Living By Faith

PATIENCE IN CHRIST

Through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)

“You can outlast the devil!” – Mark Hankins

God is patient — He has the time and space for things to happen. The devil is not only stupid but also impatient. The devil will hang around and try to whip you. Eventually, he will get impatient and say, “I guess this is not going to work,” and take off! You can outlast the devil!

Some time ago when I visited someone in the hospital, I needed to ride the elevator.  I pushed the button and the light came on, but nothing seemed to happen. I waited and waited for the doors to open. Finally, I punched the button again even though the light was still on. I thought, “I guess I don’t need to punch it again. The light is on. It is on the way.” I could have been impatient and taken the stairs if I wanted, but I held steady.

When you exercise your faith, you have punched the button and the light is on. The devil will say, “It’s not going to come. It will never happen.” Keep the switch of faith turned on. Keep that light on!  The elevator is on the way!

Confession: Through faith and patience I am inheriting the promises. My faith is working. Miracles are coming to me. The light is on. The elevator is on the way!

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EXPERIENCING THE GLORY

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16)

“The man with an argument is always at the mercy of the man with an experience.” – Mark Hankins

What is the glory? The glory of God is not just something intellectual; the glory of God is something you experience. The Apostle Paul talks about experiencing the glory of God throughout the book of Ephesians.

In Ephesians 3, Paul says that God will strengthen your inner man; this strength comes from His glory.

Moses desired to see the glory. He cried out to God and said, “Show me your glory.” David did the same thing in Psalm 63, “My soul thirsteth for thee…to see thy power and thy glory….”

God will strengthen you and increase your capacity so you will be able to possess things in your life that are exceeding abundantly above what you could ever imagine. God wants to do something in you that will shock a generation!

Confession: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.  (Ephesians 3:20)

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THE LAW OF SUBSTITUTION

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we’re all dead. (2 Corinthians 5:14)

“Jesus was not a martyr; He was a substitute, one man who died for every man.” -Mark Hankins

Jesus took our place.  He took our curse and died our death.  He took our condition so that we could have His condition.  He was identified with us.  We were there in His death and resurrection, because He died for us, we died with Him. Because He was raised for us, we were raised with Him. Everything Jesus did, He did for us and it is credited to our account as if we did it. Substitution progresses to identification and union with Christ.

In the four Gospels, a disproportionate amount of space is given to the actual events of the death and resurrection of Christ. Every sermon in the book of Acts and all of Paul’s epistles center on what happened in the death and resurrection of Christ. You can get anything you need from this event. Healing, prosperity, joy, victory — whatever you need — you can get from the fact that,“I was crucified with Christ. He took my place because He was my substitute. He took my condition.”

Confession: 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)

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THE LAW OF REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.(Colossians 2:3)

“Revelation knowledge is how God changes people’s identities.” –Mark Hankins

The Bible is inspired by God and is God-breathed. God’s Word is alive, and you can find yourself in the Bible. Revelation knowledge shows you what God sees.  When you see it in the Word, you can say, “I am who God says I am.” You identify or find yourself in the Word.

Luke 4:17-20 says that when Jesus preached His first message, He read from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” He went on to say, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” We know Jesus was God manifested in the flesh, but Philippians2:5-8 says that He laid aside his powers of deity and functioned as a man. He studied the scriptures and found the places that referred to Him. In His first sermon He said, “That is me. Isaiah 61:1-3 is talking about me!” His true identity was in the Word of God. This is the Law of Revelation Knowledge. The Bible is God talking to us, and we too, must find ourselves in the Word of God.

Confession: For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the God head bodily. And ye are complete in him. (Colossians 2:9-10)

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REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

Christ took me to the cross with Him, and I died there with Him. (Galatians 2:20 | Laubach)

“Christianity does not begin with something you do; it begins with something God has done for you in Christ.” -Mark Hankins

Theologians ask, “How could Paul say he was crucified with Christ when Paul was not even in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified?” Some believe Paul is talking about a spiritual state he has somehow attained after thirty years of serving God. When you think this way, somehow you are tryingto be identified with Christ. This way of thinking places you right back in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where there is neither life nor glory.

When Paul said, “I died there with Him,” he was saying “Through revelation knowledge I know when Jesus died, I died. When He was made alive, I was made alive. When He was raised, I was raised with Him. When He sat down, I sat down with Him. God saw me there. Everything Jesus did, He did it for me.”

When you get in the Spirit, instead of seeing your death, shame, guilt, sorrow, sickness, and poverty, you can see your condition in Christ and the fact that you were crucified with Him.

Confession: The mystery of the Gospel and the glory of the Gospel is Christ in me! (Colossians 1:26-27)

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