Becoming Bearers of God’s Image Part 2 by Apostle William Epps
Part 1 is here
We are given a choice as to whom we will serve. The only thing that activates the seed that God has placed in us is the Word of God, which activates our Spirit and causes the seed to manifest. We can activate negative things with our words too, which is why it is so important to speak only the truth of God.
2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We bring these promises into our lives through speaking the Word of God. We create when we give voice to the truth of God’s Word. We create from our spirit, and the seed in us is voice activated. The seed responds to our words. The seed God has placed in us will not respond to anything other than the Word of God. The seed will not manifest things not given by the Spirit and Word of God.
The Word of God molds and shapes everything we are and what we are to become. As we bring more Word into our lives, and begin to speak and live the truths of God’s Word, we become more and more like the Son of God. It is a process. The seed does not fully manifest, it goes through stages to bring fruit. So does our lives.
There are things in our lives that we wish were cut off, attitudes and behaviors that need changing. As we become aware of them, we begin to replace them with the truth of God’s Word until such time as we begin to manifest God’s order in our lives and the old attitudes and behaviors begin to change. It is a process. To make effective changes we cannot fight the battle in our flesh, but we need to work in the order of the Spirit, and God helps us to make the changes. We gain victory when we do it God’s way. In the flesh we can fight the battle and gain victory for a while, but real, lasting change comes through God.
Apostle Epps asked us who was dealing with struggles and challenges in our lives. Many raised their hands. Apostle Epps pointed out that God permits these struggles and challenges in our lives to begin to form us so that we are ready to move to the next level. God, through the struggle, is positioning us for victory. So when we face a struggle or are on a particular level we need to purpose in our hearts to learn everything we can from that particular level so that we can transition to the next level. The reason we want to learn and build our character on the level we are at is so that when we are on the new level we have the authority and character to maintain our new level. If your character isn’t right you won’t be able to sustain your new level.
God deals in our lives with truth, and until we know His truth and will over an issue we will stay in the place we are at because we have not developed the character to move to a new level. Without the character of Christ we can’t be sustained.
That is why God wants us to focus on the character of Christ and the truth of the Word. If we get caught up in idols we lose that image and lessen ourselves to be made in the corruptible image of man, not the incorruptible image of God.
Romans 1:22-23 Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
We want God’s glory to be shown through us and to worship God. We don’t want the glory of God stifled by the carnality of the flesh. God will not respond to carnal worship.
Glory is in your seed, and we need to speak to the seed to have it manifest the glory of God.
Jesus prayed, John 17 22-23 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
The same glory that is in Jesus is in us. God has placed the incorruptible seed in us, so that we will grow from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
God is preparing us through our current situations to step into greater glory. So when a challenge comes (not all challenges are from the devil, many we make ourselves) but tell the devil, “Thank you, for you are helping me to move from one level to a higher level, from glory to glory.” Realize that what is going on in your life is an opportunity for growth. Find out what God wants you to do with it, and what you need to learn from it. God wants to release you into the next level, as you obey Him and mature in the spirit.
Your situation is your opportunity, for with no opportunity there is no glory. God’s glory will be revealed through you as you face your challenges, and it is an opportunity for your advancement.
We can only have as much glory as we have the image of God in us. More image, more glory. This is not having the image and glory for man’s sake, but rather for the Body of Christ.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
In some translations the word “special” is translated as “peculiar.” We are a peculiar people. We are peculiar because what God has placed in us is not usual. We are so used to the carnal world, the works of the flesh, carnal visions and sights that we lose sight of the fact that the real truth is operating in the spiritual realm. We need to focus more on the spiritual realm than on the carnal realm. Our Kingdom manifests and seems out of place to the carnal world. But we don’t need to be concerned of what the carnal world thinks, but rather what God thinks.
If God can’t get His glory to be revealed in you it is because you have become clouded with uncleanness, vile thinking, carnality. God wants us to grow so that He can manifest His Glory, His Spirit through our lives. Any carnality or uncleanness in us clouds what is true and man defiles it with his carnal mind, heart, senses, and emotions so that the truth is not recognized. We need to recognize and speak the truth in order to break the stronghold of the strongman.
The delusion and confusion that clouds man’s mind and heart hides the truth that we are:
Colossians 2:8-10 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
We can lose the truth if we get caught up in philosophy, vain deceit, and traditions of man, what the world calls “order.” God’s order does not look anything like the world’s concept of order.
Many do the “right” things out of the flesh and it looks righteous and correct, but without a heart change we are not operating in the life and Spirit of Christ.
Apostle Epps spoke about Gideon, how God spoke about Gideon being a powerful warrior of God, even though Gideon was hiding out from the enemy, sifting wheat in a winepress. Yet God spoke about Gideon as a mighty man of God. Gideon grew into that image, the image God placed into him.
In the seed that God has placed in us are all the attributes of God, merciful, good, righteous, holy, etc. We can’t grow more mercy in us than God has already placed in us, we just need to speak to the seed and manifest what God has placed in our lives, to bring the expression of Christ that is already in us to manifest to the world.
God placed the spirit of forgiveness in us, we just need to let it manifest. Jesus told us that we need to forgive 70 x 7. There is no way you will ever get to the point of having to forgive someone 490 times a day, no one can do that many things in a day that needs forgiving.
We need to realize that we have the seed for prosperity, that we do not have to struggle in the realm of our finances. God has given us more than enough. God puts ideas in you, and the seed in us has the ability to reproduce.
The incorruptible seed in us has the ability to continually reproduce. We can be merciful, gracious, forgiving, prosperous.
Through your faithfulness to God, people will see the seed producing fruit and respond to God’s kingdom.
The seed of healing heals my body and your body. Remember, as believers we are part of one body in Christ, so what affects my body also affects your body.
In Matthew 13, the parable of the sower – Jesus is the Word, the seed.
The woman with the issue of blood reached out in faith to touch the hem of His garment and was healed – her seed responded to Jesus and she was healed. Jesus turned around and asked, “Who touched me?” The disciples were surprised for Jesus was in a crowd of people, jostled by many, but Jesus felt healing virtue leave His body.
Jesus responded to the need of the woman. All around us are hurting ad depressed people who need the healing touch of the Lord. Our seed needs to respond to their hurt. It isn’t just for us.
Jesus knows our heart. We need to listen to our spirit to discern those people who need ministry or a positive word spoken into their lives.
Apostle Epps’ church has an intercessory prayer ministry, and through that ministry they pray to help either push out negative things or draw in those things a person is needing.
Colossians 1:9-14 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
This should be the response of what He has done in our lives. We need to know where the order is off in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Disobedience is as the sin of witchcraft. We need to begin to think spiritual warfare first, to not respond in the physical, but rather realize that what is behind the physical manifestation is in the spiritual, in the heavenlies.
What is out of order in your body must be removed to make room for what God wants to place in your life. Don’t accept the carnal, reach towards those things that are of God. Our seed will respond to Christ. Remember, that what God is doing in your life is not just for you alone, but rather so that you can be a blessing to others. He wants us to comfort and minister to others. Jesus is touched by the feelings of our infirmities, He has experienced all that we have experienced and understands. He gives us all that we need to overcome what has oppressed us.
In our seed is God’s perfect nature and character. God reveals His glory through our seed.
Jesus told the disciples, and us, that we would do greater works than He did.
John 14:12 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
This does not mean greater feats, but rather greater numbers of works.
Apostle Epps told us about the 250 rule. That each believer has the potential to affect at least 250 other people in their lifetime. Those 250 people will affect the lives of 250 other people. So the works of Christ can grow exponentially.
God has called us all to do His Work, it is not just the pastors who are to do it.
In your seed you have eternity. As He is, so are we.
Moses had an encounter with God in the backside of the wilderness. In his encounter He asked God who he should say sent him. God said, “I AM.” Moses was to tell the Israelites, “I AM sent me.” We are the I AM. We aren’t above God, but all that God is is within us in our seed, waiting to be manifested so that God’s glory can shine forth.
In our worship, prayers, devotions and ministry we want to let the I AM shine forth.
We were told to put our hands on our belly – the seat of the Spirit and speak to our seed. That by the eyes of my Spirit I see that I have the glory of the Lord in me and it can manifest through me to touch other’s lives.
The second service Apostle Epps spoke about the twelve components of the foundations of a standard bearer, I will share those in the next post. I pray your day is blessed.
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