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Signs Following

Nothing less than... all.

When we as a Christian people find ourselves in need, we look to God in humble reliance and prayer. Our belief is set in the context of His promises. The Apostle Peter wrote that God’s, “…divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Pet 1:3-4).

 The incredible goal of Peter, was to show us the process of getting our needs met, our lives engaged and our ministries growing to advance the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. He tells us that; because we have escaped a corruption that is in the world through sensual lust and arrogance, we may be partakers of the “divine nature”. You might ask, “what is a divine nature?” Well, that is a good question, because it kinda sounds like we become godlike …and in a way we do.

 The divine nature is life by God’s promises.

 Not a set of doctrines, but a level of reality where God’s facts become your facts. Notice that in Peter’s statement about God’s power meeting our needs, that they are hinged to our knowledge of Him. Our knowledge of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit lays the platform for the divine nature to have influence in and upon us. Now before you get concerned about how little you know about God, realize Peter is not talking about trivial information, but intimate relationship. The stuff that connects our hearts together. What you know about God should not be based upon data or trivial facts, but evidence that has been proven through personal relationship. You have escaped corruption to become God’s child. As sons and daughters, we relate to our Father with a bold awareness of promised access and privileges… eating at His table, asking whatever we desire and resting our heads upon His breast. These are the joys of fellowship with God. It is rich and full of spiritual knowledge that renews our minds and transforms our behavior. We begin to live out of this new set of priorities, “facts” if you will, that are experienced in His Presence, but become our reality.

 Knowing our Heavenly Father intimately, trusting Christ passionately and following the leading of the Holy Spirit completely; these are the tools that accomplish a lifestyle of partaking of the divine nature. His reality is becoming our reality! Its increasing daily and the fruit of this kind of lifestyle becomes a resource for everyone we come into contact with.

  • “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
  • “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mk 16:17-18)

Called to Freedom

We have been called to freedom! Sin’s curse is broken by the blood of Jesus and the faith of the believer. No question, we must recognize the significant privilege we are offered as God’s Children. What can we say to such a gift?

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…” said the Apostle Paul (Rom 8:32).

The great Apostle’s analysis comes with several conclusions…

  • There is therefore no condemnation for the believer!
  • If God is for us, who can be against us!
  • Surely He will give us all things!
  • In all this we are more than conquerors!
  • Nothing can separate us from His love!

Jesus said, “…you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32). The key to genuine freedom is found in the phrase, “know the Truth”; because Jesus would later tell us that He was “the way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6).

To know Christ is to walk in freedom and to walk in the Holy Spirit is how we maintain our freedom.

The word “Christ” is actually a title, not a name. It means Anointed One. Jesus, God’s Christ, was the Anointed One sent to destroy the yokes of bondage and lift the burden of sin from our shoulders (Isa 10:27).  When Jesus was about to begin His ministry He announced the fulfilment of Isaiah 61… that He was the Anointed One of the Holy Spirit sent from God to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. To call all humanity to freedom from poverty, brokenness, captivity, blindness and oppression (Lk 4:18-19). To declare that this would become the season of Jubilee; freedom from debts and freedom from sins that made us debtors.

Jesus has set us free by forgiving our debts!

Therefore, since we have been called to freedom and made free by our faith in the blood of Jesus, we should never allow ourselves to again be subject to a yoke of slavery (Gal 5:1). The Apostle Paul tells us, ”Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17). Through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God is brought to our remembrance and transformation takes place. As we yield ourselves to Him, He renews our minds and maintains our freedom in the Truth.

Praise Conviction

The Bible says “let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Ps 150:6)

We are all called to be people of praise, even when it feels like a sacrifice. It is sad to watch people miss out on God’s blessings, just because they do not understand the principles He gives for our growth and discovery.

 Lately the Lord has been dealing with my heart about having a real authentic life-style of praise to Him. It is amazing to awaken our convictions of God’s faithfulness and begin to focus on His power when we praise Him… its like turning on the light in a dark room.

 We make life difficult when we focus on ourselves, our problems and our limitations. Praise helps us focus on what God is actively doing in our lives rather than willfully fretting about what is happening around us.

Whatever situation we are going through, we can know God’s heart toward us through entering the gates of Heaven through thanksgiving and praise. The Bible says:

 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess His name” (Heb 13:15).

 What is a sacrifice of praise? Its the willingness to praise God without the feelings or the heart for it. Now this might sound strange, but in most of my praise times with God… conviction is growing inside of me. Any time I enter the gates of Heaven, I am being enlarged on the inside. He just keeps getting “gooder”. I find a transformation is always at hand, when I get into proper posture before God and His wonderful, supernatural love. Notice the Psalmist finds in his expression of praise a greater awareness of God’s goodness, mercy and Truth… (Ps 100:4-5) all as he gets inside the gates of Heaven through praise.

 Its amazing yet freeing at the same time. You and I can praise our way into convictions that all the teaching in the world could never make us truly believe. Its the value of an experience in God’s Glory that transforms our understanding… praise renews our minds.

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