Phase 2 Chapters

1.   Prepare Your Heart for a Journey

God created us in his image and likeness, but we have each forsaken our true identity and been conformed into the pattern of this world.  Just as for Abraham, God calls each of us to make an exodus journey from the false identity that keeps us in bondage so we can enter the freedom that awaits us as we embrace our true identity in Christ.

2.   The Blood Covenant Road

Rather than following God’s path, each of us has wandered off on our own course.  We must forsake our self-life solutions and instead, follow God’s Christ-Life solution.

3.   So What Is A Blood Covenant?

God chose blood covenants as the means through which he would relate to us.  To understand what kind of relationship God wants to have with us, we must develop an understanding of the covenant mentality.

4.   God’s Eternal Blood Covenant

Before the creation of the world, God the Father entered an eternal blood covenant with his Son on our behalf.  The entire purpose of Scripture is to reveal Christ as our blood covenant substitute and representative so that we can choose him and be reconciled to God.

5.   What’s That Hook In Your Brain?

Like Adam and Eve, we have all “swallowed” the three-pronged hook of Satan’s lies:  1) You’re not good enough; 2) But, you could be good enough if you would_____;  3) You can’t trust God.  We need to examine how these lies have affected our lives.

6.   You’ve Been Set Adrift

Once we swallow the enemy’s lies, he deceives us into pursuing our own life.  This leads us farther and farther from dependence upon Christ’s life in us.  As we become separated from God, cut off from our true source of life, the path of rebellion leaves us dead in our sin.

7.   Your Blood Brother To The Rescue

Understand that God is not mad at us.  Rather, God is mad at the one who stole us away from him.  God sent his own Son to rescue us from certain death so that we can be brought back into right relationship with him.  We’ve all been deceived into thinking that we don’t need to be saved, or even worse, that we can save ourselves.  The truth is that Jesus died on the cross on our behalf to prove God loves us and can be trusted.

8.   The Source Within

Once we allow God to rescue us, through the shed blood of our covenant representative Jesus, the Spirit of God through Christ lives in us so we can draw everything we need from him.  God said, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

9.   God’s Ways Vs. Our Ways

The gospel forces us to choose whether we will continue running our own lives apart from God or submit to the life of Christ in us.

10. Follow Me

Jesus called each of his disciples to drop everything and follow him.  If we want to be his disciples, we must do the same.

11. Watch Me

Jesus invited the disciples to live with him 24/7 so they could watch and learn from him as he demonstrated total obedience, placing 100 percent trust in his Father and 0 percent trust in himself.  Crucifixion, or death to self, was the final lesson Jesus taught his disciples while here on earth.

12. Now You

While Jesus is not physically living with us on earth as he was with his first disciples, his Spirit now lives in us so we can draw everything we need from him.  Now it is our turn to place 100 percent of our trust in him as we pick up our cross and follow him as living sacrifices.

13. What’s Next? The Title Deed

If we desire to choose Christ as our covenant representative and let his perfect tract record represent us, we must exchange lives with him: His new life in us in exchange for our former self-life.  A title deed denotes ownership with all its rights and privileges.  For us, it is time to sign over to God the title deed to our lives.

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