Heirs, Not Minors
By: Danny Wallace
At every turn of life there is someone waiting patiently to gather God’s birds from His Tree of freedom and place them in their cage of religious rules and regulations. The religious spirit of anti-christ cannot tolerate absolute freedom in Jesus Christ, therefore; we are constantly shamed into folding our wings that now glide on freedom’s wind, provided by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to sit “caged” under the heavy yoke of religious bondage.
Paul addressed it this way in Galatians 4….
“Let me show you the implications of this. As long as the heir is a minor, he has no advantage over the slave. Though legally he owns the entire inheritance, he is subject to tutors and administrators until whatever date the father has set for emancipation. That is the way it is with us: When we were minors, we were just like slaves ordered around by simple instructions (the tutors and administrators of this world), with no say in the conduct of our own lives.
But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the Law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the Law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as His own children because God sent the Spirit of His Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.”
Do not be deceived by those who say, “Come to this place – God is here.” Or, “This is the year of healing,” or, “This is the year of prayer.” Every second, of every moment, of every single day of our lives is a life that has been set absolute free to a cageless destiny in Jesus Christ. There are no moments, days, or years whereby, we must be in the right place at the right time, or sit under the right teaching, from just the right man of God, enabling us to stand in the absolute fullness of God.
We are free to fly in Jesus. We are not minors, subject to tutors and administrators of religion. We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ, our Lord. Act like it. Fly high above those with feet anchored in shame and judgment that seek to kidnap you by the bondage of a Law that has been completely fulfilled in Jesus. We are heirs, not minors.
A House Without A Door
By: Danny Wallace
God is universal. No one has a problem with God. In fact, everyone has their own idea of who God is, and most are not too offended by someone else’s conflicting idea of God. This leaves little room for wonder as to how the enemy encourages a movement that focuses on that “great judgment house on the hill” occupied by religion’s god.
Nevertheless, every house, whether great or small, must have a door, and the door into the great and perfect house of God is His only Son, Jesus. Now we have a problem. Where God is not controversial at all, Jesus is a name that is quite controversial and divisive. Jesus foretold of this problem in Matthew 10:34-36 when He made this rather interesting, and perplexing statement:
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”
So the Prince of Peace came to divide? Yes, and no. Once Jesus declared Himself to be the “only” way to the Father, the controversy began. When He went so far as to forgive the sins of the entire world – the controversy grew to unimaginable proportions. Religion remains outraged over the latter.
The universal image of God crumbled and the “broad” road suddenly became very, very narrow in religion’s way of thinking. The pride of man cannot tolerate the narrow idea of access to the Father, prompting us to promote “many different ways” to come to God. Many people flat out reject Jesus as being the only way to God. Others believe it privately, but have altered their language and presentation to exclude this fact, so as not to bring outrage against themselves, or their ministries.
As always, we miss the proper perspective of what Jesus was saying. He wasn’t saying that He would personally bring division between family members – after all, Jesus came to save the world, not judge it. He was saying that nothing divides a household quicker than giving ALL people something for which NO PERSON can take credit. In this regard – Grace divides. It causes humility to rise like butter to the top of a churn, and it causes the self-righteousness of man to reveal itself with venom on its lips and a sword of judgment in its hand.
Our universal talk and teaching about God while removing His Son, Jesus as the complete sacrifice for the entire world from the equation is nothing more than a trip to a spiritual museum to observe the great house of God standing in royal splendor on a hill, only to discover that the house has no door. You can observe it and even hear the knowledgeable guide speak of its glorious place from everlasting to everlasting, but you cannot enter it because the door is removed.
Make no mistake – you will enter it. That part is the part you have nothing to do with. That is the free, and unconditional gift of God. In the natural, the door may be unseen. However, in the spiritual, that door is open by God’s integrity, not our ability to see, or understand.
We are in perilous times, indeed. Many voices profess to lead us to freedom. Make your decisions today, not about what ministries think and say of God, but rather, by what they have done with Jesus. Any ministry that does not proudly lift Jesus high as the finished way to the Father is a ministry that is built on self, using carefully orchestrated words and phrases to promote and protect themselves, while burdening their followers with Law, and holding free birds in religious cages.
We glorify Jesus Christ or we simply lead a tragic mission – dragging people in chains to a house without a door.