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From Fear to Faith

By Paige Hunt

And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the scouts who had searched the land, rent their clothes, and they said to all the company of Israelites, The land through which we passed as scouts is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not.” – Numbers 14:6-9 (AMPC)

Moses sent twelve spies into the Promised Land, and all of them except Joshua and Caleb came back with bad reports, influenced by the fear and intimidation of the circumstances surrounding them. Numbers 13:28 and 13:33 reveals that the ten spies saw their opposition 635as strong and courageous. And themselves as weak grasshoppers. Their beliefs were summed up in these words, “we are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are” (AMPC). In the natural, this may have looked to be so, yet Scripture states that those spies brought back an “evil report” (13:32) – one influenced and shaken up by the enemy, rather than springing from faith in the truth of God’s word and promises. Romans 12:23 informs us that “Whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin” (AMPC). In other words, your perspective in any given circumstance will be dominated by faith or fear; from God’s perspective of truth or the enemy’s perspective of deception.

Perhaps today you are facing a situation that seems large, looming, and insurmountable. It may be a financial crisis and a mound of debt, a relationship issue, a health complication, or any other negative circumstance. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by an “evil report”. Rather, rest in the revelations and promises of Scripture and allow faith to make itself manifest throughout your emotions, mind, and heart (Romans 10:17). Now, before I continue I want to address something about faith…

You may be worried that perhaps you do not possess the faith to remain strong and courageous in the midst of huge, demanding challenges, and your experiences may seem to back up these worries – perhaps at the first sign of opposition, you turn and run, or get filled with crippling anxieties and doubts; perhaps, at the first sign of opposition, you find yourself submitting to all kinds of stress and rebellious behaviour. Although this may have been your past experience, be encouraged that Scripture declares that God has given to each believer “the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). As a believer in Christ, when you were raised and ascended with Jesus, the same power – including that same faith – that rose Jesus from the dead, lives within your Spirit in fullness (Ephesians 1:19; see also 1 Corinthians 6:17). This means that your Spirit contains the faith of Christ, and is able to 18live victoriously through him (Galatians 2:20), and perceive each circumstance from His position of unshakable might and authority. You can renew your mind according to God’s word, so that the faith within you transforms your outward emotions and actions (Romans 12:2). Believer, you are destined to be successful and faith-filled, and to walk in the Spirit-filled boldness of Joshua and Caleb. This is your identity in Christ!

Romans 3:27 expresses that there is such thing as “the law of faith” (KJV). In other words, there are keys which govern faith, so that without fail you are able to experience faith manifesting from your Spirit, into your mind, heart, emotions, and your circumstances. There are ways that you can manifest confidence and authority that you are “the head and not the tail” of all circumstances, “above only, and not beneath” in all situations and in the fact of all contradictions (Deuteronomy 28:13; AMPC).

As you learn the promises of God towards you in Scripture, i.e. the blessings and benefits you have been gifted with in Christ, the law of faith will go to work on your behalf. There are two key Scriptures that speak of how the law of faith functions:

  • “For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (AMPC).
  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17 (KJV).

Scripture declares that as you (continually) hear of the promises and blessings of God in Scripture, which are all given to you freely in Christ (the original Greek translates ‘word of God’ as ‘word of Christ’ in Romans 10:17), then you will gain an awareness of how much God loves you and how dear you are to Him. The law of faith, through the word of God and the love of God, will go to work for you, on your behalf, causing faith to manifest itself in all facets of your life, strengthening you in faith above and beyond all circumstances and 2contradictions, and transforming the way you think. You will discover yourself no longer shaken up and wavering due to circumstances, but energised with the hope (confident assurance) that faith brings. Hebrews 6:19 (AMPC) writes:

‘[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,’

The word will anchor your soul upon the truths of God, so that you can walk in your God-given victory, authority, and peace above all contradictions. Then, as your faith is re-directed from circumstance and the natural realm where the enemy can shake you up with ‘evil reports’, to Jesus and your inheritance in him, you will be renewed in the attitude of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Faith will always manifest with assurance in your soul, as you anchor your life upon God’s word and stand upon the promises of scripture.

Ephesians 1:18-19 describes this renewal as such: ‘….having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty 6strength,’ (AMPC). Like Caleb and Joshua, you can renew your mind according to the promises in God’s word, and gain an enlightened perspective of your authority and inheritance in Christ in your circumstances, completely transforming your perspective, and releasing manifest boldness and power. When this is so, like Caleb, in the face of contradiction you will naturally declare “we are well able to conquer it!” (Numbers 13:30; AMPC). You see, Caleb and Joshua knew that every opposition is “bread” – a chance to feast upon the promises of Scripture and see the abundant harvest of faith, sure that God’s promises will manifest.

Psalm 23:5 (NIV) declares, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…my cup overflows”. Likewise, Jesus stated in John 4:11 (AMP) that the great trial of Lazarus’ death, something standing in great opposition to God’s will and intent for mankind (see John 10:10), was an occasion to ‘honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.’ (John 11:4, AMPC) You see, Joshua and Caleb were able to perceive that every trial was an opportunity for a fresh revelation and manifestation of God’s favor and grace.

Believer, God has already supplied you with the faith to overcome the challenges you face with boldness and authority. The nature of God is supply!

Spiritual Authority: The Basics

By Paige Hunt

Many Christians today are struggling with sin, sickness, poverty, and many other negatives in their lives. However, Jesus has provided us with a holistic salvation that has redeemed us from every curse, and given us authority to always be above, and not beneath every circumstance, the head and not the tail of every situation that we face. Deuteronomy 28:13 (AMPC) declares:

“And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath,”

Through Christ you have freely inherited this blessing and every other blessing of Scripture (See 2 Corinthians 1:20). God desires that you rule and reign in life by his grace – that you take what his grace has provided you through faith, and exercise spiritual 16dominion and authority on this earth! (Romans 5:17). With that being said, let’s begin our topic of ‘Spiritual Authority’…

You were created to have dominion!

To understand how the world got in such a mess, and why so many are struggling, we have to go back to Genesis. In the same way, to understand our authority, we have to return to Genesis, to the Garden of Eden, for it was here that God made his intentions for man clear – God placed man in the midst of Eden, and gave him dominion, fortifying him with blessing. The word Eden means ‘pleasure’, and truly the garden was a haven of pleasure; a scene of harmony, beauty, peace, and abundant blessing. This was the sphere that man was designed, empowered, and created to live, think, and dwell within and from. I love the way that Kenneth Copeland writes about Genesis:

“Everything [in the garden] had been made ready for God’s crowning creation. ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth’ (verses 27-28). – With those words, God imparted to Adam and Eve and to all mankind The Blessing. He told them who they were: the lords of the earth created by God in His image as rulers and royalty. He told them what they were supposed to do: replenish (or fill up) the earth, subdue it and bring it into line with the perfect will of God. He also gave them the power to carry out that assignment. To bless actually means “to empower.” …Adam’s job was to exercise his God-given authority and expand that Garden until it encompassed the entire earth. That’s what The Blessing was for! It provided Adam with the power to carry on the work God began in creation. The Blessing empowered Adam to be a blessing wherever he went.” – Kenneth Copeland ‘The Garden of Eden in You’ (Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine, January 2007) [Insert mine]

Scripture declares God’s original intent for mankind to rule and reign as king’s on earth, prospering in a world of pleasure. There were no qualifications on this dominion either – man was created to live in freedom, joy, and peace. Genesis 1:26 writes this simply: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” (KJV)

Throughout Scripture, the original intent of God for mankind is clearly displayed:

  • “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men…” – Psalm 115:16 (AMPC)
  • “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” – Psalm 82:6 (KJV)

When God created mankind, he did so because he is a maternal, benevolent figure of pure 17light (1 John 1:5; Deuteronomy 32:18; Hosea 11:3-4; Isaiah 49:15). God’s greatest desire was to birth humanity as the recipients of all of his blessings, wonder, and pleasure, and to give them the earth as a birthday present, a present fitting for ‘Children of the most High’.

The Trouble Begins

Although man was given such an astounding birthday present – to reign on paradise earth – mankind lost this to Satan, being deceived into giving him their God-given authority (see Genesis 3). This is why Luke 4:6 declares that Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said…

“And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.”  – Luke 4:6 (AMPC)

Mankind unwittingly turned their kingly reign over to Satan, and forfeited the life of a king for the life of a slave. However, all was not lost…

Abraham’s Blessing

God, in his passionate love, truly wanted humanity to enjoy their birthday gift of reigning on this earth, so he designed a redemption plan. This began with the blessing that God gave to Abraham in Genesis 12:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].” – Genesis 12:2-3 (AMPC)

Abraham received this blessing through faith, and as a result, he began to reign in life as a king. Scripture records many promises that Abraham walked in, which I’ve detailed in our previous article, click here to be directed. One of the blessings that Abraham walked in was vast prosperity that continually increased (Genesis 13:2; 24:35), and expansive influence. 18Abraham was well-known for the blessings that marked his life (12:2). Indeed, he was so blessed by the blessing of God that he had divine renewal of youth, and him and his wife Sarah were able to have a child when he was 100 years old! (Genesis 17:16-17). Indeed, God truly is a hilariously generous giver!

The promise was not only to Abraham, but also to his offspring (Genesis 17:7). Therefore, throughout Scripture we see people regaining insight into their God-given authority, and accomplishing many mighty things. Hence Daniel 11:32 states, ‘the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits’ (KJV).

“but that is not all!

oh, no.

that is not all…”

 – Dr Seuss. ‘The Cat in the Hat’

 

 The Seed – Christ

God’s plan of redemption was to completely, fully, and truly redeem mankind back to their full authority and design in him. The blessing given to Abraham travelled down the ages through Abraham’s descendants in varying degrees, right to Jesus Christ. In Scripture, Christ is referred to as the ‘last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ (1 Corinthians 15:45, NIV). In Christ, God fully restored the blessing and authority given to Adam back to the whole human race.

Galatians 3 details this beautifully: in verse 16 we learn that God’s plan was always to redeem the blessing of our authority back to humanity through the finished work of Christ: ‘Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.’(KJV). Verses 13 and 14 tell us in no uncertain terms that through grace, we have inherited the fullness of our authority in the here and now, and can walk in the authority and blessing bestowed upon mankind in the garden:

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (KJV)

So, we can conclude that ‘they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.’ (v 9), and ‘And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.’ (v 29). Believers have fully re-gained their authority as heirs through Jesus Christ!

Heirs of the World

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” – Romans 4:13 (KJV)

Scripture actually declares that through our righteousness in Christ, which comes through faith and not our own performance, abilities, talents, striving, or efforts, we have received the status of heirs of the world.  The ‘world’ here means every material blessing, every earthly good, and all riches. Just like Adam we are called to prosper and have dominion on this earth. We are called to be above and not beneath, to live in abundant provision and 20never in lack, always in health and never in sickness or illness, and always in divine protection and unspeakable, glorious joy. To be an heir of the world means to be blessed materially, physically, relationally, mentally, and spiritually, and to enjoy life to the full and overflowing (John 10:10). God was speaking of us when he declared to Abraham that kings would be among his descendants! (Genesis 17:6).

More than meets the eye…

In fact, as New Covenant believers, we have it even better than Adam and Abraham – we are in union with the Trinity, and as such….

“And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” – Ephesians 2:6 (AMPC)

The Good News Bible writes ‘heavenly sphere’ as ‘the heavenly world’. In Christ we live, move, and have our being in a perfect, eternal union with the Trinity who conquered death, the devil, and are above every name that could be named. We are in Christ, seated ‘far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.” (Ephesians 1:21; AMPC).

“God has given us a huge authority. As born-again believers, Jesus has given us more authority than even Adam and Eve had. They had authority over this earth. However, after Christ rose from the dead, He had authority in heaven, authority on earth, and authority under the earth – meaning the demonic realm and hell (Phil. 2:10)….The authority we have as believers in Christ today is superior to the authority Adam had. We have everything he lost, and much more. We now have authority over the demonic realm (Matthew 10:1, 7-8)” – Andrew Wommack, ‘The Believer’s Authority’ p. 75-76.

As a believer in Christ you have unconditional, irrevocable authority over the demonic realm, as well as kingly authority to reign in this earth, walking in divine prosperity, abundance, peace, joy, health – every blessing that can be named – because you are in Christ, the name above all names, and share in all that he is and all that he has.

  • “…All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 28:18-19 (AMPC)
  • “Then Jesus called together the Twelve [apostles] and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases” – Luke 9:1 (AMPC)
  • “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (KJV)
  • “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” – Revelation 1:6 (KJV)
  • As a believer in Christ, you have ultimate power and authority over all sicknesses, diseases, and demons. As you have all authority, the devil has none! You have power over all the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but you have authority and power over harm, destruction and even death, because the dead-raising power of Christ lives on the inside of you and is a natural expression of your true identity and authority (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:19-23). You have authority over natural laws, authority to live in the fullness of God’s blessings, including Psalm 91 protection!

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” – Revelation 1:6 (KJV)

Extra Reading:

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Limitless Life Devotional

Enjoying Spiritual Treasure

John 1:16

‘And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace’ (KJV)

Some people relish in the idea of lack; to some the concept of living in lack and ‘just getting by’ is appealing, and there are many possible reasons for this. One is the religious ego, or the power people feel they have over those who aren’t as ‘trusting’ as they are. But, in short probably the main reason is that they see poverty as a virtue, as a holy lifestyle which requires their devotion and trust. Thank God that he doesn’t see it this way! In God’s mind poverty has always been a result of the curse, and he has never willed it upon any of his children! God himself has only ever been poor in Jesus on the cross, and that was for our sake – ‘so that you through his poverty might become rich.’ (KJV)

It’s important that we know a few things concerning prosperity and poverty; one is that poverty was a result of the curse. Another is that there is nothing wrong with you if you aren’t seeing your provision made manifest just yet (you aren’t under the curse, you are free from the curse, See Gal. 3:13-14). One more is the truth that you have the very same spiritual riches and prosperity of the Trinity – indeed, ‘of his fulness’ you have received! And another is that you can see this prosperity made manifest and enjoy the provision of your Papa in every area of your life. Oh, and another is that being poor is overrated, it’s not holy or unholy, it’s just a contradiction to the truth you can experience. YOU are holy and YOU are complete, and as you enjoy your holiness and fullness you will see glorious manifestation of the provision and prosperity of your Daddy God!

Know today that whether you have, in terms of wealth, plenty or little, your spiritual bank account, your spiritual treasure chest is FULL with the innumerable riches of the Godhead! Know that you have the prosperity of the Christ! Know that you can see this made manifest! Rest today in the reality of the sufficient one within, don’t buy into the religious lie that God isn’t interested in seeing you prosper, and don’t buy into the lie that it’s better to be poor. You are already rich! In Christ you are prosperous, and as you enjoy this reality you will see this prosperity tangibly manifest and flood into every area of your life!

Redeemed From Negativity!

By Josh Hunt

Negativity is often rampant in our culture. Midst the positive thinking of leaders and organisations, of happy TV shows and good weather is often a deep rooted fear and pessimism. Most people don’t even realise that they are harbouring such negativity. People seem to live their life foreboding; terrified of the worst. In so many ways we are bombarded by negativity, and the humanistic positive thinking of leaders and comedies isn’t enough to change the way we think. What we need is bible hope! By bible hope I don’t mean faith in the bible, but rather the biblical definition of hope; confidence in grace, resting in God’s love (see Romans 5).

The church ought to be so filled with hope that springs forth from union that she promises constant positivity! However, this, at least on a global level, is not so. Many come to church only to hear more bad news than the world is spouting. In fact, in many church’s people hear the supposed bad news behind the bad news, i.e. (Read in angry preacher voice) “The economy is so bad because we are nearing the great tribulation!” It’s about time we throw out our terrible eschatological exegesis, get rid of our pessimistic expectation, and trust in the all-sufficient power of the gospel – the glory of effortless union with Christ!

Many believers don’t switch from mental/emotional negativity because they still believe they are connected to spiritual negativity! So many people don’t go on the journey of renewing their minds because they don’t know that they have anything worthwhile to renew their minds for. They don’t know what they have been delivered from and what they have been brought to. Once people understand that they have been ransomed from spiritual negativity they are then empowered to renew their mind from mental or emotional negativity! In order to grasp our freedom we must understand the power of Jesus’ finished work!

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13

Jesus came to establish union with himself. That’s what the whole thing is about. Union. Jesus came to save us from our state of spiritual deadness, and to resurrect us to new life. Daddy saw the curse that spiritual death caused; poverty, sickness, depression, negativity etc., and came to save us. When Jesus came he kept him divinity, but he also stepped into fallen Adam, including the curse. Now, it’s important to know that Jesus didn’t just go along and act like Adam, no he fought every step of the way, never once sinning, manifesting the blessing instead of the curse, driving out evil. But, it is only death that would destroy ‘Adam’ forever. So, Jesus died. He died and killed everything that first Adam was, along with Spiritual deadness and the curse. Jesus on the tree declares publically that he became a curse for us! He became a curse and killed it. Jesus then resurrected a new type of human, a man created in spiritual light and life, created and established in the blessing.

The great news for us is that when we came into Christ we were included in his death, resurrection and accession. The glorious gospel declares that you and I are now free from first Adam too. We have died to sin, to spiritual deadness, to the curse (see Romans 6). The cross is sufficient!

Once we know that we have been freed from spiritual negativity; that every ounce of curse and evil died there with Jesus on that tree, we can start to renew our minds and see mental/emotional negativity turn to childlike trust and insurmountable joy! This is what Ephesians 4 encourages us to do…

“Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught , with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:21-24

It is clear that Pauline revelation hinges on our participation in the finished work of Christ; that we have died to sin once and for all. Here, Paul contradicts not his gospel, but talks about our mental positioning in accordance. Paul does not say put off the old self as if it still spiritually exists, no Paul is very clearly referring to ‘the attitude (or spirit) of your minds’. In other words, Paul is encouraging believers to take of those thought patters that no longer fit, and put of beliefs that are true to the eternal reality of your death and resurrection in Jesus. When people know they are free from spiritual negativity they can put off mental and emotional negativity. They can, as Paul says in Colossians 3, set their minds of things above.

Mental negativity falls off us when we enjoy union with Christ. Jesus, in his earthly ministry, knew that negativity was no match to the supply of the Kingdom of God. Jesus knew that because he was connected to spiritual positivity he could ignore mental/emotional negativity. Jesus knew that his natural habitat was the supernatural! He knew that there was a supply and reality that could meet his every need! That’s why in Mark 5, when Jesus was about to go and raise Jairus’ daughter from her sickness, he ignores the negative voices of those in his close proximity. Mark 5 records that while Jesus was still speaking, men came from the house of Jairus reporting of the child’s death. Jesus ignored them, and the pressure of demand. Jesus ignored them because he was aware of his Fathers grand Kingdom of supply, where even death is subject to change.

Perhaps you feel surrounded by demand? Do like Jesus and ignore the negative voices. The Amplified Bible says Jesus overheard, but ignored. Do the same, you may hear the negative voices of demand, but ignore them. Instead focus on the glorious Kingdom of Daddy God, a Kingdom which never has a shortage or lack of supply. Never.  Don’t be afraid, only believe! Believe that you are free from the curse; believe that your negativity died with Christ. Putt off the old foundations of your mind, and set your mind on things above.

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