Your position in Christ
· How we enter our position in Christ!
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
· Your position will determine firstly if you arrive. If you stay at home and watch TV.
· If you stay in the airport(Church).
· Maybe you decided to board the plane(get born again). Where do you sit? God has reserved you a seat in first class. Where are you sitting? Zb.. difference between buisness and economy back by the toilets. By faith we enter in to what he has reserved for us.
1 Pet 1:3-7
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
· I payed almost nothing, but I had to execise my faith that I would get a seat.
· The responsibility of our position!
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
· There is the legal, actual position from God’s point of view, received by faith in his word..
· There is the position you take because of the deception and lies of the Devil or the lack of faith in the Word of God..
Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
· Is it really my choice? I mean what is God’s will?
To protect your choices is to protect your ability to love.
· His Word is his will! Find out what he has promised and choose it.
Choosing it above, your desires, feelings, thoughts, logic, etc…
· Desiring it IS NOT CHOOSING IT!
The smallest deed is greater than the greatest intention! Ie.. you can’t just desire God’s financial blessings you have to choose them by sowing! Crops do not come by God’s mercy!(Not giving you what you do deserve)zb.. man who took a vacation from sowing))
Recommitment to our position in Christ. Have you let your position slip? Have you settled for the back seats, thinking this was the humble thing to do?