April 15, 2018
What is “Normal”?
If Christ is normal, what does that make us? If He came to show us what Spirit-filled people look like, not operating as under the fall, but filled with the Spirit and breath of God, listening to the Father, moving in Holy Spirit, doing the works of the Father, giving the teachings of the Father, then why aren’t we living that way? He came and showed us the pattern and said, “This is normal…” If He is “normal”, what are we? We are going to manifest the fullness of the wisdom of Christ. It can now be revealed to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. We could not fully do that in the last season, but we can do it in this new era.
“His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,” (Ephesians 3:10; BSB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Read the Book of Mark in a version you don’t normally read. (You can find various versions for free in the YouVersion app, which can be installed on your phone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet.)
- As you read, note all the ways Jesus revealed the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Now, ask yourself how you are living like Christ?
- Ask the Father to make you more like Christ and realize this is not just asking for a transformative character change (sanctification), but an ability to manifest His Power and Glory. (Matthew 10)
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, show me how Jesus lived “normally” in the Spirit, as I read the Book of Mark (or just Matthew 10). Show me how I ought to be living daily to manifest the Kingdom of God in my life. I know that living righteously and in holiness is important, but you also said to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. Give me a grace, a faith and a boldness to live like this in front of everybody. Make me more like Christ in word, in character and in action. Let America be saved! In Jesus’ name, amen.
I decree that America will be saved as the Church lives like Jesus lived!