God’s body revealed to heal #1
Throughout the ages, God has released a fresh outpouring of His Spirit and relieved His Son through the church. His church comes alive and heals the land around her. He always raises up individuals that release this into the world around them. How can we become one of these burning ones and help others to burn as well? This is the question and pursuit of my heart.
Not by might nor by power
It’s hard to pursue something that doesn’t come by effort or forcing it to happen. It’s hard when we are use to following certain procedures to make things happen. So can we do anything? Are we involved at all?
But by my Spirit says the Lord
Can we make God move His hand? Can we force the Holy Spirit to move? No. Yet if He doesn’t move we have nothing. We can’t make change happen the way we need God to change things. So now what? How can this change happen?
We need to work with God and follow what touches His heart. There seems to be two dynamics to this. One is allowing Him to be Dad and the other is living as a son.
Moving God’s heart
The reality is God’s heart is always desiring to refresh us. So why don’t we always find our self’s being refreshed? Even Jesus was refreshed after the testing by the devil in the wilderness.
The question is are we allowing Him to be Dad and walking as sons?
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Rom 8:14
Jesus continually points out that this was His relationship beyond the fact of it’s reality. He walked in this relationship as a beloved son and called us to walk and relate to God in this way. Even the Lords prayer is full of this relationship of Him being our father and us being His children.
Son-ship isn’t an automatic thing. Just saying your a son of God doesn’t give us the right to force God to do what we want. There’s a dynamic to this relationship that brings about the reality of being His child, and if a child of His then there is an inheritance that brings about the changes that only God can and will do.
Three key dynamics as children of God
I want us to look at three dynamics and how they relate to seeing change. What it means to treat God as father, what it means to have a relationship as his children and recognizing what He is using to build healthy relationships with Him and others as His beloved children.
Treating God as father
So we are looking for this refreshing change, how does treating God as father lead to that change? For Jesus when teaching us to pray started with, “Our Father”. Why is this important? How does this affect how we recognize the relationship God knows is healthy.
I was praying and could see Jesus with a bag of seed on His lap and cradled in His arms like a child. I could then see rows and rows of people with the bowls and bowls of food. I then saw workers cleaning large cooking pots.
So how does this relate to treating God as father.
Jesus was fathering this bag of seed. He was handling it like a loving father would His baby. Yet it was obviously His baby that was going to be a resource to feed a multitude of people. This is His seed and He has it to give as a provision to meet the needs.
This Fathering aspect to God’s provision is more than having stuff, it’s a nurturing provision that reflects His care.
Every good thing is given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting the shadow. Jas 1:17
Good fathers give good things, for even ungodly fathers try to give good gifts. It is vital that we trust in what He offers and recognize His care in giving it to us. His gifts are perfect and truly restore us from weakness and a place of incompleteness. He restores our soul. This is peace and salvation, and he has given access through His son.
For it is vital that we not just believe that He is but that He equips us with everything pertaining to life and godliness. He will father us. For without this faith as a child it will be impossible to please Him.
And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Heb 11:6
Having a relationship as God’s children
God wants us to carry his name as royalty, children of the king. He has entrusted us with His Spirit as a sign of our son-ship, as a seal of His commitment to this covenant, to fulfil His promises to us. This is like wearing the royal rings of old that imprinted letters with molten wax to seal items in a way that confirms they are from the king. We are His, living epistles, with the authority to use His name.
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2Co 3:2-3
This dynamic is more how we relate to the world around us. As a son, we have authority to use His name to bring light into the darkness. This not of our-self’s but of inheritance, of lineage granted as a son or daughter. This use of His name comes from this being in His family. He is our Dad and He has called us to bring light into the darkness. To overcome the darkness by His glorious light. To free the captives and transform their lives.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favourable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. Isa 61:1-3
As sons baring His name and authority to use His name with the resources of heaven. We can see the molten wax of what God is wanting to do (or doing) and take the ring He has put on our fingers and seal it. Transforming what is formless and giving it the seal of being His. We have the authorization to use the name of Jesus and for heaven to move all the resources needed to transform darkness into light.
Like any kingdom, this authorization has laws at work. The use of the authority has to line up with these laws and the laws will reflect the purposes of that Kingdom. For Jesus spoke of the reality that He can do nothing unless He sees the Father doing it but look at the authority He has been given.
Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these so that you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so, the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.
For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son so that all will honour the Son even as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent Him. John 5:19-23
Look at this authority God passed over to the Jesus. He withholds His authority to Judge and gives it to the Son. He also clearly shows the Son everything He is doing. Not only this but Jesus then takes it a step further and gives this authority over to us.
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” John 20:21-23
As Jesus would go and free people from sickness, sinful lifestyles, demons and call them to follow Him, He would declare that their sins were forgiven.
This authority to forgive and for heaven to back up this declaration and truly have it forgiven, this is the power of the Gospel. Not only this but to receive the Spirit of God and be transformed into a son of God.
Recognizing what God uses to nurture
I would love to love to go through the things that God uses to build us up, but I think it needs to be looked at separately. From gifts in our lives and in those in His whole family. He on purpose spreads His reality throughout the body so we can be built up together into the unity of the faith.
Recognizing those He has given us to help us build a healthy relationship with God as His children
I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually, I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. 2Co 12:11-12
So check out out part 2 for looking at being built up and recognizing what God is using to make this happen.