When you trade in your old car for a brand new car, there are usually upgrades, and you have to get used to the new. When you trade in your old nature, sin, trespasses, and falling short of the glory, for the Joy of the Lord (strength in your weakness; the refuge in times of trouble), you have to get used to the new also, and be watchful for the thief who always comes to steal, and kill, and destroy what you have received in Christ: life abundant and fullness of life (out of the fullness of Christ there is grace upon grace John 1:16).
“IF any one is in Christ they are a new creation, the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Why do bad things still happen to “good” people? Probably the enemy trying to steal your inheritance of Christ and Christ in you; trying to keep you from being presented as a pure bride to her One Husband (1 Corinthians 11:2). Lucifer is BITTER and he wants you to be bitter with him, instead of BETTER with Christ, through strengthened faith THROUGH trials and tribulations.
It is not automatic as some think; it is not magic as others think; it is not impossible as others think. With God all things are possible, and WITH Christ in you it is possible to live out the new Reality found only in Christ Jesus, but everything of the world system of beliefs will balk in the face of it; believing only what they see. They have faith in fear, instead of faith in God whom you can’t see. But being born again of God, of Water and of Spirit, the Holy Spirit reveals the Lord Jesus Christ as he is NOW, and reveals what eye has not seen, what ear has not heard, and what the heart has not spiritually perceived before. We work out what God works in us, to the Will of God: all that good and perfect (lacking nothing) and holy (set apart). “Not in your own strength, for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you energizing and creating in you the power and desire, both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight” Philippians 2:13 AMPC
God does not give you the spirit of fear; the devil gives the spirit of fear. God gives us the spirit of sonship, and his Spirit of Power and Love and Sound Mind for self control. The Son of God gives us life and life more abundant. Knowing God and the glory of the Son is eternal life. “Hearing the Word and believing it, we do not come into judgment but have passed from death to life” (John 5:24). Those who have the Son have resurrection life and Spirit; those who do not have the Son do not have life, but a dead spirit and unredeemed soul that is either possessed or oppressed or suppressed or repressed or depressed by unclean spirits of anger, fear, lust, pride, unbelief, anxiety about the future or regret about the past, who influence the mind to have ungodly thoughts, and influence the hard heart to despair, and influence the will to perverted desires, motivations, intentions, and choices.
BUT GOD! But God changes everything when we repent and come to Jesus to save us from ourselves and the father of lies, the devil, who uses deception, manipulation, trickery, sorcery to twist the Words of God to make evil seem good and good seem evil. Don’t fall for it any longer! For the answer to EVERY personal problem and EVERY earthly problem is not man-made solutions that cause more harm, but God’s Solution: the Cross of Jesus where we die to sin and come alive to righteousness WITH Christ (1 Peter 2:24). We trade in our sorrows for the Joy of the Lord as we say, “Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes Lord, YES!” We trade our sin, spiritual death, works of the devil, shame, guilt, and condemnation for the Joy of the Lord: the Joy that Jesus received for enduring the Cross (Hebrews 12:2).
So asking and thanking God for salvation, redemption, forgiveness of sins, healing, deliverance from the dominion of darkness and transferring us into the kingdom of the beloved Son, forgiveness and freedom from sin and falling short of the glory, we boldly and confidently come to the Throne of Grace and Glory through the access provided through the NEW and LIVING Way, through the Door of Jesus, through the torn veil, and RECEIVE every spiritual blessing in Christ into us (Ephesians 1:3, 17-4:24). We hear the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come” and we come and TAKE the Water of Life without price, for Jesus paid the full price (Revelation 22:17). The mystery of “two becoming one” is a profound one (Ephesians 5:32).
Jesus said it is finished, so we believe and receive the finished work of the Cross.
Hear the Word of God, “It is done” and “Behold, I make all things new!”
Believe and receive; take it to heart and let the New Covenant Word become flesh in you as the Old Covenant Word was made flesh in Jesus so he could fulfill ALL the law and the prophesy. “As he is NOW so are we in THIS world” (1 John 4:17); arising from the dead and receiving the Light of Christ to wake up and stay awake with glorified Christ Jesus, led by the HOLY Spirit of God, and realizing and proving Christ in us is GREATER than he who is in this world (1 John 4:4), the god of this world who blinds minds, veils the gospel to those who are perishing, lies and deceives and manipulates; steals, kills, and destroys lives, marriages, families, children, churches, and nations. But those who TURN to the Lord are unveiled to see, and beholding the glory of the Lord we are changing into his image and likeness; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Through divine power we partake of Christ nature IF we trade in our old nature for his new nature, by obeying the Word, Will, and Spirit of God (die to the old nature and come alive with Christ). We hear the Word through the Holy Spirit; we obey out of love for God who loves us first and pours his Love into our hearts by the HOLY Spirit (Romans 5:5). Those who love God and obey his Word have Jesus manifest himself to them and the Father and Son make their Home in you (John 14:15-28), as the Holy Spirit reminds, teaches, guides, leads, counsels, defends, advocates, breathes resurrection life and Spirit into your body, transforms by refining you in the holy fire, regenerating and renewing Christ in you, as a continuous River of Pure Water of Life from the Throne of God, out of Christ into your spirit and soul and body; filling, flowing, and overflowing rivers from you (John 7:37-39; Titus 3:5). God richly POURS out the Holy Spirit to wash, regenerate, and renew us IN the Holy Spirit, a continuous River when we abide in Christ and Christ in you.
The seven spirits from the Throne: fire, oil, and eyes to see are sent to those who are to inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 1:4, 4:5, 5:6), making the bride ready (Revelation 19:7). We don’t buy what the world system is selling, but we buy the gold refined by fire, the white garment, and the eyes to see from the crucified, died, buried, resurrected, ascended, and glorified Christ Jesus (Revelation 3:18). Those who conquer are granted to sit WITH Christ in heavenly places as Jesus conquered and sits WITH God our Father on his Throne above the highest heavens (3:21). “He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Holy Spirit says to the assemblies (churches)” (3:22 AMPC).
Jesus is the First Born from the dead in the New Covenant; our new assemblies are supposed to be the gathering together of first borns. What I have found is churches infiltrated and conforming to this world, instead of transforming by the Mind of Christ renewing; conforming to Christ by believing and RECEIVING the Word and Will and Spirit of God, and working it out with FEAR and TREMBLING (Philippians 2:12); encouraging each other, speaking the Truth in Love. Instead I see gathering of sinners under the dominion of darkness, denying the Power of the Blood and Name of Jesus; those who do not believe they can be delivered from sin and be transferred into the kingdom of the Son. Those who don’t hear and believe the Word, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by FAITH in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). The Father has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the SAINTS in the Light of Christ (Colossians 1:12-13): the fiery, brilliant Light of glorified Christ by the HOLY Spirit.
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from ABOVE coming DOWN from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own Will he brought forth by the Word of Truth that we should BE a kind of first fruits of his new creatures” James 1:16-18
IF any one is IN CHRIST, you are a NEW creature of the NEW creation of the NEW covenant.
“Count it ALL joy, my brethren, when you meet with various trials, for you know that the testing of your FAITH produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its FULL EFFECT, that you may be perfect and COMPLETE (in Christ and Christ in you), lacking nothing” James 1:2-4
“Gain Christ, and be found in him” Philippians 3:8-9