The Triumphant Christ
The Voice
Three Levels to Excellence

Three Levels to Excellence

The first level to excellence is that of submission.

  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (KJV)

To "submit" means "no resistance." In electricity, resistance causes power to diminish from a higher level to a lower level. Submission begins with turning our will over to God. God’s will should flow through me unimpaired.

Our will must be broken and shaped. It should happen as children where we learn to take a command and to obey what we are told. Saul was not submitted to Samuel because he did not fulfill the command to wait at Gilgal for seven days or to completely destroy Amalek.

We submit to God and resist the devil (Jam. 4:8) If I "resist" the Lord, I am "submitted" to the devil and have no power over him. If I "submit" to God, I can "resist" the devil with full authority.

Submission, then, becomes the primary source of power and faith: "I am a man under authority" (Mat. 8:9-10) was the source of the centurion’s great faith.

Many church members are not "submitted." The local church is the basis of authority (Heb. 13:17 "Obey your leaders and submit to them"). If their will is not submitted to obey a command, they are stopped in their pursuit of excellence.

The second level of excellence is Surrender.

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 (KJV)

Surrender means to "yield," to relinquish possession.

A life insurance policy is "surrendered" when the claims on the company are dropped. This word, "surrender," goes beyond "submit" where we simply can carry our a command. It means to release our entire lives to the express use of God. It is a passive word, allowing God to come possess anything we are.

Submit, Surrender, Sacrifice

It means to release our entire lives to the express use of God. It is a passive word, allowing God to come possess anything we are.

God wants us to surrender to Jesus, to sign our name to the "blank check" of our life. It means, I make no stipulations, no claims, no objections. Isaac "submitted" to Abraham in getting on the altar as Abraham "surrendered" him to God. Jesus surrendered to the Father’s plan to die on the cross: "Not my will, but yours be done."

Sacrifice is the third, and highest, level of excellence.

It goes beyond submit (obeying a command) and surrender (allowing God to take what He desires). It is an "active" word, something that comes into your heart to give to God that He has not necessarily required of you. Examples of this would be: 1) Mary pouring a years salary on the head of Christ or 2) the widow gave her two mites, all she had to live on, and 3) Zaccheus gave half his worth to the poor. Each of these are sacrificial actions that came up out of a heart of love and gratitude to Jesus.

"God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor. 9:7) because He delights to see what our hearts tell us to do for Him without being told.

  • Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)

  • What if every member in our church moved into "submission," then "surrender," and into "sacrifice?" No one will ever sacrifice their time, talent, and treasure without first submitting and surrendering.

    May God help us to receive and then so present the cross to others so that they become sacrificial believers, delighting to do for God what He has not even required.

    Thanks to BCCN for the material for this article.


    The Triumphant Christ

    When we are born again, you and I are filled with the Person of the Triumphant Christ. Think about it. What a great liberating truth.

       John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    There is nothing in this world (Kosmos) that can defeat you because of Him that is in you. At Calvary He defeated every enemy of your soul.

       Col. 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    I love the Message Bible translation here:

       Col. 2:15-Msg.  He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.

    No longer do we have to live like we lived prior to His entrance into our hearts. Absolute victory dwells within us and is for us (on our side).

       Eph. 1:19-Amp. And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.

    The Triumphant You!

    Not only is He in and for us but we are no longer the same person we were. God did not repair our sin damaged spirit but gave us a brand new spirit that makes us a new, triumphant man. Thus it is written:
       2 Cor. 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

    Quit thinking of yourself as a poor sinner saved by grace. You were a poor sinner and you were saved by grace, but now you are a new creature who is more than a conqueror and an overcomer in the sight of God. This the reality of your Christian life. The sooner you receive it, recognize it, respond to it, the sooner you will begin to live in victory.

       Rom 8:37-Amp ... we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

    Avail yourself of the powerful, resurrected Christ and His anointing in you. There is now nothing impossible for you:

       Mark 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.



    The Voice . . .

    Just as certainly as God said, “Let there be,” there was the creation of that which He spoke:

    And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3 (KJV) [Genesis 1:6; 14]
    We can understand creation by faith in the tried, tested and true Word of God which reveals the testimony of the ages:
     Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)
    Light came when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the virgin Mary. There is no doubt that God, the Father, spoke that which was created and brought it into manifestation in the virgin’s womb.
    And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 (KJV)
    The power of God is released in His spoken words:
     Where the word of a king is, there is power: . . . Eccles. 8:4 (KJV)
     . . . his word was with power. Luke 4:32 (KJV)
    The Voice of the Lord can be heard “walking” in the very place that the footsteps of mankind can be heard.  His Word brings His presence and places the footprint of the weight of His glory to bear upon that which is spoken to:
    And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: . . Genesis 3:8 (KJV)
    The Word . . .
    In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. John 1:1-4 (AMP)
    Imagine! The Word was spoken into being in the womb of a young virgin. I can hear the Voice as He spoke, “Let there be, My Son in an earthen vessel conceived.” Immediately, the Holy Spirit overshadows the precious chosen, and willing, vessel named Mary. The Miracle of miracles takes place and once for all the eternal Son of God becomes flesh.

    Nine months later, the Christ Child is born in Bethlehem. Caravans laden with gold, frankincense, and myrrh weave their way across the expanse of desert sands, guided by a divinely directed star as angels proclaim His arrival on the pages of history.

    The Word spoken is now seen. Rhema has become the Logos to mankind.

    [Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15 Amp) .
    God and man at table are now set down to reason together:
    Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 (Amp)
    It is Christmas time in the city. Selah!
    Not only is Jesus in and for us but we are no longer the same person we were.
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