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The Midst of Confusion

Posted: December 22, 2012 in Identity, Kevin West
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The Midst of Confusion
Posted by Pastor Kevin on December 22, 2012 at kevinwest.org
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As I reflect back on this past Friday’s events, I can’t help but think of how painful it must be for the families of the young children that were killed.

As we begin to know more about the mental state of the young man who committed the murders, our hearts are even more burdened with how the enemy used his disorder to harm these precious children and their caregivers. It would be easy to just point the finger at why this happened, but the reality is, this situation is complicated. It is reflective of the state of confusion and turmoil this nation is in. Politically, socially, and unfortunately spiritually, the nation has been in confusion and decline, and it seems like the enemy has used these horrific situations to spin us around in circles for last several years.

The Bible says God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind. There was a time when there were clear voices speaking on behalf of morality or even the church, but in recent years some of these voices have become so confusing that we aren’t even sure what voice is speaking and for whom. In times like these, we see the need for true, sober spiritual leadership with a clear vision to arise within the body of Christ and, with the power of their focus, make these circles of confusion disappear – laying clear the path to a righteous destiny for the kingdom of God on the Earth.

We are in desperate need for a clear prophetic voice to speak life into this nation again – one that accurately represents Christ and who His church is within Him – her power, her security, her righteousness, mandate, and above all, her glory. The confusing streams of our new covenant reality mixed with what seems to be obligations to an old covenant performance has caused delusion, confusion, and despair in a land where people are crying out for sanity, hope, and grace. It has caused the bride of Christ to carry an air of hostility, politically and morally, and to cloak herself in this imaginary self-righteous garment that is turning away an entire generation and offering no solutions for the lost.

I am praying for a call that will cause the bride to turn her face to the bridegroom – for the dormant believer to awaken and accept responsibility for this nation – not just for our generation – but for the generations to come. It’s the goodness of God that leadeth men to repent. When we throw off this cloak of confusion and self-righteousness, this nation will begin to see the bride for Whose she is. And it will be Him.

And He is glorious.

And He is sanity, love, and power.

And He is our King.

Let God arise and His enemies be scattered.

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Who am I?

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Identity
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Earlier this week I made this statement. I was taught who I was supposed to be but no one ever told me who I was.

You see growing up I had the most amazing and caring parents a young man could ever ask for. I was the son of a preacher man, the child of an angel, and you know what they always say about preachers kids; their always the worst. Yes, this really is a stereotype, but in some sense it is true.

I was always taught who I was supposed to be. Do this, do that. Act this way when company comes, and my favorite, don’t embarrass me in the community. I was a Hutchinson and this is how we do it.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with giving your child instructions on how he should act or behave. I actually encourage it because the lack of discipline in this day and age is very obvious in society.

So what am I talking about? Well, somewhere down the line when I was a child, I gave my heart to the Lord. I was always taught how to be a good Christian, but this looked a lot more like learning how to be a good Hutchinson. You know, do this, don’t do that. It really sounded more like, thou shall and thou shall not. Then if I ever forgot I could always go to the dining room where the Ten Commandments hung proudly on the wall. Now I am not bashing the Ten Commandments or the law. The Law is holy. The only problem is man by himself can not live by them. If you do all you will find is sin and death. (Romans 3:20; 2 Corinthians 3:9) When you try to live by the law it frustrates Grace. (Galatians 2:21)

So what’s the solution? We all know how we should act, so how do we do it? It all comes from your identity and letting the Holy Spirit lead you.

So, who am I in Christ?

I am God’s child. (John 1:12)

I have been justified. (Romans 5:1)

I am united with Christ. We are one in Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

I am adopted by God. (Ephesians 1:3-8)

I have been redeemed and forgiven of ALL my sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:9-10)

I have direct access to the thrown of Grace (Hebrews 4:14-16)

I can’t be separated from God’s love. (Romans 8:31-39)

I am God’s temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16)

I may approach God with confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)

I have received the gift of Righteousness. (Romans 5:17)

I am greatly loved by God. (Romans 1:7, Ephesians 2:4, Colossians 3:12, 1 Thessolonians 1:4)

It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)

When we know who we are and how to be lead by the Holy Spirit we will do more on accident then we could ever do on purpose. The next thing we need to learn is now to be lead by the Holy Spirit. We’ll talk about that more in another post.

To put in Chad’s english:

I’m a saint, not a sinner saved by Grace. I used to be a sinner who died with Christ and now I am a Saint! I am forgiven! For yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I am holy in Christ. My old life is gone, I am a new creation. I am loved. I am a son of the most high God.

Grace and Peace unto you,

Chad