It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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Reborn Into The Family of God

Adam and Eve were the highest of God’s creation, made in God’s image. They were the chief of all the created creatures of God and they were to rule and reign on the earth. Many people see Satan’s attack on mankind as an ultimate failure of man and of God. Man for disobeying God and God for not stopping Satan and allowing mankind to be doomed as long as they remained on the earth. This is a lie most have swallowed hook line and sinker! God’s ways are not man’s ways. What the enemy meant for our destruction God used for our greater good.

God sent His Son not only to redeem us from the fall but He elevated us to an even greater position, that of children! Just think of the power and authority we should be walking in knowing that we are now even greater than before the fall. But many are destroyed for we lack the knowledge of who we are in the family of God, His ways and His kingdom. Satan is a defeated foe by the power of Jesus Christ. We too have the same choice Adam had; we can believe God or listen to the enemy’s lie. We can choose Jesus’ saving grace or believe the lies of the enemy and trust our own thoughts and ways.

It is much like the story of Pinocchio who was a carved created puppet boy of Jeptoo and he was loved by his creator. What joy it brought Geppetto to have Pinocchio transformed into a living soul to be part of his family, his son. What joy God has for those who believe in Jesus and become His children, joint heirs with Christ. What the enemy meant for evil God turned to our greater good.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. NIV

The very act of sin that caused mankind to fall, God used as the reason to send Jesus to redeem us and place us into an even greater state, children of God, again we are joint heirs with Christ! God is awesome. Satan has no power of God’s people but there are schemes set up to convince people that God does not love us because He did not stop us from sinning. Truth is God loves us so much He sent Jesus to redeem and deliver us from eternal death while remaining true to His integrity.

God is not a man and He cannot lie. He must to stay true to His word and at the same time He must be a just judge while showing loving kindness and mercy to His creation. God gave dominion and rule to mankind and He could not usurp that authority even though mankind was not making wise choices. God loved us too much to leave us in eternal damnation so Jesus became a man. He limited Himself to become as one He created so that He would be able to save those who believe in God through Christ.

1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” NIV

Acts 13:38-39 Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. NIV

Being born again is being placed into a different family, culture and country. Being born again is becoming a totally different person from the one we were raised to be by our parents and life experiences. To be born again is to die to ourselves, our rights, and our culture even our race. We become a new creation in a new kingdom and this is where some people lose sight of the meaning of being born again. Many people want to hold on to their old ways of doing things, their thoughts and priorities and their prejudices. To be reborn into God’s family means our old life; race and culture should no longer take priority or first position over us. God’s kingdom and culture is our new way of living, He is preeminent over all.

We are now part of a new family, citizens of a new country and our allegiance is to our Sovereign King, Jesus. Many get stuck in their own ideas about their rights and ethnicity in the flesh that they fail to be transformed in their minds into the image of Christ and to make Jesus the Lord over all. There is so much division in the church, in the body of Christ because many refuse to let go of the old nature, old life and its priorities. When Jesus is King over our lives He will reign in every area of our life regardless of our past.

Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now 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.

Those who come to God through faith in Jesus as their Lord are like the jungle boy when he was taken out of the jungle. He still had the life experiences of the wolf influencing his nature though he was saved from the jungle. He then began living in a new world with humans but he had no concept or understanding of how to operate in this culture. At the same time he was being influenced by the only life he knew, with the wolves, however debased and deprived it may have been. This could be a child of God who was born again but whose mind has not been renewed to think and to act like a child of God. This is why God tells us to renew our minds, so to change the way we think and change the way we act. Then we will not be easily persuaded by the lies of this world.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Again, we have been reborn into the family of God. Our life as a child of God is about a relationship with our Father. We were separated from God in the fall but were redeemed and reborn into the family of God through Jesus Christ. God’s desires are to fellowship and have a close relationship with His children. This may be why God gives us family; whether they are parents, siblings, children, cousins or close friends we have a desire to know and be in close fellowship with those we love. God has the same desire to be in fellowship and close relationship with His children.

Seven Areas of Redemption from the Shed Blood of Jesus Part 2

The crown of thorns was placed on Jesus’ head and His Blood was shed. We are given peace of mind and freedom from mental torment because of this redemptive work of Jesus. Sin can torment our minds with the things we have done in the past. Satan wants us to stay condemned in our thoughts so we would fall into depression but God said there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin and once we ask God to forgive us it is as though we have never sinned.

Matthew 27:29            When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Romans 8:1-5 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

Jesus’ Blood was shed when they pierced His hands while dividing His garments. Jesus was stripped of His worldly possessions so He could redeem our ability to prosper and succeed in God’s kingdom. Man was stripped of his glory and his created image in the likeness of God. Jesus’ hands paid the price for those who betrayed God the Father so that we may once again be about our Father’s work. God wants us to prosper and be in good health so that we may be a blessing to the nations around us.

We all have heard people say our God took our loved ones or God did not heal them. We cannot find that anywhere in the Bible. That is a lie from the pit of hell. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus came so that we may have life abundantly. What a trick of Satan to kill, steal and destroy mankind and then blame it on God, the One who loves us. God tells us His people are destroyed because they do not know the truth or seek the truth. The enemy will tell lies and we do not know the truth to defend and defeat the lie. When our soul and mind know the truth of God’s word, it will be able to defend against the lies and prosper in the truth of God.

Matt 27:35a    Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots…

John 10:10     The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

Jesus’ feet were pierced and His blood shed so that where ever our feet trod, we may have dominion and authority. Jesus redeemed our God- given dominion and authority over the earth. God created this earth to be a place where His people would rule with authority and bring glory to His name. Mankind lost that ability and turned over the authority to Satan. Jesus came and redeemed us from the curse and put us back into right standing with our Lord and King. Those who are born again into His kingdom have authority over their enemy and have dominion over their circumstances. Jesus returned the Kingdom of God back to the earth and those who are born again and now has the ability and authority to rule and reign. So many believers are still living below their God- given dominion over their circumstances because they do not know the truth of God’s word. Jesus paid a costly price in order that we may reign with His authority.

Psalm 22:16b-18 They pierced My hands and My feet;  I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.  They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

 

Jesus was pierced in His side so that from our bellies may run rivers of living waters. Jesus redeemed our joy and our heart for God. Mankind had a heart of stone but God promised to give us a new heart of flesh that we may love God and love others. Sin and the hardness of this world can make people’s hearts grow hard and cold. It is sin that is causing havoc over the nations and causing people to turn their backs on all mankind because of the pain they have suffered. Jesus came that we may have a new spirit, a new heart. We will no longer be intimidated by the world or the lies of Satan. We will trust God. Our lives are not our own they have been bought with a price so that we may be about our Father’s business in this world.

John 19:34   But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out

Ezekiel 36:26-27  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

 

One of the authentic witnesses of a truly born again person, is the God-given love they have for all people, lost and saved.  The joy of the Lord is inside of the born again person and though hard situations and circumstances may come, they will not stay down, for joy comes in the morning. Jesus rose with healing in His wings now our hearts, soul and bodies are also, healed as we rest in His joy.

Malachi 4:2a But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings…

Seven Areas of Redemption from the Shed Blood of Jesus Part 1

Whether we know it or not the blood speaks! So much can be determined and known with a sample of blood. Doctors can identify illness, hereditary tendencies and family genetics just by studying the blood. This generation has been so inundated with bloodshed and death that the loss of a life to murder is no longer seen as an unusually horrible tragedy. To see bloodshed is not abnormal or strange to this generation. But God takes the death of any human being very seriously. Abel was the first man to be killed. He was killed by his brother Cain. God said, Abel’s blood cried out to God from the ground. Every wrongful death cries out to God for vengeance. God has declared vengeance is His and He will repay. It was not a light thing to shed innocent blood; God Himself would recompense the guilty.

Ester reminds us of Jesus, a greater one than Abel, Who came and shed His blood. This shed blood enables us to receive salvation and redemption, for all who will receive Jesus. Jesus came to shed His blood as an anointing sacrifice to God for all mankind. The wages of sin is death and there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood. All have sinned and come short of God’s perfect will. Everyone has sinned and will be required to pay the debt and the wages of sin which is eternal death. For those who refuse Jesus and His completed work, they will stand before God for themselves to pay their debt. Jesus paid every debt and took every penalty for the sin of mankind. Jesus became the ransom for all who will believe in Him. His death is the atoning power for everyone who trusts in Him and His completed work on the cross.

Genesis 4:10               And he (God) said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Hebrews 9: 22b, 26b-28                     …and without shedding of blood is no remission.                                                        …but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The blood of Jesus was shed in seven areas which redeemed mankind back in every area that he had fallen. Precious is the blood of Jesus and it speaks louder than our sins and our sickness. Jesus’ dying was not a random unimportant spilling of blood; it was a deliberate plan of God. This plan was set in place before the foundation of the world to save and deliver mankind from a fallen state of sin.

The first place Jesus shed His blood was in the Garden of Gethsemane where He was in great travail and internal struggle. His plea to God was so intense that blood seeped from His body and was mingled with His sweat. It is at this place Jesus submitted His will to God and where Jesus’ blood was shed to redeem our will. Jesus was not afraid to die, He came for that purpose. Jesus did not want to be separated from His Father at the cross, but to bring mankind back into a relationship with God, Jesus had to experience total separation from God as the Son of man. He prayed three times that this thing be taken away but each time submitting His will to God’s final authority. We no longer have to live in a state of unrighteousness separated from God because Jesus blood was shed to bring us back into relationship with God, our Father. The blood of Jesus was shed that we too can now choose to submit our mind and will to God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can live this life victoriously.

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