No longer children

Pastor Dwain Faith

I’m convinced that religion has harmed the essence of who God has made us to be.  Therefore we are living too much in an old Testament model, and old testament mind set. 

Living from earth.

Trying to make our way to God.

Trying to be forgiven.

Trying to perform so as to be accepted.

This unworthy mind-set keeps us praying from earth

Praying outside of understanding our inheritance

Praying without a basis for our answers, except God’s mercy.

 

If you see yourself a servant or a child, either way you don’t yet possess an inheritance. 

You have no basis for authority or dominion, except God’s mercy (if it falls your way)…due to your perfect performance or his random favor.

In the Old Testament, as children of God, they possessed everything, through adoption, through covenant, made with Abraham, but never were given full possession of their inheritance, only a picture of it in the promise land.

In the Old Testament they looked forward to our day, a day they could see from a distance.  The prophets even foretold of our day.

They, the Jewish people, were children of God, but they were held far under their potential until the Messiah would come to deliver mankind.

Therefore they looked to promises from God as something more distant, something future, something not yet consummated, something promised yet not fulfilled.

They were not sealed with the Holy Spirit

They were not given authority over Satan

They were not seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Their greater concern was atonement for sin and fulfilling the requirements of the Law.

Heb.  11: 39  And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,  40  because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Unfortunately, this looking forward attitude has crept into the New Testament Church.  We too often find ourselves putting the promises of God off to a future day living as if we were in Old Testament times.

According to New Testament theology, this is a grave and counter productive mistake.  Paul says that they were held in a sort of bondage (limitation) that was similar to slavery until Christ came.  Once Christ came all were liberated into our full potential as Sons of God.

 

Galatians 4:1  What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2  He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.  3  So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.  4  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,  5  to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  6  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  7  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.  NIV