We all boldly proclaim that we belong to GOD, that we live for HIM alone, that HE is our GOD and we are HIS Sons, that we do not live for ourselves anymore, but that GOD lives through us. But, do we ever take a moment to consider what this really means?
If this is true, then what we are actually saying is, that our body, our thoughts, our voice, our dreams and aspirations, our ‘everything’ belongs to GOD. GOD is the owner of our lives and we are only the managers. It means that only GOD can make decisions when it comes to our lives as it is HIS ‘life’ now. Yes, maybe fewer people would be Christians today had they heard this truth and not only the ‘Hell and Heaven’ message. To belong to GOD is serious business, definitely not for the faint-hearted.
So how does this process work? How do we make sure we are in the will of GOD? Through HIS word – which is GOD’s thoughts, HIS actions and HIS judgement over a given situation or matter. When we pray about a specific matter, we do not merely pray and hope for the best. No, we pray and wait for an answer from GOD as to what HIS word is concerning this matter in our lives (which is HIS property now).
So, do we need permission from GOD before we do anything? Let Jesus’ words in John 5 from verse 19 answer this question. A Son can do nothing of himself. A Son only does what he sees the FATHER doing. A Son only speaks what the FATHER speaks. He only judges as the FATHER judges.
If you want to be a good steward that GOD can trust with HIS whole kingdom then you only move when you have a word from GOD, when you have HIS permission – not Christ in Me International’s permission.
Let us look at an example very familiar to us all.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says that our body belongs to GOD. So, who should give the word, or the ‘permission’, when we want to marry someone? Who should give the word, or the ‘permission’, if and when to have children? GOD! You do not need permission from Christ in Me International. That decision rests with GOD. We do, however, encourage our covenant people to come to the appointed leadership of GOD so that they can confirm what they feel GOD has shared with them. Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 13:1 that every word needs to be established by two or three witnesses.
No-one needs permission, but we do need confirmation. Why? Because, when you move on a word from GOD, you eliminate wrong choices, and secondly, you learn how to hear the voice of GOD accurately. By making choices on your own accord, you are in fact proclaiming that GOD is not the owner of your life.
But why should we ask the appointed leadership?
When we believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ we are saved, but that does not mean that we are already where we are supposed to be. We are still “children” that need to grow up to full maturity. Nothing changed in your natural state, only in our Spiritual state. Although the fullness of the inheritance is ours from that moment on, we are not yet mature enough to rule and reign over our inheritance. When we are saved we do not have the mind of Christ yet, it is a process where we need to grow to the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:13). Therefore, Paul teaches us this principle in Galatians 4:1-2. While we are still growing to maturity to the fullness of Christ, we are put under the authority of guardians and stewards on behalf of GOD, until the time appointed by HIM when we reach the fullness of the mind of Christ. The guardians and stewards have already grown to perfection (Heb 5:9), they have already grown to the fullness of the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and have been appointed by GOD to rule over the inheritance. They are therefore able to accurately confirm the word of GOD for us (Heb 1:2, Rom 13:1, 2 Cor 10:13).
When we have GOD’s stamp of approval on our choices, we put GOD in control of the outcome. This is the will of GOD and it protects us from the outcome of decisions that were not in line with HIS will. It helps us to always hit the mark.
Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV)
22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.