Knowing our divine identity in Christ helps us walk totally free from who we used to be apart from Christ. One of the things we no longer have to deal with is shame.
Shame relates to our whole self being perceived as defective, rejected, fundamentally damaged and not loved. We have the opposite in the Lord. We are new creations accepted, loved and filled with His glory. Before we were born again, we experienced shame because we were lost. Traumatic events in our lives increased our perception of unworthiness. Shame comes with a desire to hide or disappear. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they hid themselves. It’s only when we are hidden in Christ that we truly come out of our hiding places. We are restored and safe in Him. We are free from the old; all things have become new!
It’s our whole being that has been forgiven. We are accepted in the beloved. Even if at times we do something wrong in the flesh, we are immediately forgiven. We have been made righteous in Him. When the old things that have passed away, try to rise up in our lives, let’s walk forward as new, in the new, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
When we know the Lord has led us to where we are, we can resist the temptation to leave when we are battling. It could be a relationship, a location, a job or a church. When the Lord plants us, He waters and gives the increase as His plan for us is to flourish there in abundance.
We grow into all that He has for us as we abide in Him. We do not produce the fruits; we bear them as we rest in the source. Our abiding place in the Lord cannot be taken away. However, the enemy will always attempt to move us from where God has placed us because he knows it’s for fruitfulness. Spiritual opposition we may encounter is an additional confirmation, we are in the right place at the right time, in God’s perfect will. No situation can uproot us and transplant us to another territory when we are certain God, Himself, has positioned us for such a time as this.
In our place of obedience the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident in our lives, and blessings are greatly manifested. There is a fresh watering of the Spirit coming upon the people of God. We will have greater surety in our steps, increased holy boldness, and even deeper roots in the things of the Kingdom. When we are planted by the Lord, we become immovable, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
When the Lord leads us to do something in His name we can trust it will be anointed because it comes from Him. He told the servants to fill the pots with water and after they filled them to the brim, He told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the feast who needed wine. When we are given an assignment, we can trust that as we draw out what He has placed in us, what is needed will be manifested.
We are like the pots. We are filled with the Lord; He has deposited so much in us, more than we can see. When it’s time to do what He tells us to do, regardless of how small or great it appears to be, we can withdraw by faith in what He has for the mission. When we fill up a drink to the brim and place the cup in our car, the liquid spills over when we drive over a bump. In our lives, we are to fill ourselves to the brim with the things of God so that when we drive over a bump it’s His ways that spill over. The bumps others bring into our lives cause what the Lord has placed in us to be drawn out.
The supernatural comes out unexpectedly. Out of our hearts flow rivers of living water. We never run out of what is drawn out to water others so that the Lord is glorified. There is always enough in the cup, and the overflow increases. Our cup runs over and the more we give, the more we receive, from glory to glory!
John 2:8 “And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it.”
The love of God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. When we walk in this love, we might appear to be blind to some things but this kind of love is not blind. On the contrary, we see more!
It’s not that we are blind to what isn’t lovable, but we see all that God’s love provides and we trust God’s ways. We hate the sin; but we love the sinner. We think no evil. This agape love is in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. We receive it by faith and then release it to others. We cannot make ourselves express it; it flows out of what is in our hearts. It’s supernatural to love this way. Even when others do not receive this love, we continue to express it with our whole heart. We bear much fruit, like this amazing unconditional love, through our abiding in the Lord. We spend time with the Lord and as we walk with Him we partake of His character.
Every day let us receive God’s love in a greater measure. His all-encompassing love is outpoured as He embraces our whole being. Love never fails. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Without ceasing, we love from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
With every new level in God, our focus is honed in on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and Him alone. Anyone or anything that we focus on more than the Lord has to be put into a right order, with divine perspective. Distractions are removed so Christ can have our undivided attention.
It’s as we keep the Lord at the center of our focus that whatever tries to come between Him and us is minimized. We look to the Lord in every place so the emphasis is kept on His presence in our lives. We bring all situations back to our core. The dwelling of the Lord in our hearts is a truth we live by as we keep it as the center of our lives. When we exercise our bodies, we strengthen our core so all the muscles and joints are stronger. Spiritually, our core is Jesus and as we keep our focus on Him, our whole being is strengthened. He is the center of our joy and peace.
Are we in the midst of a decision, a conflict, painful occurrence or a joyful experience? In the midst, let’s keep Christ in the midst. He resides to preside. He has the preeminence over what seems important. We keep all with the Lord as and in the center. As we do, we put the Lord first and whatever is needed is added unto us, from glory to glory!
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”