Manifesting Sonship 2 - David Mitts

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish. (Psa 112:1-10 NKJV)

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A travail, spiritually, is a sign of a birthing time. During times of travail, there are both: agendas of God and agendas of the enemy expressed as an antichrist. Most people focus on the antichrist agenda because it is easier to see and involves fear. The problem is using fear towards the kingdom of fear is only going to generate more fear. I’m not saying that being aware of the devil and his devices is not important. The Apostle Paul told us to realize that there is an active agenda of Satan expressed through schemes.

so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2Co 2:11 NASB)

The solution though is not to fight darkness with darkness. We cannot use fear to overcome fear, but love overcomes fear.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (1Jn 4:17-18 NASB)

We are in a day of judgment. There is a final Day of Judgment, a throne-room judgment.

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." 2Co 5:10 (NASB)

There is also any day which is a day of judgment. A day of judgment is a day where we are judging how we should live and respond to the darkness in the world. Most flea the darkness and look for agreement with others who flee the darkness. The challenge with that strategy is that is a vain attempt, I believe to sort out your world based on the good guys and the bad guys.

Now, you will tell me, there are definitely bad guys. No argument. My question isn’t are there bad guys but are you truly always the good guys? John speaks of having confidence in the day of judgment. This confidence is rooted in love that overcomes the fear. Fear, according to John is connected to punishment. Punishment is living with the idea that you’d better do the right things or look out! If we turn the window that we view that through, then the lookout is upon the bad guys. We trust that God is about punishing them. But what if God is about loving them and calling them home?

So, how do we truly become agents of goodness? By exposing badness or by showing love? Let’s go back a few verses in 2 Corinthians 2 to gain some perspective on the schemes of Satan and our response.

But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again. For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful? This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you. But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—in order not to say too much—to all of you. Sufficient for such a one is this punishment, which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2Co 2:1-11 NASB)

Paul is speaking admittedly about the sorrow caused by someone in the church family. But I want to look at how he encourages us to deal with those who hurt us. You see the scheme of Satan is to polarize us. Unforgiveness or judgment is where we lose the anointing which is the source of our confidence. You see we are to live as living sacrifices.

I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom 12:1-2 NAS77)

Proof of an argument or a “truth” is confirmed by the agreement of the witnesses. This is the heart of our justice system. The jury of 12 represents the government of the people, the tribes which hear the testimonies and based on agreement reality or justice is established. In the realm of the Spirit, we through our meditations can be renewed to the will of our Father. That will is good and acceptable, and perfect. This alignment transforms us from those who walk according to the “truths” of the world to those who walk according to the truth of God, His will.

This is a process of sacrifice. We sacrifice, give up to Him, our perspective which is rooted in our experience and our survival instinct. Therefore, it is a sacrifice. We surrender our trust to Him. Like a marriage, we lose our independent identity and become One with Him. This is also known as being in His Name.

"And in that day you will ask Me no question. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name. "Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. (Joh 16:23-24 NAS77)

The term in my name is not a prescription for placing Jesus' name at the end of our prayers as is commonly done. No problems with that but it is a deeper reality. A name biblically is a description of the character of an individual.

A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold. (Pro 22:1 NAS77)

How is it that a good name is to be desired above riches? The Hebrew indicates that the choice of a name which is a producer of wealth is greater than the money that comes from it. The name is seen as the power generator of the wealth and riches, so like the gas pump is more valuable than any tank of gas, or the well is more valuable as a source of water. So, a name is an expression of a power source. When we ask the Father, in Jesus' name, we ask according to the power generator of His identity.

In order to ask according to the power generator because He is the word, we come into agreement with His Word, and His will is done in and through our lives.

To manifest our identity as the sons and daughters of God, we step into an identity, in His name. What comes with the name? Great question. When our meditations and the words of our mouth align with that question, our lives begin to fulfill the true purpose of the cross.

Remember Yeshua said when we ask in His name we do so that our “joy would be made full”. This is the secret of the cross.

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:2 NKJV).

The cross was the wedding feast. It was and is the place where we become His. It is the wedding price, the dowry for our hand in covenant with Him. He paid for us with His life, so great is His love. There is no greater price of love than laying down one’s life. The shame of the cross was His willingness to be identified with us in our shame. He does not look down on us. Instead, He drops to one knee and looks us eye to eye and becomes our shame, so great is His compassion. In that place, face to face, eye to eye, He experienced all the loneliness and brokenness that is our life apart from Him and He paid our dowry price to our father in this world, the one who held us in bondage through the fear of death, the devil. This freed us to be in His name, to be transformed into a new creation, redeemed and free to operate in boldness and authority.

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:14-16 NKJV)

Now, that we know whose we are, we can begin to meditate and speak the words of our new birthright, our identity in His name. What does that look like? Well, let’s glance at Psalm 112 to begin the adventure of self-discovery in His name.

Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. (Psa 112:1-2 NASB)

The generation of the upright will be blessed. A generation is a window of time. This is our time, our generation. We have been birthed for such a time as this. Now, is the challenge of being the upright. The word for upright is “yashar” which means straight. Straight paths are God led paths.

Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; (Heb 12:12-15 NASB)
There is a great defilement opportunity at this moment, this generation of time. The key is to walk straight paths. The knees are a sign of humility. Walking on bent knees is a sign of true strength and the word picture for baruch, the blessing is a bent knee. You see, if we come from being blessed, having a humble and grateful heart, we will know whose we are and will not lose our love even in the schemes of the antichrist.

As Joshua told the children of Israel who were hungry to defeat the enemy, decide today whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Activation: The root of bitterness. What actually is a root of bitterness? How does it defile? How does this root affect our walk of uprightness? Does it impact our blessing? I want to suggest it does. One of the reasons for a prophetic word is to warn us in advance of a threat to our welfare. Yeshua spoke that in the final hours before His return, certain attitudes would come to test our hearts. His will is always the acid test for our hearts.

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.(Mat 24:3-13 NASB)

In this hour persecution is a sign of being close to Him. Notice the Church has been trivialized. It used to be that in times of crisis they would turn to Church and ask for prayer. Now, the Church is ruled non-essential and science is the new savior. Yet God is still God. Press in for His Glory and breakthrough.


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