Who's house is this anyways?

"My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you" - Galatians 4:19

What is it that forms a person in life? In the psychological and scientific world there is a nature vs. nurture debate that has been around for ages.
Whatever the influence, we can all agree that in the end what forms you, is the way you think about yourself. The bible says it like this, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." -Proverbs 23:7. Makes sense, right?

With that in mind, you cannot become what you are not choosing to believe and identify with! Wooooohooo!!!!

So who was Paul speaking to in the verse above? He was speaking to the Galatian church! Hmm...so wouldn't that mean that they already had Christ in them? Yes. But Christ, as Paul had said, was not formed in them.

God cannot change your thoughts and cannot reform you, and form Christ in you; the mature Son of God in you; when you allow religion to cause you to fear and not look upon the Word of God with an open faith. Faith is what appropriates to you everything God gave to Jesus.

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; ..." Ephesians 3:17 AKJ
Another translation:
"I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith;..." Ephesisans 3:17 WNT

So it's through faith that Christ dwells in your heart. That's why it is possible to be a born again Christian and remain a baby never becoming a son. Just because Christ is in you, doesn't mean that he is LIVING in you. You can be forming somebody else by identifying with your old nature. God will dwell in you in an active form when you exercise faith in the reality of his indwelling and begin to identify with everything that Christ is.

You must let God's word LIVE in you and not just exist in your memory or become head knowledge. When the Word lives in you, it will express itself and people will be able to encounter that Word in you. The Word will form The Christ living inside of you.
"I pray that Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith...."

What makes Christ feel like a guest and not a resident in your heart?

When you are in disagreement with the Word of God. Honestly, no one ever feels at home in a place where they are not received just the way they are.

Somebody tells you, "You are more than a conquer in Christ Jesus". (Romans 8:37). If you respond by saying..." I wish I could believe that." or "You have no idea what I've been through." Christ is standing in a small corner of your heart, not even relaxed or sitting down, stuff still packed, and just thinking while shaking his head, "Man, who's house is this anyways?" He wants to unpack all his suitcases filled with fulfillment of promises and settle in your heart, but you have to have faith to make Him feel at home first.

Christ feels at home when your faith works in agreement with the Word of God. Then He's chilled, unpacked, lying on the big sofa, feet propped up and thinking, "Oh yeah! My Word is law in this house."

When you relinquish the authority of your house to the Lord he should be able to move at any moment and you should be ready to comply. You should be a complete extension of Him. His thoughts, His lifestyle, His actions, His same confidence towards God...He'll be doing it all right through you!

Those people you may envy who are moving in deep dimensions of God; the only difference between them and those who are stagnant or moving at a turtle's pace in the Spirit, is that God feels at home in them. God has been identified by them, formed in them; through their own meditation and thought life.

Christian maturity is dependent upon a diligent lifestyle of association in thought, in word, and in action with who Christ is! Shabba.

This message is based on notes I took while listening to a mighty prophet in the Faith. I loved his message so much, I felt a need to organize my notes the best I could, add my own touch, and share it with the people of God as I continued to minister to myself by rewriting it all down. Writing this blog is so much fun. Hope you are blessed by this Word as I was and am


Glorifying in the Lord!

"But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. " -1 Corinthians 1:23-24

There are only two reasons why the Gospel is rejected:

1. The Gospel "to the Greeks foolishness". The Greeks in this respect represent those who are seekers of earthly wisdom and who are looking for a more "scientific gospel" or a more "intellectual gospel" even if the result is a theory. They view the Gospel as too simple, or too unintelligent, or too primitive; and overall foolish.

2. The Gospel "to the Jews a stumbling block". The Jews represent those who are religiously minded. They have a preconceived idea of Christ but "stumble" or become "offended" at who Christ really is (His nature and identity).

With that being said, let's focus on my title. =]

Paul goes on to say later in that same chapter, "That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord." -1 Corinthians 1:31.

This means, that it is not wrongful to glory or boast, as long as you do so in the Lord. How do you glory in the Lord? Simply by claiming your identity in Christ Jesus.

For you to live is Christ, right? (1 Philippians 1:21). And according to the introductory scripture, 1 Corinthians 1:24, Christ is the power and wisdom of God. So, for you to live is the power of God and the wisdom of God! Not to mention Christ is in you, so the power of God and the wisdom of God is in you; and you are in Christ; meaning, you are in the power and the wisdom of God!

That is how you glory in the Lord. You claim your heavenly identity. Of course you can continue with this and glory some more in saying: I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, I am in perfect love, I am in the power of God, I am in Christ Jesus seated at the right hand of the Father, I am more than a conquer in Christ Jesus, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and so on!

To the Greeks this will definitely prove foolish. To the religiously minded, the believer who walks by faith and claims their heavenly identity in Christ Jesus will prove to be a stumbling block or an offense. They may start wondering, "Who do they think they are?" or " What happened to being humble?"

Well to those questions: It's who we KNOW we are, and humility is, as Paul has wonderfully put it, glorifying in the Lord and claiming the identity He has provided for us through His death and resurrection! Yes!!!

Glorifying in the Lord revives and renews your spirit about your new identity. You also have to keep on reminding your Spirit-man and the rest of your being that you have a new identity in Christ Jesus; lest you make provisions for the flesh. Romans 13:14 says, "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires."

You make no provision for the flesh by not glorifying in your old nature!!! You put on the Lord Jesus Christ and His nature! Don't meditate upon who you use to be before salvation!

So in conclusion, you should never be at lost of a testimony. If you don't have anything in the natural, glory in Christ. If you have provisions in the natural, glory in Christ for providing those things. Even when you can't come up with a tangible thing to glory God about in the natural, change your focus, and began to rehearse your glorifying in the Lord for the spiritual things you already have (salvation, authority, power , ect); which in turn will bring about a change in the natural realm!!!!!

Yes, I'm Insane, a little overboard, out of my mind, a FANATIC!

"In this world ye shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” - John 16:33.

I bring up that scripture first because I simply wanted to highlight on the fact that Christ has overcome the world! Meaning, we as kingdom people are not subjected to any of the world's "norms" or "standards". Which is why in that same scripture Jesus mentions that by being "different" we will have tribulations. Tribulations are not always the gravest of things. They could simply be having people look at you funny, or people thinking you're crazy. Hahaha...hence my title. At these times, you should be OF GOOD CHEER! Because ultimately, that is what you are after; being labeled "insane", or "out of your mind" by the world!

Usually for someone to be qualified as Insane they are considered to have, "lost their mind."
Hahaha, see where I am going with this? God WANTS you to lose your mind!!!

"...Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..."- Romans 12:2
"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind" - Ephesians 4:23
"Let the mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"-Philippians 2:5

When you take on a HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE and begin to think in terms of KINGDOM...people are no doubt going to think you're "insane" or "crazy" or "too extreme"

We are called to walk by FAITH and live a lifestyle of LOVE. We are in this world but not OF it! No wonder they think we're crazy hehehehe =D

When you can turn the other cheek for someone who has wronged you and simply let things go and forgive; that to some could be considered "insane".

When you have a cold and are coughing as evidence and yet you are telling all those around you that I'm not sick because by His stripes I was healed; you may be told you're going a bit "overboard".

When you speak from a position of authority and confront darkness head on with the knowledge that no weapon formed against you shall prosper and nothing shall by any means harm you; yup, a few people will definitely label you "out of your mind" .

When you proclaim that Jesus is the only WAY. That only through Him can you be saved; man, there's no doubt, by the world you'll be classified as a FANATIC!

But remember, even when you get the: they're-crazy looks, or the suit-yourself shrugs, or the are-you-sure-you're-okays...Be of GOOD CHEER! Jesus wasn't "normal" by social standards either =]

So next time someone calls you crazy and says you've "lost your mind" just smile real big and say, Thank you! I've been working at it ( losing your mind that is =]). In fact, I've been waiting for somebody to tell me that.

Hahahahaha =]