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Life In Gear. Studies On the “Christ-In-You” Life By Dr. Ray Henry Dr. John Hilbun Rev. Charles Culpepper. Introduction-Life In Gear. Victorious Christian Life has been called by various names: The Deeper Life The Abundant Life The Higher Life The Exchanged Life The Abiding Life

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life in gear

Life In Gear

Studies On the “Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

introduction life in gear
Introduction-Life In Gear
  • Victorious Christian Life has been called by various names:
  • The Deeper Life
  • The Abundant Life
  • The Higher Life
  • The Exchanged Life
  • The Abiding Life
  • The Triumphant Life
  • The Liberating Life
  • The Flowing Life-Rivers of Living Water
  • The Victorious Life
  • The Life that Wins
  • The Normal Christian Life
  • Life In Gear
  • *See List of Books on the Victorious Christian Life
this life in gear is for all christians
This “Life In Gear” Is For All Christians
  • See Quote: Ron Dunn

“The victorious life is not a superior brand of Christianity reserved for the elite of the elect. It is the normal for every Christian…Too many Christians are struggling for victory has already been won. It was won 2000 years age.”

outline life in gear
Outline- “Life In Gear”
  • Introduction to Life In Gear
  • Misconceptions- What Is Christianity?
  • Purpose of Existence-Glory of God
  • Failure to Achieve Our Purpose
  • Turning Failures into Victory
    • Dead End Roads to Christian Living
    • Substitutes for Christian Fruit
    • Brokenness and Failure-Preparation for Victory
  • Pathways to Victory
    • The Way Of Death-Reckoning
    • The Way Of Life
    • The Way Of Appropriation
    • The Way Faith
    • The Way of Recognition-Who Am I?
introduction life in gear1
Introduction- “Life In Gear”
  • I have used the example of a car in gear to describe the Christian life.
  • It is a life that runs smoothly and gets to our destination without the grinding of the impotence of the old man in trying to live the Christian life.
  • It is a life that operates “in sync with God.”
  • It is a life that flows from God as it’s source of total adequacy and strength.
introduction life in gear part 2
Introduction- “Life In Gear”Part 2
  • It is a life that knows how to let God work through us as His containers and vessels.
  • It is a spontaneous life of Christ in you that is full of joy and peace and excitement in routine living.
  • It is a life that sees lasting fruit in its final operation.
  • It is a life that releases people to reach their God given purpose in this life-His Glory.
  • It is a life that recognizes our unity with Christ and

who we really are in Him in this world.

our purpose the glory of god part 1
OUR PURPOSE: THE GLORY OF GOD-Part 1
  • The Glory of God is seen in Nature
  • His excellence is seen in the detailed workmanship and operation of nature.
our purpose the glory of god part 2
OUR PURPOSE: THE GLORY OF GOD-Part 2

The Glory of God is seen perfectly in the life of Jesus. God’s character was fully, completely revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Read Hebrews1:3

our purpose the glory of god part 3
OUR PURPOSE: THE GLORY OF GOD-Part 3

Mankind has substituted many things to worship rather than to give glory to God. Rom.1:20-23

our purpose the glory of god part 4
OUR PURPOSE: THE GLORY OF GOD-Part 4
  • God is a person and can only adequately express Himself through persons.
  • Man exists for the sole purpose of allowing God to express Himself -His Glory through him.
a mystery
A MYSTERY
  • Man within himself has absolutely nopower or ability to express God’s nature.
  • We all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. See Romans 3:23
  • The flesh in all of it’s futile attempts does not display the glory of God.
  • Example: Church History- The Crusades and corruption in monasteries, etc.
  • The good flesh is just as corrupt as the bad flesh. Two parts of the old nature that must die so Christ can live through us.
lesson 2 life in gear

Lesson 2- Life In Gear

Studies On the “Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

misconceptions what is chritianity
MISCONCEPTIONS:WHAT IS CHRITIANITY?
  • Some see as it as just ANOTHER RELIGION among themany in world. Never seeing the uniqueness of the Living Christ.
  • They throw Christianity into the religious arena and say it is on the same level.
misconceptions what is chritianity1
MISCONCEPTIONS:WHAT IS CHRITIANITY?

2. Some see it as merely a FIREESCAPE.

  • Just an Eternal Insurance Policy.
  • A License for loose living.
  • A Place in Heaven… “pie in the sky by and by.”
  • Christianity is more than just a way to die…….

It is THE WAYto live. It is “Life in Gear” with God and yourself and others.

misconceptions what is christianity
MISCONCEPTIONS:WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY?

3. Many see Christianity as LAWS AND RULES.

  • They have their lists of DO’s and DON’TS.
  • Their denomination has its own Pharisaical interpretations of what is right and wrong.
  • The truth is we are to be different than the world in attitudes and conduct. But how? (See I Pet.1:15-16; Rom.12:1-2;Gal.5:1-25;I John 2:9-11;15-17)
the truth distorted
THE TRUTH DISTORTED
  • Christianity is not Christian Legalism:

Attempting to live up to God’s standard by one’s own efforts or lists of duties in themselves.

2. Christianity is not Christian Humanism: It is not mere morality it means more- godliness.

  • We have a lot of Dedicated Failure in our churches. We obey certain religious lists but are not holy or godly or living for His Glory.
  • The “letter of the law kills”…II Cor.3:6
  • Christianity is not a list of “oughts” Gal.3:1-5
  • Christianity is walking in the Spirit and fulfilling the law of Christ. Gal.5:5-6;16;23-24 and Gal.6:2
true christianity
TRUE CHRISTIANITY

Christianity is not what we do for God, it is what God does for us in His Grace.

ALL CREATION EXISTS

TO REVEAL THE GLORY OF GOD

GLORY:

THE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S

ATTRIBUTES AND

CHARACTER

the secret revealed
THE SECRET REVEALED

TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS..

Christ For You

CHRIST IN YOU

CHRIST AS YOU

LIVING THROUGH YOU

IN EVERY SITUATION

EVERY MOMENT

EVERY DAY OF YOU LIFE.

“Christ in you the hope of glory.” Col.1:27

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but

CHRIST LIVETH IN ME,

AND THE LIFE I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD,WHO LOVED ME AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.” Gal.2:20

dead end roads to christian living pt 1
Dead End Roads To Christian Living – Pt.1
  • ROLLER COASTER ROAD -Trusting in Feelings and Experiences
    • Man is made up of body, soul, spirit
    • The Body is the natural senses of touch, taste, see, sound, smell. Most are living by the senses alone. If it feels good do it.
    • The Soul Level is the will (I decide);

Mind (I think); emotions (I feel).

1.Prov.16:25 There is a way that seems right..

2.Isa.55:8 “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither

are your ways my ways.”

    • I promise to do better
    • I don’t feel close to God here…
    • We have a tendency to depend more on feelings than on faith. (Rom.1:17; II Cor. 5:7;Heb.11:1,6)
    • Faith depends on truth, not feelings.
dead end roads to christian living pt 2
Dead End RoadsTo Christian Living- Pt.2
  • ABNEGATION AVENUE- It is trying to live by self-denial alone.
    • If I quit certain things I will be a better Christian
    • The habits deleted in themselves do not produce Christ-like qualities
    • The Pharisees did not do a lot of things. Their respect for Sabbath laws was commendable, but did not bring them closer to living for the Glory of God.
    • God called them “vipers” and “whited sepulchers”. (See Matt.23:27-28)
    • We are not do certain things under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and by following the principles of exaltation, expediency, edification of others.
  • But we are to operate by a different power.
dead end roads to christian living pt 3
Dead End RoadsTo Christian Living- Pt. 3
  • DEDICATION DRIVE-It is the dedication and re-dedication of the flesh.
    • The Flesh cannot please God
    • We try harder to be like Jesus, but we fail time and again. Read Bible more; pray more; etc.
    • This why Romans 7 is sandwiched between two victory chapters. We can’t do what we would and should even though we are greatly committed to being followers of Jesus Christ. Rom.7:16-17
    • Paul calls his own self-directed attempts to please God as a “wretched man”
    • The Law of Sin and Evil are keeps man who wants to do right from reaching His Goal.
    • You cannot improve the flesh with the flesh, it must be replaced.
    • Christ in us, Christ as us, keeps His law through us so that the “righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us…”
    • “So we walk by a new inner recognition of the Spirit, not by the recognition of that old self-effort.” N.Grubb
dead end roads to christian living pt 4
Dead End RoadsTo Christian Living- Pt. 4
  • EDUCATION EXPRESSWAY-More and more training, seminars, books, etc.
    • We have the best discipleship courses anyone would ever want.
    • Most serve a defined purpose. They fill us with more information on a prescribed subject.
    • The information highway of the internet gives us access to enormous amounts of materials.
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Dead End RoadsTo Christian Living- Pt. 4

EDUCATION EXPRESSWAY

  • More courses, information, books, and manuals do not provide the answer to victorious Christian Living.
  • Biblical diplomas and degrees and certificates of completion do not live the Christ-filled life.
  • More training does not in itself produce more power to live a life that brings glory of God.
  • The information must lead us to faith and the right answer- CHRIST IN YOU.
  • Even with more training, we have no power to put in practice. Zech.4:6
god sees the flesh hopeless
God Sees The Flesh Hopeless
  • “The flesh is corrupt to the uttermost, and there is no other way for it except death.”
  • “The work of the Lord Jesus does not changeour flesh. God’s power cannot change our flesh… That which is born of flesh is flesh…The only solution is death.”
  • “The first step toward victory is to realize we are not able…Once you become unable, He becomes able. Herein lies the principle ofvictory.” Watchman Nee- THE OVERCOMING LIFE (Living Stream Ministry)
other substitutes for victorious christian living
Other Substitutes ForVictorious Christian Living
  • SUCCESS- Wm. Carey had no convert for the first seven yrs. In India.
  • SENSATIONALISM - Flashy preachers may have a on bigger crowd. Ii is an inordinate focus on the spectacular. The sensational is not always lasting fruit. (Theme park)
  • SACRED WORK AS OPPOSED TO SECULAR- It is not the type of service that produces fruit, it is the sap of the vine.
  • SIMULATION OR IMITATION– The Christian life is not straining to duplicate in his own the life of Jesus (WWJD). No it is letting Christ live spontaneously through us.
    • From Chapter 7 “Things that sometimes pass for fruit”

ABIDING IN CHRIST by John Rosscup (Talbot Seminary,CA)

lesson 3 life in gear

Lesson 3- Life In Gear

Studies On the “Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

review of lessons 1 2
Review of Lessons 1 & 2
  • The Victorious Christian life is for all Christians
  • Life In Gear is a life in sync with God. It is the spontaneous flowing of Christ-life living through a Christian.
  • Our Purpose – The Glory of God
  • The Big Question? How?
  • Misconceptions-Christianity is not a fire escape or laws and religious rules
  • Christianity is Christ for you; Christ in You; and Christ as you-living and working through your form.
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Review of Lessons 1 & 2

Dead End Roads to Christian Living

A. ROLLER COASTER ROAD-

(Feelings and experiences)

B. ABNEGATION AVENUE-

(Self-denial and quitting certain tings)

C. DEDICATION DRIVE

(Even dedicated flesh cannot please God)

D. EDUCATION EXPRESSWAY

(More courses, diplomas and information does not live the Christian life)

turning failures into victory
Turning Failures into Victory
  • God purposes failures
  • God purposes allows us to have knocks out the props of erroneous Christian Living
  • God can turn our “inkblots” into masterpieces.
  • But we must come to “wit’s end corner” whereby we realize there is more-much more to Christian Living.
wit s end corner
Wit’s End Corner
  • Testimony: Jack Taylor- “I was sick and tired of being of being sick and tired. My misery began to worsen. I prayed more and worked harder…Frantically evading self-discovery. I sought more success in buildings, budgets and baptism, too often our “holy trinity” for success…Doubts, depression and discouragement and despair were my constant companions…I was at wit’s corner.”
brokenness and failure preparation for victory
Brokenness and Failure:Preparation for Victory
  • By nature most men hold a higher estimate of themselves than God does.

Proverbs 16:2 “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” (motives)

I Cor.3:13-14 “Every man’s work will be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, it will be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide…he will receive a reward.”

  • Jesus says that the person who recognizes his need, his spiritual poverty, will find God’s kingdom. Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
  • God can only help needy people who know they need help. Matthew 9:12 “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”
  • The basic ingredient for growth is need. God creates needs and failures in our lives.
brokenness and failure preparation for victory1
Brokenness and Failure:Preparation for Victory
  • Failure is purposed by God to destroy all confidence in the flesh.
    • II Cor.3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God”
    • II Cor. 4:7-10 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
    • II Cor.12:7,9-10 “ lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
    • Phil.3:3 “we are the circumcision, which worship God in Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.”
brokenness and failure preparation for victory pt 2
Brokenness and Failure:Preparation for Victory- Pt.2
  • Quote: J.B.Stoney- “The soul never imbibes the truth in living power but as it requires it.”
  • Quote: W. Nee- “The first thing for which He sets us here is to create hunger in others. No true work will ever begin withouta sense of need being created. We cannot inject that into others…That hunger is to be created, and that hunger can be created only through those who carry the impressions of God.”
  • Quote: J.N. Darby- “He makes Himself know to us through our needs; necessity finds Him out.”
  • “All too often believers are exhorted and even pressured to grow before there is an acute awareness of need, before there is true spiritual hunger.” -Miles Stanford, Chap.5, THE COMPLETE GREEN LETTERS
brokenness and failure preparation for victory pt 3
Brokenness and Failure:Preparation for Victory- Pt.3
  • Brokenness involves the shattering ofour estimate ofourselves so that we come to see ourselves as God sees us and agree with him. Ps.51:17
  • Brokenness and Failure produces:
  • A disgust with our own self-righteousness and self-confidence. Rom.7:24
  • Aloving abandonment of self and total dependency upon Christ. II Cor.12:9
testimony failure in christian living
Testimony: Failure In Christian Living
  • Testimony: Charles Trumbull- “There were great fluctuations in my spiritual life, in my conscious closeness of fellowship with God. Sometimes I would be in the heights spiritually; sometimes I would be in the depths….Second, there was a conscious lack spiritually in my life in the matter of besetting sins. I was not fighting a winning battle. Third, there was a conscious lack in the matter of a dynamic, convincing spiritual power that would work miracle changes in other men’s lives. I was doing personal work-the hardest kind of all; But I wasn’t seeing results. ”
    • The Life That Wins- Charles Trumbull (CLC)
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Testimony: Failure In Christian Living
  • Testimony: Charles Trumbull- “There were great fluctuations in my spiritual life, in my conscious closeness of fellowship with God. Sometimes I would be in the heights spiritually; sometimes I would be in the depths….Second, there was a conscious lack spiritually in my life in the matter of besetting sins. I was not fighting a winning battle. Third, there was a conscious lack in the matter of a dynamic, convincing spiritual power that would work miracle changes in other men’s lives. I was doing personal work-the hardest kind of all; But I wasn’t seeing results. ”
    • The Life That Wins- Charles Trumbull (CLC)
testimony failure in christian living2
Testimony: Failure In Christian Living
  • Testimony: J. Hudson Taylor-

“My position becomes more and more responsible...but I have continually too mourn that I follow at such a distance and learn so slowly to imitate my precious Master. I never knew how bad of heart I had. Often I am tempted to think that one so full of sin cannot be a child of God.”

        • -Letter to his mother when 37yrs old on Mission Field
        • THEY FOUND THE SECRET – Raymond Edman (Zondervan Publications)
testimony failure in christian living3
Testimony: Failure In Christian Living
  • Testimony: W. Ian Thomas – “Thus by the age of nineteen, I had been reduced to a state of complete exhaustion spiritually, until I felt there was no point going on….There was no point in going to Africa as a missionary, but I was prepared to go to Africa and be just as uselessthere as I was already in England…Then one night in November I got down on my knees and wept sheer despair. “Oh God I know that I am saved and love Jesus…With all my heart I wanted to serve Thee. I have tried to my uttermost and I am a hopeless failure. I am not going to be a missionary. It is useless to continue like this. I hate this double life. THEY FOUND THE SECRET by Raymond Edman
testimony failure preparation for victory
TESTIMONY:FAILUREPREPARATION FOR VICTORY
  • “The reason our Father creates and allows needs in our lives is to turn us from all that is outside of Christ, centering us in Him alone.
  • “Not I, but Christ.”
  • “Without the bitter experience of their own inadequacy and poverty they are quite unfitted to bear the burden of spiritual ministry…Our personal, heart-breaking failure in every phase of our Christian life is our Father’s preparation for His success on our behalf. This negative processing of His finally brings us into His positive promise of Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
lesson 4 life in gear the way of death reckoning

Lesson 4- Life In GearThe Way of Death-Reckoning

Studies On the “Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

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Review of Lessons 1 & 2
  • The Victorious Christian life is for all Christians
  • Life In Gear is a life in sync with God. It is the spontaneous flowing of Christ living through a Christian.
  • Our Purpose – The Glory of God
  • The Big Question? How?
  • Misconceptions-Christianity is not a fire escape or laws and religious rules
  • Christianity is Christ for you; Christ in You; and Christ as you-living through your form.
review of lessons 1 23
Review of Lessons 1 & 2

Dead End Roads to Christian Living

A. ROLLER COASTER ROAD-

(Feelings and experiences)

B. ABNEGATION AVENUE-

(Self-denial and quitting certain tings)

C. DEDICATION DRIVE

(Even dedicated flesh cannot please God)

D. EDUCATION EXPRESSWAY

(More courses, diplomas and information does not live the Christian life)

review of lesson 3
Review of Lesson 3
  • God purposes failure
  • God shatters our self confidence in the old man
  • God leads us to abandon self and depend totally on self
review of lesson 31
REVIEW OF LESSON 3
  • Testimonies of Brokenness & Failure:
    • Jack Taylor-Pastor & VP of Southern Baptist Convention
    • Charles Trumbull-Editor of Sunday Times
    • J. Hudson Taylor-Founder of China Inland Mission
    • Major Ian Thomas-Caperway Ministries
review lesson 3 testimony failure in christian living
Review Lesson 3Testimony: Failure In Christian Living
  • Testimony: Charles Trumbull- “There were great fluctuations in my spiritual life, in my conscious closeness of fellowship with God. Sometimes I would be in the heights spiritually; sometimes I would be in the depths….Second, there was a conscious lack spiritually in my life in the matter of besetting sins. I was not fighting a winning battle. Third, there was a conscious lack in the matter of a dynamic, convincing spiritual power that would work miracle changes in other men’s lives. I was doing personal work-the hardest kind of all; But I wasn’t seeing results. ”
    • The Life That Wins- Charles Trumbull (CLC)
lesson 4 pathways to victory the way of death reckoning
Lesson 4- Pathways To VictoryThe Way Of Death-Reckoning

The Principle or Axiom*

The Way of Death deals with

A Believer’s Identification with Christ in His Death,

Burial and Resurrection.

Understanding how to apply the cross and our co-crucifixion with Christ gives us the means of entering into the victorious Christian life.

*A principle is a law of nature (or the method) by which a thing operates. -M. Stanford

*Axiom-An established principle or statement (usually found in logic or math) that needs no proof.

life flows out of death
LIFE FLOWS OUT OF DEATH
  • Jesus gave a parable about a grain of wheat must dye to produce life- John 12:23-24
  • What is a grain of wheat?
    • A container of life
    • A channel for life to come forth
    • A grain of wheat must go into ground and die
    • Death- a termination of relationship
    • We must terminate our dependency on old man
    • Death to self-sufficiency involves the exchange of what we are in ourselves for what Christ wants to be through us.
or it abides alone
Or it Abides Alone….
  • Working His Own Way in Life…..(I did It My Way-Sinatra)
  • Working at being as good as one can be for God. (Saul)
but if it dies
BUT IF IT DIES…..

The

Exchange of the

Outer life

For the

Inner life

it brings forth much fruit
“It brings forth much fruit…”

Christ life

Working through you

As your New Life…

Eternal Fruit

John 15:5

aspects of death to self sufficiency
Aspects of Death to Self Sufficiency
  • Death to Self Reliance
  • Death to Self Rule
  • Death to Self Righteousness
  • Death to Self Gratification

(31 Kings of Self Exaltation that have to be out to death—A.B. Simpson)

the way of death reckoning
The Way of Death-Reckoning
  • Whether or not I believe it or can prove it or ever experience it-the principle or axiom is always true. This principle of our death with Christ is found nine times in Romans chapter 6. Here are a few verses:

-Rom.6:2 “How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer in it.”

-Rom.6:3 “Know ye not that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into hi death.”

-Rom.6:4 ….we were buried with him.”

-Rom.6:6 “our old man is crucified with him.”

-Rom.6:7 “For he that is dead is freed from sin.”

-Rom.6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

the cure for the self life
The Cure for The Self-Life
  • The enemy that blocks our path to victory is the self life or the old adamic nature.
  • Rom.7:24 “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of death.”
  • You are your greatest problem, and You are your chief enemy.
  • When man did what Satan wanted in the garden, he became infected with the disease of SELF.
  • “They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom.8:8
  • “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God neither indeed can be.” Rom.8:7
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The Cure for The Self Life
  • SELF CANNOT BE DOMESTICATED

-Christ didn’t come in to improve self but to replace self.

-Neither can you discipline self. You can educate it and change it’s living conditions and the old self is still “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.”

  • SELF CANNOT BE DEDICATED

-“We have in our churches acres and acres of dedicated self. Self will do anything but die. As long as self and Christ remain in the heart there will be war.”

-There is but one cure for self..DEATH…If we died, then we are no longer alive. We are to “reckon” ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God through Christ. We are not called to a process of self-crucifixion but to acceptance of a crucifixion already accomplished.”

THE KEY TO TRIUMPHANT LIVING by Jack Taylor

the cure for the self life2
The Cure for the Self-Life

There is but one cure

For the self-life.

DEATH

only one way
Only One Way
  • We stood on the fact of His dying for our sins, and the act of faith allowed the Holy Spirit to give us our freedom from the penalty of sin-justification.
  • Now, once we come to see this further fact,, we are urged to stand on the liberating truth of our dying with Christ in His death to sin, which allows the Holy Spirit to bring us into our lives freedom from the power, the enslavement to sin-emancipation.”-M. Stanford
  • Our reckoning on the finished work of our death to sin, in Christ at Calvary, is God’s one way of deliverance. We learned not to add to a finished work in the matter of justification, and now we must learn not to add to the work of emancipation.
meaning of reckoning
Meaning Of Reckoning
  • Reckon is an accountant’s term and means to “count upon.”
  • Count yourself dead to sins’ reign through our Lord Jesus Christ’s death.
  • To reckon yourself DEAD to sin does not mean that sin is DEAD in you.
  • Reckon does not mean the BANISHED PRESENCE of sin, but the Broken DOMINION of sin.
  • Our reckoning does not make it a fact, it is already a fact through our union with Him.
  • AS WE RECKON WE REALIZE…AS WE RECKON WE REALIZE. (James H. McConkey)
the power of reckoning
The Power of Reckoning
  • God views every person as either in Adam or in Christ.
  • If in Adam, He sees us dead in sin.
  • If in Christ, He sees us dead to sin.
    • FREE FROM THE CHARGES OF SIN.

Illustration: George Washington being accused of robbing a grocery store. He died in 1799, over 100 years before the crime.

    • FREE FROM THE CONTROL OF SIN.
      • The Christian is free not to sin.
      • Our Death with Christ is experienced by reckoning.
      • You had to reckon on Christ’s death to be saved from your sins, and now you must reckon on your death in Christ to be saved from self.
the how to of reckoning
The How-To Of Reckoning
  • NEGATIVE RECKONING
    • We choose against ourselves. Luke 9:23 in the Williams translation says “he must say, No to self..”
    • We must consent to our death with Christ. We must accept our death and take up our cross “We keep postponing our funeral. Having an unburied body around can create a pretty unpleasant situation. Most of the unpleasant situations in homes and churches are caused by dead people who haven’t been buried.” By Ron Dunn in VICTORY.
    • It IS A DAILY reckoning, a daily taking of death to ourself, our plans, our wishes, our will.
  • POSITIVE RECKONING
    • We are to reckon ourselves alive in Christ. Christ lives in me.
    • You have the resurrected Christ as your new life.
    • I Cor.6:19-20 “You are not your own…for you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
    • Gal.2:20 “yet not I, but Christ lives in me.”
the process of reckoning
The Process of Reckoning

As he reckons,

The Holy Spirit makes

Real;

As he continues to

Reckon, the Holy Spirit

Continues to make real.

Sin need have no more power over the believer than he grants through unbelief.

our responsibility continue to reckon
Our Responsibility: Continue To Reckon

REMEMBER !

THAT IT IS NOT

THE UNDERSTANDING OF RECKONING

BUT THE PRACTICE

OF IT

WHICH BRINGS VICTORY

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DISCHARGED FROM THE OLD LIFE
  • Example: A Military Discharge-Such as a friend Pvt. Dawes- Feb.23, 1953.

“Forget it Sarge, I’ve got my papers.

  • We have our papers of discharge from Satan’s kingdom-Romans 6:6-13

VICTORY WILL COME AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR DISCHARGE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

“He that is dead has hi discharge (lit) from sin.” Rom. 6”7

victory will come
Victory Will Come

Victory will come as

You CLAIM YOUR

EMANCIPATION

EXAMPLE: ABRAHAM LINCOLN SIGNED THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION IN THE 1860’S BUT MANY DID NOT FEEL FREE TILL DECADES LATER.

“BUT NOW BEING EMANCIPATED(Made free)

FROM SIN, BECOME SERVANTS TO GOD…”

Romans 6:22

affirmation of the axiom our death with christ
AFFIRMATION OF THE AXIOMOUR DEATH WITH CHRIST

See attached lists of quotes from these great Christian leaders.

  • JAMES H. MCCONKEY
  • J. HUDSON TAYLOR
  • ANDREW MURRAY
  • EVAN H.HOPKINS
  • MAJOR IAN THOMAS
  • WATCHMAN NEE
  • NORMAN GRUBB
lesson five the way of life reckon on the christ life
LESSON FIVETHE WAY OF LIFE-Reckon on The Christ Life

Studies On the “Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

review lesson four
Review Lesson Four

The

Reckoning

That

Counts

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LESSON FIVE:THE WAY OF LIFE-Reckon on The Christ Life

Jesus Christ Came

Not Only to Save Us

But to be Our Life

All of God was in Christ..

All of Christ was in me. .

All I needed was Christ Himself

And I had Him Living Inside Me.

(Jack Taylor)

christ liveth in me
“Christ Liveth In Me”
  • The Indwelling Christ Is our Life
  • The Indwelling Christ Is our Holiness, Patience,etc.
  • The Indwelling Christ is our Power.
the christian life not imitation but impartation
The Christian LifeNot Imitation, But Impartation
  • “He is not a retailer dispensing grace to us in packets, measuring out some patience to the impatience, some love to the unloving…..He has given us one gift humble and to meet all our need: His Son Christ Jesus. As I look to Him to live out His life in me, He will be humble and patient and loving and everything else I need—in my stead…Today there is a call for patience: He is our Patience. Tomorrow the call may be for purity: He is our Purity. He is the answer to every need. That is why Paul speaks of the “fruit of the Spirit” as one in Gal.5:22…We all have the same Christ dwelling within, but some revelation of some new need will lead us spontaneously to trust Him to live out His life in us…” By Watchman Nee
    • THE NORMAL CHRISTIAN LIFE
christ our example lived totally by the father
Christ Our ExampleLived Totally By The Father
  • “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father…these doeth the Son.”
  • “I can of my own self do nothing…”
  • “My doctrine is not mine, But His that sent me”
  • “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eatethme, even he shall live by Me.”
  • “he that hah seen me hath seen the Father..”
  • “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
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True ChristianityChrist-in-you-ity
  • DELIMMA- A big gap between what I am and what I am suppose to be in Christ.
    • Illustration: Batteries Not Included
    • Quote; Jack Taylor- “The saddest observations of our whole system is that there seems to be everything evident but power….”
  • DECLARATION- I must not only declare by faith that Christ is for us and Christ is with us, but now that Christ is in us acting out as us in our forms. (Jack Taylor)
the declaration christ liveth in me
The Declaration: CHRIST LIVETH IN ME
  • Gal.2;20 “..I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”
  • John 14:16-17 ” for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.”
  • Eph.3:16 “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man”
  • Eph.3:17 “that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.”
  • Col.1:29 “striving according to His working which worketh in me mightily.”
  • Col.3:11 “Christ is all and in all.”
  • II Cor. 13:5 “know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you..”
  • John 15:4-5 “Abide in Me, and I in you..
  • I John 4:4 “greater is HE in you, than he that is in the world”
the declaration the indwelling christ is our life
The DeclarationThe Indwelling Christ is our Life

“We are no longer we, but Christ in us. Christ the real we! …Christ is the real I. “I live,’ he says in Galatians 2:20. ‘No,’ he corrects himself. ‘It is not I, but Christ living in me.’ Christ not with, not in, but replacing Paul, Christ in Paul’s form. And Christ in your and my form. Put your name there.. You are Christ in Jack’s form, Christ in Elizabeth’s form, Christ in Norman’s form and so on…We don’t condemn, we above all don’t try to change ourselves; no, we replace…As we affirm and recognize Him, He who is the peace, love, courage, purity, manifests Himself in and by us.” WHO AM I, by Norman Grubb

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The DeclarationThe Indwelling Christ is Our Life

“You have been trying to do for Me all that only I can do through you. Now supposing I am your life, and you begin to accept it as a fact, then I am your strength! You have been pleading and begging for that for seven years. I am your victory in every area of your life…I am going to thank Thee that if Thou art my life, and this is true, then Thou art my victory, Thou art my strength, Thou art my power, Thou art my future!

Chap.20-W. Ian Thomas- THEY FOUND THE SECRET

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The DynamicThe Life of Christ Flowing Through Our Lives

Phil.2:13 “It is God that worketh in you both to will and do of His good pleasure.”

Gal.2:20 “Christ liveth in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God.”

“Christianity is Jesus Christ

Coming into an available body

And acting like Himself.”

By Jack Taylor

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The DynamicThe Life of Christ Flowing Through Your Life

The River

Christ In You Flowing

“If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of His belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38

He wants to be that added dynamic in our Christian life. He wants to be that constant source of power to flow out of our lives and minister to the world in need.

Example: Mississippi River- 1200 Steamboats in Mark Twain’s day. ….It flows and flows and flows..You can’t stop a river.

Example: Given Dr. Adrian Rogers – Of Andrew Murray riding a train …sees a man pumping water. But it is really a motor connected to a mannequin attached to a water pump. He was being pumped by the motor.

the dynamic biblical illustrations the christ life
The DynamicBiblical Illustrations:The Christ Life
  • THE BODY AND HIS MEMBERS
    • “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” Eph.5;30
    • “Christ dwells in His corporate body, the church…As you reckon death to yourself and reckon His life in you, He becomes Resident Lord.” Jack Taylor
  • A CORN OF WHEAT
    • “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John12:24
  • THE VINE AND BRANCH
    • “I am the vine, ye are the branches, he that abideth in me, and I in Him bringeth forth much fruit for without me ye can do nothing.”
    • All that the vine is and has is available to the branch. We are expected to abide in Christ as our source and reckon on a constant relationship to Him in which He is at work in us and through us.
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The DynamicIllustrations of the Christ-life
  • Example: Like Hot Water and a Tea Bag
  • Example: Like a Water Pump being pumped by a mannequin connected to a motor. ( Dr. Adrian Rogers)
  • Example: A serum that is injected to make me a great super bowl quarterback or a great golfer,etc.
the dynamic testimonies the christ life
The DynamicTestimonies: The Christ-life
  • Charles Trumbull- THE LIFE THAT WINS
  • Frank Stovall- Music Prof. Southwestern Seminary
  • J. Hudson Taylor
  • Frances Ridley Havergal
  • Jesse Penn Lewis
  • Amy Carmichael
  • Andrew Murray
lesson six the way of appropriation
LESSON SIXTHE WAY OF APPROPRIATION

Studies On the

“Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

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LESSON SIXTHE WAY OF APPROPRIATION
  • Most of life is reciprocal relationships
  • Buying a car. Your want or desire. But there must be the seller’s desire to trust you to pay for it.
  • God has prepared a banquet table (a promise land; abundant life) but He will not force us to eat.
  • There is a BIG GAP in what God says we are and in fact WHAT WE ARE IN REALITY.

WHY?

god s work is absolute and complete
God’s Work is Absolute and Complete!
  • The Atonement is for everyone but not all are believers. (John 3:18)
  • In Sanctification we are dead with Christ according to Romans 6:6-7 and Colossians 3:3….
  • “For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Rom.6:7
  • “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Col.3:3
  • Then in verse five of Colossians Paul tells us to put death that which is already dead. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth..” Col.3:5
bridging the gap
BRIDGING THE GAP
  • To bridge the gap of what God says we are and our experience-we must learn the principle of appropriation.
  • Appropriation= Def.- “To take as one’s own; to claim; to set apart for a particular purpose; to allocate…”
  • There are some aspects of appropriation that we must understand to bridge gap.
part one of appropriation discovery
Part One of AppropriationDISCOVERY
  • LIFE IN GEAR is learning who we are and what we already have in Christ.
  • It is not by reason or rationalizing, but by knowing and appropriating that we progress.
  • If we get desperate enough, we will seek and discover truth about Christian living.
  • What is that which we discover? That the Christian life is not imitation (WWJD) but impartation.
  • Example: Creation of First Adam- God had to breathe into that clay form life.
  • When God imparts His SPIRIT LIFE by Christ living in us, then the Christian life becomes natural and spontaneous. We go out to see what Jesus is going to do through us each day. (Major Ian Thomas)
part two of appropriation decision
Part Two of AppropriationDECISION
  • In Romans 8:5 says that if we mind the things of the Spirit we will be “after the Spirit.”
  • The phrase “after the spirit” means to be dominated by the Spirit.
  • It requires a decision to mind the things of the spirit rather than mind the flesh things.
  • I must decide that I want to have the Spirit of Christ dominating my life.
  • It is not WILL POWER but an ACT OF THE WILL whereby I recognize I can’t do it, but the Living Christ in Me can do it-live the victorious Christian life.
  • It is deciding to live the Spirit-controlled life or the Christ-life for all you need.
  • Example: Farmer you bought a new chain saw, but did not know how to turn on and used it like regular saw.
part three of appropriation discipline
Part Three of AppropriationDISCIPLINE
  • To walk in the spirit means more than one step. Walking is a discipline life, not a one time thing.
  • Example: Madelyn learned to walk and stumble about a year ago. Now she walks everywhere. She’s got it down now.
  • We must learn the discipline of step by step dependence upon Christ our life. (Rom.8:11)
  • Two parts to Discipline: A. Mind the things of the Spirit and B. Mortify the things of the Flesh
first part of discipline mind the things of the spirit
First Part of DisciplineMIND THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT
  • Mind-means “it is your absorbing desire; to be preoccupied with something.” (R.Dunn)
  • What do you give your mind to each day?
  • What are you focused upon?
  • Mind-Gk-phroneo- “to be mentally disposed; to entertain; to have a sentiment or opinion; disposed to; to interest oneself.”
  • Where your mind goes, your feet will follow.
  • I am transformed when I renew my mind. See Rom.12:1-2
  • It is not a one time emotional experience but by a disciplined mind.
  • Ill. The ten spies saw the giants, not God’s promise.
  • Ill. Peter’s mindset had to transformed as to Cornelius.
  • Ill. We must renew our minds as to who we are in Christ.

WE DIED TO THE REIGN OF OLD MASTER AND HAVE CHRIST AS OUR LIFE. WE MUST TRAIN OUR MIND IN THE NEW MAN THAT WE ARE,

second part of discipline mortify the deeds of body
Second Part of DisciplineMORTIFY THE DEEDS OF BODY
  • Death terminates relationships.
  • A slave is under the absolute dominion of his Master. His master tells him when to get up or sleep or eat or where to go and who to marry. One day the slave dies. The Master can shout all he wants. Death has freed him from his old Master.
  • The word of God says:
  • “Knowing this our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed…likewise reckon yourselves to be dead unto sin..let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God..” Rom.6:6,12-13
  • “I have been crucified with Christ…” Gal.2;20
  • “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Gal.5:24
  • “Mortify threfore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness…” Col.3:5
  • We should consider ourselves dead to these sins. unresponsive to them.
appropriate christ
APPROPRIATE CHRIST

TO TAKE AS ONE’S OWN;

TO CLAIM;

TO ALLOCATE;

TO SET APART FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE

Take all that is yours today given freely to us in Christ.

lesson seven the way of faith
LESSON SEVENTHE WAY OF FAITH

Studies On the

“Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

review lesson five and six
Review Lesson Five andSix

Phil.2:13 “It is God that worketh in you both to will and do of His good pleasure.”

Gal.2:20 “Christ liveth in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God.”

“Christianity is Jesus Christ

Coming into an available body

And acting like Himself.”

By Jack Taylor

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Lesson SevenTHE WAY OF FAITH
  • We Live the Christian Life the same way we enter – By Faith. Read Col.2:6
  • Faith is the Master Key to open all of these other door.
  • The devil tries to throw us a lot of counterfeit ways to live the Christian life:
    • Intellectualism-gnosticism-Col.2:2-3
    • Legalism-Col.2:16; Phil.2:12-13
    • Mysticism-Col.2:18
    • Asceticism-Col.2;20-21
definitions of faith
Definitions of Faith
  • Faith= Pistuo means “I Believe”…To put your confidence in another; to rely upon another; moral conviction; reliance.
  • To Believe occurs over 233 times in the NT.
  • Believe, Faith, Trust are translated from “Pistuo” and its derivatives. The English is the problem.
  • Quote: “Many believe, who have never trusted.” J. Oswald Smith
  • Substance:Faith is substance. Hupostasis = a setting under or support; concrete essence or abstract assurance; confidence. Read Heb.11:1
  • Evidence: Faith is evidence. Elengchos=means a conviction. Peter says that even though we haven’t seen Jesus we still believe Him and show our Him our love by obedience. Read I Peter 1:6-8
kinds of faith
KINDS OF FAITH
  • The God Can Faith- doesn’t really do anything. Just believe that He is able and can.
  • The God Will Faith- in time God will meet my needs
  • The God Has Faith -believes that God has already meet the need“What then is faith? It is that habitual attitude by which one who is, in himself spiritual dead, is constantly looking to, and daily and hourly drawing upon the life of another-the fullness of life of Jesus Christ within him…Do we desire power? We looked to Him for it each time. Do we long for love? We look to Him for His, for ours is cold and selfish. Do we need guidance, wisdom, tact, gentleness, longsuffering we look to Him.” James H. McConkey in…

THE THREEFOLD SECRET OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Mark 11:24 “believe that it has been granted you and you will get it.” Williams Translation

FAITH IS BELIEVING YOU GOT IT BEFORE YOU GET

the origin of faith
The Origin of Faith
  • Faith comes to us from God. Faith is a response to a desire that God initiates.
  • Faith is based on the Word of God.
  • There must be a divine enlightenment to my ears as I hear the written word. The Pharisees heard Christ and yet did not believe in Jesus as the Christ.
  • If the lost are to believe they must first hear of Christ from His messengers. Read Romans 10:14-17
  • Faith comes when I hear. But then I must..
    • Accept It as the Word of God
    • Believe that the Word if God is Truth
    • Confess the Word of Promise as so for you.
    • Readiness to Obey the Word even before you hear it
say it faith
Say-It Faith
  • There is a misunderstanding of this kind of faith. Not name it, claim it.
  • Pray and seek the mind of the Lord. Get a word from God as to what He wants to do.
  • This Faith is built upon the revealed Word of God. There are two words for word….Logos=the written word of God. Rhema=the ;revealed word of God; a special word spoken to our hearts. There are specific words to individuals. Abraham was promised to be the Father of many nations. This Rhema must be built upon the logos. To Peter in boat….”Come”
  • God speaks to us from the written word. You get a spoken or revealed word from the written word.
  • Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ. But many know the word of God and are still living in unbelief. They confess unbelief even though they know God has promised them certain things. They are not trusting God.
  • Three times in Mark 11:23-24 Jesus tells his disciples to say what they wanted from God. But not everyone gets what they say.
    • He must say what he wants
    • He must not doubt. Doubt and you will do without.
    • He must believe that he will get his answer. Believe and you will receive.
    • He must ask in prayer and believe GOD WILL DO IT.
    • He must rid himself of all Unforgivness.
daily faith moment by moment faith trust god today
DAILY FAITHMoment by Moment FaithTRUST GOD TODAY!

“Faith and nothing but faith avails for us to receive the gifts and graces of our ascended Lord…it is a continuous appropriation of a continuous supply from Jesus Christ Himself:

A moment-by-moment faith in a moment-by-moment saviour for a moment-by-moment filling…so long as I keep believing, praise the Lord…so long will I keep receiving.”

Ruth Paxson- LIFE ON THE HIGHEST PLANE

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Faith-Daily Looking To Him

“What then is faith? It is that habitual attitude by which one who is, in himself spiritual dead, is constantly looking to, and daily and hourly drawing upon the life of another-the fullness of life of Jesus Christ within him…Do we desire power? We looked to Him for it each time. Do we long for love? We look to Him for His, for ours is cold and selfish. Do we need guidance, wisdom, tact, gentleness, longsuffering we look to Him.” James H. McConkey in…

THE THREEFOLD SECRET OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

factors that hinder our faith
FACTORS THAT HINDER OUR FAITH
  • THE JACOB FACTOR- Jacob believed a lie for years concerning Joseph. (Gen.45:26)
  • THE PHILLIP FACTOR -relying on rational ability rather than the word of God. (John 6:5,7)
  • THE PETER FACTOR -Being impetuous and spontaneous without the mind of God.
  • THE THOMAS FACTOR- Must have signs to believe.
steps to trusting daily
STEPS TO TRUSTING DAILY
  • Take a moment to meditate on the things God wants you to trust Him with today.
  • Ask God for clarity on any item.
  • Write down the things you are trusting Him for that day.
  • Acknowledge that God responds to trust-it pleases God. (Heb.11:6)
  • Tell God by praying you are trusting Him in these matters you wrote down
  • Believe that God is taking care of the need or problem.
  • After you have trusted, expect and watch Him for results in the matter.
  • How does one know that He is trusting God in a matter.

Real faith rests. See Heb. 4

overcoming faith
OVERCOMING FAITH

MATT.14:22-32

  • OVERCOMING FAITH RECKONS UPON THE WORD OF GOD
  • OVERCOMING FAITH RESTS UPON THE WORD OF GOD
  • OVERCOMING FAITH RISKS UPON THE WORD OF GOD
the triumph of faith
The Triumph of Faith

I Samuel 14: 1-15

  • Faith is based on the word of God.
  • Faith looks to God alone.
  • Faith doesn’t look at obstacles.
  • Faith trusts in God’s ability.
  • Faith waits upon the leadership of God.
  • Faith inspires others to action.
  • Faith is rewarded with victory.
examples of real faith in action
Examples of Real Faith In Action
  • Dr. P.N. Kurien - first trip to America-plane ticket
  • Dr. P.N. Kurien -Money came in the jungles of Nepal
  • Rees Howells- In line for train ticket-no money
  • Rev. Wayne Allen-East Park Baptist Church and Christian School-bid on land
  • Norman Grubb- WEC-raising up missionaries and their support-ten for first year by faith
  • Manley Beasley-trusting God in meeting and his sister trusting God to save neighbor.
lesson eight the way of recognition who am i
Lesson EightThe Way of Recognition-Who Am I?

Studies On the

“Christ-In-You” Life

By

Dr. Ray Henry

Dr. John Hilbun

Rev. Charles Culpepper

review of lessons six and seven
Review of Lessons Six and Seven

Lesson Six

THE WAY OF APPROPRIATION

AND

Lesson Seven

THE WAY OF FAITH

bridging the gap1
BRIDGING THE GAP
  • To bridge the gap of what God says we are and our experience-we must learn the principle of appropriation.
  • Appropriation= Def.- “To take as one’s own; to claim; to set apart for a particular purpose; to allocate…”
  • There are some aspects of appropriation that we must understand to bridge gap.
appropriation discovery decision discipline
AppropriationDiscovery-Decision-Discipline
  • DISCOVERY-Learn that the Christian life is not imitation, but impartation
  • DECISION-One must make a deliberate decision to follow after the things of the Spirit, not the flesh.
  • DISCIPLINE-The two parts of discipline:
    • Mind(focus upon) the things of the Spirit
    • Mortify the flesh -Put to death what is already crucified with Christ.
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Lesson SevenThe Way Of Faith

“What then is faith? It is that habitual attitude by which one who is, in himself spiritual dead, is constantly looking to, and daily and hourly drawing upon the life of another-the fullness of life of Jesus Christ within him…Do we desire power? We looked to Him for it each time. Do we long for love? We look to Him for His, for ours is cold and selfish. Do we need guidance, wisdom, tact, gentleness, longsuffering we look to Him.” James H. McConkey in…

THE THREEFOLD SECRET OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

review lesson seven the way of faith
Review Lesson SevenThe Way of Faith

The God Can Faith- doesn’t really do anything. Just believe that He is able and can.

The God Will Faith- in time God will meet my needs

The God Has Faith -believes that God has already meet the need" What then is faith? It is that habitual attitude by which one who is, in himself spiritual dead, is constantly looking to, and daily and hourly drawing upon the life of another-the fullness of life of Jesus Christ within him…Do we desire power? We looked to Him for it each time. Do we long for love? We look to Him for His, for ours is cold and selfish. Do we need guidance, wisdom, tact, gentleness, longsuffering we look to Him.” James H. McConkey in…

THE THREEFOLD SECRET OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Mark 11:24 “believe that it has been granted you and you will get it.” Williams Translation

FAITH IS BELIEVING YOU GOT IT- BEFORE YOU GET IT

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Lesson EightThe Way of Recognition-Who Am I?
  • The Bible is a record of continuous happenings in the supernatural world.
  • We are to focus on and recognize the eternal invisible things of God in the Spirit realm.
  • God is Spirit.
  • Do we recognize that here are happenings in my life that are the products of the Spirit realm or dimension. God is always at work around us in all things to bring many sons to His Glory.
we are an eternal union with the father
WE ARE AN ETERNAL UNION WITH THE FATHER
  • We are branches in the Vine.
  • We are containers of the Treasure in earthen vessels.
  • The vessel can never be the Living Water it contains. Human self can only be motivated by it’s own interests.
  • We start by accepting ourselves in all our weaknesses, but we learn or recognize it is no longer we, but He.
    • 1-Paul says I live
    • 2-Paul corrects himself and says It is no longer I
    • 3-Paul confesses, It is Christ who is now my life.
god is spirit
GOD IS SPIRIT
  • In I Cor. 15 Paul says when the last enemy is destroyed, the Son will render up the Kingdom to the Father that “God may be all in all.”
  • The universe is God in manifested forms.
  • We are to learn, like Jesus, to see through appearances to Him the Reality.
  • Learn to recognize that God is in everything. God even uses evil to reveal what is light.
  • Be a see-througher to see everything as a form of Him in beauty, power, shape…though outwardly distorted.
  • Biblical Illustration: Joseph to brothers-You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good. “to preserve life” Gen.45:5
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus=Looks the worst of all evils, yet His death is our salvation.
we affirm and recognize him
We Affirm and Recognize Him
  • We transfer our inner believing from what has its hold on us to who we really are-Christ in our inner selves.
  • Now He is our life, the new creation in us. So He is our peace, love, courage, unity, purity manifesting HIMSELF in and by us.
  • “Abiding” means to remain. So we remain in a faith-recognition and total dependence on Him as our Life.
move from self consciousness to christ consciousness
Move from Self-Consciousness to Christ-Consciousness
  • Both inferiority and superiority complexes are wrong - for the focus is on self.
  • Our Human self is now a container of Another Self. We learn to rely upon HIM.
  • We learn to move from the false idea of becoming something to containing Someone.
  • Illustration: Magic Coat
  • We must develop a new consciousness-Christ in me the Hope of Glory.
new identity in christ
New Identity In Christ
  • There is a underground river flowing in us.
  • The real I is no longer the human I at all! It is He in my outer form.
  • “There is a unity, fixed, eternal, inwardly realized, in which He, the Positive, is the Real One living and I the negative am also real, but really the expression of Him.
  • From Norman Grubb- WHO AM I?
  • So normal Christian living as Watchman Nee so well names it, is this “mysterious” combination of the duality in the unity
  • So this means that at last I accept myself, because I have learn to see myself in Christ(dead to old man) and Christ in me (alive to the new man in me-JESUS CHRIST)
be yourself
BE YOURSELF
  • I affirm Him. Through my co-crucifixion and resurrection with Christ we are unity. He in me and I in Him,
  • We have passed through three phases in our attitude towards ourselves:
    • SELF-APPRECIATION-Going about to establish our own righteousness.
    • SELF-DEPRECIATION-Discovery our inadequacies and our wretched man as Paul.
    • RIGHTFUL SELF-APPRECIATION -We are only the vessels that contain God, but we are real vessels that are now the expression of the Living God.
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LIFE IN GEAR
  • “It is a significant proof that we have not life yet in gear, we have not yet come full circle, when our normal reactions in situations are to emphasize our weakness and need rather than our ability.” By Norman Grubb-THE SPONTANEOUS YOU
  • Listen to these statements:
    • “I can do all things”-Paul
    • “We are more than conquerors”-Paul
    • “We are well able to overcome”-Caleb
    • “I am full of power”-Micah
    • In each case they added that it was “through Christ” or by “the Spirit of God” THE EMPHASIS WAS NOT ON THEIR WEAKNESS, BUT ON THEIR STRENGTH-BY HIM.
    • THIS IS TRUE SELF-AFFIRMATION.

THIS IS LIFE IN GEAR.

    • AFFIRMING HIM AND TRUSTING HIM IN ALL THINGS AND WATCHING THE RIVERS OF LIVING WATER FLOW THROUGH YOUR LIFE. TRUSTING HIS LIFE TO FLOW THROUGH YOU.