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 The Mighty Power Of Christ In Us by Denny Kenaston

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,”. That is the power to do God’s will. Beautiful verse, that verse speaks victory. That verse speaks of being more than conquerors, Amen? Where the Spirit of the Lord is, we are more than conquerors.

Christ in you, the hope of glory. See these verses. Oh listen, I could do this for a long time, I mean my heart is full of all of these verses, I’ve been reveling in the revelation of the new covenenant, but, how about it? Theological statement, or living reality? Christ in you, the hope of glory. Paul says, “It is a history that has been hidden from the foundation of the world, but now it’s being revealed in these last days, through His holy apostles and prophets,”. A mystery. Christ can live in you, and that is the hope of glory. You want your one-way ticket to heaven in your back pocket? That’s how you keep that one way ticket in your back pocket. Christ living in me, in reality, the hope of glory. “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you…”, (That word “dwell” means habitate. It doesn’t mean visit every now and then.) “…dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies. How is the resurrection going to take place? By his spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Christ in you, in reality, is the hope of glory.

That’s the reality of the hope of the resurrection. “It is God that worketh in you, both the will and to do of His good pleasure,”. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God that worketh in you, both the will and to do of His good pleasure,”! What a beautiful way to live! With God living inside of me, motivating me, inspiring me, empowering me, leading me to be motivated to want to do, and empower me to do His good pleasure. That’s beautiful! I can handle that kind of Christian life, how about you? Amen! Lord, I’ll vote for that one! “Dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God”, and I could just go on, and on, and on. There are so many of them. It’s the reading of the will, brethren! It’s what Jesus bought and paid for by His death, and through the resurrection. It’s the will and testament of Jesus Christ.

This is the in-Christ experience in the live of a believer that we are talking about here. The in-Christ experience in the live of a believer. You know all of those verses in he Bible, “in Him”, “In whom”, “in Christ”. This is the in-Christ experience in he life of a believer. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is the in-Christ experience in the life of a believer. That’s it. To be in Christ is to be in the anointing. To be in the anointing is to be in Christ. Why? He is the anointed. That’s what His name means.

He is the anointed. He is anointed now, brethren, He is anointed now. To be in the anointing is to be in Christ. We are the body of the Anointed One. Can I say it that way? That’s right, isn’t it? “Now ye are the body of Christ in members in particular,” Paul says. Ye are the body of the Anointed One. You can stay on that verse for about two weeks. Ye are the body of the Anointed One. Or, let me say, “Are you the body of the Anointed One?”. He has no hands but our hands. He has no body to live out His glorious holiness through, but our bodies. Are you the body of the Anointed One? These are good questions to consider this morning. These are good questions. I mean, it changes things quite a bit. We can’t sit in here this morning and say, “Yeah, the worldly Church out there, I mean, its apostate. And they’re this, and they’re that, and they’re worldly, and they’re departing,”. We can’t sit here this morning and throw any stones, brethren.

I thought about it this morning. I thought about the dear charismatic people and the charismatic movement all around the United States as I was meditating on all of this, and their interpretation on what we’ve been speaking about of this week is, you know, you go to an altar, and you have this ecstatic experience, and like I said yesterday, I’m not saying that all of that is wrong. There is a reality there in some, but with so many of them, it is an emotional ecstatic experience that they go through on Sunday morning, and they live in unreality the rest of the week long.

But the greatest burden of that is that they’re so utterly deceived that they think that because they have that ecstatic experience on Sunday morning… “HEY! PRAISE GOD! BLAH, BLAH!” I mean, you meet some of those people and they hit right between the eyes as soon as they meet you.

“HEY! DO YOU SPEAK IN TOUNGES? WELL, I’VE GOT SOMETHING YOU DON’T HAVE!” And I have to tell myself, “What a deception. No reality. No blessing.

No holiness. No victory. None of these beautiful things that we’ve been speaking about, but yet this puffed up idea in their mind that because they had a babbling experience at the altar call and everyone “got with it in the Lord”, that they are the spiritual elite upon the earth. My heart just broke for them. My heart just broke this morning. I thought, “Lord, so deceived,”.

Then I thought about this: we have ours too, you know. If we’re living in the natural, then we have our own natural interpretation of the remnamant, you know, “We’re the remnant, oh, we look different, and we this, and we that”, but if we don’t have the anointing on our hearts and our lives, we’d better shut our mouth, too. Our day of embarrassment is coming. It’s coming, [I] promise. If we live in unreality and just keep pumping this thing up, and you know, “Get your coverings on”, and all of these things, and the umption of the Holy Ghost isn’t there. Our embarrassing day is coming, [I] promise.

Are ye the body of the Anointed One? These are probing questions this morning. Probing questions. These are deep realities we’re speaking about, brethren. Realities, you begin to see them rising up out of the book of Hebrews if you read it about thirty times. You know the book of Hebrews? You know, our High Priests are more excellent priests with the mediator of the new covenanant, a spiritual priesthood? The minister of the heavenly sanctuary? That’s our Christ. The ministry of the heavenly sanctuary. Have you been into the throne room lately? Don’t you know you have a minister of the heavenly sanctuary? We have our Aaron, bless God! We have Him! Paul said to the Hebrews, “There are many, many things I would like to speak to you concerning these things, but you are dull of hearing”, (“you cannot hear them, you cannot hear them.”).

Dear brothers, what I’m speaking about here is not a New Testament option. This is a New Testament imperative. It is not an option. Sometimes, somehow, I think that we have gotten that in our mind. “Oh well, the preachers must. They need to be anointed. Yes, they need to be men of God, they’re our preachers,”. No, this is a New Testament imperative for every child of God. I think we skipped the book of Acts and moved ran into the epistles, and we’re miserably stumbling around in there, trying to figure out what this Christian life is all about. We skipped the book of Acts, brethren, and the New Testament is just kind of a phase to us. We bounce around in there, and try over here. “That’s not the way,” so [you] try over this way. We’re just bouncing around in there, and we’ve skipped the book of Acts. We cannot simply go our way living a carnal subnormal Christian life anymore. We can’t do it. It’s time to have Judgment Day early.

Have you been immersed in the overwhelming presence of the Living God since ye believed? Remember I told you the other day that interesting little bit of information about the word Christ. Sixty times in the gospels. Five hundred timed from Pentecost onward. Christ, the Anointed, all through the New Testament five hundred times. That phrase is used in the New Testament from Pentecost onward five hundred times: The Anointed! Yes the people of God are not anointed! How can this be?

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