We can live in a poverty mentality when we are not poor and receiving a more than adequate income. People who live from this culture do so because they have been marinated in scarcity. Parents who were once objectively poor can pass an ‘I am poor’ identity on to their children. They live from this despite their potential well-being and access to relative abundance.
Thus we have folks who have a healthy bank balance but they are not wealthy. Not wealthy in terms of a fat soul, a sharp mind and an informed intellect. In the new covenant we can be fully human and fully alive because Christ is our life. So why live like a peasant when you are really a prince?
Spiritual scarcity is an illusion. You are wealthy. You are heirs in Christ. Yet as Believers we can live in a spiritual poverty mentality. This is us when we are captured in the old covenant and have not released ourselves into the new. Father left the old covenant of scarcity and separation behind the moment Jesus cried out, ‘It is finished!’ What was finished? Life in Adamic separation and spiritual death. Our present spiritual abundance takes the form of the inter-weaving of the trinity with our person and community. We are part of God’s life and Christs life is ours. It is ours as we agree with Jesus and Paul that Jesus is our life. Not ours if we are living from the law, in mixture, from a belief system or religion.
You are called to walk in the person you are. You can do this when Christ is your life – not in a religious sense - but the sense in which Paul wrote His classic description of a son of God walking in the spirit of sonship. This spirit manifests as you because you and Father are one – which you are when you are living in the truth of God’s accomplishment for you. As such, you will be your real self. This is the self-envisaged and called forth into life by your creator and certified and brought to fruition by your redemption.
UNIQUENESS OF YOUR SPIRIT AND LIFE
Hidden in the I AM of God you are steadily becoming the I AM of you. This is the meaning of ‘from glory to glory.’ We glorify Jesus in fullness when we are releasing His life as the person He made us to be. In that moment, in that opportunity to share, we are being life and sharing life BY BEING OURSELVES!
The characteristics of the new covenant are nowhere listed. This is because the new covenant is NOT A NEW LAW. It is an absolute departure from the old. It is the effect of our restored union with God. It is the manifestation of Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit as our life. The new covenant might be said to be the person of Christ. Yet it is more. It is the union of God and you - the communion of the trinity with people. This is the Body of Christ.
DO YOU REALISE?
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. This is the new covenant in essence. Here we are one with God and sons in spirit and in truth as opposed to sons notionally. Clinging to an old covenant arrangement we remain in separation – not because we are separated but because we have not received. We are in no position to facilitate the Kingdom of God or rise beyond the authority of the scribes. Don’t live in this position of slavery. Any imagined gospel we have here is not the gospel of Jesus or Paul.
Here we limit ourselves and are a drag on those who engaged in new covenant ministry. Here we are blind rather than sighted guides. Gifts of the Spirit are never a substitute for union with God. They function properly as a result of it.
YOU IN ME AND I IN YOU
John 14.20 is the Body of Christ as union and communion. This is communion as opposed to some definition arrived at from ‘the letter that kills.’ The deceit of old covenant living in the new covenant age is a lie of the Enemy. We live in the illusion that our spirits are alive when we are actually blind and dead. The religion of Adam and Moses have had their day. The Day of the Lord is realised in our entering our inheritance of Christ come in our flesh. For the church, this is Christ manifesting in His fullness as us all!
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.