Karen W from Heart of the Matter Ministries International and Donna K are friends of Word of Grace Church and have been a blessing to us over the years. This year as we celebrate our 15th year anniversary as Word of Grace Church, Karen and Donna have blessed us with this Prophetic message. This message was preached by them at Word of Grace Church on June 25th, 2017. To listen/download the audio please click here.
This entire month, we will be dealing with healthy relationships. We have a word for this house. I flow in the prophetic with an apostolic anointing. Not too long ago, I had a dream. In this dream there were 2 spirits. I was in a room, and suddenly, there is this weird looking spirit with a red face and was very angry. This thing came to me and we began to wrestle. He charged at me and I pushed him out. he kept coming and I kept pushing it. I look at Jesus and said help! Then there were two of them and both were charging at me. We were wrestling and they came together and formed one new thing. Jesus was standing behind glass doors and couldn’t get in. Something from the outside tried to get in me. Then I was angry and asked Jesus why he did not help me when this entity was trying to get inside of me. Then I saw Jesus removing a mask and he said, the mask got put on my face by you. For the thing that is outside which is trying to get inside changes the relationship we have with God. So today’s message is called INSIDE OUT.
When things which are on the outside try to get on the inside, it affects everything we do. The Lord is saying we need to recognise the negative things that are on the outside and are getting on the inside and taking us away from God. The spirit of religion is an evil spirit that comes with lies and deception and keeps us from having an open relationship with God. We fight in our own flesh and it exhausts us.
We were talking to our students about living out of our spirit. That is how God created us. I had a dream where my spirit from the inside came out and there was so much life in it. My Spirit came to the front and I decided I am never going back. We need to live with that life on the outside.
People live life in two way:
1. From the outside- in, where your circumstances and history gives you identity and it is always an inward battle.
2. From the inside out where we have identity inside of us and we live from that identity. The Spirit man is alive to God. That is how we are supposed to live. We can live connected to God, knowing who we are. Religion is about living outside in. It tries to affect behaviour.
Matthew 6:22- “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. 23 But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness!” (AMP). So when we think about darkness, we think about sin. But darkness here is about not knowing who you are- not letting the light of God to shine. We often beg God to do stuff. This is the beggar’s mentality. When we live from the outside in, we live helpless. Every day is battle and the light that we think we have is actually darkness. Darkness is being distracted with all the things happening in the world. The darkness of of low self esteem, of having an orphan spirit, like you don’t matter, the darkness of trying to measure up to someone else. Lies that the enemy tells us from the history of our lives.
Inside Out- Meet your emotions (Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WpKGqYAClk)
We have a body, we are a Spirit, we have a soul. Things come to us, in the body, but the soul responds to it with the emotions, decisions, etc. it is our soul that pretty much runs our mind. What triggers our body are the 5 senses. So the things that make us joyful, hurt us, etc. becoming memories in our soul. The body is triggered by the sense, but the soul remembers it and responds in the same way. Be careful what our eyes look at, what we are listening to, because all those things affect us. This is how God created us, that we would live life- to have our soul in alignment with our spirit- then our thoughts, emotions and actions are lined up. When we walk in this alignment where the spirit receives its truth from the Spirit of God and informs the Soul about it. Then the Soul begins to line up with the spirit. Then our thoughts are becoming his thoughts. Then our behaviour follows in alignment to the soul. Then the very heart of man comes into perfect alignment to the heart of God.
Matthew 5:8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” (MSG)
Your pastors right here, this is their life, this is their heartbeat. When you are living from the inside and you have healed from the things that your body has experienced. We will get to be with him eternally, but living in him means being healed and in connection with Him. These leaders are about building you because you are the church.
1 John 1:5-7- “This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.”
We often live on the outside in, always having reaction to a lot of things. When our world, our culture, everything affects us, the soul takes over. Most of the time, we live soul to Body and body to spirit. But God wants us to come higher and live Spirit to soul and Soul to Body. When we live like this, adoption happens- spirit to spirit. We have an identity.
When we walk in a culture of honour, we are able to love people the way God loves them. God wants to do an amazing thing in this church- to build a caring community together. It is happening. This whole month, we will enter into a world of how to deal with conflict, to build healthy relationships. When we walk in his light, we are able to have connection with one another. If we are not, we are easily offended, intimidated and inauthentic in relationships. People can live as 100%, 75%, 50% and 25%. We want to be as real as we possibly can. But when we have the outside-in syndrome, people only show 75%, 50% or 25% of themselves. I had to go through a transformation to learn to love myself- both good and bad.
When people are not experiencing the full freedom of God, we are living outside-in. Wholeness is a part of the Kingdom of God and it is a way to live. I want to honour Colin and Navaz who are learning about these things themselves and bringing it to the church. I am going to talk about the difference between the kingdom of culture and the Culture of the kingdom. Our life is hid in Christ. And when we live in the light of Christ, there is freedom.
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