Receiving revelation of who Jesus is, knowing Him in deeper, more intimate ways, gives us access to the things of the Kingdom. Jesus gave Simon Peter the keys of the Kingdom as a result of Peter knows who Jesus is. The same is true in our lives, not just regarding who the Lord is… but also who He is in others.
Who do we say He is? Who do we say a child of God is? Is it just Bill, Tim or Susie? Or… do we believe this is the child of the most High God? The people in our lives who are born again are not just who they are known to be in the natural, but they are vessels used by God in greater measure than what is seen.
As we grow and walk in the Spirit, we no longer battle the inner familiarity with ourselves, but we see it in others. The Holy Spirit is moving through us. We have finally learned to recognize and believe in the glory of the Lord that is seen in and through us. Others in our lives start to receive from the Lord through us, bypassing who we are in the natural. We grow to know no one by the flesh, but in and by the Spirit of God, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:16-19 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Our adversary, satan, is known as the accuser of the brethren. The accusations come to hinder our resting in the Lord. The stand we take when this type of fiery dart comes our way is the stand for who we are in Christ. At times nothing is said to us specifically, but we can sense a spiritual battle taking place. We resist by resting in the Lord with passion and a vision of His glory.
When accusations came against Jesus, He answered not a word. He easily could have blown the accusers away, but He said nothing. He is our example. The problem with defending ourselves is that we would never be able to stop. Because we believe our justification is in Him, we let the Lord be our defender. He lives to make intercession for us. Our Lord, who chose not to defend Himself, lives to defend us and He never fails, Hallelujah!
We are led by the Spirit of God and obey Him without knowing the details of His plan. We cannot explain to others what only can be understood spiritually. We trust the Lord and rest in Him to reveal His will, from glory to glory!
Psalm 62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.”
Walking in the Spirit can only be done when we live in the Spirit. The moment we are born again, we live in the Spirit. We then walk from that dwelling place.
We learn not to step into the fleshy things because we are in the Spirit. We are able to take a spiritual step because we are spiritual beings. We can step deeper into the rivers of His glory when we know we are already living in it. In the Kingdom most principles are opposite to the natural realm. We die in order to live. We let go of the past in order to lay hold of the future. We release others in order to be released. We receive in order to give. Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing. We speak things that are not, as though they are. We walk by faith, not by sight.
The treasures of Heaven are open to us because of the treasure we have in us: the Spirit of God. In the world, much time is spent on intellectual or physical development, but not on spiritual development. In Christ, we are being trained to become stronger and stronger and our flesh then becomes weaker and weaker. By meditating on the Word, resting in the Lord and seeking His presence, we exercise our divine identity. We walk in the Spirit, because that’s where we dwell, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Spiritual maturity is known by the degree in which Christ is seen in and through our character and behavior. The abundant life we have in the Lord is increasing as we turn to the Lord and behold His glory.
As our character is being transformed into His, we bear fruit in increased measure. The growth pertains to our divine identity, who we are—not what we do; what we do flows out of who we are. Our spiritual potential has to be at the center of all our pursuits. As we spend time with the Lord reading the Word and worshiping, we seek and find Him. We gaze upon Him and get to know who He is. We do not see the Lord as we are, but as He is, with our hearts filled with love and faith. Nothing can separate us from His love.
When we turn to the Lord, we turn away from our ways and surrender humbly to His ways and His will. Veils that separated us from seeing Him as He is are removed. The Holy Spirit reveals, heals and leads us to behold, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. Because the veil has been lifted from our eyes, we can look unto the Lord and in doing so, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
When we think about the call of God on our lives, we focus on what He calls us to do, but what helps us walk in our purpose, is knowing what He calls us to be. It is amazing and humbling. It shows us what we are called to be and to do prophetically. God speaks things that are not as though they are. In God’s eyes we are complete in Christ.
God called Abraham a father of many nations when, because of their ages, it seemed impossible for him and Sarah to have children. As children of God, He calls us a royal priesthood: chosen, predestined, redeemed, healed, new creations and more. Our walk of faith is walking into who God says we are, from faith to faith. When we walk in the opposite of who God says we are, we must speak and call forth His truth in one accord. When condemnation comes, we do not receive that label. God’s call is greater than any fall. We are called the forgiven. We do not declare: my name is___: I’m an alcoholic, I’m abused, I’m wounded, I’m defeated. In Christ, we declare: my name is___: I’m a new creation, loved, accepted and victorious.
When our natural behaviors do not equal our spiritual potential, recalling what He calls us to be and to do helps us to stand in patience and endurance. When it’s difficult to stand, let the redeemed of the Lord say so! When we start calling forth who God says we are—then, and only then, can we do what He calls us to do, from glory to glory!
Romans 4:17-18 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”