Are you looking for a breakthrough? Have you noticed that often times many of us are living from breakthrough to breakthrough? I remember one day even recently where I was talking to the Lord in devotions and I said, “I’m done going from breakthrough to breakthrough!” and I heard the Lord say, “Yeah! Because the biggest breakthrough ever lives inside of you!”
Did you know that the greatest breakthrough ever lives inside of us? That’s Christ in us! That’s the mystery of God that was withheld for generation after generation. The greatest breakthrough ever, not just in your life but in the whole universe, is when Jesus Christ came down here as a baby, died on the cross, rose again. That is the greatest breakthrough ever! And the next step is when you accepted Him as Lord and Savior He came and lived inside of you. What an amazing breakthrough! Let’s read it! Colossians 1:26-27, “The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
That’s powerful! Christ in you is the hope of glory! Jesus prayed in John 17:21 to the Father God and He said “…even as I am in You and You are in Me that they would be in Us…” So the Word of God is telling us that if you are born again that Christ lives in you and you live in Him. That is the greatest breakthrough ever! As we learn to live in Christ, in His identity in us, in His image in us then we become overcomers. The Bible also says it’s our faith that overcomes. Let’s read this! 1 John 5:4, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world even our faith.”
As I was reading this the Lord began to show me that it is our faith—believing that what God has said is true—that overcomes the world. It is not what we get with our faith that overcomes the world. Think about that for a minute. A lot of us are believing for this and believing God for that and we end up kind of waiting to feel like we are living in our breakthrough or living in the kingdom of God or even living in Christ until that thing shows up. And then that thing shows up that we are believing for and we feel like we are really in Christ now and we really have a breakthrough. But the reality is the Lord is trying to teach us that we overcome by our faith not by what our faith gets or receives over time. So how do we do that?
Well in another Scripture, the Word of God says–it is actually Jesus who said this—He said, “…in Me you have peace but in this world you will have trouble. Be of good cheer because I have overcome this world.” And I asked the Lord one day, “okay, you have overcome the world, so how does that work for me?” And He said, “Lisa, this is an invitation to live in Me, vicariously, to live in and through Me. Do you see? You are seated in the highest place ever.” And as the Lord began to minister to me and began to show me “…Lisa, I am seated above the universe, in the highest place ever and you are seated in Me. Do you get that? You are seated in the highest place ever! You are above all of these things in Me. Your job is to learn how live in Me in your thinking, and your emotions, and your heart.”
And that’s what we do by faith. We do it by intentionally putting our hearts and our minds on Christ in us. Pulling up the Word of God and what it says about who you are in Christ. You are seated in heavenly places, you are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus, and you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. There are over 300 Scriptures in the New Testament that teach you about who you are in Him!
This is where we are getting with all of the Identity Moments I am recording. Our purpose is to empower people through this ministry, HisImage.me, to walk in God’s image in them, Christ’s image inside of them. Because when we live there, here is the difference: if I am focused on Christ in me and throughout the day I am dealing with something and I am like, “Wait a minute! Where am I seated, Lord? Oh yeah!” and the minute I go to that place with Him I end up walking in this sense of value and strength and significance and authority over the thing in my life because I chose to take the time to yield to realizing to where I really sit and where I really live which it’s in the Kingdom of God.
You see, if we focus on the trouble around us or even focus on trying to get rid of the trouble through our faith then we are still really not living in Christ right now; we are working to get rid of something. Instead of living in what we already have. Now yes, as we live in what we already have many of these things we believe for begin to start happening. But some of them are not because Jesus said we live in this world and there will be trouble. And oh, do we see trouble! We see trouble in our personal lives, some people in this season. Other people just in the world and the country around them. So it’s time, it’s always been time, but it’s time to learn how to live in and through Christ in you and Christ in me.
Jesus said that the work of God is to believe. Now think about that, many people don’t know that Scripture. The work of God is to believe, Jesus said that. That is our labor, our labor is to believe. And we will talk more about this in the identity moments and all of the scriptures that lead to this.
So how do I believe? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And so you want to take the time to get in the Word of God and not just other people teaching you but you personally in the Word of God. I want to encourage you this week to get into 1 John. Read and write down every concept that God shows you about your life in Him. And then as you write it down say, “Lord, show me more about that. Tell me more about that.” And write down whatever He gives you.
See, we are going to learn how to engage in these truths not just hear them in a service and go, “Wow, that’s great!” and walk away and go yell at somebody or get offended at the news, or get offended at this or get offended at that. All of those are signs that I don’t know who I really am. Because when we know who we are in Christ we are not walking around offended. Because we know our value and our significance and our authority over all of it.
So I encourage you to get into 1 John this week and read through that and do as I suggested and allow the Lord to reveal to you and your heart these truths. Until next time, remember, it is Christ in you or as we say at this ministry HisImage.me. That is our life and that is our hope for glory.