Kingdom Principle: God’s children grow from principle learning -to- presence living.
Children of God are to know their identity because the Father is with them.
|Jeremiah 31:7-14||Psalm 147:12-20||Ephesians 1:3-14||John 1:(1-9), 10-18|
We speak of our inheritance as something we get from our parents when they die, we speak of hereditary gifts as things we get even before we are breathe our first breath. Because of the salvation of God – we are co-heirs (Romans 8:17) with Christ long before our death and the same time we have been made in the image of God long before our birth. The terms inheritance and hereditary are completely redefine in the Spiritual sense of what God has in-store for his children. Therefore in Christ we have both a full inheritance as well as hereditary aspects of heaven being dedicate to us.
During Advent – we focus on the coming of Immanuel “God is with us”… we see this uniquely at this season because the baby is born, representing the King of Kings coming to earth to be with us. The gospel of John captures this very differently, rather than an infancy narrative, it simply says “the word became flesh”. The Message translation expresses the truth of John 1 as “Jesus moved into the neighborhood.” When we are born from above (John 3:3) – we too are called to move into the neighborhood, with a new focus, purpose and mission. This new birth is discovered with the identity of the Father deposited in us through the power of the Holy Spirit, and unleashed in Jesus Christ.
When we are born as infants, everyone looks at us and says things like, “He has his father’s ears” She has her mother’s eyes”, I can see “his grandfathers chin”, there is no mistaking this is so-and-so’s child…. For some it is almost a game to see if they can decode the DNA that was uniquely woven to create the child giving a detailed map back to the “creator”. In short – because of our DNA and formation, we look like our natural and act like our parents. There are defined principles that explain this reality. How much more are we to look like our spiritual “parents”. In order for our spiritual identity to take root and bear fruit we must grow from simply knowing principles to living present in the presence of God.
In the same way, knowing who you “look” like does not help you, become you, nor does knowing where your “temper” came from, help you to control it. Further, just knowing that your generational family line has been plagued with alcoholism, does not prevent or incline you to do anything about it. Knowledge alone is not enough to move me from victim to victor. In fact many find comfort in knowledge alone and it leads them to create excuses like, “It’s not my fault – I was born this way” or “there is nothing I can do about my anger, I got it from my mother” this is all true when you living in the natural, but God has called us into the supernatural, to be born from above. The goal of understanding our identity must move us to move us from seeing our wiring as an excuse (accusing or blaming another) to explaining it (articulating and sharing), and from explaining it to experiencing benefits and blessings because of it (agency and mission).
Excuse -> Explaining -> Experiencing
Accuse -> Articulate -> Agency
Principles -> growth -> Presence
In this way, you have inherited the qualities of your father, mother and the entire blood line from which you have descended. This is both naturally speaking and spiritually. Spiritually – I am calling your Father, your God-Given Qualities/Personalities, your mother as the Holy Spirit which fills you and gifts you, and Jesus is your bloodline and history that has been redeemed. All this within the family of God all so known as the body.
So there are three aspects of your identity which are given to you from above:
- Your God-Given Qualities/Personalities when dealing with people, pace and place.
- Your Holy Spirit breathed gifts, for motivation, mobilization and manifestation.
- Your Jesus redeemed story which includes your story-line, life-lines, and time-line.
Tools for each of these can be found here or at the resources link to the right….