Extreme Obedience Sets The Stage For Extreme Outpouring

October 16, 2009

When Jesus lived on earth he modeled for mankind a picture of life totally in sync with God.  There was no hocus-pocus in him. He was fully God and fully man at the same time, yet he never utilized his divinity to accomplish his works on earth.  In fact the Apostle Paul teaches that Jesus didn’t consider equality with God as something to be grasped so He emptied himself of all deity (Phillipians 2:5-11).  I don’t know how you work this out in your mind, it’s a mystery to me as well, but I do know Jesus did what he did as a man.

In his own words he tells us that he only did what his father said said do and he only said what his father told him to say (John 5:19,30; 7:17; 12:49).  He didn’t feel like the power was his to exact without the aid of God-“I can do nothing of myself.”  This attitude should sound familiar because it is the very posture we are called to and we are also expected to bring in the same kind of fruit.  If Jesus did what he did as God, I would be on the sidelines cheering him on with no real expectation of myself but just happy to watch the Jesus show. But because he lived as a man in line with God, every human on the planet has an obligation to see Jesus as the standard bearer for the normal Christian life.  What was his secret?  Extreme Obedience.

Jesus lived a life of extreme obedience and the results were the extreme breakthroughs he saw. Heaven literally invading Earth.  I believe we live separated from Heaven’s realities by just a thin membrane than can be pierced by our obedience.  I want things on Earth just as they are in Heaven and I believe extreme obedience is the gateway.

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