Recently the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying “No inferiority!” These words kept echoing in my spirit, and I’ve been thinking about them since. God has raised us to the highest place by calling us his sons and seating us with Jesus in heavenly places. God’s children are inferior to nothing else in all creation!
Identifying Yourself As Inferior Is Not Identifying With Christ!
Righteousness puts us in the same standing with God as Jesus has. What is superior to a son of God on this earth? If Jesus is not ashamed of you and calls you his brother or sister, and Father God gave you the same glory he gave to Jesus, what are you inferior to? You have been united with God! We are kings, raised to the highest place with Jesus, all things under our feet! We are in Christ and Christ lives in us! God has joined us to Jesus, and what God has done for Jesus He has done for us!
The church has been plagued with a sense of inferiority, worsened by guilt and condemnation. God is saying it’s time for this to end, and he’s taking us out of it! One of the biggest passions in my heart right now, especially in Brazil, is helping the church to recognize where we have identified with the old man instead of as the new creation, joined to God through Jesus and united with Him in spirit.
There have been times when I felt inferior in front of circumstances, including injustice, systemic corruption, and more. God is reminding me now “No inferiority!” As we grow in understanding and believing what God has done in making us righteous and bringing us into His family, we will get the sense of inferiority out of our thoughts and prayer life.
How many Christians feel a sense of inferiority before sickness and disease? Jesus didn’t feel any sense of inferiority when he faced disease, and neither should we! We have been born from above, no longer mere men, but raised to heavenly places with Jesus.
Recently a friend asked me to pray for his teeth again. I felt “inferior” to the issue, like I couldn’t do anything about it. I’ve seen all God do all kinds of miracles through me. But I felt discouraged because I prayed for my friend’s teeth before, and he’s still having trouble.
What do we do when we feel that way? We recognize that feelings can lie, and we choose to act according to truth. We keep feeding on God’s word. That’s how miracles happen. And so much has happened when we continue to act on truth no matter how we feel.
I’ve felt like other things were impossible before. It felt impossible to have overflowing joy in certain circumstances. But I recognized that scripture teaches it’s possible. I knew I wasn’t reflecting that truth in my life, but I wanted to. So I kept coming to God with it and reminding myself of God’s word on the matter. Soon I was experiencing joy many people can’t even fathom in the midst of some crazy trials! God’s word produced it in me as I continued to look to His word.
We must remind ourselves of God’s word concerning the position He has raised us to, especially when we recognize we are acting and praying as if we are inferior to the things we confront. As we humbly receive God’s word, His word does the work and conforms our lives to what God says.
John 3:31 (NKJV) He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.
1 John 5:4 (NIV) …for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
What About Injustice And Persecutions?
What about when you are suffering injustice? Injustice and corruption is rampant in Brazil, and we have suffered wrong.
It’s so easy to feel like a victim, inferior to the system around you. But I remind myself of Corrie and Betsie Ten Boom in a Nazi Concentration camp, and this passage of scripture that became so real to them during that time.
Romans 8:31-37 (NKJV) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
This scripture became present reality to Corrie and Betsie in that concentration camp as they ministered to the other prisoners around them who were dying daily. It was not “We will be more than conquerors.” It was “We are more than conquerors!”
How can a prisoner in a concentration camp be more than a conqueror?
When nothing can change your destiny in heaven, you are more than a conqueror.
When nothing can stop you from loving with God’s love and bringing heaven to people around you, you are more than a conqueror.
When you have unspeakable joy in Christ and nobody can steal it, you are more than a conqueror.
When no matter what people do to you, they can’t change who you are, you are more than a conqueror.
I once heard someone say that the conqueror is the boxer who wins the match. His wife, who spends the prize money, is more than a conqueror! And that’s how it is. We share in Jesus’ victory and triumph.
If we really understand the gospel and let the Word of truth do its work in us, there will never be a place for any sense of inferiority or self-pity! Rather, our hearts always burst with triumph! I’m not going to be more than a conqueror. I am more than a conqueror, now, through Him who has loved me!
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV) But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.