As the people of God assemble today may they celebrate their freedom in Christ knowing that they have repented, changed their minds, turned 180 degrees from sin and unto Jesus and His abundant life. May they walk through the coming week as those who have been lightened from their burden of guilt. ”With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.” (Rom.8:1-2, Msg)
When trouble came to David on that hillside, he couldn’t see how being attacked by a lion had anything to do with being king of Israel someday. That day all he saw was teeth, hair and eyeballs lunging at him. He had no idea killing that lion connected to confronting a bear or how that was preparatory to killing a giant or how that would favor him as a candidate for king. (Rom.8:28) —Kathy
“The earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God”(Rom.8:19) God built that expectancy into creation because He had built into His sons the ability to meet it by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Creation was designed to wait upon the government of God manifested in His redeemed ones; ones who would declare and decree in keeping with His will for their respective generation. (Ps.71:18)
The era of half-hearted church-maintaining, while sneaking peeks toward the sky hoping for an escape, is dying away. Do not think for one minute that it is not also the heart-felt wish of the powers of hell and the spirit of this age that the church might go someplace else, because the wisdom of God and the redemptive power of His Christ are being manifest through His church and the Kingdom of God is advancing in the earth in spite of the best-effort opposition of the kingdom of darkness. We are in a new era where there is hope for the future and there is determination of sons to be manifest as groan-stoppers (Rom.8:19, 22). In Jn.20:21 Jesus told His disciples that He was sending them even as the Father had sent Him. Then, we have record of the extraordinary results of that authoritative sending throughout the Book of Acts. (Second excerpt from Marty’s article “The New Era and the Church Trampling”)
(Kathy G.) The reason the Father/son relationship is pivotal is because that relationship provides what every son needs to function effectually in their lifetime. These function essentials are spelled out in Romans 8– 1) the strength of identity, 2) the empowerment of affirmation and 3) the protection of boundaries built into relationship. Our adversary knows this and consistently targets the Father/Son relationship and attempts to make you feel de-sonned or de-daughtered. Every temptation that the devil threw at Old Testament Adam in the garden and then at New Testament Adam in the wilderness was an attempt to sabotage the Father/Son relationship. He used doubt to knock on the door of their minds and then demanded they take action to prove him wrong. The doubts were back-handed accusations concerning God’s motive or commitment or planning. The doubts and accusation were aimed at causing friction and distrust between Father and son.
(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Bringing Sons to Glory“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)