The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 5

GRAHAM COOKE: pgs. 13-15


We live our lives in the tension of a paradox between being
and doing. The key to succeeding in this quandary is to always
choose being over doing. We must choose to take time out to
rest. We all have to do many things, but being is just as important.
This paradox could be described as the difference between
son-ship and stewardship. We must learn how to serve the Lord
but we must also explore how to be a son of God. God doesn’t
want to treat you like a slave—He wants to treat you like a son.
One of my mentors, Arthur, once asked me, “Graham, do
you want to be a servant of the Lord?”
“Yes,” I answered.
“Then don’t get upset if He treats you like one,” Arthur said.
Sometimes, God commands and I obey. Other times, He
makes a request of me because He wants to treat me like His
son. Christians need to know how to live life as both a servant
and a son. Being a son means God gets the best of our day, not
just the tail end. The Apostle Paul is a wonderful example of a
man who knew how to be both a servant and a son as we read
in Ephesians 1:15-23:
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus
and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you,
making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and
revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding
being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and
what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power which he worked in
Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His
right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and
power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not
only in this age but also in that which is to come.
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head
over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him
who fills all in all.
What an incredible prayer! Longevity in the spirit is powered
by wisdom and revelation from God. The two streams flow
into one, enabling us to understand
who God wants to be for us.
Once we capture who God wants
to be for us, there is a power and
energy that flows into our spirit
from His own. Suddenly, we’re living
life for all it’s worth. Defeats
and burnout evaporate. A spirit infused
Christian does not become weary or overwhelmed by
circumstances because his or her eyes are lightened with the
knowledge of who God is. His call on our lives is certain.
Living in the Spirit gives us a glimpse of the riches of our
inheritance. God loves to show us His majesty and power so that
in every situation we face, we can rely on Him. “I know whom I
have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have

committed to Him,” Paul wrote his young charge Timothy in 2
Timothy 1:12. He had absolute confidence in who God was for
him: his deliverer, his protector, his passion. Paul was able to
go into places where incredible opposition swirled because he
knew God was with him. He was always himself, and spoke the
words of God to kings and vagabonds.
Each of us can only go as far as God has given us permission
to go. Our authority grows as our maturity in Christ grows.
By knowing who God is for us, we never have to be afraid of
our circumstances.