Over the last couple of months, I sensed the Lord is doing something new in many lives. While reflecting on His words to me, it became clear that many are in a season of transition. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘<strong’>transition</strong’>‘ as a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage or style to another. I believe many are in a season of transition to discover who we truly are in Christ Jesus. And with our identity comes the authority He has given us. In other words, we are evolving into who He destined us to be (and become)! We operate in (and from) our inheritance, not allowing intimidation or fear to hold us back.
We stand on God’s Word despite personal circumstances and/or uncomfortable situations. We have determined not to back up, back down, back out or back off! This season, our hearts are ignited by utter passion for God!
FERVOR OF LOVE
Jesus displayed this passion toward the Father when He cleansed the temple: “And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of love) for Your house will eat Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.] (John 2:17, AMPC). This type of passion (or zeal) comes from love, and this is what God births within us. God, Who is love (1 John 4:8), places within us a greater hunger and/or desire to honor Him above all else. By doing this, we demonstrate our love to Him. God wants His fervor of love to captivate every part of our heart. His fervor of love unleashes truth about who we are in Him and what we can accomplish for Him.
SPIRIT OF ADOPTION
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God” (Romans 8:14-16, AMPC). Note the correlation of these verses. Paul was speaking to the church of Rome about their identity and authority. Both identity and authority come from our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our Spirit of adoption releases not only our identity but also our authority. Our Spirit of adoption removes the bondage of fear. Let me apply this concept to both our identity and our authority. First, our identity: When we truly realize we have been adopted into God’s family, we no longer are intimated by and/or fear man. The questions that hold us in bondage: “Will I be liked by others? Will I be rejected?” are invalid. Why? Because the fervor of God’s love supersedes any fear we might experience. Our assurance (and security) rests in His love – knowing we were chosen before the foundations of the world, and He has accepted us for who we are! Jesus understood the Father’s love. He was never concerned by what others thought of Him; He was never manipulated by His critics. Jesus concerned Himself only with what the Father thought of Him. What about you? Do you worry about other people’s opinions? Does this hold you back from being who God called you to be?
Our Spirit of adoption also releases us to embrace our God-given authority. We are no longer bound by fear, intimidation and/or doubt. As we embrace our God-given identity, we operate in the authority He has given us. Fear once held us in bondage but is no longer our master! The Spirit of adoption ignited by His LOVE enables us to face (and do) the impossible.
POSITION OF SONSHIP
Jesus operated from His position of sonship when He cleansed the temple. The Jews were angry, demanding proof of who gave Him the authority to act as He did: “Then the Jews retorted, What sign can You show us, seeing You do these things? [What sign, miracle, token, indication can You give us as evidence that You have authority and are commissioned to act in this way?]” (John 2:18, AMPC). The evidence: He knows Who He is! We must be confident in who we are in Christ. At times, people will question our intention, even our character. We must operate from our position of adoption into God’s family. At times, the enemy will sling his fiery darts to intimidate us with fear and doubt; he does not want us moving forward. We must operate from our position of sonship. We are a child of the Most High God; He has chosen us and appointed us to be His representative on earth!
In this season, God is raising up a mighty, fearless army! God desires His people to be filled with His unstoppable love and their hearts to be ignited by His zeal – to bring His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven! We were born to make an impact on those around us. We were born to make a difference in someone’s life. We were born to complete the mission for Him!
Rise up, mighty woman (or man) of God! Take your position as His daughter (or son)!
Rev. Melissa Pearce