Living By Faith


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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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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Calculate, if you can, the gigantic power behind all this. Sons, quickened into life and consciousness. (Ephesians 1:19 |CarpenterTranslation)

“This power that raised Christ from the dead, will do, in the believer, the same thing it did in Christ!”  – Mark Hankins

We must get a revelation of the power that is on the inside of us! For just as with natural things, we cannot grasp and use them if we cannot see or sense them. When we have revelation of the power that is in us, and when we activate that power by our confession of it, that power begins to work in us. It duplicates in our souls and bodies what has already been accomplished in Christ.  

Paul prayed for believers to have a revelation of this power. This power that raised Christ from the dead will do in the believer the same thing it did in Christ. It will not make our bodies immortal just yet, but it will melt down, undo, breakup, and dissolve anything the devil has done in us. It will melt away and dissolve disease, break up bondages, undo complexes and restraints.  This power will also deliver us from demonic powers and activities.

Confession: Now the Son of God came to the earth with the express purpose of liquidating the devil’s activities. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen and dissolve) the works the devil (has done).  (1 John 3:8 | Philips and AMP)

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For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

“The power that God used to raise Christ from the dead dissolved, melted, and liquidated the works of the devil.” – Mark Hankins

Jesus came to redeem us primarily through His death and resurrection. The power of Christ’s resurrection is destructive — not to us, but to the works of the enemy. The word destroy is luo, which means to loose, break, or undo. Jesus rose from the dead to undo all that Satan had done in man through the fall. Jesus put an end to the works of the devil by first bearing those works in Himself as our substitute in His death, and then rising again free from them all.

In 2 Peter3:10-12, the word luowas translated “melt” and “dissolved.”  When we take this definition back to 1 John 3:8, we get an interesting insight into Christ’s destruction of the works of the devil. “Now the Son of God came to the earth with the express purpose of liquidating the devil’s activities.” (Phillips Translation)

God made Jesus to bear and become all that was wrong with us in spirit, soul, and body and then vaporized it with the power of His resurrection!

Confession: Jesus was my substitute! Because of His death and resurrection, I am free from the works of Satan! (John 8:36)

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And how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world. (Ephesians 1:19-20 | Good News Bible)

“Christ’s resurrection was more than a triumph over rigor mortis; it was a triumph over all the forces that held us in bondage!” – Mark Hankins

Paul used four different words for power in an attempt to describe what great power was released in the resurrection of Christ:

  dunamis= dynamite; ability

  energia= energy; operative power in exercise

  kratos= manifested strength

  ischuos= an endowment of strength

Paul said this power, power, power, power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is not just great but exceeding great. Paul said that this power is great beyond measure — surpassing power — more than enough power.

Confession: The same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in me! This power is overwhelmingly great, incomparably great, immeasurable and unlimited! “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:19)

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