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Some Christian Confessions
God calls his people to live in a covenant relationship with Him (Genesis 9:9; Genesis 15:8; Genesis 17:2; Exodus 19:6; Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 13:20). Under the new covenant, or agreement, God promises to write His ways in my inner being (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 10:15-17). He promises to remove my sins from me and to remember them no more (Hebrews 10:17). He promises to impart His nature into me so that I reverence Him and seek to do His will in all situations (Jeremiah 32:40; 2 Peter 1:4). Under the new covenant Jesus promises to cleanse me and to purify me so that I will want to do the will of God and to serve Him (Hebrews 12:24; Hebrews 10:10). Under this new covenant, Jesus intercedes for me and draws me closer to Himself and to the very presence of His Father (Hebrews 9:25; Hebrews 4:15).
My role under the new covenant is to commit to serve Him (2 Corinthians 5:15). I need to receive Him, to believe in His promises to make me holy, to let Him do His life-saving work in me, believing that He has brought to death my old nature and my sinful actions and attitudes, and that He will now impart His ways into my being (John 1:12; Ephesians 4:22-24). My role is to follow Him as He does His work of bringing my old ways to death, and letting His new life work in me and then through me (Galatians 2:20). This requires faith on my part, a faith which He will impart to me through the work of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:4). The blood of Jesus, containing His very life, has been shed by Him so that the new covenant could come about (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53:10). Through the blood of Jesus, my sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7). Through His blood I have been redeemed from Satan's kingdom and brought to live for God in His kingdom (Colossians 1:14). Through the blood of Jesus I can receive the life of Christ into my being, and I have been marked as one of His (Leviticus 17:11; 1 Peter 1:2). Through the blood of Jesus, the blood of the new covenant, Satan no longer has any rights to me (Colossians 1:13-14). Through the blood of Jesus I have the right and the desire to come before God in His holy place, to worship Him, serve Him, and to receive His help, His wisdom, His power, to do the things He desires (Ephesians 2:13; Revelation 12:11).
1. I am a Child of God, Called to Be Holy so that I Live for Him. God calls me His child, when I have received the Spirit of His only "begotten" Son into my being (John 1:12). I was born a child of Satan, living in his kingdom, under his dominion, living independent of God as Satan lives (John 8:44; Matthew 13:38; Ephesians 5:6-8; Colossians 3:6-7). I was empowered by, motivated by, and under the dominion of his followers, spiritual beings of lust, greed, self-pleasure, anger, pride, and the like (Ephesians 2:1-3; Acts 26:18 ). But God, through the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit, has opened my heart to the good news of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:3). He has led me to receive Jesus into my life (John 1:12). Through my baptism I have come out of my old life and come into the life of Jesus, identifying with His death, resurrection and reigning in heaven (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12). Through Jesus living His life in me, expressing the desires of God to me through His Spirit, I have been taken out of Satan's kingdom and brought into the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:23; Galatians 2:20). God has adopted me into His family (Romans 8:16). He has given me the right to know Him and relate to Him as my Father (Matthew 6:9). He sends forth His Spirit into me, encouraging me to grow in my relationship with Him, knowing Him as a loving Father (Romans 8:15).
As a child of God, I can relate to my Father as Jesus, my older brother, does (Hebrews 2:11; Romans 8:29). Jesus is my example of how to live as a child of God (1 Peter 2:21; Romans 8:29). I can trust my Father to provide for me (Matthew 6:28-33). I can trust my Father to give me the love and encouragement that I need (Psalm 103:13). I can know my Father's desires for me, revealing His plan and purposes for me as He did for Jesus (Hebrews 10:7). I can, through the ministry of Jesus my High Priest, begin to partake of the heavenly inheritance God has for me even now, so that I can accomplish His purposes for me (Hebrews 9:11; Hebrews 4:15-16). I can participate with my Father as He brings all things under the dominion of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:25-27; Ephesians 1:22).
As a child of God, I need to understand the holy nature of my Father and His desire and provision for me to be a partaker of His Holy nature so that I can serve Him in His Most Holy Place and accomplish His purposes for me in this world (Revelation 5:10; 1 Peter 2:9). My Father is disciplining me so that I become a partaker of His Holiness (Hebrews 12:10). He leads me to know, appreciate, need, desire, and cry out for His Holiness (Hebrews 12:14; 2 Corinthians 7:1). He reminds me that I am called to be holy as God is Holy (2 Peter 1:4). I am called a saint (holy one) by God (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:1). I can live a holy life through receiving the person and the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:16). Jesus Christ reigns over all beings, human and spiritual (Ephesians 1:19-22; Philippians 2:9-11). He has sent His Spirit, the very Spirit of God, to live in me (Romans 8:13). The Divine nature of God now lives within me in the person of the Holy Spirit, freeing me from my old ways, from the ways of Satan and the ways of the world (2 Peter 1:4). As Jesus works in me, teaching and enabling me to live by the leading of His Spirit, I can live in the holiness of God, doing the holy things that He wants me to do (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:4). I can be holy as He is Holy as the Holy life of Jesus is lived out in me and by me (Galatians 2:20).
2. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit. As a child of God, I am to be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12; Romans 8:13). Jesus is my example of a human being filled with and led by the Spirit of God (John 5:19; John 14:10; Matthew 12:28). He was born of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18,20). He lived His life under the leading and power of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 9:14; Isaiah 11:2-4; Acts 1:2). He was anointed with a special measure of the Holy Spirit when the time came for Him to fulfill the special ministry God had for Him (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38). Jesus desires that His followers be filled with the Spirit (John 20:22; Acts 1:8). He reigns in glory so that He can send His Spirit to us (John 7:39; Acts 2:33). He will send His Spirit to be "upon us" so that we can accomplish the works that God has for us (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8).
When the Spirit of Christ comes into us, we become a temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19). Jesus then seeks to expand His reign into all areas of our heart and lives, cleansing our temple, seeking to manifest His life into every situation of our life ( Malachi 3:1-5; Philippians 2:13; Is 9:7; Zechariah 6:12).
The Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to me as my Counselor, my Comforter, my Imparter of God's wisdom and knowledge. He will ever exalt Jesus, showing me how He was in Christ developing a new human nature in Him; now through the reign and ministry of Jesus that new nature can be developed in me.
My old ways, attitudes, desires, ways of responding, etc., need to be revealed and cast out through the Spirit (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5). The Holy Spirit needs to bring into those places of my heart the ways of Christ (Ephesians 4:24). The strongholds of Satan, the habit patterns of my old nature, the sinful ways received from my ancestors, and the ways of the world I have walked in need to be brought to death through the victory Jesus won at the cross (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). The demonic beings and influences to which I have opened myself need to be identified, renounced, and expelled from my life through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:26-27; James 4:7; 1 John 3:8; Romans 7:16-17).
The wounds that I have incurred in my spirit need to be healed (Proverbs 15:13; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 17:22; Proverbs 18:14). The griefs and sorrows that weigh down my spirit can be lifted from me through the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 53:4; 1 Peter 5:7). The Holy Spirit will show me the times when specific wounds occurred or when attitudes were formed or when ground was given to demonic beings (Romans 8:13). He will do this so that Jesus can heal and deliver me and develop His life in me (Luke 4:18; Galatians 2:20). The Holy Spirit will lead me to present each of my members--my physical members (hands, feet, eyes, etc.), the members of my soul (mind, will, emotions, desires, etc.) and my spiritual members ( my intuitive sensing, my conscience, my imaginations, etc.)--to God so that He can cleanse them and use them for His plans and purposes (Romans 6:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 9:14).
As I come to let the Holy Spirit be my personal friend and confidant, I will know in greater and greater ways all that Jesus is for me and what He has done for me (John 14:16-17; John 16:13-14). I will know and appreciate the wisdom of God, the mercy of God, the power of God, and especially the holiness of God in ever greater ways (Isaiah 11:2-4; 1 Corinthians 6:17). I will say from the very depths of my spirit, "Praise Father Son and Holy Spirit!" (Matthew 5:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
God's purpose for me, before He formed the world, is that I should be in Christ (Ephesians 1:4). I am called to live in Him, letting Him develop His ways in me, focusing on Him and His will in every situation of my life (Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 2:21). Jesus died for me so that I can be freed from my ways of focusing on myself, expressing my self-centered thoughts, desires and will to others (2 Corinthians 5:15). Now, as I live in Christ, I can express His desires, His thoughts and His will to others (Galatians 2:20). My purpose for living becomes one of serving Him in all situations, rather than seeking pleasure or glory for myself (Romans 6:13; Romans 12:1-2). My old self, with its self-centered ways, is no longer ruling me, but the new self with its Christ-centered ways now comes forth. I truly am a new creation, and the new life is coming forth and being reflected in all of my actions (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:22-24).
Living in Christ results in my becoming like Him (Colossians 3:9-10). I begin to want what He wants, to know what His purposes are in each situation, to feel His love and compassion for others, to live in His humility and dependence on the Father, to be willing to continue in the will of God even when it means personal hardship or mistreatment by others, and to have a burning desire to see the lost come to Him (Galatians 4:19).
Living in Christ means that I receive the attitudes of Christ regarding sin and forgiveness (Matthew 6:14; Matthew 18:35; Luke 23:34). The blood of Christ will purify my conscience so that I will hate sin as He does and love the sinner as He does (Hebrews 9:14). The Holy Spirit will reveal to me sinful actions, attitudes and desires as I abide in Christ (Romans 8:13; Galatians 5:16). I will die daily, as the ways of my old nature are revealed and confessed (1 Corinthians 15:31). I will take back the ground that I have given to Satan by my sins, and my heart will become cleansed and filled with the Spirit of God as I live in daily confession, cleansing, and filling (Ephesians 4:27; Ephesians 5:18). The Spirit will not only convict me of the wrongs I do as I do them, but He will also show me the roots of these patterns, and He will show me sinful attitudes before I let them cause me to sin (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:13). I will, in Christ, find myself able to live above the sinful ways of the past, living in the victory of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:4; Ezekiel 36:27).
Living in Christ also means that I will forgive others as Jesus did (Luke 23:34). I will be able to pray for God to forgive and bless those who have hurt me (Matthew 5:44). I will be able to release the hurt to Jesus and to receive His ability to forgive those who hurt me, forgiving them and praying for them as Jesus did (1 Peter 5:7; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:13). No longer will I live in bitterness, anger, resentment and the like, but now I will live in the peace and forgiveness of God (Ephesians 4:22-24). I will experience more and more of God's love as I receive and extend His forgiveness to others (Luke 7:47-48; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:7-8).
As I live in Christ, I will learn His ways for me to change my attitudes, desires, and behaviors (Galatians 4:19). I no longer have to continually be frustrated by my inability to make lasting changes through my various self-improvement programs (Ephesians 4:22-24). Now I can enter a "Divine Exchange" program, releasing my wrong ways, attitudes, actions, etc., to Him through His cross, and receiving the holy ways of His Spirit--love, joy, peace, etc (Galatians 5:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:17). It is not that in myself I become perfect (Galatians 2:20). I realize that I am but a vessel, carrying His Spirit within me (Colossians 1:27; Philippians 2:13). As I focus on Christ and let His Spirit guide me, I do perfect things (Philippians 4:13). As a weak and needy vessel, I am able to do great things for God, through the power of His Spirit who dwells within me (Romans 5:17; Acts 1:8).
Living in Christ causes new ways of thinking to be developed in me (Romans 8:1-2; Philippians 2:5). My mind becomes renewed so that I am focusing on the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:16). I begin to receive revelation and wisdom from Him (Ephesians 1:17). I am no longer frustrated by or limited to my finite mind (Ephesians 4:17). I can now have a sense of confidence--not in myself--but in God's ability to reveal His will and wisdom to me (Philippians 2:13). I become dependent on God's Word as my standard of what is good and best for me and others (Psalm 119:105; Psalm 19:7-9). I no longer have to decide for myself or have to be dependent on the opinions or wishes of others (1 Corinthians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 4:4). My mind becomes renewed by the power of the Spirit, and I develop new thought processes and new ways of looking at and evaluating life (Romans 12:1-2).
Living in Christ also means that I can participate with Him as He rules in the heavenly places (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-22). We are called to reign with Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 5:17). We are given the ability to reign in life, over the enemies of Christ (Luke 10:19). Our reigning is not something to be taken lightly or to be used for our own selfish purposes and ways (Galatians 6:7). Our reigning is from God's holy place for us, under His direction, ordering, authority, and control (Romans 5:17; Luke 10:19; Jeremiah 51:20-24). Wesley Duewel, whose book Mighty Prevailing Prayer has been acclaimed by noted Christian authorities as one which should be considered an encyclopedia, says:
God has already "blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ"
(Ephesians 1:3). We are members of the body over which He is head, so what happened to Him happens spiritually to us. He is the Vine and we are the branches. We are in Him and He in us. The language is figurative, but the words are to be taken as true spiritual reality. "You are not to tremble before Satan but are to confront him from the throne. You are not to cower in the dust before him. You are to initiate prayer attacks on Satan's strongholds, force his retreat, and release his captives. Nothing but throne life and your exercising your delegated throne authority befits you as a priest and king of God through Christ (1 Peter 2:9)."
In Christ, I have the right to declare God's judgments to the spiritual powers that are hindering me from accomplishing God's revealed will and purposes (Matthew 12:29). In Christ I can, through the Holy Spirit, know and cast down the spiritual strongholds that have ruled in me, my family, and my generations (Revelation 2:13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6). In Christ I can receive God's provision, life, wisdom, and victory that He has won for me and makes available to me (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:30). My position in Christ--reigning with Christ--is an accomplished fact; I just need to accept it, appropriate it, and let it be worked out into all of my being and into each of my everyday life situations (1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 2:5-6; Philippians 2:12-13).
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