Living From The Inside Out
Ephesians 3:14 “For this cause I bow my knee… (which cause? Everyone could be a partaker of the covenant with God… not only Jews, but Gentiles to could be part of the glorious body of Christ; in other words, the promise given to Abraham in Genesis 12 was for all people not just the Jews as has been believed by the Jews).
The Ministry that he’s talking about is “that there is one new man” and so now God is no respect of persons. God doesn’t love us any less than He loves Benny Hinn or any other person with the healing ministry. What God did for them and through them He will do for me too. If the church could only grasp this.. the world would be saved. We wouldn’t be running from meeting to meeting to get the latest anointing or touch. It’s not that there is not an impartation from one person to another by laying on of hands or just getting around them. If you get around some people, you just want to know God more, read your Bible more, live for Jesus more. Just the aura of Christ around them inspires you.
Ephesians 2:18-19 “For through Him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints and the household of God. Therefore you are no longer outsiders excluded from the rights of citizens. But you now belong to God’s own household”… what a privilege.
Do you think God doesn’t take care of his kids? We are human parents and we love our kids. Is there anything you wouldn’t do for them? You give them your life. How much more our Heavenly Father would do for us. He already made the greatest sacrifice by sending Jesus to the cross. He gave the His best.
Romans 8:31-32 “How shall He not also freely with the Him give us all things?”
There are so many people in doubt of what God will do. No! We are joint heirs with Him. He made us equal heirs, equal citizens with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 3:6 “ that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body and partakers of His promise in Christ by the Gospel.” It is this: that the Gentiles are now to be fellow heirs with the Jews that are born again, sharing in the same divine promise in Christ, sharing in the acceptance of the glad tidings of the Gospel.
So the moment that we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we become citizens, sons of the household of God.
Ephesians 3:9 “and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which at the beginning of the world has been hidden in God who created all things in Jesus Christ, to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers of heaven might be made plain to everyone; his intent was that we should be made the manifold wisdom of God and be made known to the rulers and heavenly realms.”
We are joint heirs with Him. That ministry is talking about a hidden thing… But now it is revealed to us by the Spirit of God.
Ephesians 3:15 “ and he would grant you according to the riches of His glory(not according to your own works or efforts) to be strengthened (Gr. –Kratos-to be empowered by the power of God) in might by His Spirit in the inner man.
Throughout Ephesians Paul uses power words to describe what has been given to us as believers:
Dounamis-dynamite or ability of God.
Kratos -strength by rule of dominion
Energeia- working or energy
Ischus- physical strength of God
And yet, Christians are always crying out for more of God and more strength and more power and more anointing… but God has just put Himself and all that makes up Himself(to the fact that He had to use four different power words to describe what He gave us) in us.
So this is the reality of what we have inside of us… this is the reality of what we are because the Word says we are one with Him!!! So what are we looking for from Him?
Ephesians 3:16 says we are to be “strengthened with might in the inner man.”
This is talking about victorious walking in the Spirit.
Verse 17” that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that you may be rooted and grounded in love.”
Verse 18 “ that you may be able to comprehend the love of Christ.”
Verse 19(this is God’s purpose for you) “ that you would be filled with all the fullness of God!!!” “And other His fullness have we all received and that grace for grace.” John 1:16.
This isn’t part of God.. or a measure of His faith, or His love, His hope, His joy, peace or His power. It’s not even a measure of His grace. Really, the only thing you can’t measure is God’s grace because grace is the thing in the Bible that says he gives more of. He never says more faith, or hope or love or more power. Why? Because you already have all that. But He does give you more grace which is His riches at Christ’s expense… His ability, His might, His strength so that we can use that grace. This means that as we use the grace that we have, God just keeps lavishing more grace upon us. This is why you can’t do it by law. You have to do it by grace, because the more you operate in grace, the more grace is reproduced. And the it’s the only thing that God says you can have more of. It’s by grace that you walk in the power, in the love. It’s by grace that you operate by faith or have hope.
So the purpose of God in all of this is to know the love of Christ. This is not saying, “Well, I know that God loves me, but I don’t know why I’m in this mess that I’m in. I don’t know why He doesn’t answer my prayers.” No, this is the confidence that we have in Him. If you know that God loves you, we know that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and if He hears us then we know that we have the petitions that we ask of Him. So every single Christian should get every single one of his prayers answered.
This is what the Word says.
You’ve got to live out of your spirit man to do this. If you try to see it out of your natural man, you won’t even try. But you actually are supposed to be believing not trying anyway.
Ephesians 3:20 (KEY) “ Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.”
Most people are desiring a change from the outside. Especially we as parents are always looking at our children for evidence of change from the outside… that is what are they doing? What are they saying? But God is far more concerned about what’s going on in the inside in the way of change.
The Word says we’ve been changed, fashioned, conformed, transformed into the image of Christ in our inner man, but the Bible does say that “we behold Him, as we look into the glory of the Lord, we are being transformed from glory to glory”. Now, we’ve all received the glory of God the day that we got saved. But that is in our spirit man and God wants that glory to be revealed. This great salvation we have isn’t just so our spirit man can be born again, and then we have to figure everything out in our soul and then our body is just subject to the elements of the world. No, no, no. The glory that we are supposed to be transformed into.. you see there is a glory in the inner man, but that glory that we are transformed into is supposed to be an outshining glory… a manifestation of glory of what we see in Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Can we live there?
Well if we don’t believe that we can live there, then we won’t. I have a problem with this concept that suggests you cannot live constantly in the anointing of the Spirit of God because your human body couldn’t contain it. This doesn’t make sense. We got anointed the day we got saved. So how can I not live there anointed all the time? All that is just a mindset because some of the greatest miracles I’ve seen is when I felt absolutely nothing and if I went by how I felt I’d say that nothing happened. But if you go by revelation knowledge and trust the Word of God, that you are anointed all the time with His anointing(which is what Christian means) then you are not short of anything and it changes the way that you think. So when you see someone, it’s not, “well, I hope it works today.” Or, “I’m feeling a little less spiritual today so maybe it’s not a good day to pray for someone because it might not work today.” No! We are not going to walk victoriously in the Spirit without a renewed mind thinking that way. So we have to realize that the “glory to glory” that we are transformed for is actually inside of us. But it is also to be manifested outside of us. That glory is supposed to consume us-our mind, will and emotions in our soul. It’s to consume our bodies. Can that happen? Well it happened with Jesus, Paul, and Peter. It’s happening today. There are many people operating in the power of God today. There are many people today who are walking into places and multitudes of people are being healed. I mean hundreds of thousands of people are being instantly healed when somebody just walks into a place. Why? Because they have a revelation of Jesus and His goodness. They have a revelation of living out of their spirit.
So we are born again in our spirit and from that very moment God wants to work from the inside, from the inner man, through our soul, outside to our bodies . So you see, God doesn’t want our minds troubled. He doesn’t want people to be mentally deranged or depressed or confused. He doesn’t want bodies to be weak, sick or infirm. So here we have a provision for our entire being, spirit, soul and body, to be perfectly sound. But it has to start from the inside. So this work of God is not based on our merit, but it is a gift from God according to His riches in glory. It’s not based on merit and as long as we continue to try to merit it or get condemned because we are not living to a certain expectation of what we’re supposed to live…
Jesus paved the way with His blood so I can approach God. The heavenly Holy of Holies is open. The veil was rent from top to bottom signifying that the Holy of Holies is open to all. So am I going through the Old Testament tabernacle? Is that my pattern? It better not be. No, now our body is the tabernacle or temple of the Lord and He now dwells inside of you, not by merit but by a free gift. That means that you can communicate with God and live in peace, joy, oneness with God every day for the rest of your life. But because we think we have to be in a certain state, or we have to do all of these things (and listen, I’m not talking about taking God for granted)… if there’s one person serious about the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, it’s me. I don’t take Him for granted. I don’t have the Him in my back pocket and go to Him only when I need something. I live, and walk with the Him constantly.
So you see it’s not about spending hours and hours studying the Word of God, or praying every day! Is it based on what I do? Do I have a special favor with God because I pray or study? No! It’s not based on what I do. You are the tabernacle of the Lord so regardless of what you are doing, you can talk with the Lord all day every day. You can get one Scripture and meditate on that one Scripture all day and I could read 10 chapters in a day, and I would be no better off than you in the sight of God. When you call upon His name He will work for you just like He works for me. Why? Because it’s not based on what you do. It’s based on what He has already done and now believing that! So that’s why we have to keep our eyes on Him and not keep getting all off course or focus on do’s and don’ts or this person and that person or what’s happening here or there. And if you really want to get discouraged, just focus on yourself. Because none of us are where we are supposed to be. That’s why you have to read the Word as a mirror and see yourself in the realm of the supernatural. That’s how you learn to live out of your spirit.
Ephesians 3:16 God bases His work upon the riches of His glory and the His riches are limitless and they are unsearchable.
So there is no limit to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus!!! You couldn’t describe it. Exceeding, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think. That’s what’s available to us. That’s what we are and what we have and what we can do.
So the inner man (1 Cor.3:16) is our new creation and is being renewed day by day. The inner man has the capacity to hear and obey the voice of God.
John 10:27 “my sheep hear my voice”…
In this vessel we have the treasure, the glory, the person of Almighty God (2 Cor.4:7) “ so that the excellency of this power may be of God and not of us.” We have to know or realize the potential of Christ inside of us. That’s not by merit that God placed it in there. Before we are going to step out and start living this life that we are supposed to live, we have to know about it. You can’t participate in anything you don’t know about. We have a whole church that thinks God is withholding, or is causing bad things to happen. Then we have a Pentecostal church that’s trying to work and merit and move God when God by Jesus, according to His riches in glory is already moved.
Paul prayed that the eyes of her understanding would be enlightened (Eph 1:17) and then he prayed again that we would be filled with all the fullness of God right now. And someday we are really going to understand that our inner man is empowered by resurrection power. This same Spirit raised Christ from the dead dwells in you.
Philippians 2:12-13 “working out your own salvation… for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.”
This is mind boggling! God lives in us and empowers us to do what God would have us to do!
The key is not will power!
The key is yielding our will to His will (which is in us) and then do His will by His power! So grace is all God. So Christians get off track by saying I’ve got to try harder, pray harder, do this, do that. No. God is willing to do in you for His good pleasure. It’s not about you working, working, working. It’s about you yielding your will to His will and by His will I do by His power. So it’s all God. That’s why we can never say: “I can’t do this.”
2 Timothy 2:1 “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
There’s a fine line here because believing does have works but those works are by His grace. Those works are by His power so when I submit my will to His will, then by His will His power flows through me. So we have a church out there that is trying to make things happen by willpower and so we’re frustrated. We frustrate the grace of God. We are trying to merit it and work. Yes we do work, but it’s by grace that we do more. Now it’s not my strength, my might, my power, my ability or even my will.
I submit by my will to His will and then His will becomes my will. My will is limited, but His will is not.
Did God give me a will? Yes. What do I do with my will? Submit it to His will. And when I submit my will to His will, then my will becomes as powerful as His will. And that’s what Philippians 2:13 says: “for it is God who works in you to will and to do His good pleasure.” So the key is not willpower, but rather yielding our will to His will in us and then doing His will by His power. So God not only wants to dwell in and strengthen our inner man, but He wants to move from our spirit to our soul and dwell there by faith.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock in anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and sup with him.”
This verse is not for sinners. It is for the church. It is talking about fellowship not relationship. So Jesus already by His Spirit lives in the inner man. He wants to lord over our soul, but only we can open the door to let Him in. So we exercise our will not to do, but we exercise our will to yield to His will. And when we yield to his will, our will becomes as powerful as His will. And His will is to operate in His power.
1 Corinthians 2:16 “We have the mind of Christ.”
Mind: nous in the Greek means intellect, but it could be divine intellect and it could also be soulish intellect. Concerning the renewing of the mind must ask which mind needs to be renewed? It’s the natural mind. But how is the natural mind renewed? It’s renewed by this spiritual mind. Your spirit has a mind and a thinking process too. It has a voice just like your natural mind. How many of you have ever had a conflict where you know what the Word of God says, but natural reasoning kicks in? This just means that the natural mind has not been renewed yet or the spiritual mind is not dominating your natural mind yet. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It just means that we are still being worked on.
Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.”
Now this mind is the Greek word phroneo and it means the exercising of your mind. So it’s that part of your being, your soulish man, that has the capacity to have the mind of Christ that can think and set its affections on the things of God, but it’s got to happen from the inside out. Because you can try to get your soul to do things. You can try to willpower over things, but that’s only going to go so far. Do you exercise your will? Yes. But what do you do with your will? You have to submit that will to the will of God. The last free will decision that you made was to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
I don’t have a right to do what I want to do. But we need to see this as freedom to give my life to Him and submit my will and my emotions to Him… to be totally dependent on Him and totally free from self and totally yielded to God the Father. Give up the right to yourself. This is what Paul talks about when he says we are supposed to be already dead to self. But again, self keeps trying to resurrect itself. Why? Because the law does that.
Galatians 5: 24 Self, the old man, has been crucified at the cross and those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh and its passions and desires.
We’ve already been delivered from self, but when we try to merit in willpower and live by law what does it do? Even though the old man is dead, this actually ends up resurrecting the old man.
90% of the church is trying to make it happen and to “do things.” I thought that’s why I got saved. I thought I couldn’t do it myself. We couldn’t help ourselves, we could not save ourselves, we couldn’t get healed or perfect ourselves. We couldn’t live this life the way God wanted us to. We couldn’t experience God, so we come to God and surrendered to Him. We say, “God I can’t do this. Here you do it.” We give it to Him and He says “finally, that’s what I’ve been waiting for.” Then we get saved and we go right back and take our life back and we try to earn and merit everything that we knew we couldn’t do in the first place. If we couldn’t do anything to get into this thing, what makes us think we can do all these things to stay in this thing? So I might as well submit my will to the will of God and when I submit it, then my will becomes as powerful as His will and that will operates by the power of God. I don’t know about you, but that takes all the pressure off of us.
You don’t have to make this happen. All you have to do is believe God — He has already done it and He is going to see to it that it does happen. It’s simple isn’t it?
Ephesians 4:22-24 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts:”
verse 24 “And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
So a lot of times there is the struggle in us between the outer man and the inner man and which one is going to win. Some say it’s the one we feed the most, but how do we put off that old man and put on the new?
Verse 23 is the key. “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Have a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.
So how do I put on the new man and put off the old man? I be renewed which means the whole course of life now flows in a different direction. This is the greatest and most powerful truth and really the only truth that you really need to have if you get it in its entirety. And that is what Jesus did for us at the cross. Once you get a handle on this, then you can go on to the revelation of what the cross does in you. And what the cross does in you is spelled out in all of Galatians.
What the cross has done for you:
1. Delivered you from your sins and gave you His righteousness.
2. He took your sickness and gave you His health.
3. He took your poverty and gave you His riches.
4. He took your shame and gave you His glory.
5. He took your rejection and gave you His acceptance.
What the cross does in you:
1. Delivered you from the present evil age.
2. Delivered you from the law.
3. Delivered you from self.
4. Delivered you from the world and the social system.
5. Delivered you from the flesh.
All of this happened at one place. It is the greatest and most powerful truth that we can preach. It is the message that sets everyone free. If you have that one message you can get healed, delivered, be prosperous, and walk in the power of God. Why? Because it’s all by grace and faith in the grace which is the finished work of what Jesus did at the cross. If you know what that means in its entirety you will discover what He has already done, and what He has already made you, what you already have and what you can already do. And it’s all based on one fact, one sacrifice, and my faith in that one sacrifice of Jesus at the cross. It has redeemed or bought an all-inclusive salvation for me. When you understand that, this thing is the easiest thing in the world. You can’t help but rejoice and be healthy and prosperous and joyful and peaceful and confident ; having a hope that you know that you know that regardless of whatever comes against you or whatever situation you are in it just can’t stay that way.
You know that the law cannot condemn you anymore; that the devil has been defeated; sin is not a problem anymore; no curse can be put on you; no sickness can stay. Even though it might try to attack you, it cannot stay. No habit can stay. All because of that one simple fact of the sacrifice of Christ at the cross. And now I have to renew my mind to that. But how do I renew my mind to that?
Philippians 2:13 I submit my will to His will.
I make a willful decision, to renew my mind and put the Word inside of me. But really, it’s not even me that’s renewing my mind. It’s God that is renewing my mind. Sure, I’m making a willful decision to renew, but it’s God that does this in me for His good pleasure area I choose Him and His will. I submit myself to His will, to God. When I submit myself to God, I am resisting the devil.
I do the positive. So, now all of a sudden when I am renewed in the spirit of my mind, which renews my natural mind, now all of a sudden these two things are one and there is no conflict going on. And even if the natural reasoning process tries to kick in, I can still listen to this voice better than I can listen to that voice if my spirit man is dominant. Why? Because I’m being dominated by my spirit.
Second Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creation; old things are passed away behold of all things have become new.”
Now it’s not just the positional truth, but now it is an experiential truth. Now, I’m actually living and walking it. Now I don’t have a past. And all that stuff that people or the enemy want to drudge up, or my own mind wants to drudge up, I can’t use that anymore because that old man just does not exist. He is not there. He’s gone. And if it happens to me while I’m a Christian, all I have to do is go to God and submit my will to Him and my will becomes as powerful as His will and God just takes care of it. I take that Word, go after that Word and now all that rejection, wrong thinking, failure, sickness, disease, whatever has to go.
There is a lot of confusion with regards to Romans seven and Romans eight. People try to relate Romans seven to a born-again man, that is the things that I want to do I don’t do and the things I do want to do I don’t do… O. wretched man that I am. So people read this and conclude that even Paul had his problems. So as long as you are in this fleshly body you will have problems with your soul and you’ll be battling and fighting with your will. But, if we had just submitted our will to God the Father and my will became as powerful as His will during this surrender, then everything would be fixed.
If however you are still law minded and trying to live by the law, then you can be born again and still struggle with these issues. But if you are born again and not living under the law, then Romans seven does not apply to you.
Romans 12:1-2 Weust translation- “I therefore beg of you, please brethren, through the instrumentality of the affirmation and mercies of God, present your body to God once and for all and leave it there.” This is not a daily decision. This doesn’t mean that if you mess up, you cannot go back and re-commit yourself, but really if we just commit ourselves one time, we wouldn’t have to keep going back and re-committing. This is supposed to be a one-time decision.
Romans 12 continued: “ Stop assuming an outward expression that does not come from within you and is not representative of what you are in your inner being, but is patterned after this age. Don’t assume that what’s going on out here is what you really are. But change your outward expression to one that comes from within and is representative of your inner being by the renewing of your mind resulting of your putting to the test what is the will of God, the good and well pleasing complete will.”
How were you changed from the outside? What do Christians do? They try to change themselves from the outside. You can’t do it. You have to change from the inside out… from the spirit man, the spirit voice, the spirit mind, the conscience mind that is fed the Word of God. Now this in turn changes your natural mind.
The church lives in this dilemma and we should not. It’s all because of wrong thinking in which we are living from the outside in. We are really living soulish lives instead of spiritual lives. We’re not living from the inside out. It’s not a judgment of your character, so please don’t be offended by this. It’s not a judgment of your character, it’s just where the church is and we have to get out of this thinking.
Romans 7:15-25 Weust translation. “For that which I do I do not understand; for that which I desire this I do not practice but that which I hate, this I am doing.” So this is where the majority of the church lives and should not be. “ In view of the fact of what I do not desire, this I do I am in agreement with the law that it is good. And since the case stands with us, no longer is that I would do it, but the sinful nature that dwells in me.” Do you have a sinful nature that lives inside of you? Didn’t you get delivered from that old man which is what the sinful nature is? Isn’t that what the born-again experience is? It’s taking out the sinful nature and putting God’s nature in you. So he’s not talking about that. Here’s what he says: “ and since the case stands of us, no longer is it I who does it but the sinful nature that dwells in me for I know that there does not dwell in me, that is in my flesh good for the being desirous is constantly with me but the doing of the good is not.” That’s what the law was supposed to do. It was supposed to tell you what to do but no one could keep the law because their nature was sinful. “ But in view of the fact that that which I do not desire this I do, no longer is it I that does it but the sinful nature which dwells within me.” That’s not saying that a person who is born again is not responsible for their actions. “ I find therefore the law; to me that evil is always present.” What was the purpose of the law? To show man his sinful condition. The law wasn’t bad, but man was evil. “ For I rejoice in the law of God but I see a different kind of law in my members waging war against the law of my mind making me a prisoner of war for the law of the sinful nature which is in my members.” Be careful here
because this is where a lot of people teach that we have a dual nature. We have the born-again nature in my spirit but in the soul and my body that is where the sinful nature resides. No! No! No! This body is neutral. I’ll show you this in Romans 8:3. That’s why Jesus took on sinful flesh. His flesh was no different than yours. “Wretched man that I am. Who shall deliver me out of this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ my Lord, I myself with my mind, serve the law of God but with my flesh the law of sin.”
So what is the answer for Romans seven? That this person that’s trying to keep the law, he has a sinful nature… what is the answer for that? Romans eight! “Therefore now there is not even one bit of condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life of Christ Jesus freed you once for all from the law of sinful nature and of death. For that which is an impossibility for the law as it was weak through the sinful nature, God having sent his Son in likeness of flesh and sin and concerning sin condemned sin in the sinful nature in order that the righteous requirement of the Law may be brought to completion in us also not as dominated by the sinful nature or ordering our behavior but It Is dominated by the spirit.” So if we are going to live by the Spirit of God there has to be absolutely no law. The only thing that law can do with our life is through will power resurrect the old man. And we are going to get stuck in that dilemma of Romans seven. So what’s the remedy? It’s the born-again experience. It’s now not living by the Old Testament law, but living by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus which has set me free from the law of sin and death. And Jesus was made in the likeness of sinful flesh so that He can deliver me from the law of sin and death. And it all comes again to me renewing my mind to the Word. My mind is renewed as I feed my Spirit the Word of God which in turn changes this natural mind and now it’s not will power any more. That’s the one point I want to stress. This is what I see in the church: people trying to will to make this thing happen. How does the grace of God work? I make a willful decision to submit my will to His will. I am now done. God takes over. So how strong is God’s will? It is the strongest will.
I know it’s taught that the strongest will on earth is the will of man. I understand that you’re saying God is not going to violate your will. So, why don’t you just submit your will to the will of God. Now it’s not your will anymore. It’s His will.