Posts Tagged ‘new birth’

DNA for Destiny

“…I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Eph 3:14-15). One of the characteristics of a family is natural blood and the uniqueness of something called DNA. Its what makes the blue eyes; blue, and the brown hair; brown, in each unique family unit. One family might have several tall children and anyone from the outside can say, “I see that you reflect your Daddy’s genes”.

There is a spiritual equivalent to DNA. Being birthed by the Spirit of God into Christ implants the spiritual DNA of God into our blood line as New Creatures.

This Kingdom “blood transfusion” does more than just transform our behavior… it gives us a new name and a real identity with the Father.

Its the family blood line of God by the Spirit of Adoption. By the Holy Spirit, the very life of Christ carrying the spiritual DNA of Father abides within us as true sons. This reality is what the Apostle Paul is hinting at when he says “the family… is named”.

Think about this for a moment… to be “named” is not a simple task. It actually carries our identity… our sense of connectedness to “family”, father & mother and our relational confidence. Who are we really? As parents we name our children before we know them… at the moments just after their birth we look into our family blood line and we pull from our history a name that tells a story. My daughter was named after her grandmother and we had no real desire to change that name simply because she is now taller than her grandmother… its something deeper. Its her connection to our blood… we “named” her.

God has by new birth changed our name and “named” us with His family identity. As His child I am priviledged to carry the name He has given me and reflect all the purpose He has destined for me. The life is in the blood… and its the blood that gives me His name.

A Fresh Word

I really like the stories about the Prophet Elijah, but it seems to me like he just appears on the scene in 1 Kings 17. He didn’t come from a family of prophets, and there is no indication that he had connections that would have granted him an audience with King Ahab, the king of Israel. He just went boldly to the king and pronounced that there would be a total drought in Israel for many years.

What gave him such authority, confidence and boldness? The answer is that he had a fresh Word from God. That’s what put him in a position of authority and gave him a sense of security. Elijah had the courage to step out into a seemingly difficult assignment because he had heard from God and believed what God told him.

Every believer should carry a fresh revelation from Heaven with them at all times. If nothing else, we have heard the Gospel of salvation and received forgiveness for our sin. If we would just be bold enough to share that Truth with others, we would witness the miracle of the new birth in the lives of people all around us.

If Elijah hadn’t been bold enough to speak the Word that God had given him, then when the drought occurred, Ahab wouldn’t have associated it with a judgment from God. It would have been easy to dismiss it as just one of those “weather things” that happen. Since Elijah prophesied the drought before it came to pass, there was no doubt that God was at least speaking through this drought and that Elijah was the instrument He would use to bring a fresh word to the nation of Isreal.

Elijah’s willingness to risk everything for what God had shown him was one of the key elements that propelled him into leadership in Israel. Elijah’s obedience put his life in jeopardy, but God willingly provided for him. God tells him

“Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be [that] you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” (1 Kings 17:3-4)

Amazing as it sounds, being obedient to God puts us in a position to receive His supernatural supply (Isa. 1:19). One of the reasons so few people experience supernatural provision is because they aren’t doing what God has told them to do. There is no need for God to supply our needs when we aren’t doing anything that requires more than what we can produce. We must move in faith and get out on a limb… that’s where the fruit emerges.

One of the great lessons to learn from Elijah’s life is that God didn’t send Elijah’s provision directly to him. He sent the provision to where He told Elijah to go… it was intertwined in his assignment. In verse 4, God said he had commanded the ravens to feed him “THERE”. “THERE” was beside the brook Cherith… a predetermined place. If Elijah would have stayed where he was, he may have starved; not because God was unfaithful, but because he wasn’t “THERE”… where God set the provision to be.

The ravens were already gathering Elijah’s first meal when the Lord spoke to him. God said in verse four, “I have commanded”… meaning its already in process. The bread and meat would have been deposited at the brook Cherith regardless of whether Elijah appeared. Because Elijah obeyed, he received the benefit from God’s faithfulness and provision. Remember that God intended to care for Elijah when he took seriously the assignment. Its an enormous issue for us to take responsibility and connect to our assignment.

A Fresh Word from God is more powerful than we know.

The Eternal Focus

“…We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18)

To what does hope look? Just as faith can focus on the past and love will focus on the present, hope should focus on the future… what we are becoming!

THE FUTURE – Things Yet Unseen and Experienced

Our Spiritual Benefits! (Ps 103:1-5)
Our Spiritual Blessings! (Eph 1:3)
Our Spiritual Birthright! (1 Pet 1:3-9)

Focus Upon Christ:

There is nothing that releases more hope than to awaken ourselves to the Spirit of Revelation (Rom. 8:19)(Eph. 1:17-20). The Bible is full of open heaven experiences (Jn. 1:51), where believers come into a knowledge that transforms their understanding of life (2 Cor. 4:6). You and I are designed to have a living hope, one that moves us into faith and purpose. We experience faith bubbling up inside of us when revelation begins to flow. Our spiritual eyes begin to see the truth of who Jesus is and who God has made us to be as His light shines in our hearts. Faith comes by hearing the revelation of Jesus from the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). When our eyes are focused on the revelation of Christ, our hearts become flames of fire. We experience His love and see beyond the immediate natural realities. By simply opening ourselves up to His revelation, we experience the power of a living hope.

Its like the young boy Samuel who was awakened by a voice from heaven (1 Sam. 3:8-11). The Priest Eli wisely guides his response, ”Speak Lord, for Your servant hears”. Samuel would never be the same as he was awakened by the spiritual revelation of God’s Heartbeat. Hope changes how we see!

Focus on Salvation:

There are so many benefits, blessings and privileges based upon our New Birth in Christ. As Sons and Daughters, we are chosen and accepted in the Father’s House. Our destiny is never to be limited by our history! God makes all things new! What the past should become is nothing more than fertilizer for future fruitfulness. God is at work in us, both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). Salvation releases righteous character, Kingdom power and fresh perspective on the future. To be saved is to be delivered from the oppressive weight of a meaningless life. To be saved offers peace with God and strength through an abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit. You and I are not alone and our battles are designed to enable us to reflect the hope that resonates from deep within (1 Pet. 1:3-9)… joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Focus on the Return of Christ:

  • “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
  • “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

With these words we encourage one another in our blessed hope. It was Jesus who said, “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (Jn. 14:3). Perhaps the most victorious reality of all is that Satan is defeated and Christ will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! This is the focus of our hope… to become more and more like Him, for we will soon see Him in all His Glory!

The Focus of Hope

“…We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18)

To what does hope look? Just as faith can focus on the past and love will focus on the present, hope should focus on the future… what we are becoming!

THE FUTURE - Things Yet Unseen and Experienced

Our Spiritual Benefits! (Ps 103:1-5)
Our Spiritual Blessings! (Eph 1:3)
Our Spiritual Birthright! (1 Pet 1:3-9)
 

Focus Upon Christ:

There is nothing that releases more hope than to awaken ourselves to the Spirit of Revelation (Rom. 8:19)(Eph. 1:17-20). The Bible is full of open heaven experiences (Jn. 1:51), where believers come into a knowledge that transforms their understanding of life (2 Cor. 4:6). You and I are designed to have a living hope, one that moves us into faith and purpose. We experience faith bubbling up inside of us when revelation begins to flow. Our spiritual eyes begin to see the truth of who Jesus is and who God has made us to be as His light shines in our hearts. Faith comes by hearing the revelation of Jesus from the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). When our eyes are focused on the revelation of Christ, our hearts become flames of fire. We experience His love and see beyond the immediate natural realities. By simply opening ourselves up to His revelation, we experience the power of a living hope.

Its like the young boy Samuel who was awakened by a voice from heaven (1 Sam. 3:8-11). The Priest Eli wisely guides his response, ”Speak Lord, for Your servant hears”. Samuel would never be the same as he was awakened by the spiritual revelation of God’s Heartbeat. Hope changes how we see! 

Focus on Salvation:

There are so many benefits, blessings and privileges based upon our New Birth in Christ. As Sons and Daughters, we are chosen and accepted in the Father’s House. Our destiny is never to be limited by our history! God makes all things new! What the past should become is nothing more than fertilizer for future fruitfulness. God is at work in us, both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). Salvation releases righteous character, Kingdom power and fresh perspective on the future. To be saved is to be delivered from the oppressive weight of a meaningless life. To be saved offers peace with God and strength through an abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit. You and I are not alone and our battles are designed to enable us to reflect the hope that resonates from deep within (1 Pet. 1:3-9)… joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Focus on the Return of Christ:

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

With these words we encourage one another in our blessed hope. It was Jesus who said, “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (Jn. 14:3). Perhaps the most victorious reality of all is that Satan is defeated and Christ will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

This is the focus of our hope… to become more and more like Him, for we will soon see Him in all His Glory!

He Named Us

Real Character

What U Talkin' bout?

“…I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Eph 3:14-15).

 One of the characteristics of a family is natural blood and the uniqueness of something called DNA. Its what makes the blue eyes; blue, and the brown hair; brown. One family might have several tall children and anyone from the outside can say, “I see that you reflect your Daddy’s genes”.

 There is a spiritual equivalent to DNA.

 Being birthed by the Spirit of God into Christ implants the spiritual DNA of God into our blood line as New Creatures. This Kingdom “blood transfusion” does more than just transform our behavior… it gives us a new name and a real identity with the Father.

 Its the family blood line of God by the Spirit of Adoption (Rom 8:15).

 By the Holy Spirit; the very life of Christ, carrying the spiritual DNA of Father abides within us as true sons. This reality is what the Apostle Paul is hinting at when he says “the family… is named”.

 Think about this for a moment… to be “named” is not a meaningless task. It actually carries our identity… our sense of connectedness to “family”, father & mother and our relational confidence.

 Who are we really?

 As parents, we name our children before we know them… at the moments just after their birth we look into our family blood line and we pull from our history a name that tells a story.

 My daughter was named after her grandmother and we had no desire to change her name simply because she is now taller than her grandmother… its something deeper. Its her connection to our blood… we “named” her as our own.

We named her to give her a foundation for incredible destiny… based on identity!

 God has by new birth changed our name and “named” us with His family identity. As His child I am priviledged to carry the name He has given me and reflect all the purpose He has destined for me. The life is in the blood… and its the blood that gives me His name.

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