John 14: 21 “In that day ye shall know that I am in the father, you are in me, and I am in you.”
I have been arrested by this great union between God and man. The incarnation of Jesus, God in flesh, has dignified humanity giving us union with the Godhead. No longer are we mere humans, something to be disdained, but rather we are one with Him and one with each other.
The spirit of Christ enlightens our minds with wisdom, and empowers our hearts with courage to be one with Christ everywhere. We have a tendency to hug our joys and sorrows to ourselves. We reserve the right to be human about certain issues of life. But the fact is that we are one with God, we are in Him, He is in us. We are complete in Him. The reality of this is that the trivial problems of life lose their ability to upset and unnerve us.
The transparent Christian has one response to life, Jesus. We have become love filled and motivated by compassion in all we think, say and do.
This is what Paul means when he speaks 164 times of life in Christ. Our lives, yours and mine, can be played out on this high note of love, because within us is the power, maybe lying dormant, to make every thought, feeling, passion, and emotion a full expression of our life in Christ. This is life according to Paul. This is the magnetism of the believer according to Jesus: “and I if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.”
The bottom line is everything we have and are form but one personality, Jesus living and loving in us.
This is ultimate victory, the greatest manifestation of Jesus the world has ever seen. And it’s happening now.
-Pastor Bill Annis, FCF Canada
"And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all." (Acts 4:33 AMP)
It's hard to believe that I am sending the FCF Family the final blog for 2013. This year has sped by so quickly.
Duska and I wish to thank all of you for the open door and favor you have shown us this year. It was a pleasure to minister in your Churches and to visit one on one with so many of you. Thank you for all the Christmas cards and kind words. We cherish the relationships we have with the FCF Family here and around the world.
2013 will always be remembered as one of the greatest years of ministry. I want to encourage all of you to make Jesus the center of your life, your Church and your teaching. The Pauline revelation can be summed up in two words 'In Christ'. In fourteen letters Paul uses that phrase one hundred and sixty four times. It would be interesting to know how often we tell our people that they are In Christ and living from the Center. The struggle is over. They have been accepted in Christ. They are the life of Christ to this world.
I truly believe that 2014 will be the beginning of the greatest manifestation of Jesus this world has ever seen. This will be accomplished by the Christ in us being manifested through us. Paul told the Philippians to be IN Christ means to have in us the mind of Christ, to think like Christ thinks, to have the ideals that Christ has, to throb with the desires that fill His heart, and to replace all of our natural actions to persons, events, and circumstances with the response of Jesus Christ. Paul reached the place that it was possible for him to say "I no longer live but Christ lives IN ME!"
In my personal life and ministry I have concluded every failure I have ever experienced was a failure to love because love never fails.
Walk in your inheritance and try to imagine what the manifestation of Christ to our world will look like when I write you the final blog of 2014.
-Pastor Bill Annis
President, FCF Canada
We all want the opposite of loneliness? We need to belong. To one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country, to our world.
There is a spiritual belonging that takes care of all the rest. We are "one" with the universal body of Christ, yet God sees fit to connect us to families within. Set places where He chooses to speak to you. It really is important that you have "a" church; which church is equally important. If you are a Pastor its important to provide a worship atmosphere where the veil has been lifted. Worship where there is no separation between humanity and God. Worship where "oneness" between YOU and God is revealed Sunday after Sunday after Sunday (or whatever day it is you worship).
One day the BIG light will come on and you will you know that you are so intimately "one" with God that the Godhead is not complete without you. John 14:20 says, "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
John 17:22-23 says, "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."
I am so thankful for the revelation of grace that is flowing in the body of Christ. I am so thankful to see it illuminated in my fellowship (both local and national). Don't let someone tell you this is something new. I would think it a little bit arrogant for anyone to think they are the forerunner of grace. These truth are ancient and have always been in the body of Christ. Right now God is shinning the BIG light on grace (the person of Jesus).
Pastor Shawn Annis
Faith Christian Fellowship Moncton
Scriptures tell us that the man Jesus was the fullness of God in expression. If we want to know our true nature and being we just need to meditate on the life of Jesus and realize we also are the fullness of God in expression. In our humanity we may not be perfect but our true being is. We must stop trying to adjust our human nature and just begin to live from our true nature which is love.
Eph 1:22-23 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. AMP
When our consciousness is raised and we begin to see the truth of our being we then begin to live the life of love expressed. This year of 2013, the year of great grace, is the beginning of a greater awakening to that life that we all are. We are God in manifestation. This truth will change the world and bring the kingdom into manifestation. I am so excited to see this taking place all over the world. We have said for years that we are the body of Christ and NOW the reality of that is dawning within us. Can the body be any less than the head? We are one body and one voice on the earth. The voice of God is as the sounding of many waters in the book of Revelation. We each have a well of living water flowing from our being. When we speak as the song says “All heaven stands to listen.” What we speak is so important as it creates our destiny. If we believe the word we will speak the word and as we speak what God says we will experience that which we speak. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. For to long we have spoken defeat and failure not realizing our words lock us in a prison of unbelief. By the words we speak we can unlock the prison of our carnal mind and begin to live as love expressed.
By us living consciously in the presence of God and releasing the flow of life we will build up the Body of Christ and set the captives free. What a wonderful life we now have when we make the decision to live this life of love. Knowing Jesus loves us is the source of our love for one another this is the true pathway to an abundant life.
Col 2:8-10 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
The scripture above describes what has happened to most of us. Mainly through the tradition of men we have been deceived away from the reality of Christ. Jesus was man's God on earth and is now Gods man in the heavens ,and we are complete in Christ which is the true nature of our being.
Being complete in Christ means that we are the expression of Christ on this earth. As we live from our spirit God lives in us and expresses love, light and life which is the substance and source of all life. As love, light and life begin to be expressed in us all carnality and darkness flee from us.
We have the mind of Christ. We are the Body of Christ, the Church of the living God. The Church is only that which comes out of what God has put within you. It has nothing to do with our carnal religious thinking. We are already complete in Christ but will never be complete by religious thinking and practices. The only reason we don't come into the experiential walk and knowledge of these things, is because we listen to the mind-traffic that goes through the mind rather than the Spirit of God that flows in the deepest part of our being.
-Pastor Bill Annis, FCF Canada
In Galatians 2:20, Paul the Apostle said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:”
Have we caught the magnitude of the words of this great man? Remember who he is and what he had become in the religious world and then read the verse again.
Paul was aware of something within himself. Not just a philosophy, an ideal, or an influence, but Christ Himself had moved into him.
He still does! When we hear the message of Jesus and what He has done for us our only response is faith in Him. When grace is revealed faith happens. Christ enters and its now Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27).
While knowing this truth doctrinally many have missed the great work of God Himself living through us. We believe Christ for us, with us, ahead of us. However, Christianity is to live from the reality of Christ in us.
We can't blame scripture for our deficiency. Paul refers to this union 216 times. In fact Paul describes a Christ that not only woos us to Himself but “ONES” us to Himself .
How great a God is who gives God, Augustine
Pastor Bill Annis
President, FCF Canada