Living By Faith

TO BE CONTINUED…

I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

 

“The Holy Spirit is the head of God’s revelation department.” – Mark Hankins

 

People who are crucified do not survive. You cannot get into Christ and remain unchanged. You can go to church and not be changed much, but if any man be in Christ, there is radical change! Old things are passed away and everything is new. God took you to the cross with Christ, but He also raised you up with Christ in His resurrection!

When God finished with you, you were made alive in Christ. He made you a whole new creation; you became a new kind of creature that never existed before because Jesus did something that had never been done before!

Jesus brought God and man back together.  When you get born again, you look like a man, but you are no longer just a man. When you are walking, God is walking because God lives in you. Paul said, “It looks like me, but it’s Christ, the Messiah!  The Anointed One lives in me!”

 

Confession: Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations…Christ in you, the hope of glory.  (Colossians 1:26-27)

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PURSUING YOUR POSITION IN CHRIST

For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

“A breakthrough in revelation enables you to see things from God’s perspective.” – Mark Hankins

 

Once you have seen the scenery from your seat next to Jesus at the right hand of God, you won’t ever want to go back to life as it used to be. Other people may listen to a sermon on their identity in Christ and say, “Praise the Lord.  That was a good point,” but you will be thinking, “That wasn’t just a good point, that’s the way I live! I am who Jesus says I am! I have what He says I have! He lives in me, and I ALWAYS triumph in Him!”

Believers must have a deep revelation of their position in Christ. Even in the worst situations in life, you can laugh at the devil. Your mind may be going crazy with stress and pressure as you try to think about what you are going to do. You need to stop and begin to meditate on what God’s Word says about who you are in Christ. You need to see things from God’s perspective. God sees you seated with Christ in heavenly places.

 

Confession: I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! By the blood of Jesus, I overcome all the works of the devil! (2 Corinthians 5:21, Revelation 12:11)

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SEATED FAR ABOVE WITH THE MOST HIGH

The eyes of your understanding enlightened still more and more… (Ephesians 1:18 | Doddridge Translation)

 

“When you see things from God’s perspective, life will be different for you!” – Mark Hankins

 

I prayed the Ephesians 1 prayer without fail day after day. For a long time, it seemed like I didn’t get anything for my efforts but a dry mouth! I never smoked marijuana and I never took LSD, but the night revelation hit me I got higher than a kite! I saw myself sitting together with Jesus in the presence of God the Father far above all principality, power, might, dominion, and every name that is named. The fact that God had put everything under Jesus’ feet, and then raised me up together with Him became so real to me!

I had been a slow learner, but revelation finally came. When revelation came, my perspective changed. I wasn’t trying to be victorious; I was victorious because of what God did for me in Christ. The spirit of wisdom and revelation changed my perspective. Instead of trying to get the victory, I realized I already had the victory in Christ!

 

Confession: I am victorious because of what God did for me in Christ!  “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57 | NKJV)

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PERSPECTIVE AND REVELATION

But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

 

“I never smoked marijuana and I never took LSD, but the night revelation hit me, I got higher than a kite.” – Mark Hankins

 

One Friday night I was sitting with some friends of mine at my dad’s church. We studied Ephesians 2:4-6, and something different happened on this particular Friday night!

Suddenly, the eyes of my understanding were flooded with light! These were not just words and normal mental, intellectual knowledge. Revelation hit me, and I saw with my spirit eyes the light of redemption, the light of the Gospel; I saw that I was made alive with the life of Christ! The same life that God gave to Christ, the very same life that raised Him up out of hell — God gave that same life to me! He quickened me with the same life and then raised me up together with Him. Now I am seated with Christ in heavenly places!

 

Confession: God has given me the same life that He gave to Christ when He raised Him up out of hell! Now I am seated with Christ in heavenly places! (Ephesians 2:6)

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DEDICATION AND REVELATION

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened…(Ephesians 1:18)

 

“The more revelation we receive of God’s goodness toward us, the deeper our level of consecration or dedication will be.” – Mark Hankins

 

Reverend Kenneth E. (Dad) Hagin ministered in my Dad’s church time and time again. He would open his Bible to Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23 and say, “This is not a prayer for sinners or for the lost; Paul is praying for Spirit-filled believers.  This is a prayer that all believers should pray!”

After teaching on this prayer, he stressed, “If you are not happy with your life, if you want life to be different for you, then pray this prayer for at least six months. Don’t pray it one week and then skip a week. Pray this prayer at least once a day, every single day for six months. Pray it over and over again.  Just stick with it until something happens. If you do that, life will be different for you. The first thing that will happen is that the Bible will become a different book to you.”

 

Confession: May the eternal wisdom make me wise. May all the veils be torn away, so far as that may be in this life, and the full glory of the Revelation come flooding in upon me, so that my knowledge may be directed to the true end.(Ephesians 1:17-18 | Carpenter Translation)

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