Living By Faith

FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE ROCK

And he said, Thou canst not see my face:  for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock. And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts:

but my face shall not be seen. (Exodus 33:20-23)

There is a place by the Father, and that place is in Christ Jesus.

Mark Hankins

God told Moses, “There is a place by Me for you.” Moses was getting in on the secret of God’s plan of redemption — that man belongs at the right hand of God, meaning in His presence. Moses was getting in on the secret of the power and authority of God. God told Moses, You are going to stand upon a rock.  Jesus is that rock!

Moses wasn’t just going to stand on the rock. God put him in the cleft of the rock, which means, “I’m going to carve out a niche in this rock and put you inside of the rock. Now you can see my glory and my goodness and understand who I AM.

Confession: There is a place by the Father for me and that place is in Christ Jesus. I am in Christ!

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MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

 (Philippians 2:13)

When you are born again, you move out of the devil’s territory and you are relocated to a new place in Christ. Mark Hankins

Throughout the Bible, we see God moving men and women into the proper orbit to be used by Him. You can see this in the life of Abraham. Abraham had to do some moving. He had to make some adjustments so he could receive and transmit. God is constantly working with people to change their thinking, speaking, and acting, in order to open up the miraculous for them.

God wants to bless you. He wants to make you a blessing. He has some “rockets” to help you move into position to see His glory. He has given His Word, the Holy Spirit, and the five-fold ministry gifts to help you make adjustments. It takes some changes to get the glory, and it takes the glory to get some changes. You are being changed so you can fit and function in the proper orbit and realize your full potential in Christ.

Confession: It is God that is working in me both to will and to do of his good pleasure. He is changing my thinking, speaking, and acting. I am being changed so that I can realize my full potential in Christ!

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RECEIVE AND TRANSMIT THE GLORY OF GOD

For we are Gods (own) handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus…living the good life which he prearranged and made ready for us to live. (Ephesians 2:10 AMP)

The new birth is the launching power that gets you into the realm of God.

Mark Hankins

Several years ago, NASA launched a communications satellite.  This satellite could not receive or transmit because it was in the wrong orbit; it was absolutely use- less. Something had to change for this satellite to receive and transmit. They were able to fire some rockets attached to the sides of the satellite and move it into its proper orbit. As soon as it was moved into place, it began to receive and transmit and its potential was realized.

Finding your place in Christ is the key to receiving from God and transmitting His power. The new birth is the launching power that gets you into the realm of God; however, you may not be receiving and transmitting because you need to make some adjustments. There are changes that must be made in your thinking and speaking that will enable you to receive and transmit the glory of God.

Confession: I am Gods own handiwork, His workmanship recreated in Christ Jesus. I have found my place in Christ. I am in position to receive and transmit the glory and the power of God!

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SHOUT IT OUT

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. (Romans 1:16)

Everything changes when you begin to understand who you are in Christ and begin to act like the Bible is true.

Mark Hankins

The company that makes Shout detergent uses the slogan: For those tough stains, you have to ‘Shout’ them out!” I couldn’t agree more. Make sure you know what you are shouting about and let it rip!

Smith Wigglesworth said, “Some people would be giants in faith if they just had a shout.Faith shouts while the walls are still standing. He also said, You need to see how wonderful you are in God and how helpless you are without Him.

Mom ran around the church in West Columbia, Texas, for many years. It is much larger now than it was when I was a child. More educated and prosperous people joined the congregation, but she would still say, “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!” She continued to shout, Woooooo!” and ran around the church.  The only thing that changed over the years is that in the later years, I would run with her!

Confession: God has brought me up out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay. He set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings! He has put a new song in my mouth!  My mouth is full of His praise! (Psalm 40:2-3)

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MY MOMMA RUNS

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. (Psalm 40:2-3)

It’s not necessary unless it’s necessary!

B.B. Hankins

As I grew up in church, there were some unusual services. Sometimes while we sang, Mom would begin to praise God rather exuberantly and shout, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!”  With glory and joy on her countenance, she would shout Wooooo!” and run around the church! Dad was a little more dignified. After Mom ran, Dad would say, “Now, some of you dont think that is necessary. Its not necessary, unless its necessary!”  While the congregation tried to figure out what Dad had said, Mom and others who had joined her would finish their rejoicing!

Dad’s preaching and Mom’s praying and running around the church began to make sense to me. I started studying the scriptures that showed me my redemption in Christ. I began to meditate daily on who I am in Christ. The power of God’s Word started to work in me, and I began to understand my identification with Christ.  That’s where victory begins — right where you are!

Confession: The revelation of your words sheds light, giving understanding to the simple.  (Psalm 119:30  NAB)

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