Living By Faith


And what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18)


“God intends for you to live in two worlds—to function in this natural world, but also to operate according to His unseen world.” – Mark Hankins


Growing up as a pastor’s kid, my family did not enjoy a luxurious lifestyle by any means. However, I always sensed that God wanted to make me rich. (Rich means abundantly provided for.) Once I started studying God’s Word, I began to get a glimpse of my redemption in Christ. I found out that I had been redeemed from the curse of the law, (Galatians 3:13) that the blessing of the Lord makes me rich and adds no sorrow with it, (Proverbs 10:22) and that God has made me the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28)

Paul said in Romans 8:17 that you are an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. By the spirit of wisdom and revelation, you access the inheritance that is yours through Christ. As a member of the body of Christ, you have an inheritance to claim that is beyond anything you could ever ask, dream, or imagine!


Confession: It is my Father’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom! I am an heir of God and joint heir with Christ! (Luke 12:32, Romans 8:17)

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Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)


“The spirit of wisdom and revelation is necessary and mandatory for a believer to access the call, the inheritance, and the authority we have as believers.” – Mark Hankins


The moment you are born again in Christ, you possess a supernatural calling and identity in your spirit. That is why it takes the spirit of wisdom and revelation to open the eyes of your heart to access who you are and what God has called you to do.

God told Jeremiah, “I called you before you were ever born. Now, let me tell you who you are. Don’t say you are something different. Say that you are who I say you are.”

Each one of us has a call of God on our lives. We have a choice. We can function in a lower calling, bumping around in God’s permissive will for the rest of our lives, or we can press for the high calling of God. The high calling will always cost you more than the low calling; however, the high calling will bring far greater rewards!


Confession: I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

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That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him… (Ephesians 1:17)


“I want to know how God created this world… I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.” – Albert Einstein


On October 14, 1947, Captain Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. With this historic flight, Yeager ushered in the beginning of America’s launch into outer space and NASA’s modern space shuttle program.

Breaking the sound barrier also broke the fear of the unknown. Yeager later described his supersonic flight as “A poke through jell-o,”  “Sipping lemonade on the front porch,” and “A perfectly paved speedway.” The real barrier was not in the sky; it was in man’s lack of knowledge regarding supersonic flight.

Christians often face challenges and barriers in doing God’s will. Even the most difficult barriers can be broken, and believers can go to places in God they have never been. The Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1 contains the necessary ingredients for every Christian to breakthrough any barriers they face. Paul called this necessary ingredient the “spirit of wisdom and revelation.”


Confession:  I have the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ!

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O Lord our God, masters besides You have had dominion over us …Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. (Isaiah 26:13-14 NKJV)


“Once you get a revelation of your redemption, the only way the devil can defeat you is to deceive you.” – Mark Hankins


I remember when our troops first went to war with Iraq after 9-11. Newscasters reported that American troops had secured control of the Baghdad Airport and were in control of the city. Simultaneously, however, Iraqi networks aired video footage saying that Sadaam Hussein was still in control. Sadaam Hussein had been overthrown, but he was still sending out propaganda influencing people’s lives. In reality, this former tyrant master had fled the city and was hiding in a spider hole!

Our redemption is a complete, finished work. However, the devil likes to air his propaganda and make us think that he is still in control. Isaiah tells us that the devil may have ruled over us at one time in our lives, but because of our redemption in Christ, he no longer has control of our lives.


Confession: They [the former tyrant masters] are dead, they shall not live and reappear; they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back. (Isaiah 26:14 | AMP)

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Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin…For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:6,14)


“The blood of Jesus made us a new creation in Christ.” – Mark Hankins


Our lives change when we receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation! Where we once experienced defeat, we now experience victory!

Romans 6:6 in the Richert Translation says, “…our former evil identities have been executed, so to speak.  Our old rebel selves were exterminated and that leaves us no further role to perform as offenders. We were linked with the Divine Representative in death.”

We will overcome any barriers in our lives by the redemptive revelation of who we are in Christ. Romans 6:14 in the Knox Translation says, “Sin will not be able to play the master over you any longer.” The Wood Translation says, “Sin shall not be tyrant over you.” We can have a revolutionary revelation and walk in the light of what God has done for us in Christ.  The tyrannical masters that once ruled our lives will rule no more!


Confession: Sin does not have dominion over me. I am walking in the light of what God has done for me in Christ Jesus!

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