When we see ourselves the way God sees us it will effect how we relate to God, how we relate to others and how we relate to the devil.
In Numbers 13, when the spies returned from spying out the Promised Land, ten of the spies brought back an evil report saying: "...we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Num. 13:33)
I don't know about you. But I want all that God has given me as my inheritance, in Christ. Therefore, I need to see myself the way God sees me. If I want to do what God has called me to do.
"When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, 'I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly'..." (Gen. 17:1-2)
When God began to reveal Himself to Abram, He revealed Himself as the Almighty God, the multi-breasted God. In other words, God was revealing Himself saying, "I have so much sufficiency, you can't consume all I have given you."
Then God calls Abram into relationship saying, "I will make a covenant with you and I will multiply you exceedingly." Covenant is a reflection of Who God is in our lives. Covenant is God's idea that is based on His performance.
When God says He is going to have a covenant relationship with us. It is as if God is saying, "You are going to see My Nature and My Character reflected in your life.
Beloved friends, if we come into relationship with Jesus. He is has more than enough sufficiency for anything that we might ever need.
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (Jn. 10:10)
Beloved friends, the life God has Promised us in Christ is rich, full, extravagant and full of the abundance of life!
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19)
If you read the end of the Book, the Bible clearly illustrates that heaven is not struggling. Heaven is not bankrupt. Heaven is extravagant. Heaven will revolutionize some of our religious minds. The gold and gems that we reserve as precious, heaven uses as pavement and foundational material.
Throughout the Old and New Testament we read that God desires for us to experience heaven on earth (Deut. 11:21). "For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." (2 Cor. 1:20)
"Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 'As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.'" (Gen. 17:3-4)
The purpose why we are blessed, is so we can be a blessing to all the families of the earth.
Then God changed Abram's name as well as Sarai's:
"No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations...Then God said to Abraham, 'As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.'" (Gen. 17:5, 15-16)
Beloved friends, when you come into relationship with God. He makes what is naturally impossible, supernaturally possible for you. God makes things that were not,as though they are (Rom 4:17). God revealed Himself to Abram, called Him into a covenant relationship and changed His name. In doing so, God spoke the Word of Life into a dead situation.
Nonetheless, Abraham did not consider the deadness of his body nor the deadness of Sarah's womb (Rom 4:19). Abraham only considered what God said.
This is an example of salvation. Despite what religion teaches, salvation is not a self-help program. Salvation is not being the best you can be, doing all that you can do.
Beloved friends, you could not save yourself! That is why God sent Jesus. If there had been a Law by which righteousness could come. Then righteousness would have come by the Law (Gal. 3:21). But there wasn't. That is why God sent Jesus. This is a type of Jesus. It is a type of how we receive righteousness and salvation.
God spoke His Word into a dead situation. God sent His Word in the Person of Jesus. When we believe in His Word, it changes Who we are.
Salvation is not a self-help program. Salvation is a radical intervention in an impossible situation. Salvation is a radical intervention in a dead situation.
Beloved friends, it was impossible for you to be saved without Jesus. It was impossible for you to be made alive again without Jesus. So God did it all for you in Jesus.
God revealed Himself and spoke His Word in Abram's life. Abraham believed God's Word.
"I will ...multiply you exceedingly." (Gen. 17:2)
But in order for Abraham to fulfill his destiny, God had to change his name (his identity). From then on, every time someone called him Abraham, they were simply reinforcing what God had spoken to him.
A change of identity is necessary to possess our destiny.
The value of identity is this: If we will begin to see ourselves the way God sees us. It will help us accomplish His purpose. God's purpose was to bless all the nations of the earth through Abraham. And God did it through the Seed of Abraham, Christ. Amen.
Not Ishmael, Abraham's and Sarah's self-help production.
"For what does the Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.'" (Rom. 4:3)
Righteousness was imputed to Abraham when he believed. In other words God put Abraham in right-standing with Himself (righteousness) when He believed God's Word, that he would be the heir of the world.
"For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all." (Rom. 4:13-16)
Beloved friends, I hope you are seeing this. These Scriptures are not just a beautiful and power story about Abraham and the righteousness by faith. God revealed Himself to Abram, called Him into a covenant relationship and changed His identity so that He could speak forth His Divine Purpose (Gen 17:1-5).
God blessed Abraham so that He could bless all the nations of the world! God Promised Abraham and His Seed that he would be the heir of the entire world! Why?
So that all mankind could receive salvation!
This great salvation that we are all destined to receive. Is not based on our performance of keeping the Law. No, we receive righteousness, salvation by putting our faith in Jesus, the Word God the Promise Seed of Abraham.
What is more, God put Abraham in right-standing with Himself so that Abraham could be heir of the world. In other words, it was God's plan to restore authority back to humanity.
"And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.'" (Rev. 5:9-10)
God originally gave authority to man. However, Adam forfeited it to Satan in the Fall. Whereby Satan became the god of this world. Therefore, God was making a Promise to Abraham and His Seed, to become heir of the world, in Christ.
However, we must understand, that the Promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
The Bible is a Book of redemption. God wanted mankind to be restored into their destined position of authority. So then, God gave the Law in order to curb sin in the earth. Why? So God could bring a Savior to redeem mankind. Please understand, if God did not curb sin through the Law, there never would have been a virgin left to bring forth a Savior.
Furthermore, Paul teaches us in Galatians 3, the Law was our schoolmaster, to bring us to Christ. But once Christ came. We graduated. Whereby we are no longer under the Law.
If righteousness is of the Law, then faith is void. Why? The Law works wrath. The Law would make the Promise ineffective. Cause the Law would constantly judge us without mercy. Under the Law we would always come short of His glory.
The only way you can come into a covenant relationship with God is through faith in His grace. Cause you could never perform well enough to earn righteousness. The Law revealed that you were a sinner. The Law revealed that you fell short. The Law revealed you need a Savior.
Jesus your Redeemer has come. All you have to do is put your faith in Him. When you do. You have arrived. Spiritually speaking.
In Christ, God has brought you into authority. That is why Jesus said, "Whatever you ask in My name. He will give you." Beloved friends, in Christ you have been restored to a position of authority.
"(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.'" (Rom. 4:17-18)
In the mind of God, when God spoke His Word to Abram and when He changed his name, it was an accomplished fact. It was a done deal. It was finished. Jesus said "it is finished" (Jn. 19:30). Jesus paid for all of the Promises of God.
"For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." (2 Cor. 1:20)
"Through us." Beloved friends, we have authority. God gets glory when we operate in the Promises of God. Fruit not failure glorifies God.
In the mind of God, He says, "you are blessed." In the mind of God He says, "By His stripes you were healed." In the mind of God He says, "You're redeemed." In the mind of God He says, "It's a finished deal." In the mind of God He says, "It's an accomplished fact."
In the mind of God, He changed Abram's identity. It was an accomplished fact. In the mind of God, salvation, healing, prosperity, deliverance, peace with God, all of the Promises of God, are all an accomplished fact.
Now we need to boldly come to His Throne of Grace, believing what He has Promised us, to manifest in our lives. God is not trying to do something. It is done! In one sense of the Word, God has already saved everyone. In one sense of the Word, God has already healed everyone. In one sense of the Word, God has already prospered everyone. He already accomplished it at Calvary.
"But also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification." (Rom. 4:24-25)
Jesus already paid the price for our sin. He has already been raised for our justification. Therefore, God wants us to be living as justified people. Just as if we had never sinned. When you believe on Jesus, it changes how you live.
"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ." (Gal. 1:6-7)
Jesus is enough.
When we try to add to Jesus' performance, we are moving away from the Gospel. We are moving away from grace. Ultimately, we are moving away from Jesus. The problem with religion is adding something to what Jesus already accomplished.
Once we start saying Jesus is not enough. We have to add circumcision. Then we have to add the Law. Then when we begin to teach Jesus + circumcision + Law, we are teaching the people that Jesus Alone is not enough. Thus making the Promises of God of no effect.
Beloved friends, we receive the God and His righteousness by faith in His grace.
"Just as Abraham 'believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.' Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham." (Gal. 3:6-7)
Abraham received righteousness when he believed God, not when he performed well. Therefore, if you have faith in Jesus, you are blessed. It is a done deal. It is finished. It is an accomplished fact.
Therefore, you need to see yourself the way God sees you. You need to see yourself as blessed, justified and righteous before God.
You need to see yourself the way God sees you. It will help you fulfill your destiny.
We need to do what God has called us to do. We need to be where God has called us to be. So enlarge your horizon, think in a different dimension, talk and live in a different way. Change the picture of how you see yourself on the inside of you. In Christ, God has changed your identity.
Therefore, we can go anywhere He wants us to go. We can do anything He wants us to do.
God spoke the Word of Life into an impossible situation. He told Abram, "No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations." (Gen. 17:5)
"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.' And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore 'it was accounted to him for righteousness.'” (Rom. 4:18-22)
What is more, when all natural hope was gone, Abraham believed in hope. Abraham believed God at His Word. He did not stagger at the Promise through unbelief. He was strong in faith. Giving glory to God.
He just believed God
When I believe God, it changes how I live my life. I can do anything God wants me to do. I can go anywhere God wants me to go. I can be anything God wants me to be. I can have anything God wants me to have. My Father wants me blessed, to establish His covenant on the earth (Deut. 8:18), to bless all the families of the earth (Gen. 12:2-3)
I am blessed
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;." (1 Pt. 2:9)
We are a peculiar people. We ought to be different. If people do not look at you funny once in awhile. You need to believe more. We're believers. We believe. That's what we do.
"So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham... Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree')," (Gal. 3:9, 13)
If you believe, you are blessed with faithful Abraham
Beloved friends, this is the reason Christ came, to purchase us out of the curse of the Law. By becoming a curse for us. Christ has redeemed us from the curse. Therefore, we have been redeemed from sickness. We have been redeemed from the slavery of sin. We have been redeemed from poverty. We have been redeemed from spiritual death. When Jesus comes again, we will be redeemed from physical death.
We have been redeemed from the curse of the Law. Therefore, we do not have to be cursed. Because Jesus took our curse.
"That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Gal. 3:14)
God did this so the blessing of Abraham might come on the entire world through Christ.
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead came to live on the inside of you. If you have the Spirit of Christ. You're not trying to get blessed. You are blessed. If you have the Spirit of Christ you are healed. The devil may be trying to get you sick and take you out. But you are healed. If you have the Spirit of Christ you are righteous. The devil may be trying to get you to sin. But you are righteous. Why?
Christ's Spirit, the Spirit of the Living God, the same Spirit that raised up Christ from the dead is living on the inside of you. You already have it.
That is what blessing is
Beloved friends, we are trying to get on the outside what is already true on the inside. We are trying to get what is in our born-again spirit to be renewed in our minds. So that as we begin to see ourselves as God sees us, we can see it manifested on the outside in our body, finances, etc. In Christ, in our born-again spirit we already have it. We received it the moment we became born-again.
You are either spiritually wealthy or spiritually bankrupt. You are either righteous or a sinner. You are either in Christ or in Adam. You are either blessed or curse. You are either healed or sick. You are either rich or poor. But you are not both.
God spoke His Word of Life to Abram, "You will no longer be Abram, your name is going to be called Abraham (the father of many nations, the father of us all)." Therefore, in the mind of God it is an accomplished fact. It is a finished deal. It is done. It is complete.
"And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." (Col. 2:10)
Beloved friends, when you believed on Christ. You became complete in Him, over ever principality and power. Therefor, in the mind of God it is is a done deal. In the mind of God you are righteous, you are healed, you are blessed, you are at peace with God, and you are prosperous. In the mind of God you already have, it is an accomplished fact.
But you have to notify your brain. You need to renew your mind, what happened in your spirit, when you became born-again. Your body is trying to tell you different things.
Change the picture on the inside of you. Begin to see yourself the way God sees you.
Then, it won't take long before, manifestation starts happening on the outside. You will walk different. You will talk different.
Start believing God. It will change your life. See yourself the way God sees you.
"Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, 'And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, 'And to your Seed,' who is Christ." (Gal. 3:16)
The Promise was made to Christ. Christ is the Seed of Abraham. When you believe on Jesus, you enter into a covenant relationship with God. You become a child of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
It's not about which culture or class you come from. It is not about your gender or generation. It is all about being a new creature in Christ.
"And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Gal. 3:29)
I'm the Seed of Abraham. Christ took up residence on the inside of me, when I became born-again. God made a Promise to Jesus, the Seed of Abraham on my behalf. And Jesus is the One Who secured the Promise. God is my Father. I am in His family. I am joint-heirs with Christ.
Everything He has is mine
When I see myself as God sees me. It changes how I walk in the world. It changes how I talk. It changes how I act. It changes everything about me. It changes and sets in motion my destiny in the earth.
Beloved friends, you cannot do what God has called you to do. You cannot fulfill your destiny without seeing yourself, the way God sees you in Christ.
In order for me to receive my Promise, in order for me to fulfill my purpose, I must change my identity,
In order to fulfill my destiny, I first change my identity, in Christ.