Living By Faith

REDEMPTION: A COMPLETE WORK

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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ACCESS WITH CONFIDENCE

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him. (Ephesians 3:12)

 

“To access all that God has done for us in Christ will take the spirit of wisdom and revelation.” – Mark Hankins

 

We can approach the Father God boldly because of what Jesus did for us in His death, burial, and resurrection. God has already done everything He is going to do for us in Christ. Our redemption is a finished, complete work.

We have been permanently released and delivered from the power of the devil by the blood of Jesus. We need this redemptive revelation so we can walk in the fullness of all that God has called us to in His kingdom.

Jesus Christ Himself gave the Apostle Paul this redemptive revelation.“For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:12) This redemptive revelation is the key for believers. If we are to access the call of God, the inheritance that is ours in Christ, and the authority of the believer, we must have a redemptive revelation of God!

 

Confession: I can approach the Father God boldly because of what Jesus did for me in His death, burial, and resurrection. I can come fearlessly right into God’s presence, assured of His glad welcome! (Ephesians 3:12 | TLB)

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A NEW DAY OF BOLDNESS

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 10:19)

 

“Jesus purchased our “freedom of speech” with His own blood.” – Mark Hankins

 

Some translations of Hebrews 10:19 translate the word “boldness” as “freedom of speech or outspoken.” Jesus purchased our freedom of speech with His own blood. As a believer, we must be bold or outspoken. The devil does not care what you believe if you are quiet about it. Speak out what God’s Word says about the blood of Jesus. Speak out who you are and what you have in Christ.

Once upon a time Jesus purchased our freedom with His own blood, once for all time and eternity! Jesus paid the price once for every situation, once for all men! Boldly speak out, “Once upon a time!”

The blood of Jesus has given us great boldness and confidence. When we understand who we are and what we have in Christ, we usher in a new day of boldness in our lives! Remember these two words: once and bold. Instead of being a victim of our experiences, our experiences are a victim of us!

 

Confession: I have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL! I can therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace and obtain mercy, and find grace to help me in my time of need. (Hebrews 10:10; 4:16)

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT

According to your faith be it unto you. (Matthew 9:29)

 

“We need to acknowledge every good thing that is ours in Christ!” – Mark Hankins

 

The devil is good at pointing out your flaws. When you are confronted with your imperfections, don’t allow yourself to doubt your authenticity in Christ! I recently talked with a jeweler who said that all diamonds have a flaw somewhere that can be seen by the trained eye using a magnifying glass.  However, the fake diamonds, cubic zirconium, are flawless. They are man-made. They look like diamonds but they are much cheaper; they have only a fraction of the value of a real diamond. You are valuable to God. You are a real diamond, not a cubic zirconium! God sees you in Christ. He will keep working with you if you keep a spirit of faith and seek Him with all of your heart. You don’t have to be perfect to have a spirit of faith.

 

Confession: I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! It is God who works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure! I am valuable to God! (II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:13)

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RADICAL REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

 

What are you going to believe and speak?  You are going to believe and say you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ!  You quit struggling and trying.  You put your trust in God and you receive this free gift.  You believe with your heart that God loves YOU, God accepts YOU, and He has made YOU as righteous as Jesus.

Believing you have been made righteous and receiving the gift of righteousness is a radical, revolutionary revelation and can be difficult for some people to comprehend.  Sometimes people will not receive it because they think they’ve got to work for it.  Sometimes people get proud and think “I don’t want a handout.  You don’t have to give me that.”  But when it comes to this righteousness, you had better take it!

I once ate at a restaurant where some of the waiters worked who attended the church where I was preaching. I gave each one of them a hundred-dollar bill. Do you know only one worker took it?  The other three said, “No, that’s too much.  You don’t have to do that.”  It seems there is something about human nature that questions when God wants to give a gift, saying, “Are you sure about that?  That’s too much.  I don’t really think that’s necessary.”  What Jesus did for you is entirely too much, but you must receive it!

 

Confession: I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and I openly confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord.  Salvation is mine; righteousness is mine.

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