WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?
BY: JACKIE CAPORASO
MESSAGE No. 178
CHOSEN AND APPOINTED (ELECT)
ANSWERING THE CALL
GOD’S MANY PROMISES
DISCERN AND ANSWER THE CALL
REPENTANCE IS AT THE DOOR
REJOICE, O YE HEAVENS
Jesus once asked that question to His disciples, and they fumbled at the answer. Only Peter knew from the Spirit that Jesus was the Son of the living God. But if anyone were to ask us “Who do you say that you are?” Would we be bold enough to answer by the Spirit or would we fumble with an answer in the flesh?
As we near the finish line, it is vital that we keep our eyes on the prize so that we continue to press on and not faint. Paul writes about “The prize of the high calling of God in Christ.” The Holy Spirit has revealed to us that the prize of this high calling is Himself. We become as He is, the new creation of God in Christ, and when we possess the prize, we have the answer to who we really are.
Just as a child grows because of the nurturing and food that he gets, we grow because of the spiritual food that we receive and the care that our faithful Father and Lord continually give us.
God is the One who has called us, and it is His Holy Spirit who gives us the incentive and the strength to run for the prize. Our part is to receive Him, follow Him and never turn away.
The vision that He gave us from the beginning has kept us energized to keep moving forward. Jesus defines His friends as those who love Him and do what He says, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John15:14) These are important words. They reveal our identity and purpose. The reason we are willing and eager to hear His voice and follow His command is because He has called us his friends. His friends are chosen for His purpose.
Today, secular humanism is hiding behind many of the concepts that are taught in the land. It is a philosophy that denies the supernatural and spiritual and says that we are born with all necessary abilities to lead a profitable life. It teaches that our purpose in life is hid within us and when we find it, we succeed at whatever we set out to do.
This philosophy may or may not work among men, but the goal of God’s sons is not to be successful at whatever they want to do in the earth, and it is not to fulfill a dream for this life. The purpose of God’s sons is to follow the path that He has given them in Christ. To do this, they have to overcome all the obstacles that they encounter on the way.
CHOSEN AND APPOINTED (ELECT)
Jesus told all who are His friends and disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give it to you.” (John15:16) He said that He chose us and appointed us. This is why Paul declared that He has “…predestined us to the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Eph.1:3)
Today, Christians proclaim the name of Jesus Christ in their own way. Many gauge the success of their ministries by the number of their followers. Mega churches are making news and receiving rare reviews, but this is not the prize of those who are chosen and predestined according to the good pleasure of His will.
To understand the purpose of God’s elect, one must set aside all the fixed ideas and doctrines of previous teachers, and hear what the Spirit is saying. It is certain that the elect is not a visible group anywhere and they may or may not be part of a group at all. They are the ones who have moved from Passover to Pentecost and from Pentecost to Tabernacles. They have walked by faith through the wilderness of man’s teachings and have overcome the giants in their minds.
Recently, I received an email letter from someone who was asked to contribute some in-put concerning “Tabernacles,” the Land that we are now entering (spiritually). She writes, “Perhaps the greatest concern I’ve had when answering questions re. this realm is to clarify the difference between the Pentecostal Church Age and Tabernacles, especially to those who were actively involved in the Pentecostal – Charismatic movement.. Yes, it was marvelous, spectacular, even palpable — like the thunder, lightening, earthquakes of Mt. Sinai.
However, this new place in Him is very, very quiet, by comparison; we have been mostly sitting in our little booths, waiting for Father to remove all the leaven of self from us, by fire, so that He may soon fill us with all of Himself, in Christ. Waiting patiently, in obscurity, is death to the carnal man, and that is what it is meant to be.
Through the past several years I have noticed that some people who had tremendous experiences in Pentecost could not handle the quiet and seeming “nothingness” of this realm. Many, going backwards, tried to rekindle the fires themselves and when that didn’t work, attempted to satisfy their itching ears and empty hands with “strange gods,” including New Age and Old Age delusions. Some gave up altogether or went back to the moldy manna of churchianity.
We know that there is not going to be a REvival, or a RE anything. (God isn’t into REpeats) This is a whole new wonderful work of Father alone, with no help from us, none of man’s tools put to the rough hewn altar. All He wants from us is our hearts of love and complete trust… BELIEF is the key. This is the faith which the Son of Man is looking for as He returns in His Seed.
We no longer go to God with our prayer lists; now we seek to be still and know Him, His heart, His will… Loving Him because, Gus.” End of quote.
The resurrected Lord Jesus spoke of those whose name (nature) was unknown to anyone except to themselves. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which NO ONE KNOWS EXCEPT HIM WHO RECEIVES IT.” (Rev. 2:17)
To receive this, one has to have spiritual hearing and understanding (an ear to hear). This comes with the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Then one has to believe what the Spirit is saying daily. One also has to overcome the many false doctrines and traditions of men. The white stone (guilt free verdict) comes in a package along with the hidden manna, which is very different from the regular manna in the wilderness. The hidden manna is found in a gold pot in the Ark of the Covenant. The manna in the wilderness fell from heaven above unto the ground. The hidden manna does not come from an outward source but from the depth within. It rises up from the Spirit within and embraces our conscious soul.
Paul certainly had a revelation of God’s plan and of the purpose of the elect. He wrote one of his epistles “To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.1:1a) When the Lord visited John on Patmos, He specifically named the Church at Ephesus making it plain that among them were some who had an ear to hear. This means that some were spiritually attuned. They had some overcoming to do, but they were among the called out ones for the reward.
Paul wrote and told these that they had been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. He added that they had been CHOSEN in Him, or elect, “…before the foundation of the world…” And they were “…predestined to adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Excerpts from Eph.1:3-5)
Because this company of elect is chosen in Him from the foundation of the world, we need to go back to read about God’s creation of man. We are all very familiar with the verses, but we need to look at them again. God had completed the creation of the earth and the seas and the cosmos, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle; over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26-27) At this stage, man was male and female all in one. And man was in the image and likeness of God. We know that God is a Spirit, therefore at this point, MAN HAD TO BE SPIRIT. This was not the earthy creation of man, man was a spirit.
It was then that God gave His man all spiritual blessings and dominion, but God had a purpose. God desired that His glory, grace and beauty be visibly seen and known in the earth and throughout the world; that was the purpose for which God made man and all of His visible, material creation.
God had already created the earth, the solar systems and the stars. He had also created all manner of beasts and a garden with trees and flowers for man to dwell in. He then formed man out of the dust and breathed life into him and He gave man dominion over all of His natural creation.
“And the Lord God FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, and He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Gen.2:7) The breath of life that God breathed into the nostrils of His man was not just oxygen. God was not just inflating man’s lungs; God breathed life into the man. He took the spirit of the man that He had created and sent it into an earthen vessel. This was the first human being and He made him, male and female.
Later, God separated the female part of the man and she became His wife, as we know. This is why man of himself is not complete, neither is woman. The union of the two constitutes one complete being. That is why man and woman are always looking for what they call their “soul mate.” Happy are the men and women who find this union here on earth. But even happier are they who find their union with the Bridegroom of the Christ creation of God.
Man was first “spirit.” Then when the spirit was breathed into an earthen vessel, man became a human being, a living soul. Through the fall, the soul became the ruling order of the man and the spirit laid in darkness. When Christ (the Anointed One) comes to the vessel, He quickens the spirit and restores the connection. He is the contact between God and man.
But this is only the beginning. The goal is the completed new creation in Christ, which is the full union between the spirit, soul and body – man in the image of God. On the cross, Jesus did away with the Adam creation, and purchased the new creation with His own blood. The elect are those who are God’s firstfruits; they hear His voice and will complete this goal first. They are the first to appear with Him, as He is in resurrection life. They are necessary to God’s plan of salvation for creation.
“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6) They are the ones who hear His voice and are raised with power. They are those, chosen from among men to overcome all obstacles and become sons of God.
ANSWERING THE CALL
Paul told the church that he “pressed toward the goal for the prize of the upward (high) call of God in Christ.” (Phil. 3:14) By the same token, when we hear the call of God and accept Jesus as our Savior, it is only the beginning of our walk with Him.
As we continue to be diligent and feed upon the living Word spoken by the Spirit, we grow and attain a higher level of spiritual understanding and communion with the Spirit of God. The Word that we feed upon as we grow to become sons is not found in any book. We do not grow spiritually by book learning; we grow as we walk the everyday nitty-gritty experiences of life holding onto the word that He speaks to us by the Spirit.
Knowledge of the written word is good; it is seed. It is our experience with His word coming to pass in our lives that produces maturity. Just as the schools that we attended as children and young adults have many classes, many teachers and many levels; the school of life takes us through its own order of learning. In that school, we are supplied with lessons especially tailored to our needs.
In our churches and Sunday Schools, we learned to follow the leader and walk and work according to the rules of the church. This is all part of our training, but when the time comes for God to separate us from these, His voice no longer comes to us through man; He speaks directly to our spirits.
The apostle Paul wrote of the time when God separated him from his mother’s womb (Judaism), “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb (the church) and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” (Gal. 1:15-17) When God separated him, he waited to receive his calling from the Lord. Three years went by before Paul went to meet with Peter and the other apostles.
God separated us from our mother’s womb as well. Even when we felt a strong pull to remain in our churches, the pull of God’s Spirit to leave was stronger than our desire to stay. We no longer felt any attraction for the things that we had been doing in the church, and we found the strength to swim against the tide.
Most of us had been among those who were admired for their good works and pious living, but now we began to know the sting of being scorned and rejected as the scum of the earth. This was our first taste at becoming sons of God. We found that our calling was not as popular as we had hoped.
And it was only the beginning of a series of “separations.” We found new groups or assemblies to worship with along the way and each time we were so sure that this was IT. From that time on, we were set with a people for life… But three years or so down the line, it was again time to say good-bye. It was God who had led us there, and it was God who was leading us out. Yet, each time, we felt as though we had found our permanent home. This is why Israel never built anything in the wilderness, each time God said move on… they picked up their tent stakes and moved.
This continued until we came to the realization that while there is nothing permanent in this life, there is One who never changes and who is positively faithful and unmovable. After what we thought were so many failures, we dropped the anchor of our ship on the Rock within. We have indeed learned indispensable lessons of sonship and we have found that peace that passes understanding. We have lost all desires to roam and look for another; we have no void within. If we go to any group or church it is because He sends us and not to fill some void within.
GOD’S MANY PROMISES
God’s word tells us of the many mighty and wonderful promises given to the believers. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
“Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass’ he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:23-24)
To receive these promises it appears that one only needs to believe. Yet, to believe may not be as simple as it sounds. It is easy to have a mental assent of something, but to really believe, one has to overcome all the skepticism and doubts that crowd into our minds. This is why our loving Father sent His Word in the person of His Son who now speaks to us through the Spirit. Then He takes us through hard places so that we call upon Him. He then sends His word and brings it to pass so that we no longer doubt Him, and we truly believe. He does this over and over until we stand strong in the faith.
In his old age, John the Beloved was banished on the deserted isle of Patmos. It was there that the resurrected Lord Jesus came to him in a mighty visitation and revealed to him that He has more exceedingly great promises for those who overcome.
In the past, God answered our prayers with spiritual gifts, but as sons, all things become ours by reason of who we are. “He who overcomes shall inherit ALL THINGS, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” (Rev. 21:17) To be a mature son of God is the ultimate goal of our race.
“Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ from a slave (servant), though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.” (Gal. 4:1-2) Mature sons, not children, inherit the ultimate promise of “all things.”
Paul also writes, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Rom 8:19) This tells us that the sons are not revealed until the time of the end when creation is to be fully delivered. As long as creation is still groaning to be delivered, the sons have not yet been revealed. The promise to the Overcomer is that as each one overcomes individually, they become the many-member body of sons. We overcome individually; we reap the reward as a many-membered body of sons.
When the resurrected Jesus spoke to John, He was not speaking of Himself as only one Person; He was speaking of Himself as the Head of a new creation of people – The firstborn among many brethren.
DISCERN AND HONOR HIS WORD
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Rom. 8:29)
God foreknew those who would follow the Lamb and He chose them to become the image of His Son in heaven AND IN EARTH. This makes Jesus, the Firstborn and the Head of many sons who are His brethren. Our God has a plan and purpose for everyone, however, under the same Head, each one is unique with a distinctive calling.
Nowhere in the Bible does God lump up all peoples of the earth together. In the Old Testament, God made a definite separation between His own people and the heathens. In the New Testament, God draws a line between the believers and the unbelievers.
Even within the little circle of His disciples, there was one referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Speaking of John, Jesus told Peter, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:23b) Indeed while some of them were martyred in the prime of life, Jesus gave John long life and visited him on Patmos to give him the prophecies compiled in the book of the Apocalypse (Revelation).
Just as in the Old Testament, God chose a people for Himself, so in Christ, He has chosen and equipped a people willing to hear His voice. Dreams are a good example of a way that God speaks to His people. People hearing God by means of dreams are all over the Old and New Testaments.
We read, “For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16) If when we hear from God through dreams, we turn away from the word and refuse to believe that it is a word from Him, He will quit speaking to us in dreams.
But if we cherish the word and seek the right interpretation, we will see it come to pass in our lives. God will then multiply His word to us. He will also open our understanding and build our faith – an added blessing in our lives.
God has chosen a people and has set them on a path to a certain destination… (to become sons in His image). These have been sent into the world, and because they were predestined as His sheep, they were able to hear His voice when He called them out, “Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Rev. 18:4)
Those who are chosen and elect for His namesake are not haughty or superior to anyone; they are a branch of God’s salvation plan for the world. The church that we see in the world today is not manifesting the Spirit of the resurrected Lord; it is exhibiting the spirit of the riches of this world acquired through religious manipulations.
True sons will manifest the Spirit of the resurrected Lord Jesus to the world. None of us knew that we were even candidates for this election, but God who made us, knew us from the foundation of the world; He brought us to this place.
Sons are not an exclusive group of people as some might think; on the contrary, God’s elect have been made the scum of the earth. While others have enjoyed the recognition, admiration and respect of the world, God’s elect have often been ridiculed and scorned. They have been labeled heretics, deceived, backslidden and many other chosen titles that have their roots in ignorance.
Nevertheless, because God has set His love in their hearts, they are able to follow Jesus all the way out of the systems of men so that they can lead creation out of the bondage of death and corruption. All the buffeting that they have to endure is good because it breaks them and teaches them true forgiveness even for those who despitefully used them.
The word “Gospel” comes from a Greek word meaning “a good message” or “announcing good news.” There are all kinds of “good news” depending on whom you are and what you want to hear. The forecast of a good rainstorm might be very good news to a drought-stricken area, but it would be disastrous to someone in a flood.
Since the times of Jesus and John the Baptist, various “gospels” have been preached across the world. Even in his day, Paul warned of those who would bring in “another gospel”. Nevertheless, countless people in their churches and on the mission fields are edified by the message of the good news of salvation, and Jesus is lifted up to some measure in their lives.
For the most part, the “gospel” that is mostly heard in the land teaches how to get along and prosper in this world until Jesus comes and takes them out of it. Some may teach a deeper word of faith, but the gospel of John the Baptist or of Paul and certainly the gospel of the Kingdom, which Jesus taught, are not at all among the popular ones.
Just last night I heard a very popular televised preacher teach about the need to zero in on how good we are, and on all the good things we accomplish. This preacher insisted that we must not see the flaws in our character, but rather look at how hard we work and how worthy we really are. In the mouth of such preachers, the true Gospel is being more twisted all the time, yet each week, thousands flock to hear him and support him.
Paul wrote to his beloved Timothy, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (II Tim. 4:3-4) The time of this prophecy’s fulfillment is certainly upon us. Many teachers in the land teach only what the people want to hear.
A fable is a story that is not founded on facts. It is a legend or a short tale often using animals to teach moral. (E.g., ‘The Turtle and The Hare’). Morals should certainly be taught in school, but the Gospel is not for teaching morals; it is to reveal God’s word to us and His purpose for us. God’s true word reaches into the depth of the soul to reveal the darkness. God’s word gives the remedy but does not heap accolades.
Because of the demand of people with itching ears, preachers are teaching what they want to hear and are amassing mega congregations and mega bucks. Such is not the pattern that Jesus laid out. I hear from pastors who are desperate because their congregations are dwindling and they are having trouble making ends meet.
Rejoice for you are following the Lamb and this is where He goes. Do not yield to the temptation to water down the word to please the people. Remember that Jesus ended His beautiful ministry on earth with no place to lay His head. Our Lord simply clung to the rugged cross.
Just as it was in the days of Elijah, God has reserved His seven thousands (complete ones) who will not bow their knee to Baal (strange gods or strange doctrines). They are the called and elect according to His purpose.
REPENTANCE IS THE DOOR
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! And even now, the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matt. 3:1-2, 10)
It is to the root or to the foundation of the religious systems of men that God has sent a cutting word. John the Baptist is the one who introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He came preaching the Gospel of repentance and water baptism. This Gospel of John was the prelude to the Gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached. No one can enter the kingdom of heaven without repentance.
Both John and Jesus dealt with the religious order of the time. It was not just any religion that they picked out, it was the order that God Himself had established for them long ago. But just like those who preach a self-serving gospel today, the Pharisees and Sadducees taught according to the traditions of the fathers. They taught a modified version of God’s word. They were more interested with the state of their coffer than with the pure Word of God. This is why, when Jesus came, they did not recognize Him and they crucified Him.
Make no mistake, our God gives every man the opportunity to hear the truth and take hold of it. The spirit of “John the Baptist” has been actively at work confronting the leaders of the church. This truth was made very real in my own experience.
It first began with this dream “I was standing on the banks of a swift flowing river. A few people were standing with me. A high bridge spanned the river and a couple was dancing on top of the bridge. They were professional dancers and at one point, the woman dove into the waters below. She came up crying that she had lost her wedding ring while swimming. The man then dove down to look for her ring but in spite of all his efforts, he could never find it. During that time, I retrieved a beautiful fresh baked apple pie from the river (as you would from an oven). I held up the pie to the people on the bridge and offered it to them. To my dismay, they were furious that I had done such a thing and categorically rejected the pie.” (End of dream)
Little did I know at the time that this was to be my calling in the Lord. And little did I realize how He was going to bring it to pass in my life. The first experience with this dream took place when Michael and I decided to go to our beloved pastor and share it with him. We made the appointment to meet him in his private office and eagerly shared the dream.
We were waiting for a happy reaction from him, but we were shocked when instead, we saw absolute anger in his eyes. His face was red and distorted and his lips were trembling. What could have caused such a change in this gentle man? He caught his breath, gathered his wits and said, “You will have to hand in your letter of resignation.”
Letter of resignation? What was he talking about? We had no thought of quitting the church, we really liked it and we had worked hard to help build the new sanctuary. I had squeezed fresh lemons until my arm ached to make pitchers of lemonade for those who were laying the blocks! How could this man put us out without even praying about the dream? It was outrageous! We told him we were not resigning; he showed us the door.
As usual, we attended the next two or three Sundays, only to hear derogatory remarks directed at us from the pulpit as he warned the people that there was an enemy among them. If I had not lived through this, I would not have believed it.
This was only the beginning of my “walk” with the Lord! From that time on, without trying to do anything, I found myself confronting leaders of groups and churches with the word that the Lord spoke to me in dreams. It was not my business to enforce the word or do any such thing, just give it. God always brought it to pass.
Some asked us to leave, while others wanted us to stay but keep quiet. We knew that we had nothing more in common with them. Some labeled me “false prophet.” Some thought that I was not submitted to my husband, little did they know that he was the one who pushed me to be bold and face them with the word. At any rate when the word that I gave them came to pass in their midst, they were judged by the word, not by me.
REJOICE O HEAVENS
“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Rev. 12:12)
Here, the Lord addresses inhabitants, or dwellers of three different places. To understand the word that our Lord is speaking, we must leave our natural means of reasoning and see that the heavens and the earth that He is describing are areas within our own spirits and minds and not geographical locations.
The inhabitants of earth are those who live according to the dictates of their natural minds or intellects. Those who dwell in the sea are not anchored in Christ. They live according to the dictates of the souls, tossed in the realm of emotions. Those who have been quickened in Christ live by the word that the Spirit speaks to them. They live by His power. They dwell in the heavens.
Adam became a living soul. He was a spirit within an earthen vessel. When Adam fell, he lost his connection with the realm of spirit. He could only see the visible things of the earth. He no longer knew God or that he came from God. He became a lost soul and needed a Savior to re-connect to the realm of Spirit and save his own soul.
Adam bore the image of the earthly man. “And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.” (I Cor. 15:49) The man of dust is a visible man. Adam was once a spirit creation only, now he became an earthly creation only. The goal that we are pressing toward is to become the spirit or heavenly creation in a visible man. This is what Jesus displayed after His resurrection. We can go back to God as spirits, and lose our souls (identity). Or we can be born again as a new creation of God in Christ… spirit, soul and body. Selah!
Each one who has been quickened by God’s Spirit has found a new dwelling place. The realm of Spirit (the heavens) has been open to us from within. We have been going in and out of this place. We have dwelt in the realm of Spirit (heavens) at times, and we have dwelt in the earthly carnal realm of our emotions as well. It has been an up and down, in and out bumpy journey. Our mind is the battle field. It is there that the spirits are constantly pulling us down into our carnal way of thinking in order to keep us out of the heavens.
The Lord warns that the devil is no longer playing little games, “He has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” He does not have eternity to do his dirty work! The Lord is showing us that no matter what happens on the earth, or to the earth, we do not need to seek any geographical place anywhere, for there is none that can shelter us.
We need to dwell in the heavens! This is the area of spirit within us! This is the secret place of the Most High! It is the place of our true identity in Christ. Do not let the devil speak to you and rob you of your true identity! This is what he did to Eve. The enemy of our soul continually plants thoughts in our minds and steals our joy and well-being in Christ.
Rejoice, O heavens! By these words, we see that the heavens are not an outward place. When we dwell in Christ He calls us “the heavens.” We do not have to wait until we die to enter the heavens; He has caught us up into the heavens as He has taught us day by day and word by word.
Deep calls unto deep. If we turn away from the One who calls us into the Spirit, our soul remains in darkness. When we turn our minds and hearts toward the One who is our true identity, we are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory! Amen.
Because of His love,
WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? – MSG. No. 178 [Jackie Caporaso] 1