“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23: 7)
“And who do you think you are anyway?” You hear this pompous remark many times from the lips of all levels of life, as if these arrogant cantankerous know what they’re asking about and know who they’re dealing with.
One of the billions of victims of this inquisitive probe was Jesus the Son of the Living God. During his earthly ministry, Jesus suffered ridicule, persecutions, humiliations, and attempts of murder from the hands of religious fanatics and the so called “bible-scholars.” These self-righteous “religious gang bangers” hated Jesus so much that they wrongfully condemned and hanged him on the cross.
You see, they can’t handle the truth. Because the truth will mess up their beliefs system or doctrines, destroy their man-made religious creed, and make their theological foundation into confusions.
When Jesus told them that He is from above and that the Almighty God is His Father, they flipped out. They totally lost their cool and went berserk. As if almost everybody there on the scene was asking for a baseball bat and slug the foul spirit out of Jesus. They could not ever imagine or think that a flesh and blood (Jesus) was actually saying that God (Spirit) is His Father. In reality, Jesus was way too much for them. He was blasphemous – as they declared. And they conspired that He was worthy of death.
It is true that you are what/who you think you are according to your heart. Your heart is your spirit. If you are a born again believer, then you are a New Creation in Christ. As New Creation, your spirit possesses the very life and nature of God. The same with Jesus’ continuous declaration of who He was with the Father, as a believer, you also do the same – to constantly declare with your mouth that you have the life and nature of God in you. You are not committing a lie every time you speak the truth of who you are and what you are in Christ, because they are facts of life and nothing but the truth.
You can tell if someone knows his rights and privileges as a believer, or knows who he is and what he have in Christ. You can tell it by listening to what they say when they pray. An ignorant believer prays ignorant prayers. An ignorant believer prays without confidence of receiving the things he’s petitioning. He is confused to when and where he is to pray “If it is your will …” He has no boldness in using the power of the Name of Jesus.
Instead of spending many hours of crying and begging for God’s answer to your prayer requests, it is “faith-wise” and “faith-practical” to pray the Word of God instead. Declare God’s already given provisions to you as a child of His. Thank Him and praise Him for He has already given you all things, all the free things to enjoy in this present life.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we needed for living a godly life…” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT).
“Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 NLT)
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NLT).
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NLT).
You see, if you are in Christ Jesus, you are already blessed with all the blessing that you needed to live a practical life here on earth. You don’t have to wait for the time you go to heaven to enjoy life. You need to understand that Eternal Life is not a “unit of measure” on how much years and years you are to live in heaven. That is carnal thinking. Eternal Life is the very life of God and the divine nature of God that is given to you the moment you are born again. It resides in your spirit.
The devil does not want you to know these truths. Because once you have that revelation of your identity in Christ Jesus, then you can be able to whip the enemy in the Name of Jesus. However, if you live according to the lies of the enemy, then you are the most miserable thing in the face of the earth. Quality of life on earth is by choice; it is not by designation. God said to choose life.
Jesus came to give us life, a life that is more abundantly. It is not a life of lack. It is not a life of pain and suffering. Jesus took all our pain and suffering and nailed them on the cross. Jesus became sin for the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins once and for all. Jesus took care of the sin problem and sin consciousness by His blood. Jesus became sick that we may become healed from sickness and diseases. Jesus became poor that we may live rich. Jesus became a curse that we may be free by the curse of the law.
You see, Jesus died, was buried and resurrected from the dead. If Jesus resurrected from the dead, then how much more God the Father will give us the blessings, not only spiritual blessings but material and physical blessings as well. In Ephesians 4:23 “… and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” It is the responsibility of every believer to renew his mind according to the word of God – His will. Ephesians 5:17 says, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
The more you understand what belongs to you (spiritual, physical and material) as a child of God, then your mind is quick to be renewed according to God’s ways and thoughts. You come out led by the spirit and not led by the flesh. And when you walk and led by the spirit, no demon in hell can stop you from doing the works of God, for greater is in you than he that is in the world.
You must think what is in your spirit. You are not a weakling believer. You are a bold believer. You don’t allow the enemy to bully you, because no man can stand before you all the days of your life. You always triumph in Christ Jesus. You are not a complainer, grumbler and a whiner. You firmly stand on your foundation, which is the word of God. You say in your heart, “Let all men be a liar, but not God.”
If the enemy challenges your revelation of the word of God, stand on your ground, resist him and shut him up in the Name of Jesus. You don’t allow the agents of the kingdom of darkness to bully you with their “so-called intellectual arguments” or “so-called brainy theology” that loves to show off their “acquired knowledge from books”.
Some self-proclaim theologians are just like parrots. Some copy knowledge from other self-proclaim theologians. Some borrow what other people’s commentaries. There is no fresh revelation coming out in their spirit. Remember, the letter kills but the spirit gives life.