Living By Faith

FIRST ADAM, LAST ADAM

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

 

“The mystery of how you got here as damaged goods is solved in the Bible.” – Mark Hankins

 

Your identification with Christ is based on several spiritual laws. One of those laws is simply this: your first birth identified you with Adam. The whole Bible is really about two men – the first Adam and the last Adam. The old man is from Adam. The new man is Christ, who is called the last Adam.

The same law that allowed one man, Adam, to affect every man is also the same law that allowed Jesus Christ, the last Adam, to take the condition of sin, the curse, shame, and death. In His resurrection, God deposited everything in Christ that He wanted in man. God put in Christ what He wanted in you.

The power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ identifies you with a whole new humanity — a whole new creation. You are not the same person anymore! You can no longer identify only with your natural family. You are now identified with Christ!

 

Confession: I am a new creature in Christ!  Old things are passed away.  I am not the same person anymore! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

I have been crucified with Christ. Now it is not my old self, but Christ Himself who lives in me. (Galatians 2:20 | Noli)

 

“Little “I” moved out and big Christ moved in.” – T.L. Osborn

 

What does Paul mean, “I was crucified with Christ. It is no longer I that live but Christ lives in me”? You could say it this way: “Weak ‘I’ moved out, and strong Christ moved in. Defeated ‘I’ moved out, and victorious Christ moved in. Sick ‘I’ moved out, and healed Christ moved in. Poor ‘I’ moved out, and rich Christ moved in. Cursed ‘I’ moved out, and blessed Christ moved in.”  That is our identification with Christ!

How could you ever identify with defeat again when you are identified with Christ? You cannot identify with defeat because of the triumph of Christ. You are a thoroughbred — it is born into you. You are a brand-new breed, a new creation in Christ. Victory is in your genes.

God did not do one thing in Christ and do something of a lower quality in you. He put the same righteousness, life, victory, blessing, and other qualities that are in Christ into your spirit. God “cloned” you with Christ and made you identical to Him.

 

Confession: I consider myself as having died and now enjoying a second existence, which is simply Jesus using my body.  (Galatians 2:20 | Distilled Bible)

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THE LANGUAGE OF REDEMPTION

But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. (Romans 10:8)

 

“The Gospel of Christ is a language of power; it is the power of God working in this world.” – Mark Hankins

 

Speaking the language of redemption will cause a radical change in your thinking and in your seeing. When you speak like God speaks, you will overthrow and overturn anything the devil has done in your life. We must boldly say, “I am who God says I am. I have what God says I have. I can do what God says I can do!”  The Gospel of Christ is a language of power, love, faith, victory, and blessing.

Instead of being controlled by the influences of the world, the flesh, and the devil, speaking the perfect language, will cause a revolution — a radical change — in your life.  Instead of seeing yourself as a failure, you begin to speak God’s Word. You speak that you are an overcomer and that you have been seated with Christ in heavenly places. You are a winner in Christ!

 

Confession:  I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He prepared beforehand that I should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

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THE LANGUAGE OF FAITH

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:23)

 

“Many people would like to see different scenery in their lives. God says to make a different sound first.” – Mark Hankins

 

God wants us to learn the language of faith. Language includes understanding and speaking. God communicates to us through His Word. He wants us to see the same thing He sees and say the same thing He says. The spirit of wisdom and revelation and the spirit of faith work together for the will of God to be accomplished in us and through us.

In other words, it does not matter what the devil has done in your life. Through the cross of Jesus Christ, there is another language God wants to teach you — the language of redemption, restoration, and freedom. If you can dare to speak this new language, He will restore your dominion.

 

Confession:  Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. I know I have eternal life. I am a child of God because of what Jesus has done. I have joy. I know the hope of His calling. I know I have an inheritance in Christ. Jesus has given me authority over the devil!

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BLUEBERRIES ON YOU AND IN YOU

At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. (John 14:20)

 

“Anytime Satan tries to take a bite out of you, he hits a ‘blueberry.'”Mark Hankins

 

When I order blueberry pancakes in a restaurant, I always ask this question: “Are the blueberries on the pancakes or are the blueberries in the pancakes?” I don’t want just regular pancakes with a spoonful of blueberries on top from a can. I want the blueberries in the mix. I want the blueberries to be cooked in the pancakes, and then I want more blueberries on the pancakes. That means I can’t take a bite without hitting a blueberry!

As a born again believer, you have the Spirit of God — the Holy Spirit — living on the inside of you. When the devil brings persecution or trouble to you, God says, “Life can’t take a bite out of you without hitting me.”

When the devil hits you, say, “Devil, what does it feel like to hit a blueberry?” The life of God is in you and upon you, so much so that if a mosquito bit you, it would fly off singing, “There’s power in the blood!”

 

Confession:  I have the life of God inside of me. I’ve got the Spirit of God living in me.  Jesus lives in me. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in me! (Romans 8:11)

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