Living By Faith

ABUNDANT BLESSINGS IN CHRIST

And I pray that as you share your faith with others it will grip their lives too, as they see the wealth of good things in you that come from Christ Jesus. (Philemon 6 | TLB)

 

“You are absolutely wealthy in Christ!” – Mark Hankins

 

There is a wealth of good things that are yours because you are in Christ. Would you like to understand the abundance of your blessings in Christ? You must learn to recognize, appreciate, and understand your identification in Christ.

The Laubach translation of Philemon six says, “I pray that everyone who meets you may catch your faith and learn from you how wonderful it is to live in Christ.” In other words, your faith becomes contagious as you walk in the light of your redemption in Christ. It is wonderful to live in Christ! It is miserable to try to live any other way but in Him. Your life becomes a great testimony to others as they see the wonderful benefits that belong to the believer. In Him victory is yours, blessing is yours, peace is yours, joy is yours, prosperity is yours, healing is yours, wisdom is yours, and the list goes on and on. You will never really get to the end of what God has done for you in Christ Jesus.

 

Confession: In Him victory is mine, blessing is mine, peace is mine, joy is mine, prosperity is mine, healing is mine, and wisdom is mine!

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THE YOKE IS DESTROYED

…and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)

 

“The anointing stands up to whatever challenges you are facing, whether they are mental, physical, emotional, or relational.” – Mark Hankins

 

What is a yoke? A yoke is something than attaches you to a weight. The devil will try to wrap things around you, chain you up, lock you down, and get you underneath some load or burden. Satan is the oppressor and wants to keep you bound, but the anointing destroys the yoke and everything the devil tries to put on you. When you begin to acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ, the anointing empowers you to overcome.

Where does the anointing come from? You can receive it from someone else, but you can also let the anointing rise up from inside of you — from your spirit.

The anointing responds to faith! Your faith will function as you acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ, and it will pull on that anointing. In Christ, that anointing will rise up on the inside of you and meet the challenge.

 

Confession: I am not quitting. I am not giving up. Whatever God has called me to do, I can do. I am in Christ, the Anointed One, and He lives in me! I cannot be defeated!

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THE ENFORCER OF THE WORD

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)

 

“The anointing actually comes to confirm the Word.” – Mark Hankins

 

You have an unction, an anointing, from the Holy One, so you know all things. The anointing is a spiritual substance that enforces the Word. As you agree with the Word of God, that anointing rises up in you. When you begin to acknowledge the good things that are in you in Christ, the anointing comes out of your belly or your spirit. It rises up and hits your soul, your mind, and your emotions, and it runs into your bones and your blood!

The anointing will teach you what is real and what is true. The anointing will also teach you to abide in Him. As you abide in Him, that anointing abides in you. If you want to find God’s address, look right down on the inside of you — where He lives! The anointing will also teach you to abide in Him.

The anointing is the reality of your redemption and who you are in Christ. Being “in Christ” is not just a theological lesson; it is acknowledging every good thing that is in you in Him. The anointing rises up to produce and display this reality.

 

Confession: Christ the Anointed One lives in me. I am a new creation. I am redeemed. I am healed. I am blessed. I am prosperous!

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THE ANOINTING OF JESUS

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me… (Luke 4:18)

 

“Jesus had to lay aside deity powers, humble Himself as a servant, and become a man in order to go to the cross.” – Mark Hankins

 

Jesus had to lay aside His powers of deity and become a man. He is God in the flesh, but He could not use His deity powers. It would have been illegal for Him to die on the cross and become the last Adam if He had used His deity powers.  He did not use anything that you and I do not have available today.

The only thing He used was the Word and the Holy Spirit. He was tempted in ways like you are. (Hebrews 4:15) He felt the same pressures you feel. He felt the same loneliness at times. He dealt with those challenges with the Word and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus found Himself in Isaiah 61 one day as He was reading through the book of Isaiah. Isaiah was prophesying something that was going to happen 1,000 years in the future. Jesus said, “That is Me right there where Isaiah said ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me. He has anointed me’…This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” (Luke 4:18-21)

 

Confession: The same anointing that was upon Jesus is inside of me. I am in Christ, the Anointed One!

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JESUS WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUE

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:  and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. (Luke 4:16)

 

“Jesus had studied the Word and found Himself in the Word!” – Mark Hankins

 

Jesus went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and as His custom was, He went to the synagogue. Jesus went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day as He usually did and stood up to read. Jesus went there all the time. His mama and daddy taught Him to go there.

You might say, “I don’t need to go to church because the Lord and I have our own thing.”  If Jesus went to the synagogue as God, you ought to go to church.

They gave Jesus the book of the prophet Isaiah. When He opened the book, “he found the place where it was written.” (Luke 4:17) Jesus had studied the Word until He found Himself in the Word!

Do you know how He found it? He was looking. While everybody else was playing games, Jesus was studying the prophets. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” You can grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man by finding yourself in the Word of God.

 

Confession: I am growing in God. I am increasing in wisdom and in favor with God and man.

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