There is not enough separating the born-again, Spirit filled, joint-heir with Jesus, son of God, home of the Father and Jesus, the new creation in Christ Jesus – from people in the world.

If someone who is not filled with Holy Spirit can mimic your walk, than the revelation of the gospel is not alive to you. There is too much Christianity through association rather than through relationship.

“I’m with this group — this is what we believe, this is what we do”. Yes, but what do you believe, what do you do, and what is your personal walk.

It’s not enough! It’s just not enough!

We have matured enough not to be offended at the supernatural as we are able to give mental assent to it. But we are not transformed enough to consistently display the kingdom: the everyday, every hour, moment to moment, the walking a lifestyle that does not leave room for compromise and contamination.

It’s the difference between “there is a blind person – Jesus could heal him, God wants him healed, he could be healed” – versus – Jesus was filled with Holy Spirit, I am filled with Holy Spirit. The old man (self) is dead, I have died and my new life is hidden, is absorbed in the anointed, the anointing is directing my actions, the love of God is my motivation and my confidence; so, I have to go and pray for that person to recover his sight.

We are told what we believe by association.

That’s not enough.

What we believe has to be established out of our relationship with the Father through Holy Spirit and from that we display what we believe by our actions. What we believe demands corresponding actions, and those actions can only be birthed out of relationship.

“Depart from me, I never knew you.”

There was a (are) group(s) of people who talk about what they did (do), who they knew (know), who they were, but Jesus said, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

The crucial point is not that Jesus didn’t know them, but the fact that they assumed that they knew Jesus. Believe me, if you know Jesus, Jesus knows you.

We know we know when we are transformed from the natural to the supernatural. We know we know when Holy Spirit takes us on a journey that is not possible without His presence. The presence of Holy Spirit gives us the ability that a person without relationship is not privy to.

Those people said – “but didn’t we do all these things.” No – you associate with people who did those things, but those signs and wonders were not a result of your personal relationship with Jesus.

It’s not enough.

Association is not enough.

Meeting once a week to be told what you believe is not enough. Your beliefs must be established in you personally by Holy Spirit. Hearing others speak truth is awesome, but the truth must enter in and transform you.

Relationship: There is no way around it. Relationship birthed out of trust, time, and yielding. God is constantly drawing you in and offering relationship. He offers to fill you with Himself for the sake of relationship. God made us in his image so as we yield, we are transformed to uniquely be made one with the Father through Holy Spirit. What we have been walking in is not enough. Relationship is the desire of the Father. Look what he did for you through Christ Jesus.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)

Even when we were dead, God made us alive. Again, done through relationship.

We were made alive with Jesus through the anointing. Right there is so much more than we deserve, but God is not done. Next, he raised us up, not only raised us up but raised us up with Jesus. Can there possibly be more? Amazingly yes — he made us sit together with Jesus in heavenly places. Why would God do that? – for relationship. But why? – so he might show, or can I say, enable us to partake in the privilege for God to show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

This was all God’s idea. This shows the nature of our Father. Here’s the deal – so many people who don’t know God try to explain the actions of God. They explain God through their personal failures and then push their doctrine on others to believe the same way. Needless to say, the devil is all over this because it keeps people ineffective and in bondage.

Freedom Is Obtained Through Relationship.

The consistency, honor, and trust from the relationship and the relationship is reduced to an association. There is no power in an association. These verses in Ephesians are anything but an association, it is a call, an invitation for a relationship — initiated by the Father. People give mental assent to it but do not embrace it as a life-changing truth for their own lives. The result — failure to receive.

The word bangs around in their head as a remote possibility but never enters the heart by faith to know the goodness of God. People receive according to the perception of who they are in the eyes of God. Instead of sons, they see themselves as orphans. Instead of friends, they still remain servants. This keeps people from trust. Trust keeps people from yielding. The result — Holy Spirit has no access to a close life. You see, as we yield, we become, as we become, we are enabled and empowered. We open the door for the move of God and slam the door shut to the deceit of the enemy. And John chapter 14, Jesus said, Satan comes, but he has nothing in me. That is the key to victory. No stronghold for the devil and perfect trust in the father which allows us to totally yield to Holy Spirit. Author Brian Ludwig

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