Are you a slave unto sin or God’s bond-servant unto righteousness ?
God’s people must renounce the “we are just sinners saved by grace” mentality, because that’s exactly what Satan wants.
The devil wants to paralyze us with the sin mentality, whereas the Spirit of God declared that we are more than conquerors through Christ, as we surrender to God’s transformation work in our lives to conform us to the likeness, the divine nature and the image of Christ, the Firstborn Son amongst the dead.
Have we not been revived and made alive as born-again children of the light, and does light not have the ability to expose and expell all the darkness in us as we continue to willingly yield ourselves to be influenced by the light?
Who is declared to be the head of all principality and power?
The problem is that for too long, Satan has kept the body of Christ ignorant to the victory that is given to us in Christ as we learn to grow up and mature in Him, unto the measure of the full stature of Christ.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,
20 Which He performed in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come:
22 And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.
Is it not written in Ephesians 4:
The New Man
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Problem is that far too many of God’s people are blinded to the work of the Spirit through the administration of the power of the cross to completely uproot, demolish and destroy the seed of the serpent in us, which is that old man that is corrupted by various lusts through the nature of the fallen earthy Adam.
It’s imperative that we understand the hope of His calling beloved, which is the fact that the ministry of the cross, does not just save the sinner, but also crucifies the sinner, after that we’ve been saved.
If you resist the power of the cross to slay the sinner in you, after that you’ve been born-again unto salvation, how then can you claim to be a new creation, created after God in true righteousness and holiness?
Can I erect a new building and structure unless I first uproot and demolish the old rotten foundation?
Jesus spoke of the process of repentance, transformation and obedience to become the temple of His habitation in Luke 6, and notice how He explains that first He must be allowed to dig down in us, if we want to discover and receive Him as a sure foundation.
Build on the Rock
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
The Father spoke to me about this process of allowing ourselves to be emptied out and He said “allow Me to work. If you allow Me to penetrate your depths, then you shall find that I’ve become your sure foundation. If you really want to become a completely new creation, then first allow Me to destroy your old fleshly foundation.”
Then Jesus declared to me – “yes in Me and through Me everything does become new, but first you must be willing to let go of the old man and it’s fallen ways.”
If we want to stay ignorant and stubbornly persist in our old ways by wanting everything to go our way and if we ignore the call to lay ourselves down for His sake, then the reality and the glory of the newly created heavenly man, shall only be a mystery, because we choose to stay carnal.
Are you compelled by the love of Christ or are you ignorant of the passion and the jealousy of His love which seeks to capture your entire heart and own and rule the seat of your affection?
Are you compelled by the love of Christ, or are you imprisoned and still enslaved by the lustful cravings and desires of your fallen sinful nature?
If we live selfish, fleshly and self-centered lives, after that we’ve been saved, how then will we ever be captured and delivered by the power of His love ?
He died for me so I might learn to die to myself and live for Him. This is the reality and difference between the born-again nominal fleshly Christian who are only saved by grace, who camp on the level of salvation and those who become the bride of Christ because they follow Him on the road of the cross, through laid down lives.
This is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 5: 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
20 years ago the accuser and adversary of God and His people appeared to me in a night vision and as I awoke out of that vision, Satan stood in my room with his evil satanic presence.
Then he declared to me “i am stronger than your God, my kingdom shall prevail.”
I knew Satan was lying but I didn’t fully understood exactly what the serpent was saying.
Then many years later God gave me the understanding that what the devil tried to convince me off, is that as long as we are here on earth, he will always have a hold on us through the weakness of our sinful flesh.
It must therefore be understood that the throne of satan operates through our fallen fleshly man, and it’s exactly what God says in the following scripture – Romans 6:6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 * Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Notice in the above scripture, that the grace of God that brings salvation through the ministry of the cross must also be allowed to change us unto godliness and holiness.
We’ve been set free from sin beloved which means that the work of the cross was a complete work of redemption, not just unto salvation, but also as we yield ourselves willingly to the discipline of the Father we might share in His holiness and bring forth fruit befitting true repentance, which speaks of those who have been brought to maturity.
We cannot stay immature born-again babies. After the gift of salvation is realized, we are challenged by the Father to press on to know the Lord and to make our calling and election sure. We cannot camp at the foot of His mountain in the outer court realm of the Kingdom of heaven, which is the realm of paradise.
He is the high and the lofty One, who’s habitation is holy and the Father’s desire is to bring many sons to glory, which speaks of the upward call of God in Christ as we follow Him in obedience in the way of the cross unto the death of self, which is that former way of life lived in the flesh. Glorification unto manifested sonship becomes the portion of those who allows themselves to conformed to the pattern and the standard of Christ, after that we have received the gift of salvation.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would fail before Me,
And the souls which I have made.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness
I was angry and struck him;
I hid and was angry,
And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him;
I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him
And to his mourners.
19 “I create the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord,
“And I will heal him.”
We’ve been called to run the race set before us to win the crown 👑 of the overcomer, as we live to pursue God into His mountain. This road and way to Zion, the habitation and tabernacle of His Presence, is revealed and declared in Hebrews 12.
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Renew Your Spiritual Vitality
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
The Glorious Company
18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Hear the Heavenly Voice
25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Notice that we follow Him through the principle of the cross and the Gethsemane cup of self denial into the mountain of God, which is the Kingdom of God and mountaintop realm of His PRESENCE of HIS POWER and of HIS GLORY.
Glorification unto manifested sonship is wrought into us through the discipline and the shakings of the Father.
Of these shakings, the Father spoke the following to the late Jim Hammerly – ”
I AM Making YOU Shake Proof!
Posted on 23 February 2016 by Jim Hammerle
I never shake things without a purpose. If I shake you, it’s only to shake loose anything in your life that cannot stand in My presence.
Anything and anyone with sin, flesh or deception will completely self destruct if they even approach My full holiness. You cannot in your flesh even look upon Me and live, Exodus 33:20. My love for you, does not want you to be shaken to death, in this worldwide shaking I have begun.
I AM going to shake things so hard, that men you thought were invincible, will die of heart attacks, Luke 21:26 but I AM attempting to make you shake proof! I need to shake things extremely hard, because religion has bound multitudes tightly in self righteousness.
I also know that kingdom citizens are unshakable and will remain strong and steadfast during the worst of the shaking, Hebrews 12:25-29.
They have allowed Me to put them through the fiery trials, burning out all the fleshly shakable materials. Every trial I put you through is to make you unshakable when everyone around you is having heart attacks. If you continuously wear My full armor, then you will remain unshakable.
Most western believers are very easily shakable, having little armor and a lot of flesh. If you are wise, you will welcome the trials with joy, James 1:2 because any flesh in you that has not been crucified by trials, will be shaken loose in the great shaking, but the shaking will be extremely unpleasant and your heart could fail.
My Spirit is working night and day to convince you to voluntarily die to your flesh, but some are avoiding the trials, and ignoring His convictions and will end up being badly shaken. Yet others of you are preparing your hearts, so you will not be shaken and you will be a beacon of hope, during the worst of the shaking. Father wants none of His children to be shaken, but neither does He want them consumed when they approach His holiness.
My Grace never overrules My Father’s holiness! My blood covers any sin that you have confessed, repented of, and turned from, but all fleshly works, deception and hidden sin, will ignite as it approaches My Fathers holiness for He is a consuming fire, 1 Corinthians 3:13-15.
All trials are because Father loves you so much and wants you to be able to approach Him without fear.
My grace allows you to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in your time of need, Hebrews 4:16. But grace will not cover unrepented sin, therefore, you will not be able to approach My Father with it and survive, Romans 6:15-16.
You can be sure that My Fathers love is doing everything possible to either, burn out or shake off anything that keeps Him and you apart! How your flesh dies is up to you My child, but I want you to be part of My unshakable Kingdom! (end of quote)
Matthew 3: 10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
He called us to become a living sacrifice and a completely newly created heavenly man, created after God in true righteousness and holiness.
Psalm 24 also declares that we must be purged from the dross and deception of our former sinful ways and be purified in our hearts if we desire to stand in His holy place.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.