TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
have you ever felt a deep insatiable hunger for Jesus? When holy hungry is chumming the waters of your innermost being, the symphony of voices of other desires goes silent at once. However, Christ is not walking on earth in physical form anymore, so how do we as Christians gain access to Him today, and how can we become an archetypal operative of Him?
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
John 16:7 (NKJV)
To answer these questions, we will need to back paddle in time and delve into ancient scriptures of eternal treasure yearning to be discovered in its epitaph of truth. The first sign of the ascended Christ is the Helper – The Holy Spirit. Jesus finished His task when He went to Calvary’s cross. That means that we have to become what He completed.
“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan!” C S Lewis
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (NKJV)
Jesus made a profound statement by saying, “Your Kingdom come”, but we need to understand that for the kingdom to come, Jesus couldn’t stay.
Calvary was not about making Jesus the Messiah; He forgave sin before Calvary because He is the Messiah. He raised the dead before Calvary because He is the Messiah. Jesus crushed the head of the serpent before Calvary. So what was the purpose of Calvary? The purpose of Calvary is to give you the power to crush the head of the serpent. Because of what Jesus did, you now have the God-given authority to ward off any sickness, disease and anything that hell has to offer.
If Jesus did not leave, we would have to send every demon-possessed person and every sick person to Jerusalem. But because He left, you can have Jesus in your home, and with you everywhere you go.
“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
Matthew 12:28 (NKJV)
The church is the stronghold in this fallen world. We have a defense on what God wants to do on this earth. When we step into His call and set people free, cast out demons, heal the sick, perform signs and wonders in His name, it is evidence that the power we have in Christ is far superior to the power that the enemy possesses. The church has to become the message to the world; the Word must become flesh and dwell among us. That means that you must get more Word in you.
When you cast out a demon, do you know what happens?
The kingdom shall come!!!
But for the kingdom to come, we must stir up our faith.
There are five keys in advancing our faith:
- HEARING (Romans 10:17).
- BELIEVING (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
- KNOWING (Romans 8:38-39).
- DOING (James 1:22-25)
- SEEING (Psalm 27:13)
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
Luke 10:17 (NKJV)
The word joy here, in Greek, means to be hilariously overwhelmed, unashamedly expressing what you feel because the emotion is so deep that you cannot help but to express it.
When Jesus performed a miracle, He did not just teach about it; He also did it. His teachings never went without demonstration. That is why many people cannot experience the supernatural power of God; they love theory but lack action. They do not allow the Holy Spirit to lead them. They hear, believe, and even know, but they do not take action and therefore cannot see.
Jesus has now relinquished leadership to the Holy Spirit, and it is vital to know the purpose of the Helper.
The Holy Spirit is a display of powerful gifts, and when you have the Holy Spirit, you carry the same power of God inside of you. This power is carnage to the kingdom of darkness, and the devil knows this.
We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but we must do the wrestling; we must not wait for that devil to wrestle with us. You must hear, believe, know, do, and then you will see that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!
You must be hungry for the Holy Spirit and His power. Without the Holy Spirit, you cannot be an effective and efficient partaker of the activities of the Kingdom of Heaven.