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God is a place. He’s not like a location or a “place over there.” But we come up into places in God. Jesus said, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2, AMP). All through the Bible you find places of prayer—granted positions—in God. What position do we have with God? From what position are we approaching Him in prayer? Although we are seated in and with Him, and we’re given that place in Christ, we have to have revelation of what it means so that by faith we can assume that position and increase in it.

We know that Hebrews 12 talks about coming up Mount Zion. This coming up Mount Zion is representative for the Church, in that it gives us a picture and understanding that we are coming up a mountain. Yet it is not any less real than the mountain Moses went up to meet with God. “But rather, you have come to Mount Zion, even to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless multitudes of angels in festal gathering, and to the church (assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to the God Who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect” (Heb. 12:22-23, AMP).

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In today’s culture, we are being shaped, molded, encouraged, and even forced to accept “alternative lifestyles” as normal.

“Alternative” usually refers to anything that differs from the moral compass established by God. Sex before marriage was once considered taboo, but today it is so normal that it is expected. Living together before marriage is also the new normal. Living together and never marrying is now also normal. These things are no longer even considered “alternative lifestyles.” They are the new normal.

Has anyone else noticed that what is “normal” keeps drifting farther and farther from what Jesus taught?

Today, we are told that every sexual lust and activity should also be embraced as simply an alternative lifestyle. Apparently, the word “alternative” is code for “debased.” What these groups seek is acceptance, even if it has to be legislated and imposed on the rest of society. Legal acceptance will never fill the hole of spiritual darkness and guilt.

The true alternative lifestyle of our era is actually not debased, but based on a new life in Christ. Jesus offers the genuine alternative to guilt, corruption, and loss. A life-transforming faith that sets us free from the lifestyles offered by the world’s darkness is an alternative worth embracing.

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History is filled with nations warring against nations to conquer a neighbor and possess its land and wealth. The history of war typically centers in expansion of a nation to impose its influence and increase its treasuries.

As believers, we are in the war of kingdoms, of which there are only two: the kingdom of darkness led by Satan and the Kingdom of God our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan’s kingdom pays little attention to many churches, since much of Christianity’s teaching today has little real power. It is only when believers step up into their true role in God’s Kingdom that the power of the Gospel brings sustained change. Only when believers rise up in their authority in Christ to dismantle darkness is there the clashing of spiritual kingdoms in the ongoing war of the ages. Jesus taught us to pray in a way that will lift us into this place of dominion. We find a portion of this prayer in Matthew 6:9–10:

This is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, let your name be kept holy. Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

The way things are done in Heaven is exactly the way the Father wants it done on earth. We are praying that His ways become our ways. The more we can emulate Heaven now, the more we will walk in His peace and power.

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