Jesus took all the evil of this world on Himself so that we could have all the good of Heaven today. For those that have Jesus, it’s always good news… even when you don’t realize it!
Home Sweet Home is right here inside of us. Nothing to wait for. Nothing to long for. And not just a foretaste or a sample — it’s all here within us.
What we believe affects our emotions. If we believe that our home is far off from us, as if it’s something we will attain years from now, it gives us a sort of bittersweet ache, and a longing in our hearts for something better. That is the last thing that a born-again believer, carrying Heaven inside of them, should feel.
The Spirit of God is all the good things of Heaven, coming down low, and residing inside of us. God refers to what’s inside of us as “Heaven.” Pay close attention to this verse:
All our lives, we are told in the church that we are strangers to this earth. We don’t belong here. We walk as pilgrims in this world. And one day we will be home. But that last part is unfortunately incorrect.
If things are just feeling “off” in your life, don’t believe any of these common misconceptions in the church…
Jesus’ provision for us was finished 2,000 years in the past! There is no need for Him to do anything more for us! And those who have believed, have been perfected by that work in the present! We have received it all! The only thing left for our future, is to manifest everything that we have received!
Jesus provided everything for all of humanity in the past. He does not have to work anymore! It is finished! But because of His finished work in the past, we are made perfect and full in Him presently!
Every single bit of the good news that God wants to tell you revolves around the past. Every message that we hear at church should also revolve around the past, because everything that you could possibly need or want was provided once for all time, 2000 years ago.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking help from natural resources. As we grow in our knowledge, we all do it. Even if it’s as common as eating, drinking, and clothing ourselves from the cold – these are all natural things that we use to help us until our mind is fully renewed.
It’s not worth considering the natural resources you have or don’t have, when you’re thinking about what is possible in your life. You’ve got heavenly resources inside of you now, and therefore, you are no longer limited by natural things!
If you ask any Christian whether they want to see the power of God manifest in their life, they will of course say yes. If that’s you, let me tell you that you can see the power of God manifest wherever you need it, but natural thinking isn’t going to do it for you! We need to be spiritually minded.
I believe that too often we consult with natural resources around us to see whether something is possible in our life or not. If the doctor can fix it, then we feel comfortable that we can be well. If we feel smart enough, then we feel confident the task can get done. If people are favorable to us, then we are at peace that we can prosper.
It’s true that joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Jesus is always happy and He can produce that through you as well (Galatians 5:22). But the Spirit isn’t just happy. He’s happy for a reason! Notice that even when Jesus rejoiced, in the joy of the Spirit, He assigned a reason for it:
Simply due to lack of knowledge of what Jesus has done, sometimes as believers, we think we’ve got such big problems. We magnify the things we go through until we have blown them so out of proportion. All the while, you have the solution to every problem in the universe right inside of you. You’re the envy of all creation.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Something that believers don’t talk about too much is the respect and honor that we have from God. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we’ve done some good work to impress God, but because we have chosen to believe Jesus, the Father respects you for that.
Because our flesh has limitations and we are too used to living in it, sometimes we only think in terms of tasks being easy or hard. But for the power of God, one task is not harder than another (in terms of His power).
Most Christians understand that fear and worry are not from God. But sometimes, if we experience those things, we end up feeling worried about our worry, if that makes sense. We’re distraught because we know fear and worry are not from God, but your feelings are not a problem.
Recently, we have not only been talking about the position Jesus holds, but the position that we hold with Him. We have been made exactly like Jesus now, in our spirit (Hebrews 12:23).
We’ve been discussing how we are just like Jesus now. Inside of you, you have everything Jesus has, you feel everything Jesus feels, you think everything Jesus thinks. No exceptions (1 John 2:20, Hebrews 12:23).
In our last part, we talked about how we are at the “top of the food chain“ (so-to-speak) with Jesus. Many Christians have limited, to no knowledge, that they are the same as Jesus in their inheritance.
If a Major League baseball player goes to a Little League game, does he feel threatened by the 7-year-old players there? Of course not. And why not? He realizes that he plays at a much higher level. He realizes he possesses much more talent and ability than those kids at the Little League game. So, envy and inferiority doesn’t even make sense.
It’s very popular to speak about “loving God with your life“ in the church today. But did you know that you can’t love God with your life? And did you know that “loving God with your life“ is actually not in the Bible? Loving God is simply believing what Jesus did for you!
You don’t need to know everything there is to know to bear lots of fruit! This notion that because you don’t know everything, or because your mind is not fully renewed yet, that you can’t see miracles in your life is simply not true. Otherwise, most, if not all of us, would not be able to see miracles in our life, because we don’t see Jesus perfectly.
It seems like many, if not most Christians, believe that God controls everything in the universe. They feel that God can intervene in situations wherever and whenever He wants. The only way a person can believe this (and I mean the only way), is to first believe that God can communicate good things to mankind apart from Jesus — simply because He feels like it.
Does Jesus like human suffering? Of course not! He came and suffered so that no one else would have to. But it is interesting, when you look at the accounts where Jesus wept or showed concern, it wasn’t over human suffering, but rather unbelief. Let’s explain.
John 11:23-26 (NKJV) Jesus said to her [to Martha], “Your brother will rise again… I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?“
Some people feel very confident in their intellect. They’re very confident in their ability to understand things and speak intelligently about many different topics. Personally, I would rather say something foolish as I’m growing, but know that Jesus is my wisdom, then for everyone to think I’m so intelligent, and yet be a fool to God.
At Reform Church, when we learn about Jesus being our resurrection and life, or about our redemption from this world, or about the authority that we have over this entire universe, it’s needful for us to remember… this is real.