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02/17/13 – “Sonship in the Body of Christ” II Part 2 – Operating Under an Open Heaven

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LIVING SUPERNATURALLY II


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February 17, 2013

 

 Sonship in the Body of Christ II – (Part 2)

(Operating Under an Open Heaven)

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February 17, 2013

 

Sonship in the Body of Christ II – (Part 2)

(Operating Under an Open Heaven)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. The objective of this lesson is to bring believers to a place of maturity so that our Heavenly Father can invest and entrust us with the riches of heaven.
    1. The “riches of heaven” is the power whereby we have what we say.
    2. Elijah operated under an open heaven.
      1. James 5:13-18 KJV, AMP
        1. The mark of maturity is when our words have influence in heaven.
    3. Jesus operated under an open heaven.
      1. St. Mark 11:22-24
    4. As [mature] Kingdom citizens or believers, we have been given power to operate under an open heaven.
      1. Ephesians 2:19 KJV, AMP
        1. Because believers are citizens of heaven, we are governed by another set of standards, principles or laws.
        2. The Bible is the Bill of Rights for the believer.

 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

  1. Romans 4:13
    1. The earth is the believers’ inheritance.  Without an inheritance (money), we cannot effect change on earth.
    2. From the beginning, man was made to have dominion or authority over the earth.
      1. Genesis 1:26
      2. St. Matthew 6:9-10
  2. Hebrews 12:1-9
    1. Mature sons understand correction is part of the developmental process; immature sons (bastards) chose to become offended.
    2. God desires to bring us into sonship through our followership of an anointed person He has placed in our lives.  (Scripture reference – Hebrews 7:7)

 

REVIEW

  1. Three stages of spiritual development depicted in the life of Jesus
    1. Infancy (teknion) – symbolized by Jesus’ manger birth; and circumcision on the 8th day.
    2. Puberty (teknon) – symbolized by Jesus appearing in the temple at age 12
      1. Luke 2:40, 42, 49
        1. In the Jewish community, a young man has a ceremony pronounced over him called the bar- mitzvah which means “son accountable”.
        2. From the age of 12, Jesus is lost from the scriptures.  This 18 year period is called the period of obscurity.
        3. In Jesus’ obscure years, He was becoming the Word. – Isaiah 50:4
    3. Maturity (huios) meaning son placement
      1. St. Matthew 3:16-17
    4. Three stages of a father/son relationship
      1. The father exclusively imparts into his son.
      2. The father and son evolve into close friendship which is evidence by the son’s kinship to the father’s viewpoint.
      3. The son begins to impart to the father and speaks on the father’s behalf.
    5. True sons of the spiritual realm allow their spiritual father’s words to have impact to function effectively in the Kingdom.
      1. The separating notion is how much land (real estate of your thinking) one allows the father to conquer and at what time or stage?
      2. There is a knitting or kinship that takes place in the spirit between true sons and their spiritual father.   To whom are we a son, to whom does our spirit leap?
      3. Spiritual sonship begins with a revelation (when we have a revelation of who he is in the spirit. (Scripture reference – St. John 11:26-27)
    6. Exodus 4:21-23
      1. The deliverance of Israel was about sonship.
    7. Bastards thinking are not shaped by the Father.
      1. St. John 8:44
      2. Even the devil’s plans and intents are passed on through sonship.
      3. Character assassination is a sign of immaturity.

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