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We have schisms. Not just the normal doctrinal divisions or church divisions, but inner schisms that rob us of the ability to live a successful life. We have severe divisions between our body, soul, and spirit. This inner schism leads us to live three different lives; one is mundane, totally consumed with work and the effort to “get ahead”. Another of our lives is the emotional inner life consisting of a mix of our inner thoughts, emotions, and appetites. Finally we have a spiritual life that we were birthed into when we accepted Christ as our savior. These three spheres of existence have varying impacts on our lives and many times the net effect is a roller coaster life of severe swings. We were not designed to live this way! But how do you join these three lives into one glorious and victorious life?
The ﬁrst step toward healing the inner schisms is to understand what the Word of God has to say about these three parts of our life. We know a lot about the physical world and the physical body we have been given. The Word of God teaches us that we are to present our bodies to God as a living sacriﬁce. (Romans 12:1) Many of us can easily quote these verses but very few understand how to live in them. Being a living sacriﬁce totally depends on the next area of our existence, the soul. The very next verse after Romans 12:1 admonishes us to live a different life than the lives we have seen around us, through a transformation that comes by renewing our mind (thinking). Most of us give very little thought to the state of our soul, the seat of our thoughts, emotions, and appetites. What scripture actually reveals in many places is that whatever is ﬁlling our soul comes out in words and deeds in our body.
Jesus came from Heave to Earth to begin the process of healing our schism. Our primary schism was a division between God and man because of disobedience and sin. When Jesus died on the cross He paid our debt and erased the schism between God and Man. When I accepted the ﬁnished work that Jesus did on my behalf I was born into the Kingdom of Heaven. I was given access into Heaven, I am invited to come boldly before His throne to receive help in time of need. Now I have a new option in my life, the option of setting my mind on things above not on things of the Earth. When I choose to do this, my thoughts, emotions, and appetites become renewed. Transformation takes place! What complicates this process is that I have a mortal enemy that will do anything to keep me looking at the old things that have enslaved me. BUT I HAVE NEW OPTIONS!
We are good at understanding that Jesus abides in us, but we aren’t so good at understanding that we are called to abide with Him continually, communing in third heaven with Him even as we work here on earth. That’s what “pray without ceasing” means. I must keep my eyes on Him. (Col. 3:1, 2) The spirit part of me is regenerated and I must be aware of that. We must practice the powerful art of focusing our thoughts, emotions, and appetites on the higher pleasures. Yes, I said pleasures!
We are all wanting the next visitation (revival), but His plan is for us to abide with Him, where we never leave His presence throughout every day. And we do His works on earth from that place of abiding. Practice intentional abiding. First ﬁve minutes, then ten, and train your self to focus on staying connected to Him. Watch it grow, and watch fruitfulness grow. Watch your life begin to transformed, no more roller coaster! No more inner schism! No more inconsistencies! No more disconnect!
We believe that the whole body of Christ should be activated to do the works of Jesus by the Dunamis power of God Matt. 28:19,20. Matt. 10:7,8. At Dunamis, we train people to do just that, and we use some common words with special meanings.
Dunamis definition of grace emphasizes “Divine empowerment.”
Not only is grace God’s unmerited favor as most say, but it includes the empowering work of God to perform through you. Acts 4:33 speaks of the power of God working through the disciples and “great grace” was upon them. Grace is God’s power working through us to do the impossible.
Dunamis definition of faith involves simple trust in Him, (not a striving to believe enough on our own), and it is based on relationship with Him to hear His voice. (Rom. 10:17)“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the [Rhema] word of God.” Faith is based on relationship to hear from heaven, to do that, and watch God answer!
Dunamis definition of initiative of heaven is a “specific instruction from heaven” to meet the need at hand. To catch an initiative from heaven means to hear or see a specific action to do or words to say (based on spiritual senses), which unlocks a miracle or an answer. John 5:19 Jesus said he only did what he saw his Father in heaven do. He received initiatives from heaven just as we can do. There are resources from heaven for every need on earth.
Dunamis definition of activation is “doing what you were taught”. You can receive impartation through the laying on of hands, through listening to teaching, or by receiving prophetic words over you. Activation begins as you “do the stuff” Jesus called us to do, such as moving in healing, the prophetic, evangelism, etc.
Dunamis means “power” in the Greek. Acts 1:8 says, “And you shall receive [Dunamis] power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you.”
It’s time to move by God’s GRACE into a level of FAITH where we can catch an INITIATIVE from heaven and step into ACTIVATION by the DUNAMIS power of God!! OOOSH! (That last one is Dennis’ exclamation under the Holy Spirit).