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The Rules of Sonship

Crown, by Mordecai20 at PhotobucketAnd all creation’s straining on tiptoe just to see
The sons of God come into their own.
from a song by The Fisherfolk

Romans 8:19 puts it, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits the unveiling of the sons of God.”

I got to thinking one day about what it means to be the sons of God.  (“Sons of God” includes women, by the way.)  And I came up with a list — sort of a “Wouldn’t it be nice if we all understood who we are in Christ and acted that way?” kind of compilation.  So here it is.  I hope you will enjoy it.

#1:  Sons know that since God their Father thinks they are wonderful, Sister Effie’s opinion about them doesn’t count.

#2:  Sons serve each other, but are nobody’s slaves. They don’t let any man “own” them.

 #3:  Sons don’t get offended by intimidation tactics. They smile and stand tall because they know who they are, even if the intimidator doesn’t. (I’ve had a hard time learning this one.)

#4:  Sons and Dr. Seuss know there are Yertle-the-Turtles in the Kingdom. They just refuse to be part of the stack.

#5:  Sons trust their Father to meet their material needs. He’s got the universe at His disposal, after all.

#6:  A son remembers there are other sons in the family and shares generously with them.

#7:  Sons are secure in their destiny-callings and don’t try to usurp someone else’s.

#8:  Sons also know there is plenty of destiny to go around, so jealousy of other sons isn’t necessary.

#9:  The King’s sons know the privileges of royalty and appropriate them.

#10:  There is no caste system or waiting line to an audience with the King. All sons have equal and instant access.

#11:  Royal sons have a gracious demeanor. They treat others with respect because honor is ingrained in their hearts.

#12:  Sons don’t make a big deal about other sons’ mistakes and faults.  That’s just the way family is, quirks and all.

#13:  Sons know no man can take away from them what their Father has given them.  Their destiny/mantle/calling is secure in Him.

#14:  Sons understand the authority backing them. Their Daddy bears the title, Supreme Potentate of the Universe.

#15:  Sons wear their royal robes inside out. (Their beauty starts on the inside and radiates to the outside.)

#16:  Sons know Father is a God of His Word and can be trusted.

Can you think of any more rules of sonship that I’ve missed?  Why not post them as a comment?

The Nature of God: The King of Kings

The Son

We see that the three Persons of the Godhead love and honor one another: Jesus honored the Holy Spirit by warning that blaspheming Him would not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31, 32), both the Father and the Holy Spirit honored Jesus by showing up at His baptism (Matthew 3:16, 17), and Jesus continuously glorified His Father by doing and speaking only what His Father instructed (John 8:28, 29).

As it was Jesus’ greatest pleasure to glorify His Father while here on earth, even so, it is the Father’s greatest pleasure to glorify His Son.  Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3)– the highest place of honor that is possible in heaven.  Hundreds of years before the incarnation (the point in time when Jesus became man), King David prophesied of Him, “The LORD said to my Lord [Jesus], ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool'” (Psalm 110:1).

He is seated there as both fully God and fully man.  He has a glorified human body, which still bears the nail and spear scars, the marks of His crucifixion (John 20:24-27) — a forever testimony to His selfless love for mankind.  A new thing took place when God the Son walked the earth in human flesh, and now a new thing has also taken place in heaven, where the Son of man retains His humanity while at the same time exercising His full function within the Godhead, which is to rule and reign over the universe.  He is the “firstborn among many sons” (Romans 8:29), for He has paved the way so that we will one day also walk heaven’s halls in glorified bodies.

In heaven, God the Son has been honored with all reverence from eternity, but in ways which we cannot fully understand, He now receives still greater honor and glory than the limitless glory which was already His. Philippians 2:8 tells us that this greater glory is due to His humbling of Himself in becoming a man and His obedience to the Father in enduring the cross, “Wherefore God [the Father] also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Jesus bears the formal title of KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16), He holds all power in both heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18), and at this time He is preparing for the day when all things will be put in subjection to Him, and even His enemies will acknowledge His Lordship with complete obeisance.

In 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, we are told that in the end of time, a shift in absolute Lordship from the Son to the Father will take place.  Christ will hand over the Kingdom to His Father, after He has subdued and abolished all opposing dominions and powers.  Before the Kingdom is transferred, He must finish the task of utterly conquering his enemies, including death, the final enemy. In essence, this was already a finished work at the time of His triumph at the cross and His subsequent resurrection. He already holds the keys of death and hell (Revelation 1:18). But here we are talking about the mop-up operation — enforcing His victory by ensuring that all rebellion will cease.  “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him [the Father] who put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

What will Jesus be doing after He has handed over the Kingdom to His Father? We may have a hint, in Revelation 21.  This is the era of the Bridegroom fully enjoying His union with His bride, the Church.  Verse 4 tells us He will wipe away all her tears.  Verse 3 says that “the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, … and God himself shall be with them ….”  We will fully know Him as Immanuel, “God with us.”

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Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.

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Sauls and “Smalls”

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While attending a prayer gathering recently in which we were praying for our nation, I heard God speak that He wants to change the Christian leaders of America from Sauls into “smalls.”  This is true particularly of those who have the call of being an apostle upon their lives (whether their church tradition recognizes the existence of modern-day apostles or not).

The Apostle Paul’s name was originally Saul, and he was aptly named.  King Saul of the Old Testament was the epitome of zealously trying to accomplish God’s purposes in the power of man, and that’s what the New Testament Saul did, too — until His encounter with Jesus.  He eventually was affectionately nicknamed Paul, which means “small.”

God wants to take today’s leaders in the Church and turn them from Sauls to “smalls” — humble, dependent on Him alone, making themselves of no reputation, deeply servant-hearted.  The time is coming to an end when God will tolerate His leaders trying to fulfill the Great Commission through plans that they have devised from their own natural understanding or by trying to carbon copy someone else’s model of ministry.  The time of ministry empires which have forgotten their original focus and have become self-perpetuating entities is also coming to an end. 

What did Paul and the other early apostles have that many modern-day Christian leaders do not?  They carried a wide-eyed expectancy for unlimited miracles, stemming from utter dependency on Jesus, fueled by intimacy with Him.  They yielded themselves in obedience to whatever the Lord commanded them  — whether their reputations and popularity were ruined in the process or not.  They stayed small in their own eyes while keeping Jesus big in their gaze.

The power of the Lord will flow in America, with biblical signs, wonders, miracles, healings, deliverances, and even the raising of many from the dead.  But for that to happen wholesale, God must have leaders who carry His glory without usurping any of it for themselves.  That is going to take the turning of Sauls into smalls.

Worship Establishes God’s Kingdom in the Earth (Part 3)

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven saying, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.  — Revelation 11:15

You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you: and the light shall shine upon your ways. Job 22:28

It is fun to be in a corporate praise setting.  We enjoy glorifying the Lord with beautiful melodies, vibrant instrumentation, and wonderful lyrics expressing our love for Jesus.  And when His Presence gathers thickly all around us, it seems like heaven on earth.

But what the Church is only beginning to understand is that our worship goes beyond our congregational (or home) setting and breaks down the enemy’s walls in cities and regions.  It puts demonic forces to flight, so that they are no longer able to oppress whole people groups.  Worship opens the floodgates of heaven over a wider geographical swath than just the little band of believers who are actively participating.  It brings blessing and freedom to those around them as well.

How does this work?  We have already quoted James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”  When we worship, we are drawing close to the Lord.  He is attracted to us through worship, and fastens His attention upon us.  Worship goes on constantly in heaven, so when we participate in it, there is a holy union that takes place between our earthly domain and the heavenly domain.

Heaven is a place of light and goodness.  When we worship, we draw down that same atmosphere around us.  And when light comes, darkness and the dark spiritual beings cannot remain and function as they would like to. Light cannot be easily contained; its nature is to emanate outward.  Thus, when we worship, we draw down the light of the Lord around ourselves – but it spreads outward to our neighborhood, our city, our region.

When we worship, we are doing the will of God in the earth.  The Lord’s Prayer says, “Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”(Matthew 6:10). God’s kingdom is established in the heavenlies.  He has given us the honor of partnering with Him in reestablishing it on earth.  (I say “reestablish” because the kingdom was established prior to mankind’s fall, and there has been a process of restoration to that original state going on in the earth ever since Jesus secured entire victory through the cross and resurrection.)

Every time we speak or sing of the majesty, greatness, power, and glory of God, we are decreeing it and affirming it in the earth and over the powers of darkness.  We establish God’s authority and His glory in the earth by verbalizing it.  Extolling God’s love and mercy in our worship is a holy declaration that opens the way for the establishment of His love and mercy around us.  Adoring Him for His faithfulness releases His faithfulness in the atmosphere around us to a greater degree.  When we sing of His greatness, His goodness, His power, those things are loosed among us.  This is not to say that God’s mercy, faithfulness, greatness, and all the wonderful qualities that make up His character are limited in some way, and that we make them bigger by our worship. But there is a cooperating between us and heaven that takes place through worship that causes the goodness of God to be manifested more fully in the earth by honoring Him aloud for those things.

Am I saying that worship is only accomplished correctly by verbalizing it?  Absolutely not.  Worship is not only an outward act; it is a continual attitude of the heart.  There are times of deep intimacy with the Lord where words could never express our love for Him.  Heartfelt adoration of the Lord is of great value, while mere lip service is of no value whatsoever. But the speaking forth of audible worship has been neglected by some, due to a lack of revelation of its importance.  It’s time we come into a better understanding of the impact of the sound of worship.

As in previous posts, I again want to stress that we don’t use worship to get revival and awakening in a region.  We worship purely to honor the Lord for Himself alone.  But the by-product of that worship is annihilation of hell’s grip on our region and full-blown establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

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