Ep102: Obedience pt 2
Two kingdoms are at war. FORTUNATELY, you're right in the middle of it. You know why? You're the manner by which God has CHOSEN to win that war. He CHOSE you. He loves you that much. He BELIEVES IN YOU that much. And if you believe in Him, and you love Him, obedience will follow. In John 14:15 when Jesus says "If you love me, you will keep my commandments," was He saying "if you love me, you better prove it by being obedient?" NO! Obedience naturally follows love. And it is in obedience that we win the war by the power of His love.
God is love. Obedience is a "trust fall" backwards into love. Obedience to the faith is believing in the new identity. It's knowing that Jesus did the work and believing that IT WORKED. God does not fill the "old man" with the spirit. He's made us a new creation, but where He works most powerfully is in the darkness, in our dark places that are revealed when the "old man" tries to convince us of a false identity. Only the enemy uses the voice of the "old man." Your new identity is WHO. YOU. ARE. That's the warfare.
Bad behavior is not a lack of faith. God is not concerned about our behavior, in regards to how much he loves us. We are forgiven. Jesus took care of that... But bad behavior is a result of wrong thinking, which creeps in when our faith is shaken by attacks on our identity, and THAT is deeply concerning to our Lord and Savior. He wants us secure in the knowledge that we are made new by His sacrifice. THAT is our identity. The NEW creation.
Ep098: Authority in Submission
War is about authority. There is an order of authority in the Kingdom of God. Even the Holy Spirit does not speak on His own authority. Even within the Godhead, they submit themselves to each other, each operating in the authority of the others. War is about identity. Your identity in Christ, fully released in freedom and power, is TOXIC to the kingdom of darkness. Your authority is your mission. You are supposed to reign with Him. The foundation of learning to walk in more of your Kingdom authority is learning to walk in your mission in submission to Christ.