but it’s Christ living in you!

20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Let us not act someone who we are not. Sin has no grip on us any more. Simply don’t play games with fire any more. Leave it well alone, and focus on doing the Great Commission of Jesus (Mark 16; Matthew 28) and you will be fulfilling James 4:7, and the devil will leave you well alone:

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Finally, Romans 6 verses 8-11 (bold emphasis mine):

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Consider yourselves to be dead to sin.

Each time the devil reminds you of your past and your old sins, tell him that old man is dead, and now you are a new creation.

Consider yourselves to be alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Amen!

There is much work to be done, to set the captives free (Isaiah 61), to lay hands on the sick and see them recover (Mark 16:18). No time to be wasted foolishly. There are people dying, people sick, people who need Jesus, and you the believer are CARRYING HIM!

Matthew 10:7-8

And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

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In Christ You Are A Force To Be Reckoned With

Luke 10:19  (NASB)

19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

In Luke 10:19 Jesus tells His disciples that He has given them authority over all the power of the enemy, and that nothing will injure them.

Let’s break it down:

  • power = ability
  • enemy = Satan and all his demons (fallen angels)
  • nothing will injure you = Nothing will injure you – if you believe it.

Renew (meditate on and let this sink in) your mind on this scripture, and you will find that you will begin to see that, in the name of Jesus, you have authority over Satan, all his devils, and every thing he has created that you would not find in Heaven.   For example, sickness, disease, pain, suffering, poverty, bondage, rejection, death…..etc.

“Wait” you say, “Jesus told his disciples this.  That was a long time ago, but I have not hear God tell me I had any authority over sickness and disease.  Even if it still existed today, it would only be Pastors and people like that would have that.”

Good question, but that would be a wrong understanding.   The truth is that in the Great Commission, Jesus told His disciples to continue on and make disciples of all nations (the world), teaching them to observe all that He had already commanded them:

 

Matthew 28:16-20 (NASB)   The Great Commission

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

What did Jesus command them to do?   Various things, one of which is Matthew 10:8:

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

Mark 12:30-31  (NASB)

30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

So there’s really no excuse.  We are on the hook.  We should realize as believers that this is the least we can do, to do God’s Will upon this earth by spreading the Good News and believing in God for signs and miracles to convert the unbelievers into believers by the laying on of hands and seeing the sick recover.

Mark 16:17-18 (NASB)God's Army

17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

Notice how in Mark 16:17, Jesus mentions “those who have believed”.   This means any believer in Jesus, not just those who go to church or serve in church.

Also notice in verse 17 there is mention of a sick person being laid hands on by “those who have believed”.  So, there is a believer and a sick person.   The believer is called a believer because he/she believes in Jesus, and also to be able to do those things which Jesus says they can do.   The believer is not the sick person in this passage.   A believer should not get sick, since they should believe that by Jesus’ stripes, they are already healed.  If the believer truly believes that fact their bodies should have already lined up with the Word of God.   In addition, do you remember the end of Luke 10:19 at the beginning of this article?  “Nothing will injure you”.

A believer who never gets sick is a sign that they have had their mind renewed regarding divine healing and God’s Will on this subject.  A believer who lays hands and sees the sick recover, even if it takes a period of time, is a sign that their mind is becoming more and more renewed in this area, and, that they have accepted that the devil is the one who authored the sickness and must be stopped (John 10:10).

 

In Christ You Are A Force To Be Reckoned With

As a believer in Christ, you are a force to be reckoned with!   You have all you need inside you, God, including His Holy Spirit, just waiting for you to step out so that signs and wonders follow your believing and your use of your faith when laying hands and all sorts of other things for God’s well deserved Glory.

Remember, it’s not you, but it’s you allowing God to flow his power through you for the benefit of the other person.   It’s you and I that need to use our faith to believe God’s Word, and simply let God do the rest.  The more you renew your mind to the Word of God, the more of God’s power can flow through you, and the clearer you will hear His voice.   That’s because your mind becomes less carnal as it becomes more renewed when reading God’s Word.  The only part of your mind the enemy can influence you is the carnal part.   It stands to reason why God wants us to grow up into Jesus, Amen?  We are IN this world, but not OF this world.

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God has made us a little lower than Him (Psalm 8:5-6)

God has made us a little lower than Him (Psalm 8:5-6)

Psalm 8, 4-6 (NASB):

God has made us a little lower than Him (Psalm 8:5-6)

4 What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!

You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,

 

You will often hear verse 5 end with the word ‘angels’ instead of ‘God’.   In the Greek it does actually translate to ‘angels’, but, when you apply the law of first reference it instead means ‘Elohim’, or, ‘God’.   We are never to exalt angels.  The angels would not want us to exalt them either.  Angels instead are constantly praising God and we should be also for what Jesus has done for us.

What a privilege, what an honor, what an awesome responsibility.   To rule over the works of God!   Everyday!   Believers are to walk in dominion over all of God’s works.  There is one exception, we do not have dominion over man.   We do however rule over the those things that afflict man, such as sickness, disease, poverty.   We do not have to get permission to lay hands on someone.  Jesus said that we would lay hands on the sick and that they will recover (Mark 16:18).   Sickness and disease and all that steal from us is authored by the enemy, Satan, and his kingdom of darkness (John 10:10).   Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy:

1 John 3:8 (NASB)

the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

No one in their right mind would truly want to hang on to their sickness or disease.  There is of course the human factor and there are reasons people want to continue to suffer, but, their actions are a reflection of their unbelief, lack of knowledge, and trust in God.   So, regardless of what a person says when they don’t want you to pray for them, we are to command the sickness and disease out of them anyway, all in the name of Jesus.   Set them free, that is our job (Isa 61).

Why is the Spirit of the Lord upon you (if you are born again) ?   The answer:

Isaiah 61 (NASB)    Exaltation of the Afflicted

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me

You were anointed (to do those things in Isa 61 and the Great Commission (Mark 16)) FIRST.

Then, BECAUSE of that, the Spirit of the Lord came upon you.  It wasn’t the other way around.   People wait for a nudge from God, to go out, they “wait” for an anointing.  Don’t let the devil deceive you an hour longer.  You have all you need!   Jesus is in you, the Holy Spirit is in you, waiting for you to use your faith, stretch your hand upon the afflicted and set them free!

“Do I need to physically lay hands?”   If you are there with the person, of course.  The Holy Spirit will flow from you to them so that Jesus can bring them (much needed) life, and life more abundantly (John 10:10).   If you cannot be there physically, speak life over the phone with them, and just believe.  The Holy Spirit will confirm with signs and wonders following. (Heb 2:4).    That is, following YOU.  Your faith, your believing that God’s Word is true.   Your faith will allow God’s Will to be done on this earth, which, after all is what Jesus told his disciples to pray:

Matthew 6:10 (NASB)

10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)

18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

Do you have a heart for the lost ?  Do you have a heart for the suffering?   Jesus needs you to do the things He did and Greater (John 14:12).

Matthew 9:37 (NASB)

37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”

 

Laying hands is not for a select few of the Body of Christ.   It’s ALL hands on deck.

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Bruce Almighty movie correct concerning Dominion

Bruce Almighty movie correct concerning Dominion

The Bruce Almighty movie of 2003 surprisingly has it right when it comes to the topic of a believer needing to take responsibility and have dominion over the earth in Christ.

The movie stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a TV reporter who complains to God (Morgan Freeman) that he is not doing his job correctly, and is offered the chance to try being God himself for one week.Bruce Almighty movie correct concerning Dominion

This movie is worth watching, if you don’t mind the odd slip of bad language.  At one point God tells Bruce:

“People want me to do everything for them. But what they don’t realize is *they* have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”

There are other lines that are true to the way we often view God:

Bruce: What if I need you? What if I have questions?

God: That’s your problem, Bruce. That’s everybody’s problem. You keep looking up.

I believe it’s worth watching a second time.

We love you Father, We love you Jesus, We love you Holy Spirit.