We can rest in our being without constantly looking for what we should be doing. What we do comes from the leading of the Lord as we rest in His presence. As we grow in grace, we turn from the things we thought we needed to do in order to receive from God. We are over-comers, and one of the many areas we overcome, is a mindset of inferiority.
Inferiority makes people feel like they do not measure up. They do not see their value and often think others are more valuable than they are. They try to do things in order to live up to assumed expectations, and they compare their walk to others, feeling their walk does not measure up. They keep reaching for improvement and feel even more dejected in the process. Nothing they do can ever be good enough because they do not feel they are good enough. They allow others and circumstances to crush them because they see themselves in a lower position. Through salvation, by grace, our position is one of greatness in the Lord!
The Spirit of Christ is freeing many… to walk free, to see the obstacles removed and live as champions. We are above, and not beneath. We are in Christ, and in Him are all the promises of God. We have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption in Him. We glory in the Lord, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’ ”
God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim and declare the gospel of peace in all situations. This is challenged when our differences are such that our peace is troubled. When we are confronted with disagreements that turn into arguments, our character is tested. Will we react the way Jesus would? Will His light still shine through? How do we walk the talk when what is talked about stirs up strife?
The only way to maintain peace is for Jesus to be placed in the forefront, at all times. When we focus on the Lord first, we are able to focus on the person instead of the problem. When we are in disagreement with someone regarding an issue, the person has to remain more important to us than what is discussed. We can attack the problem, go through the pros and cons, and analyze a subject without attacking the person. The person matters more than the issue at hand.
In Christ, we can agree to disagree through the love we have for one another. We can lay aside our differences when we care about pursuing peace more than we care about being right. Even though it’s difficult to separate the person from the problem at times, it’s necessary in order to pursue reconciliation. We need to be convinced of what we believe; we cannot convince others. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and teach truth. As we walk in the love of God and demonstrate His reality, He is able to do much more than we can. Let us pursue peace, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …”
God’s presence is often detected in the details of our lives. When we take the time to look for Him, we find He is there, always. He can be seen on the scene of every happening in our lives.
God saw Moses turn aside to observe the supernatural manifestation of the burning bush and then God spoke to him, calling him from the midst of the bush. When we take the time to turn aside to pay attention to the Lord’s presence, we can expect God to communicate with us in greater ways. When we draw nigh unto Him, He draws nigh unto us. Communication is directly linked to communion. God knows how to get our attention and will continue until we pay attention to Him. When we turn to Him for every need, we find His word feeds us, indeed.
Our God sees us seek Him and delights in being found. We seek Him until we see Him. We see Him in the small things and often in unexpected ways. Distractions come to try to take us aside and steal our time to turn aside. By God’s grace, we can stay tuned into the voice of the Lord. We look to Him, from glory to glory!
Exodus 3:3 “Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ ”
When light manifests in the realm of man, there is love, grace and anointing. When darkness manifests itself, there is deception, perversion and lies. Deception comes with caring for what the self wants; when it pleases the flesh. Protection from deception comes through submission to God.
As believers, we are called to minister to one another, to bring comfort and edify one another. It is important to remember that we are just vessels. God is the one who gives the increase. Sometimes people we minister to may look at us like we are powerful and wise. We must resist any word that tells us we are great or mighty, anything that tickles our ears because it pleases our flesh. An anointed word will always point to the Lord. He is the one doing the work. We can do nothing for God without the Holy Spirit.
It is as we submit ourselves to God that we can resist the enemy and he flees. The very act of submitting to God is what resists the enemy. We submit by surrendering our will and our way to the Lord. We walk in the spirit, knowing and trusting that it’s all about Him, His will and His way. We yield ourselves to Him, and let Him be, from glory to glory.
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Our adversary, satan, is known as the accuser of the brethren. The accusations come to hinder our resting in the Lord. The stand we take when this type of fiery dart comes our way is the stand for who we are in Christ. At times nothing is said to us specifically, but we can sense a spiritual battle taking place. We resist by resting in the Lord with passion and a vision of His glory.
When accusations came against Jesus, He answered not a word. He easily could have blown the accusers away, but He said nothing. He is our example. The problem with defending ourselves is that we would never be able to stop. Because we believe our justification is in Him, we let the Lord be our defender. He lives to make intercession for us. Our Lord, who chose not to defend Himself, lives to defend us and He never fails, Hallelujah!
We are led by the Spirit of God and obey Him without knowing the details of His plan. We cannot explain to others what only can be understood spiritually. We trust the Lord and rest in Him to reveal His will, from glory to glory!
Psalm 62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.”