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WE ARE TO BE THE IMAGE OF CHRIST

Posted by Job on March 1, 2007

Matthew 1:23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

In the gospel artist Tonex’s “Out The Box” concert movie, occasionally a graphic would show depicting Tonex himself in a pose similar to those oft depicted of Jesus Christ dying on the cross. Now someone bound by religion, which causes a person to worship God through physical idol – like symbols rather than worshipping God himself through the spirit, might have been very offended. But I was not only very pleased but inspired by these images, which reminded me that those who accept salvation through Christ have Christ in them in the form of the comforter, the Holy Spirit. In John 16:7 Jesus Christ says “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” He then informs that the Holy Spirit is Himself and God in another form in the next verses: “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” John 14:16 – 17 says of the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Further, John 14:25 – 27 says “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

So, indeed, Christ is in us. The Word is in us. The same Christ that left when He ascended into Heaven to be on the Right Hand of His Father, the same Christ that is coming back to rescue the saints, punish the wicked, and rule the nations with a rod of iron, the same Christ who died for our sins and rose for our victory, the same Christ who was prophesied, fulfilled prophesies, and will fulfill yet more prophesies is in us. Believe it. It is true. Now you have two choices. You can either embrace this fact, love it, walk in it, meditate and pray on what it means, and then come into the full realization and use of the mighty power of it. Or, you can be a religious person and worship dead words and symbols and have nothing to show but dead works. You can allow your reverence for your symbols of Christ and crosses and Mary to fill you with so much fear and put so much distance between you and the living breathing God whose heart beats inside you that the notion of Him inhabiting your corrupt flesh not only offends you, but frightens you! Why? Because you know about all the sins that you have done with your body. You know about all of your faults. You know about all of your failings. You know about all of your doubts. Why? Because your religion reminds you of that on a constant basis. It punishes you for that on a constant basis. It tells you that you will never be good enough, you will never be worthy, you are a dog, you are smut, you are grime, you are dirt, you and everything about you are a loser and you will always be one, and your only hope is to hold fast to your religion so that you can be saved by your association with some church, denomination, building, congregation, preacher, or doctrine. You SAY that you accepted Christ but because of your religion you don’t KNOW it. You don’t have FAITH in it. You don’t FEEL it. And most of all you don’t SEEK it because you are terrified that if you do seek it, it won’t be there! So, you put your faith in these symbols and pictures and churches and denominations because they will always be there when you look for them. They were there when you were born and will still be there when your body dies, for all you know. They are your security, your strength, and you tell yourself that you will do everything that you can to marry someone else in that religion and raise your kids in the same one. Well let me tell you right now THAT IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, BE FREE FROM THAT RELIGION! IT IS A SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN! RIGHT NOW IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, ACCEPT HIM, KNOW HIM, SEEK HIM FOR YOURSELF!

Once you accept Christ, you are made clean. Your spirit is washed white in the Blood of the Lamb. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world. No, that is not predestination, but it is the power of a mighty God that surpasses all understanding, including our concept of time and order! Those things that you did, those thoughts and fears that you have, those are your flesh. Christ does not inhabit your corrupt flesh! He inhabits your clean spirit that will live with Him forever! And once you truly realize that and act like it, and even act like it when your faith wanes, when your friends leave you, when your spouse walks out, when your child gets sick, when you lose your job, when your family renounces you, when you get evicted from your house, and when your dog dies, then that is when Christ shines through your corrupt flesh! That is when your change comes and you receive the victory in Jesus Christ! That is when you look at the cross, see Jesus Christ, and realize that by and with his stripes you are healed! And that is when you will have the ability to look at the cross, imagine yourself in Christ’s place, and not be filled with fear and revulsion!Why? Because your seeing yourself in Christ’s place won’t mean that you took the burden for original sin. It won’t mean that no matter what physical illness or injury that you go through, that by your stripes were you or anyone else healed. It won’t mean that you went down to hell and took the keys from Satan, thereby giving saints the power to tread over serpents and scorpions (demons and witches) in your name. It does not mean that you overcame death and hell so that the saints can overcome as well. No, that is what religious people think. Religious people are the ones who will sneer at you and say “Who do you think you are, God? Well, I know all about you. I know all about your past. I know all about what you are doing right now! I know the sins that you are thinking about, the demons that you are contending with. I know that your momma and daddy were sinners, their mommas and daddys were sinners, their mommas mommas and daddys daddys were sinners, your brothers and sisters are sinners, and you are just like them. You think you are better than me? Well, you are not. You are a sinner, and you have no hope or protection from all that sin with all its lure and control over your life and the devil with all his might and power over the world AND OVER YOU unless you submit yourself to us. You are not God. You are one of us, and we own you, so come back to us.” And when that happens, you know what you should do? You should say “In the Name of Jesus Christ, get the behind me Satan! I am not yours! My hope is not of this world, but in the Name of Jesus Christ! To Him do I belong, and He belongs to me! I was bought by the Blood of the Lamb! I am free! That religion, that doctrine, that hate, that fear that you have do not apply to me! You can either join me and be free through Christ, or you can stay where you are and die with Satan! Whatever path you choose, I have made mine, and I have chosen the path of victory! So in the Name of Jesus Christ, either accept Christ in your life in truth and faith or flee from the power and wrath of my God! For the day of the decision, the valley of decision, the time of your destruction is well nigh, you and the demons within you!” You will know that seeing yourself in Christ’s place only means that Christ is in your body in place of what was already there. Seeing yourself in Christ’s place only means that Christ being in you and your ability to KNOW and FEEL the Christ that is in you is evidence of His victory and yours! No religious person will ever understand that, even if they read this document! But yet, scores of truly redeemed already know it even if they never do.

Sound over the top! Nay, it does not go far enough! Christ came to set the captives free, and that means you. He came to loose the prisoners from the jail, and that means those imprisoned by the shackles of religion. And since Christ lives in you, you can do the same. You can evangelize. You can preach. You can teach. You can serve. You can help. You can heal. You can love. You can forgive. Even your enemies, you can love and forgive your enemies! While life is going out of your body, you can look at your murderers and exhort them to give their lives to Christ. Why? Because Christ is in you. Christ is leading and guiding you the way. Christ is overcoming your corrupt flesh. And if you do everything that the Christ in you says, what functional difference will there be between you and Christ, especially if you consider that you act in concert with the Body of Christ? The Bible said that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Christ without measure. That means that Christ had it all; all the gifts and fruits that were later dispersed to the saints. Now, we only have a portion of what Christ had. But we can use that portion to do all that Christ did with the portion that we currently have! Realize that what John said in John 21:25 – “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” Christ did all those things with the part of the Holy Spirit that is within you! You are supposed to take the portion of that Holy Spirit and go and do those same things! Christ said “These things and more shall you do in my name!” Christ never said that some statue, some image, some picture would do great things in His Name. Christ did not tell his disciples to go make wooden crosses or clay statues and those crosses and statues would cast out demons, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and evangelize the lost. Christ told US to do those things, and those who look to anything else but Christ in Heaven AND the Christ that is within themselves for these things to be done, for inspiration and strength, for love and power, are practicing IDOLATRY! They are practicing a FALSE RELIGION!

In reality, you are not even supposed to need day to day guidance from a minister or preacher! You are supposed to pray for YOURSELF, read the Bible for YOURSELF, and go do what the Holy Spirit says for YOURSELF! Christ emphasized this point two particular times. The first was when He left the disciples by themselves in a boat, and the storm came. When it did, the disciples became afraid, Christ saw that they lacked faith, and came (walking on the water) and rebuked them. The second was when Christ sent out the 70 two by two. They came back reporting that even evil spirits were subject unto them using His Name! The 70 were able to do great things, things as Christ did, apart from His Presence through His Name! How much more should we be able to do the same if Christ be in us? Yet our religion tells us that we cannot do anything without the OK of the preacher, who cannot do anything without the consent of the church or the bureaucracy above him? I curse and bind you false doctrines, false practices, false teachings, and false religions in the name of Jesus Christ!

In the Name of Jesus Christ, member of the Body of Christ, you are now set free. You are the image of Jesus Christ because you have Christ in you. In the Name of Jesus Christ, go forth and seek your God so that you may act in the victory that you have now received. You do not have to accept religion. You do not have to accept fear. You do not have to accept poverty. You do not have to accept sickness. You do not have to accept defeat. You do not have to accept death. All you have to accept is the Will, the Way, and the Word of the Father. That is the victory that YOUR Jesus Christ gave YOU on the cross and through His Resurrection, and that same Victorious Jesus Christ lives within YOU! In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Now go seek your Christ within you, do what your Christ within you says, and be the image of your Christ yet while you walk in this corrupt world in the flesh. Show that the power of the spirit, your spirit washed clean by the Blood of Jesus Christ when you accepted Him as your Savior and the Holy Spirit within you, is more powerful and has dominion over the natural world, and use that dominion that God has given YOU through JESUS CHRIST to do God’s Will. Do not fear, be at peace, and be encouraged, for the battle is not yours but the Lord’s, and the battle is already won by the Lord! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Glory be to God the Most High and to His Son Jesus Christ whose Kingdom shall endure forever!

Prayer:
First, if you have not accepted Christ already, please say the Salvation Prayer. Afterwards or if you have already said it in the past, then say the following prayer. ”Father God in the name of Jesus Christ, free me from the chains of fear and ignorance so that I may know and feel the Holy Spirit within me. May I seek you through the Holy Spirit within me, and please make me into the image of Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!”

Deliverance:The demons that operate in this area are religion, false doctrine, false teaching, false burden, memory recall, low self – esteem, self – persecution, and guilt. These attack everyone in the Body of Christ, especially those who are bound by religion and false teaching. The goal is to keep people from feeling the Holy Spirit or realizing their worth to and in Christ so that their ministries will never develop, so that they will never bear as much fruit as God intends, so that they will never gain the power that God has in store for them to do the things that God wants them to do. Why? Because if they do so, it will unleash God’s power upon the earth, and all who do will have Satan, his demons and witches, Babylon, etc. under their heel through the Power and Name of Jesus Christ! Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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