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IN CHRIST REALITIES PT 7
When God made you a new creation in Christ, He didn’t make you to be defeated, confused, sick, poor, beat up, and to live on barely-get-along street.
HE MADE YOU TO BE A CONQUEROR!
Did you know that Jesus isn’t sick? He isn’t poor either.
Do you think He is sitting on the throne saying, “Oh, my stomach is hurting. I don’t know how I’m going to make it. I’ve got some payments coming up at the end of this month. I’ve been talking to the Father about them, but I don’t know if I’m going to make it. I am so tired!”
That’s Not The Way Jesus Is. He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God, And The Bible Says His Enemies Are Way Beneath His Feet. All Power In Heaven And In Earth Has Been Given To Him. Everything The Father Has Is His.

(NKJV) I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Jesus is not sitting up there barely getting along. He is saying to every born-again believer, “I’ve got all power in heaven and earth. If you need it -- you can get it from Me. If I don’t have it in stock, I will make it just for you!”

MORE LIKE JESUS

You can be more like Jesus. He healed the sick and cast out devils. When Jesus came into a town, things changed. The devil is faithful to come back and visit. He will come back and say, “If you are really saved....”.
Being in Christ has nothing to do with your feelings. It has everything to do with the Word of God and the integrity of God’s Word.
You can get up every morning and say, “I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away, and everything has become new.”
There is a department of your being — YOUR SPIRIT — where at the moment you are born again, old things are passed away and everything becomes new.
God Made You A New Creature In Christ -- But You Must Put On The New Man.

(NKJV) that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

WEYMOUTH Clothe yourselves with that new and better self, which has been created to resemble God in the righteousness and holiness which come from the truth.

Clothe yourselves with that new and better self, which has been created to resemble God in the righteousness and holiness which come from the truth.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. If you would listen to Him -- He would keep you out of a lot of trouble — trouble in business, in relationships, and in church. You have a partner to walk out your new life with in Christ. His name is the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost.

(NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
ILLUSTRATION
You may be thinking, “Truth doesn’t excite me.”
What does? The casinos? Do you like all the lights and the truth that is spoken there? They will call you everything you want to be called. “Mr. Wonderful, you might be a millionaire tonight.”
But remember -- they didn’t build that place with winners! They are even glad when you win because you will stick around and lose another $5,000. Then you will go to church and not even pay your tithes. You need a slap on the head!
AS WE READ THE WORD -- we’ve got to see ourselves partnering with the HOLY SPIRIT -- Since the HOLY SPIRIT wrote it -- He ought to know what it means!

YOUR HELPER

The Holy Spirit will keep you from just reading the Word with your head. He wants to show you the Bible in the light of redemption. He will show you the weightier matters and things that are of first importance.
The Holy Spirit will help you read your Bible. He won’t take something out of context and mess your head up with it. That is the devil’s role. The devil can quote the Bible and get you all messed up.
But the Holy Spirit will show you the whole picture. He will show you who you are and what you have in Christ.
Smith Wigglesworth said,
“The Holy Spirit never brings condemnation. He always reveals the blood of Jesus. He always lifts and helps.” He tells you the truth to help you because if you keep going the way you are going, you will get messed up!

REVEAL THINGS TO COME

(KJV) .... for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

.... for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
What does it mean, “Whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak”?
Who does the Holy Spirit hang out with? He hangs out with the Father and the Son, so whatever He hears them say is what He says.
Verse 13 concludes, “...and he will shew you things to come.”
If you want to know what is happening, you do not have to call the psychic network and ask, “What do you see in my future?” I see you going broke if you stay on that line very long!
If you hang out with the Holy Ghost and become sensitive to Him -- He will show you things to come about your life, your future, your children, your marriage, and your business -- but He can’t talk to you if you don’t listen.
Be Still And Get With The Holy Ghost — Talk To Him. Worship God And Worship Jesus, Then Say, “Holy Spirit, help me read the Word. Show me things to come. I don’t want to miss the will of God for my life. Help me.”

(NKJV) He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
This means when you are full of the Holy Spirit, He will glorify Jesus. If things are happening in your life that are not bringing glory to Jesus -- you can change them by praying in the Holy Ghost. He wants everyone to see what Jesus has done for them.

(MSG) Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’

Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’

JESUS ON THE INSIDE

The Holy Spirit Is Your “Unseen Connection” Between Heaven And Earth. You are in union with Christ by virtue of the Spirit of God -- so that whatever is playing in heaven is playing in your spirit.
NOW LISTEN -- You don’t have the same capacity as heaven -- but you have the same quality. You don’t have the same capacity as God -- but you do have the same quality of life that God has. You can enjoy a quality of life that doesn’t come from the Republicans, Democrats, welfare, or social programs.
You can say, “It is good because I have the same life in me that is in God right now.”
ILLUSTRATION
I READ ABOUT an African American man who said, “I was raised in the ghetto, but the ghetto never got inside of me. There were drugs all around me, but no drugs ever got in me. Violence and crime were all around me, but they never got in me. Disaster was all around me, but it never got in me. I am here because of Jesus who got inside of me!”
Too many people let their environment shape and control them but this man said, “Greater is he [Jesus Christ] that is in me, than he [the devil] that is in the world,” .

SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY

You say, “If that is so, why am I having so many problems? It just doesn’t seem real to me.”
OK -- You are made up of three parts; SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY.
Even after you are saved -- something still has to happen in your soul — your Mind, Will, And Emotions.
OR -- even though you are a new creature in Christ -- you are still acting like the world and your spirit is held hostage to an UNRENEWED MIND, FEELINGS, AND EMOTIONS. All kinds of trash from your past, everybody’s opinions, and this world are shaping you.
Your spirit is literally held hostage UNTIL your mind is renewed with the daily washing of God’s Word.

FEED ON THE WORD

You will never be what God intends for you to be until your mind, will, and emotions are dominated by God’s Word.
When you feed your spirit on the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you -- your mind will be renewed.
The same power that is working in your spirit will move up into your head. Then God will start dealing with some of your habits and attitudes.
The Holy Spirit has a rocket missile launcher going from your spirit to your head. It is launched as you feed upon God’s Word.

(MSG) Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
READ FROM LETTERS TO STREET CHRISTIANS -- PAGE 93 top
If you will be still long enough in the presence of God and say, “Okay, Jesus -- I refuse to be bound by habits, attitudes, sins, or ideas that have controlled my soul, my family, and my life for ten or twenty years. I refuse to be bound. Go ahead Jesus, let’s have some changes around here.”
THEN JESUS WILL START CLEANING HOUSE!
Even though you are born again and a new creature in Christ -- it is a decision you must make to say, The Holy Spirit will tell you the truth and the truth will set you free. Why? So you can be all that God wants you to be.
BUT LISTEN -- Wrong attitudes, compromise, sin, and disobedience will stop the flow of the life of God so the image of Christ is not working in you and cannot be fully formed in you.
ILLUSTRATION
This is an empty, totally clean bottle -- no labels -- it can be anything and be filled with anything. That’s exactly the way we are when we are BORN AGAIN IN CHRIST -- WHAT WILL WE FILL OURSELVES UP WITH?

“The greatest reward for obeying God is not what you get -- it’s what you become!”

Let The Holy Spirit Begin To Work In Your Spirit -- Lead You Into All Truth, And Show You Who You Are In Christ.
Let That Same Picture Coming From Heaven Play In You.
You will begin to say, “I am who God says I am. I have what God says I have. I can do what God says I can do. Christ has redeemed me.”
It’s Time For Change — I’m Not Talking About Moving To Another House. I’m Talking About A Move On The Inside Of You. Make The Decision And Pray, “Lord, change me!”
You look a whole lot better in Christ than you do outside of HIM
ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK: Scriptures with In Him, In Christ, By Christ, In Whom, By Whom, Through Whom
ROMANS
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