by: Creflo Dollar
Today, many people still don’t fully understand why Jesus came to the Earth. They may have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior, but still don’t know His assignment and how their decision to become born again affects their daily lives. While Jesus’ mission included the offer of an eternity with God in Heaven upon accepting Him, He also came to make available to us the very life force of God Himself. The Greek word for the life of God is zoë. It embodies everything that God is; His love, His power and His ability to get results. It is the anointing, which removes burdens and destroys yokes. In John 10:10, The New Living Translation, Jesus says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” This abundant life is the zoë life of God that resides on the inside of a Christian, enabling him or her to live supernaturally while on the Earth.
What does it mean to live a supernatural life? It simply means that when you have the life of God working in you, from the inside out, you can live above your circumstances and situations. It means you don’t have to be subject to the sin, disease and cursed living that characterizes the existence of people who don’t know God. Living supernaturally means that through an awareness of the gift of eternal life, you can overcome every attack of the enemy and be victorious over trials, tribulations and challenges that come your way.
When you read the Bible, and you see the words “eternal life,” you can translate that phrase to mean zoë. Romans 6:23 says, the gift of God is eternal life or zoë. How has He given us that gift? Through His Son, Jesus. John 3:16 tells us God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life, or zoë.
Jesus is our access to the God–kind of life. The day you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your spirit is recreated. Second Corinthians 5:17 in The Amplified Bible says, “Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” The moment you were born again, zoë, or the very nature of God, moved inside your spirit.
Zoë affects our development as Christians. This new life of God in you destroys your sin nature and expels the darkness in your life. The life of God in you will enable you to walk in God’s ways and obey His commandments. If you are willing, and allow the new spirit within you, which is the Spirit of God, to dominate you rather than your flesh, you will develop in your walk with the Lord and grow in the things of God.
In Ezekiel 36:26, 27 God says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
It is important to understand that your spirit, which has been recreated by God, is the real you. Your body is simply the place that houses your spirit. Although you are filled with God’s spirit, salvation is spiritual, not physical or mental. Your soul (which is your mind, will and emotions) must be renewed daily through the Word of God, and your body must be trained to submit to your born–again spirit and renewed mind. If you don’t renew your mind with the Word of God, it will override your born–again spirit and you will end up acting in ways that are contrary to God’s Word.
For the zoë life of God to be expressed through you, you must make a decision to allow your spirit to lead you. You also must make a quality decision to allow the Word to be your final authority and determine to yield to the direction of God in your life. Obeying Him is an important key to growing up spiritually and reaping the benefits of the life of God in you. Read and meditate on God’s Word so that your spirit can grow stronger. When your reborn spirit is dominating the “system,” your life will be led by God and you will be able to walk in His supernatural power.
Recognize that while you are in this world, you are not of this world. You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ on the Earth. By developing your spirit and renewing your mind with the Word of God, you can release His life to others and be a powerful witness for the Kingdom of God. He wants people to see you living the God–kind of life so they will be drawn to Him.
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