Lesson 12

New Life in Him

It is not just preparation, it is living in preparation all the time, ready. It is not spending hours binding Satan, it is living in God’s strength against Satan. It is living in Him continually. Then regardless of the size of work God calls us to we are ready in Him. For it is Christ who does it. He has to do what we cannot do. We cannot heal the sick, some of us cannot even speak in public, but He can do it all and does do it.

So what is this new life in Christ? This is what we receive from God in our meeting place with God, holy, dedicated, set apart, where the river of life may fill us and then flow out of us into the world and even out to the nations of the world through us.

This is the supernatural power and anointing. This life may flow through us from God. This life may take us to far or near places. We will be able to take His life and anointing with us and we will do things we have never dreamed of, because the anointing will be upon us to enable wonderful things to happen.

Let us first look up ‘life’ in the dictionary:

Life – the active principle peculiar to animals, plants and common to them all, is the presence or possession of life in or by the individuals. It’s a living state, the time for which it lasts, or the part of this between its beginning or its end and the present, living things and their movements, energy or other characteristics manifest and influence, the manner of existence or written story of them, the business and pleasures of the world.

It also can escape death. There is the body in the natural world and the other life in the future – the conscious existence of the soul after death – immortal, eternal, everlasting, state of bliss, salvation after death.

This is an amazing explanation of life out of a worldly dictionary.

So life is both bodily life and also eternal life given by God to dwell in us, to enrich and enhance, to bring God’s life into us and through us in life, power, healing and vitality. When His life supercedes our lives, He can then live His life through our lives. That is when God’s healings, deliverance and power over evil can begin to operate through our mortal lives.

Living in God continually, by giving ourselves up to Him in prayer and inviting Him to dwell in our lives, continually enables His life to come into our lives and cause His life to flow out through us.

Let us now see what the Bible says, starting with Revelation 22:17:

‘The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.’ And let him who hears say, “Come.” And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires to take the water of life without price.’

‘The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”’ This is an invitation from the Holy Spirit Himself and is open to all who would find life in Him. The invitation is for the water of life, priceless and without price and anyone who is thirsty for it, may come.

‘And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of water of life without payment. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.”’

(Revelation 21:5–6)

Again He speaks of the water of life without payment. We can receive this water of life by simply coming to Him in prayer. God is the beginning and the end; from Him the living water flows.

‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

(Revelation 2:7)

He speaks of the tree of life. Is this not where all life started in Genesis? But we have to be conquerors in order to eat of it, just like we have to be conquerors to receive the water of life, conquerors over sin and all the temptations and tricks of the devil. 2 Corinthians 4:10–12 says:

‘always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.’

We must carry the death of Jesus within us, so that we may also carry His resurrected life within us also, for Christ becomes the life to all those who are dead to sin:

‘who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.’

(2 Corinthians 3:6)

The letter of the law condemns everyone, but those who are dead to sin are given life in Christ by the Holy Spirit.

‘For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other the fragrance from life to life.’

(2 Corinthians 2:15–16)

The Holy Spirit moves us from life to life, from one level of life to a higher level of life, unifying the temporal life with the eternal life. Those who live in God therefore become a sweet aroma because they show forth His true life.

‘but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.’

(John 20:31)

True belief in Christ is life.

‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”’

( John 14:6)

‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and he who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”’

(John 11:25)

He is the resurrection. He is of God, in God and God, therefore. All life is renewed from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit.

‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’

(John 10:10)

Here Jesus is speaking of life in Him, eternal life as well as physical life. The thief, the devil, comes to steal, kill and destroy through sickness of the body or mind or through temptation, problems, hurts and many other things. Jesus came to give us life, health, and new life in Him. Christ is patient. He waits till we ask Him to enter to bring us His life. Through His life in us He is able to change us into His likeness. Through His anointing, as we spend time in His presence, we come closer to God and closeness to God enables Him to work in and through our lives to others. Therefore His purpose in the world can become our purpose as well.

‘but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’

(John 4:14)

As we drink of the water that Christ gives us, His life wells up in us, so that we may become full of His life within us. We become in Him a spring of water welling up to eternal life enabling us to share His word with others, or pray for others, even with signs and healings and miracles as Jesus also did on this earth. Simply drinking daily in His presence from His living waters, His Holy Spirit can enable us to walk on this earth in a new dimension in His life, and His life will radiate through our lives wherever we go.

‘In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it.’

(John 1:4–5)

Life also means light, for Christ is life and light. Death and the devil live in darkness and darkness cannot understand, fathom, grasp, comprehend, overcome or come near the light. Where the light shines darkness disappears even as the sunrise of a new day conquers all darkness bringing the dark world back into the light of day. When we spend time in worship, the Lord fills our body with His light which brings healing, refreshment and redemption into our dark world, through us. Through us He can shine His light that shows the way and brings truth and hope to all men.

‘For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.’

(Matthew 7:14)

How much more then do we need to warn man, for those who do not allow the Lord into their lives cannot partake of the life that He is willing to give.

‘The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

that one may avoid the snares of death.’

(Proverbs 14:27)

Fear and reverence of the Lord means that we can submit our lives into His care. He can give us the fountain of life and protect us from the snares of death.

‘In the path of righteousness is life,

but the way of error leads to death.’

(Proverbs 12:28)

Only Jesus is the true path to righteousness.

Proverbs 3:22 says of wisdom and discretion:

‘and they will be life for your soul

and adornment for your neck.

Wisdom means life for your soul. In Jesus we find God and come to know Him and in knowing God we find and have life:

‘For with thee is the fountain of life;

in thy light do we see light.’

(Psalm 36:9)

‘Thou dost show me the path of life;

in thy presence there is fullness of joy,

in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.’

(Psalm 16:11)

Only by coming into the presence of God can He show you His beautiful presence, can He fill you with His incredible joy. No pleasure on this earth can compare with it. All the peace, all the joy, all the excitement or entertainment that the world can give is momentary, temporary, but the love, joy and peace of the Lord are constant. They stay with you through life and the closer we keep to Him, the more we realise the joy of His touch upon our lives. It is real, it is deep and it is beautiful.

‘to bring back his soul from the Pit,

that he may see the light of life.’

(Job 33:30)

Christ brings up the soul from the pit by going down into the pit after it, and may well use His people to do this, which will enable man to turn from the darkness of sin and death to see the light of life in Jesus our Saviour instead.

‘The spirit of God has made me,

and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.’

(Job 33:4)

The Holy Spirit of God is also the breath of God. The translation from Greek means ‘spirit and breath’. Therefore the breath of God gives life.

‘Loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.’

(Deuteronomy 30:20)

When we love the Lord we will obey Him. We will cleave to Him for He means everything to us. He is our life, He is everything we ever need to walk this life on earth and to do the work that He has called us to do. This we will do with joy, for we will want to be pleasing to Him.

‘See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil.’

(Deuteronomy 30:15)

He has loved us so much that He has given us free choice: life and goodness in Him, or death and evil without Him. It is the Lord who makes the rules. It is so much better to come to Him and live.

‘And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’

(Genesis 2:9)

God always allows us to eat from the tree of life because that life comes ever new from Him. But Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, hence our lives on this earth of good and evil.

It is interesting that the Lord showed me these scriptures in the opposite direction than I would normally study them. We began in Revelation starting with the tree of life and ended in Genesis with the tree of life. Could the Lord be saying to us, that our lives on this earth, fighting against evil and what Jesus has done for us on the cross, is bringing us once again back to the place Adam and Eve had in God, before the fall? That this earth, with all its evil within, may be used by God to separate those who belong to Him from those who do not belong to Him? To use the evil in this world to help form a strong character within us? For if we resist evil here on earth, then definitely we will not turn from God in heaven.

True strength is not power or might, but to know what is right and to stand for the truth, no matter how high the cost is. This earth with all its difficulties can also help to refine us and make us become more Christ-like.

Our lives upon this earth, as we love and serve our Lord against any opposition that may try and come our way to prevent us, can actually bring us back to the original plan that God created us for, to have fellowship with Him and to live a full life with Him for all eternity.

I felt the Lord saying to me, ‘I am life indeed, and you are finding it in me. I am life, I am love, I am vitality, I am peace, I am joy, I am the living water. Tell the world that I AM has come. The more you receive from Me, the more your life shall become My life. So shall your life be quickened, so shall your life shine forth My life and your life shall release My life in power, through your life, in the healing and setting free of My people.’

God does not just have love, joy, peace, etc. He actually is love, joy, peace, etc. These qualities are part of His character defined by Him, exhibited by Him and characterised by Him. For instance we may posses strength, but only God is strength. What we would possess some of, the Lord is that and always has been.

God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am’ (Exodus 3:14). Jesus also said in John 8:58, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’. In John 11:25 Jesus said to Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’, and to the disciples in John 6:35, ‘I am the bread of life’. Neither God nor Jesus ever said, ‘I was’, or ‘I will be’, they said, ‘I am’ and Revelation 22:13 says, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’

He who was and is and will be, is now, for God and Jesus live outside time so all that Jesus is, is with us now and for all eternity.

We began with the tree of life and end with the tree of life, demonstrating the pattern of constant renewal by God, in God, and through God. By His one everlasting sacrifice offered upon the cross, we have His continual life working through our lives. He is now our love, joy, peace, renewal, strength, healing, deliverance, forgiveness, life. He is everything we ever need, at the moment of every need. He is our victory, accomplished 2,000 years ago on the cross. By His stripes we are healed. By His death on the cross we are forgiven. By His resurrection we receive our gift of eternal life. We can have His victory now, for He won us our victory over Satan 2,000 years ago. All we have to do is receive it.

His unlimited gift of what He did on the cross spans past, present and future in the power of forgiveness and everlasting new life in Christ.

Through forgiveness of sin man can rise into the Lord’s unlimited grace, love and peace, beautiful beyond description. Man does not have to wait for death. Prayer can take us there. Whether crying with joy at the feet of Him who touched and walked this earth for us or dancing before Him in the joy of His love, we can experience a touch of His glorious splendour. His touch upon our lives transforms us and makes us whole.

Jesus shed His blood upon the cross for our forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. Jesus gave His body upon the cross for the physical healing of our bodies. He therefore died to free the whole man both spiritually and physically. Should we then not receive Him anew each day? Allow His Holy Spirit to transform our lives, let all negative things to go – sin, sickness, hurts, unforgiveness, demons, curses, problems etc. – and receive from Him instead all the positive things such as love, joy, peace, health, freedom, prosperity and life in Him.

So His Holy Spirit brings eternal life into our mortal bodies and transforms us into His life. All negative things of death within us go and all positive things within us become our life. Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10).

We can have life abundantly, and more abundantly as we begin to see things from a higher perspective – something higher and greater than the world we see around us. Is it the glorious victory of Jesus over all the forces of evil and darkness? Is it a moving into the glorious victory of Jesus over sickness and hurt and even death? Is it seeing the victory of Jesus over the hurts of this world almost visibly? Abundant life is like the expanse of His beauty and strength and majesty, clean and open and pure, His greatness, His love and compassion, bringing life and healing and hope to the people on this earth. I see abundant life as immense victory, the opening of the heavens, immense joy, immense love, the immense greatness of our Lord Jesus shining forth brilliant light and fullness of life.

Is it possible to move into this realm, to live in this realm in Him? To see the miraculous? To live in constant victory in Him over all the forces of evil? To see sickness and evil crumble under your feet, as you bring the victory of Jesus to the peoples? ‘Lord, are You showing me this?’ I asked.

The Lord replied, ‘Why do you doubt? See My hands and My feet, put your hand to My side.’

I responded, ‘My Lord, my God, resurrected one, victorious over all life and death.’

I felt the Lord saying, ‘Do you now comprehend, My child, the victory in Me that I call you to?’

I felt as small as an ant and replied, ‘Yes, I will walk in it, with You Lord, only with You.’

He replied, ‘Place your hand in mine. Never let go of it, for this path we shall walk together. For this path can only be walked with Me.’

‘Lord,’ I asked, ‘please let me never let go of Your hand, for I feel I am walking on the water with You. Without You I would surely sink.’

‘Here,’ He replied, ‘take My hand, for I shall never let go of My child. Keep close to Me and we shall walk together.’

To live with the expanse of heaven in the confines of this earth is how Jesus lived! He spent hours in prayer with the Father where He received of the unlimited supernatural power of heaven. This is what enabled Jesus to walk on water, calm the storm, cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead, and He tells us to do the same. We are limited in every way, but the Lord is unlimited by time, space, thought and capability. Time with Him in prayer lifts you out of the limits of your own life into His. Here His supernatural ability transcends your own, causing you to walk in a higher dimension and authority.

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