Did you know that we are called Christians because we are IN Christ? What does that mean to be in Christ? As I was spending time with Papa God this morning, the Holy Spirit led me to John 17 where Jesus is praying for His disciples and future believers. I have heard too many Christians say things like “healings, deliverance, speaking in tongues and so and so are a thing of the past. All “those things” the Bible speaks of were only for the 12 disciples.” Well then, if that were true then why are we called Christians still today? And why would Jesus pray for future believers in Christ after he finished praying for the disciples in verses 6-19?
Jesus Prays for All Believers
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.” John 17:19-25
Friend, do you know how awesome this prayer is? Jesus was talking about you and me! Everything that Jesus did for us, even over two thousand years ago, was meant for us to walking in His authority. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, His plans and promises never change. His plans are good and they are still relevant for us in 2017/18. Every day, we should be working on who we are in Christ, changing from glory to glory. See 2 Corinthians 3:18. Spending time in God’s presence is what changes us and His Presence is what will calm our minds and stir us to a deeper desire to know who we are in Him and what rightfully belongs to those who call themselves Christians; those who are in Christ.
So if Jesus is in you, what can you do that you never thought you could do without Him? I have another question for you. When Jesus prays, does God answer His prayers? He sure does! We see in the scripture above who Jesus prayed for, don’t we? He was praying for Christians throughout all generations to the end of the age. Read the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 and then look up and study scriptures on “in Christ, in Him, in Whom” and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to where He is calling you to go. Follow the lead of the Holy Spirit on how to accomplish your calling in Christ. Remember, it’s not about you, it’s about what God wants to do in you and through your life for the sake of others.
Declaration: I declare over you that you are the one who Jesus prayed for and you are a sent one in the earth still today. You will be brought to complete unity in Christ; fulfilling all that God has purposed for you. Believe that you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. Philippians 4:13
Be bold in Christ. God has your back and He wants to use your talents and gifts to glorify His Son as you are one with the Father through Jesus Christ.
Write me and let me know what God is doing in you and through you. I would love to hear your Papa God stories.
Papa God and Ashley
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