Too often we cry for God to speak to us in times of His dealings upon our lives. But the fact is, it’s because He HAS spoken to us that the pressures begin. We will find the releases we look for, not from crying to God, but by allowing His word in us to come alive in a greater way. This is the way of sonship. It is always about the word that He has deposited in us. The word growing to maturity in us blossoms into the fullness of Christ. This is a hard lesson for the soul life. It always wants God to “help us,” i.e. rescue us from the very fire He created to begin with. God is creating His sons with backbones of steel. It takes a great deal of humility to embrace the word within us because the soul realm constantly wants to whine and pitch a fit and not have to deal with taking any initiative. It’s a hard lesson to realize that no miracle deliverance is going to be forthcoming. We can’t save ourselves, but we CAN exercise faith and embrace His word. This creates the crucifixion of the self life quicker than anything else. God is going to have mature sons, not glorified babies who think they are spiritual because they have received revelation. The means by which revelation becomes a living word in us is not pleasant. It is as Hebrews 12 says.
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Once we embrace these truths, it becomes quite easy to recognize half truths and the outright false. Are the “glories of sonship” constantly taught or ministered without any reference to how they are achieved? Sonship springs from a relationship with the Father, and no passages express more clearly or accurately this relationship than the ones in Hebrews 12. The writer goes so far as to say, “But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
Paul made this statement, “From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the brand-marks of the Lord Jesus.” What did he mean? Was he just referring to the times he had been beaten, stoned, etc? Without a doubt he had that in mind, but it goes deeper. The Greek word for “marks” is stigma. This is its definition according to Strong’s:
“A mark pricked in or branded upon the body. To ancient oriental usage, slaves and soldiers bore the name or the stamp of their master or commander branded or pricked (cut) into their bodies to indicate what master or general they belonged to, and there were even some devotee’s who stamped themselves in this way with the token of their gods”.
The term infers a display of someone’s master. Paul was saying he bore in his body, both literally and spiritually, the display of who his master was, the Lord Jesus. We too must bear in our bodies the brand-mark of the Lord Jesus. It only comes through His dealings in our lives. Paul also said in Rom. 8:
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 ¶ and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
It is through the dealings of God that we are experientially made worthy of the Kingdom of God. Why? Because in His dealings we partake of HIS worthiness. It’s a wonderful day that God has brought us to. It is a day to know Him just as He is.