Our Faith: Created by God

It is faith towards God that brings us continually into a “now” revelation of the Lord. It is our faith in His word to our hearts that enables us to bypass the process of agonizing over our shortcomings. Sonship will never be “mighty warriors” without problems. One of my favorite passages is Heb. 11:21.

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

In Jacob’s youth he was a wheeler dealer. He conned the blessing from his brother Esau, and he did his thing with the spotted and solid colored sheep. He had a genuine hunger for God, but his methods did not pass muster. God put Jacob through many trials and hardships. He had to serve fourteen years to get Rachel, being conned himself by her father. He finally met God face to face when he wrestled with the angel of the Lord. He was touched in the socket of his thigh by the Lord, dislocating it. He limped the rest of his life. At the end he worshipped God, leaning on his staff. He had been completely transformed. We can aspire to no greater goal than to be so crippled by God that we can only lean on our staffs and worship.

God has made a way to walk in perpetual victory. It is His grace. How hard it is for Adam to accept this. We each have things in us that leads us to say, “But THIS is different, this is a problem that really IS a hindrance to walking on with God.” Maybe so, but God told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you.” It is our faith that manifests the victory of Christ in us. It is believing His word to our hearts that lifts us out of the mire of the Adamic realm. How God delights in our faith! When the Scriptures speak of how God buries our sins in the sea of His forgetfulness, we only experience it as we claim who we are IN Christ. In it always Christ in us that enables us to experience freedom from the Adamic realm. It is never something we attain in ourselves apart from Him. Thus, we walk as Jacob walked, crippled in ourselves, yet full of strength and vigor as we appropriate the Lord’s word to us.

We are not to labor over the infinite problems inherent in Adam. If we do, it becomes a valid process, and we will spend a lifetime at it. We don’t ignore what we see either, claiming it’s a lie.

Mat. 5
25  “Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26  “Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

This is a difficult passage to understand. What is being conveyed here? Who is the adversary? Most people would say our adversary is the devil. Even Scripture backs this up. “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1st. Pet. 5:8),”

This passage mystically reveals to us how to walk in a present manifestation of Christ. It teaches us how to by-pass the process realm. Our adversary is the Lord Himself. He opposes the adamic nature within us. If calling the Lord our adversary seems offensive, consider Joshua 5:13-15.

13 ¶  Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”
14  He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”
15  The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

The captain of the Lord’s host stood with a drawn sword opposite of Joshua. This too is a type of God opposing our carnal nature. Joshua fell on his face to the earth. The captain of the Lord’s host told Joshua to remove his sandals because the place where he was standing was holy. That “place” was the presence of the Lord. Joshua’s sandals are a type of the adamic nature. Until that nature is removed, we cannot stand before the Lord.

When Jesus says to agree quickly with our adversary, He is telling us to immediately acknowledge the corruption of the adamic nature when it’s revealed to us. If we don’t “agree” quickly that what God is showing us about ourselves is true as far as the adamic nature is concerned, we will be thrown into “prison.” Jesus then says we will not get out until we have paid the last penny. The prison we are thrown into is the process realm. We will go through the dealings of the Lord until we see what we are in Adam. The first Adam could not bear to acknowledge his shame. He hid himself from the presence of the Lord. When we agree quickly with our “adversary,” we open the door to immediate fellowship with the Lord. The process realm is by-passed. This principle of agreeing with our adversary eliminates the effect of the accusations hurled at us by satan.

We are to be a timeless people. Only our faith projects us into the eternal realm. It is not a faith in general, but a specific faith, focused on what He has said to us.

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