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As leaders, we don’t just lead people to live life. We don’t just lead people to know the hope of heaven when they die. As leaders, we lead people to become manifested sons and daughters of God that bring the life of heaven’s grace to their world. The true counsel of our world is the manifestation of Christ in our world. The hope of glory is Christ in each of us!
At the fall of mankind, the earth was subjected to futility in the hope of the manifestation of the sons of God. That hope is that people would know the liberty of being sons and daughters of God. They would know the love of God in their lives, and they would know the power of God’s love working in their world. When the children of God become a testimony of the likeness and image of their heavenly Father, they bring liberty their world. This was God’s plan from the beginning. He knows that when the sons and daughters of God manifest, it brings the liberty of life to an otherwise naturally impossible world.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because “who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 And not only they, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
God is the One who subjected the earth to futility as a consequence of man’s disconnection at the fall. Man chose an outside/in administration when he choses knowledge over intimacy and trust with God. God’s desire was to restore the intimacy and trust that was lost by man at the fall. His subjection of the earth to futility put a demand for a supernatural transformation in the hearts of men and women to become sons and daughters of God. Man was created to live by the Spirit and not the flesh. God’s plan was to restore the truth of the Spirit to mankind. It is for this that we live and it for this that we lead others.
Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
We don’t put the deeds of the flesh to death by a discipline of our flesh. That is the testimony of law and law can never transform us, it only conforms us. Law alone contains us, retrains us, and puts us in the bondage of fear. Only the life of the Spirit can give us true liberty! As leaders we must set an example to those we lead in walking in the Spirit. It is our connection to God in the Spirit that gives us true liberty over the flesh and the effects of the flesh. It is our connection to God in the Spirit that frees us from all bondage that promotes a fear of death. When we go through difficult circumstances in life, it is only an opportunity to manifest who we really are. We are new creations in Christ! We are sons and daughters of God who are led by God’s Spirit in every circumstance of our lives.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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