Have you ever had a preacher tell you that all you need to do is reckon yourself dead? I'm sure we've all tried this. The more that I would try to reckon myself dead, the more alive I became. This is a principle that says whatever you focus on you will experience. Did you ever want to loose weight and concentrate on not eating your favorite sweet? The more you concentrated on it the more you wanted it. The reason for this is because whatever you focus on becomes a stronghold in your life. This is why Paul said in 1 Cor 15:56 (KJV),
"The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law."
"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law."
Just think of the ramifications of this truth! Anyone who tries to live by law is giving power and strength to sin and sin will triumph every time as a result. When you try to live by law, the very law that was meant for your good gives strength to your carnal nature and causes you to sin. Paul also said in Rom 3:19-22 (NIV),
"Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe."
And in Rom 4:14-15 (NIV),
"For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there
is no transgression."
The moment that you try to order your life according to some law, that very law becomes a stronghold in your life. You must understand that the strength of sin is the Law. When you try to walk according to the Law you give strength to your flesh and no flesh will be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God. Paul said in 1 Cor 15:50 (KJV),
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
Maybe it's baseball. I personally know people who know all the batter's names, who know their averages, who know everything about them. When they speak, baseball just flows out of them, and the more they speak about baseball, the more they fall in love with it. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. That principle applies spiritually in everything that you do. If you are a fat person and try to diet, you will eat more, because whatever you focus on becomes a stronghold in your life. That's why Paul said in I Corinthians 15:56,
"The strength of sin is the Law. "
The moment you take the Law unto yourself and with your will power try to perform it, you will find that it becomes a stronghold in your life. The strength of sin is the law. When you try to walk according to the Law and you will give strength to your flesh. God will not allow the flesh to enter into the Kingdom.
When you realize the truth of Adam and the truth of your real identity, it brings you into rest. When your flesh gets out of control and you occasionally do things that aren't pleasing to God, you simply realize that this is not who you are. It is still that sin principle operating in you and that will be dealt with as the Lord continually permeates and saturates your temple with His presence.
Did you know that the devil is a Pentecostal? Tell me what other realm you can get into today and hear so much about the devil. I have been in More Pentecostal meetings and heard more about the devil than I ever heard about God. I'd be a fool to tell you the devil isn't real, because he's running rampant in Pentecost. But I'm telling you there is a higher realm, and in that realm there is no devil. Remember the words Jesus said. "The evil one comes, but he has nothing in Me." The only place the devil can be real to you is that place he has in you. If he has no place in you (I'm not saying for everyone), then the devil doesn't bother you anymore. The devil doesn't bother me much anymore. What I began to realize is that it is not the devil, it s my flesh that needs to be dealt with.
You may say, "Brother, don't you realize that Jesus cast out demons?" Yes! But that still does not mean that there's not a higher realm. Jesus met people in the place of their need. There is a realm where there is not a devil or demons that can destroy you.
We have all of these thoughts and concepts about what it would be like to walk in the fullness of the Spirit. Did you know that if you will walk in love, not just for your brothers and sisters in the Lord, but if you will walk in love for all of humanity, you won't judge. One of the most grievous things to me in these days is to hear one Christian judge another. And to hear somebody who is speaking truth that's a little bit higher get criticized and called New Age. I want to say something, and I know I am sticking my neck out in saying this. Right now, today, there is more truth in what the New Age is saying than what most Christians are saying. I am simply saying that God has truth everywhere you look. People are blasting what God is speaking today from His Holy Temple because what is coming forth from His Holy Temple has been taught in Hinduism for thousands of years. That doesn't mean it isn't true, it has just been perverted. Man always perverts truth. But when you can walk in total love and acceptance, you will stop pointing the finger. Remember what Paul told us in Hebrews 6:1,
"Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection. "
If God says to me today, I want you to go down the street and I want you to find this man, who has a demonic spirit and I want You to cast it out. I am not going to say. "Well God, I'm not in Pentecost anymore, I'm in Tabernacles." No, I'm going to do what God says. What I am saying is that you should always listen to God and do what He says. Anything outside of that, and you're being an outlaw.
The Kingdom of God is to walk in love. Love knows nothing but a desire to edify and to build. Of course, there is a severity to love. It's a fearful thing (to the flesh) to fall into the corrective hand of God,. But we must realize that to walk in God is simply to walk in love. It's that simple. Whenever you look at a human being, no matter what they're doing, no matter what they are saying and you feel resentment rising up in you, you can be assured that's not God. God is not insensitive to these things, but the character of God is to restore, not to condemn. It's a matter of attitude. As you walk in love, your main concern will be to bring restoration and not condemnation.
So in simple terms, to walk in the Kingdom of God is simply to walk in love. It is really that simple. You need to meditate on this day and night.
"The love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I endure and I am patient."