Moving in the Greater Levels of Grace

From the View of His Watchman

Colossians 2:12 (KJV) Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.

This Scripture describes the work of our God in Jesus Christ, as He secured our salvation from eternal death and damnation (separation from Him and all He is).  This Scripture describes the operation of our God’s grace (Loving Help to be and do the impossible), working in behalf of all who believe in Jesus Christ, the First of His sons.  

Our God has Raised Us Up!

Ephesians 2:4-6 (KJV) 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  (Ephesians 1:2-4).

We are indeed risen in Christ Jesus our Lord, Messiah, and coming King.  The Scripture clearly provides our God’s preordained method, given to us to successfully overcome, overthrow, and bring to nothing, the working of the evil and his kingdom (systems of operation):

Revelation 12:9-11 (KJV) Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

We who believe, successfully manifest Jesus The Christ’s already won victory over the works of evil by our confession, declaration, and decree of our God’s Word, character, authority and power, coupled with our faith in the power of Jesus’s shed blood and His Holy Spirit.  We manifest Christ’s victory, as we fearlessly face down satan’s threats of death, murder, theft, and destruction.  We agree and submit to the authority and Truth of our God, as we resist every aspect of the enemy of our souls and he is required by the Word of God, to take up all he has deposited in the lives of God’s people and get out! 

Watchmen all over the world, we must remember that our God has an assigned waiting place for every demon cast out of the lives of His people.  The kingdom of darkness is subject to our King, the Lord Jesus in all things; however, He has given us dominion over the earth and its contents and therefore, will not act until we do. We must not forget that Jesus Christ has unlocked humanity’s authority and power over the kingdom of darkness, as He tells us:

 Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV) 18 And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

We Must Count the Cost

Luke 14:27-28 (NIV) 27 Whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.  28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

There is a cost to breathing the air up there in Christ our King.  The cost is dying to unrighteousness (rebellion against our God, pride and lust); the cost in living in earnest faith in our God, believing He is, has done, and will do all that He has promised. 

Our God would not have us ignorant of satan’s devices

Watchmen, the enemy of our souls does not want us to know the great reward, the great treasure that comes after we pass through our crucifixions, burials, resurrections, and ascensions; evil does not want us to become aware that we are firmly settled, establish, and seated in Christ, with full access to His ways and wisdom. 

1 Peter 5:8-11 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Watchmen, the enemy of our souls does not want us to know the fullness of our authority and dominion over the earth, its inhabitants, and contents (not other humans); he does not want us to embrace our absolute victory over him and all that has to do with him, as we sit heavenly places in our Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20 (AMPC) 18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, “All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the very close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

Moving in the Greater Levels of our God’s Grace:

Romans 5:17 (NKJV) For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Before our God manifested humanity’s victory over evil, through Jesus The Christ on Calvary’s cross, satan reigned (ruled) the lives of humanity through the threat of death, theft and destruction.  Before our God restored humanity’s authority in Jesus The Christ, satan reigned (ruled) through deception and manipulation.

Our God sent His Word in human form, Jesus The Christ, to restore all things to His original plan.  Through Jesus, we receive our God’s abundant grace and righteousness to reign (rule) over the earth, its contents, and our lives individually, as we all submit to His guidance and will. 

Watchmen, we must understand our ability to reign (have authority and rule) is given to us by our God’s grace, to be performed according to His righteousness.  The key to moving in greater levels of our God’s grace is just that, depending on His grace, while embracing His righteousness

His Grace + His Righteousness = His Authority and Power

The key that accesses our God’s grace to dwell in Christ and wield His Truth with His authority and power is living with a heart and mind to exemplify His righteousness in the earth.   Our abiding in the Seated Christ is an act of our God’s grace, according to our faith.  Our faith is evidenced by our willing obedience to examine our thinking, speaking, and behavior (our fruit), to determine if we are exemplifying our God or crucifying Christ afresh. 

Faith in the operation of our God’s grace plus a heart and mind to live righteously equals access and use of His authority and power!

Watchmen, let us press into our God’s grace by faith.  Let us depend on His Love, mercy, instruction and guidance.  Let us count the cost to live righteously, so that we make the most of breathing the air up there.  Let us make the most of being seated in heavenly places, rooted and established in the power and authority bestowed upon Jesus The Christ.  Let glorify our God in the earth, as we enforce Christ victory, pulling down the kingdom of darkness with faith, prayer, prayer, obedience, declaration, and decree. 

Most Beloved Heavenly Father,

Our prayer is simple; help us to count and pray the cost.  You have given us the victory; thank You for the grace to walk it out.  In Jesus name; amen and amen!

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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