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by Steve Countryman
5/23/2011 / Christian Living
"It's a given" it is expected, beyond a shadow of a doubt, something that you can bank on a given! Just like breathing air or expecting the sun to rise. What is sad is how we Christians miss out on the given or promises of God. Oh I do understand that spiritual maturity is required along with an understanding of God's Word but it has to do with a completely different perspective or view that is required of you to walk in. The Bible contains 452 of God's promises. God's promises are both unconditional and conditional. God's promises are for the past, the present and the future. They are for the external your daily needs for living, for the internal for your health, soul and spirit on earth and the eternal your future home and life in heaven. God's promises carry both blessings and curses. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us a given! They are as sure and unshakable as the air you breathe and the sun's rising everyday. For God is a faithful, committed and dedicated God who has put you and your prosperity on His list of priorities. God plans to prosper you and bring you into a closer personal relationship with God the Father.
The given has to do with your daily walk with God. It has to do with your heavenly vision of who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you. It has to do with the way you belief, your faith and trust in your heavenly Father and in His ability to accomplish what He says that He has already done for you. For God has already provided all things that you will ever need to accomplish His will through you. For you to fulfill that destiny that God chose you to do before time began for a time and place such as this. It is a given!
Paul mentions it in Hebrews that we need to get past the immaturity and step into the supernatural maturity of Christ. Hebrews 6:1-3 1Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And God permitting, we will do so. Spiritual maturity brings obedience, willingness, selflessness, daily habitation and intimacy with the Father, spiritual awareness, confidence, super faith and trust, assurance, unity, alignment, agreement, power and authority, courage and boldness, righteous indignation, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, revelation, dedication, commitment and love for God and for others. Spiritual maturity positions us to be where God desires us His children to be to know the heart of God.
It starts by "closing the gap". The gap is the time, space and daily living that all of us do every week. It is the space between Sunday and the following Sunday. The gap in our thinking and living our lives between the time that we spend with God, thinking about God, praying to God, praising and worshiping God, reading and declaring His Word and being obedient to His commands and the rest of the week. And that only pertains to those Christians who actually go to Church once a week instead of once in a blue moon. Closing the gap has to do with you putting on the "mind of Christ" daily that God's blessings and promises consume your thoughts everyday. Closing the gap is taking away room for you and making more room for God!
Your body is the temple of the Lord and needs to be treated that way. In the Temple of the Lord praising and rejoicing takes place, worship and thankfulness occurs, prayer and supplication is brought before God, sacrifice and obedience is expected, faith and trust are bolstered, restoration and reconciliation happens, forgiveness is found, mercy and grace abound, God's love permeates the Temple, healing and deliverance flows, personal encounters with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit fills the temple as you grow in the maturity of Christ. Sickness and disease are not allowed in the Temple of the Lord for they can't stand before your God! What do you allow in the Temple of the Lord?
When you walk in "the given" of the Lord your prayers, attitude, expectations, perspective, faith and trust go through a radical change. From asking for those things that God has already promised you and your family to you praying for others and declaring God's promises and the moving of the Holy Spirit through out the land instead. Praying for your total healing of your body is to pray for one of God's given promises. Declaring your healing/His promises is part of how you walk in the given! His promises are a given so why pray for that which you already walk in? Walking in God's promises, the given, is a walk of faith, trust and a higher level of expectation that God is able and willing to do ALL things according to His will. The time is "ripe"!
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