God’s Favorite People

It is so common for God’s people to fall for the misconception of false humility that feeds their lack of importance. Let’s just set the record straight here.

Jesus did not die for what He did not value.

If you were not valuable, He wouldn’t have wasted His time enduring a brutal death on the cross. His very sacrifice points to the reiterated fact that is replete through the Bible that we are valuable to God.

He has spent the entire history of mankind intervening on our behalf, revealing His kindness, patience and enduring love just because of His valuation of us. Each of us are created after “His image”. We are the pinnacle of His creation just by this fact.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made just from the standpoint of His creative work.  Not only this, but He has called us to be His very own “special” people – those who are set apart for Him. Because of these things we must get rid of the notion of being just the mud of the earth.

Obviously, apart from Him we are nothing – being totally dependent upon Him. I like to say that apart from Him I can do nothing but through Him I can do all things! I can also say with fullness of confidence and authority that I’m His own special person – just as all God’s people are. The difference between one Christian person and another is one get’s their identity as being a sinner while another gets their identity in being a saint.

‘Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.

Exodus 19:5-6

Realize you are a saint in Christ Jesus. This is why Paul always addressed God’s people as “saints”, not sinners – because Christ has given us a new divine nature being birthed from His Holy Spirit. Embrace the fact of not only who you are as a human “created in the image of God”, but also considering what Christ accomplished on the cross as you are now translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God. 

False humility is a horrible result of becoming religious, going through routine, walking in ignorance, settling for a “form of godliness”, denying God’s power, and not having an ongoing encounter with God’s Presence by the Holy Spirit. It is the depravation of God’s highest creation in the earth. It robs the ignorant of true power and the glory of God that has been made available to us in Christ. It is taking a diamond and treating it like scum. 

God does not make trash. It is a direct insult to God when you assign yourself as worthless – then treat others the same way. It’s no wonder so many in the world avoid Christianity that has no power. There is nothing remotely attractive in it. It is an empty shell with a nice clean outward appearance with no substance – full of dead men’s bones. Many people in the world realize their value much better than Christians.

Paul said something to this effect in Romans – that these things are written in our conscience. Those who don’t know the law end up doing it anyway. Religious people are directly indicted by Jesus for hindering people from entering the Kingdom of God. He would rather us be hot or cold – but lukewarm is unacceptable.  That’s why Jesus was able to reach sinners along with His close twelve that were looking for His appearing, minus one.

We are heirs in Christ. The prodigal son story shows us the effects of a religious mindset in how the elder brother was ignorant of all the father had for him. The elder son was upset at the father’s lavish celebration of the prodigal son ‘s return to the family. He told his father that he never did anything that nice for him. 

The father said, “All that I have has been yours all along.” It was the elder son’s ignorance, a picture of the religious mindset, that kept him from enjoying the fullness of the father’s provision and blessing. Jesus has brought us into the family.  He has made us worthy. He gets all the glory. 

God enjoys showering His blessings upon our lives to the point where others can be totally offended. It is His nature displayed to bless those who follow His ways. The religious mindset is embedded with controls, hinderances and offenses. It will keep a person in a box, keep them from ascending in their spiritual walk and be offended if they try to step out in deeper waters with the Lord. This mindset finds it’s security in controlling other people – maintaining a feeling of identity by making others feel dependent upon them. The devil will lock you in a box and throw away the key. 

Jesus comes to set you free into a life that is exhilarating – teeming with the flow of His Spirit and Presence! The religious mindset is also a poverty mindset as it is robbed because of the lack of light and revelation in what God’s has already provided.

We are sons, not slaves. We are saints, not sinners. God has a vast inheritance that is readily available to us as we commit our ways to Him, seeking Him with the whole heart. Those who are dependent upon God, seek the face of God for this is where they find their identity. Jesus tells us to abide in Him and allow His words to abide in us – then we can ask of Him, and it shall be granted to us. God wants us to have surrender to Him, intimacy with Him and dependency upon Him in all things. 

Don’t allow the lies of the devil to steal the life of Jesus from your heart. The devil wants to devalue your life, make you feel worthless and unimportant. God wants us to rise and shine in His glory with total dependence upon Him – to be a carrier of His Holy Spirit. 

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

1 Peter 2:9-10

In this way you can be a powerful influence for the Kingdom of God in the earth. The glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the seas “through you” – His special, chosen Kingdom of priests who walk in His most excellent power and authority.  You are called to love, joy, peace, power, to hear, to prosper, to see, to have anointing and victory. 

Religious people are sad, grumpy, mean, fault-finding, critical, finger-pointing, accusing, miserable and are looking for others to share it with. Know who you are in Christ.

YOU ARE SPECIAL IN GOD! Don’t succumb to the depraved, watered-down, lukewarm, anemic, powerless, religious mindset – but rise to your privileged occasion in this day for this is the greatest hour the Church has ever known!

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