After reading the verse three times, I heard the Father tell me to read it again. Despite this prompting, a part of me didn’t understand why He’d want me to read the same thing over again when I already knew what the verse was talking about. But before I could get a word out, He read my mind.
“My Word is called the Living Word because it is always speaking,” He said.
Duly noted, Father.
He was right, and I knew it to be true.
Turning back to Hebrews 12, my eyes found verse 28:
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
The first time I read this verse, I was thoroughly encouraged. I mean, c’mon! Who wouldn’t want to belong to an unshakable kingdom?! But on the fourth read, something new jumped out at and excited me. This time, the Holy Spirit highlighted two words: WE ARE. Not we will. Not we might. WE ARE receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken.
Growing up, it seemed like the goal of the Christian life was to hang on until we all made it to heaven. When I learned about why Jesus came, what He did, who my Father was and who I was because of the finished work of Jesus, everything changed. I realized Jesus didn’t die to get us into heaven. He died to get heaven into us and give us victory over the things trying to destroy us!
The goal of the Christian life is not to hang on until we die. The goal of the Christian life is to become unmovable in the face of fear and every other form of darkness. The goal of the Christian life is to plunder hell and take names for the kingdom of God! The kingdom IS at hand! We are not waiting for it to come — it has already been made available to us.
Ephesians 2:6 reveals that we are seated in heavenly places in Christ. Notice the two words WE ARE again here.
Why do you think the Father raised us up with Christ and seated us in heavenly places? Do you think it’s just so we could read about it in the Bible? NO! The Father raised us up so that we could use the authority Christ died to give us and be His ambassadors (see 2 Corinthians 5:20).
You are not a coincidence. You are not a mistake. You are royalty on assignment. Made to walk intimately with your Maker and rule and reign on the earth.
That means everything that Christ stood for, we stand for. Every work that He spent His life completing, we devote our lives to continuing.
Healing. Freedom. Restoration. Hope. Love. Joy. Peace. Kindness. Patience. Long-suffering. Gentleness. And on and on and on. This is what we stand for. This is what we devote our lives to.
And you know what’s not on the list? Fear. Our Heavenly Daddy did not give us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. So what does that mean for us today? That means that by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, we can look fear in the face and say “in the name of Jesus, you have no authority over or right to me! I command you to leave in Jesus’ name.” If fear has been gripping your heart lately, I invite you to pray those words out loud right now. Go ahead. Give fear the eviction notice it deserves. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His perfect peace.
We have victory over sin, sickness, death and fear because Christ overcame. And together, as we grow up in our true identity in Christ, we can step into our authority, push back the darkness in our lives, homes, communities and world, and be who we were always created to be.
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV)
Podcast news: Our team was planning to finish our series on surrender, but with COVID-19 crisis taking some unprecedented turns, we felt the Holy Spirit leading us to shift our focus. Last week, we gathered together in prayer to press in to hear what the Father is saying in this hour. Join Lauren and Rochelle for the first part of this conversation we’ve titled, “Becoming Unmovable in the Face of Fear.” Tune in on iTunes or Spotify.
Lauren is a national speaker, author and Bible teacher. The founder and president of She Found Joy, she is a passionate about helping others encounter Jesus in a way that refreshes their faith and fills them to overflowing with His love and joy. Lauren lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Alex and their dog Reese.
Oh wow, I love this!! Even when I read it a couple of times, I think I read it as “we will” not “WE ARE”. During this uncertain time, this should be a reminder to all of us that we are to live our lives in such a way that reflects Jesus ALWAYS!!!
Thank you Lauren for this wonderful reminder and thank you to you and your team for your encouraging and sharpening words as always!
Continually praying for you, your family and your team♥️
Lauren Gaskill says
Your prayers mean the world to us! God bless you, Gloria!