Teachings

The Strong Man

A man’s whose strength is in God is stronger than any man without God.

The natural man is defined by his strength and character. His strength is the arm of the flesh – his natural ability, his wisdom and his wealth. His character, as measured by the world, is glorified as a conqueror, hero, provider, fighter; and so the natural man uses his strength to express his character.

A man of God is defined by the strength and character of God in him. With the arm of the Lord as his strength a man is not limited to his own natural ability but has the supernatural ability of God, giving him dominion over all things in the Name of Jesus. A man of God’s character is measured by the degree to which the character of God has dominion within his own heart, to glory of God in Christ Jesus.

A man of God’s character is more powerful than a natural man’s character because the man of God has his roots in the power of God – a supernatural power to demonstrate the nature of Jesus. A man of God can be completely weak in his own natural ability, wisdom and wealth but be (and become increasingly) strong in the mighty power, blessing, wisdom and character of God. Gentleness, meekness and kindness may appear weak to the natural man, but in the man of God these qualities are world-dominating, overcoming, unstoppable and “against such there is no law” – its the victorious nature of Jesus.

A man whose strength is in God is stronger than any man without God.

1 Cor 1:17- 2:16

What Is Life?

What is life? The world believes it is the sum of experiences in the physical world, the expression of feelings, thoughts and convictions, a series of events triggered by decisions and actions. But this definition of life is dependent on man’s ability to create these experiences, limited by time and space. Natural man (man without God) is limited to what he is able to accomplish with his own abilities, wealth, opportunity, and relationships. He is limited by time – the excitement fades, the glory dims, the comfort wanes in time. And if he is to revive and relive the thrill, he must do it once again, or do something new. He is a prisoner of the law of diminishing returns.

Not so with the life of God. His life is a spiritual force that is dynamic in nature. It is not dependent on time or circumstance because it is eternal – eternal life. It exists because it exists; just as God describes Himself “I am that I am”, so His life is that it is. His life is always new, always fresh, always thrilling. It never grows tired, never grows weary, just as He never grows tired or weary. His life is not dependent on natural circumstances or natural abilities to create happiness. His life IS righteousness, joy and peace. A natural life cannot truly satisfy because it cannot bring life to the spirit of a man. But God’s life is spiritual and meets the deepest need of man. And once that spiritual need has been met with His life, all other needs are secondary and are met by the outflow of that very same spiritual life. And we have this spiritual life in Jesus Christ.

Jesus said “he who has the Son has life”. In Jesus, my joy is not dependent on what I do or don’t do, what I have or don’t have, what I like or don’t like, who I know or don’t know. I have joy because I have Him. As Paul said in Philippians “I have learned the secret of being content in whatever circumstance i am in…I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.”

The Dominion of His Kingdom

God gave Adam dominion over the earth. Adam gave that authority to the devil through sin. Jesus won that authority back through salvation, and now we have that authority in His Name.  

Jesus taught us to prayer the Father “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” 

We establish the kingdom of God and destroy the works of the devil in Jesus’ Name.  

The promised land was not a type and shadow of heaven; it was a type and shadow of Christ’s dominion in the earth through the church, which is His Body. There are no giants or wicked nations in heaven, but there are in the earth.  

  • Ps 2:8 – ask Me (the Father) and I will give you the nations for Your (Christ’s) inheritance. You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s ware  
  • Eph 3:10 – (His purpose) is that through the church the wisdom (the wisdom of redemption) of God may be manifest to the rulers and powers in heavenly places 
  • Eph 6:12 – for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in heavenly places 

The last enemy is death, and death will be subdued at the Resurrection 

Cor 15:24-25 – After that (the Resurrection) comes the end (the completion), when He delivers over the kingdom to God the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every (other) rule and every authority and power. For (Christ) must be King and reign until He has put all (His) enemies under His feet.  

  1. Before the Resurrection, Christ must rule as King until He has subdued every power and authority that is in opposition to Him 
  1. The last enemy is death, who will be subdued at the Resurrection  

Rev 11:15 – …the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of the Lord and of His Christ 

In Christ – Master and Servant

A servant’s life is “in” his master. A servant has laid aside his life to do the will of his master.

Jesus did the will of His Father. He said “I only do the things I see the Father do” and “I only say the things I hear the Father say”. He also said “I am in the Father”.

Now Jesus is our master, and as we lay aside our lives to do His will, we find our life “in Him”. And we also find that as we live in Him, so He also lives in us. Jesus said “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” and “it is the Father living in Me who does the works”.

Speaking of the life of a believer, Peter says “…so that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by human appetites and desires, but he lives for the will of God.” (1 Pet 4:2)

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)

Is not the confession unto salvation “Jesus is Lord”?