We are new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away. This position we have in Christ is finished, but the possession of it is accomplished in our daily walk. With each step, we learn we are finished with what is truly gone.
To know, count as completed, that we are dead unto sin but alive unto God through Christ, is demonstrated through baptism. As our whole body goes in the water, we identify with His death on the cross. As we are raised up out of the water, we identify with His resurrection. Our old man is crucified with Him that henceforth, we should not serve sin. When we are dead, we are freed from sin. The outside shows what we believe our new birth has done on the inside. The old no longer exists. We can check the list of what used to be in our lives…before Christ, and place a checkmark next to done showing it is complete! The truth we know sets us free.
Our profession brings forth the possession of His promises because of our position in Him. Let’s not let what is dead hinder what is alive. Let us continually ignore what no longer has any power. The words we speak and believe in our hearts express this truth as we walk in this newness of life from glory to glory!
Romans 6:4 “Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Walking in the Spirit can only be done when we live in the Spirit. The moment we are born again, we live in the Spirit. We then walk from that dwelling place.
We learn not to step into the fleshy things because we are in the Spirit. We are able to take a spiritual step because we are spiritual beings. We can step deeper into the rivers of His glory when we know we are already living in it. In the Kingdom most principles are opposite to the natural realm. We die in order to live. We let go of the past in order to lay hold of the future. We release others in order to be released. We receive in order to give. Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing. We speak things that are not, as though they are. We walk by faith, not by sight.
The treasures of Heaven are open to us because of the treasure we have in us: the Spirit of God. In the world, much time is spent on intellectual or physical development, but not on spiritual development. In Christ, we are being trained to become stronger and stronger and our flesh then becomes weaker and weaker. By meditating on the Word, resting in the Lord and seeking His presence, we exercise our divine identity. We walk in the Spirit, because that’s where we dwell, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
God’s desire is for us to be submerged in His presence at all times. We live in the Spirit and the Lord brings us deeper and deeper in Him. The river of God is experienced on many different levels and as we go deeper and deeper with Him, we discover more of who He is and more of who we are in Him.
In some areas of our lives, we may be standing ankle deep in the river; in other areas, up to our knees, to our waist, or all the way over our head. Regardless, as we walk with the Lord we can trust He will take us to the depth where He knows we are ready to walk . What truly matters is to know that we are in the river of God and we carry that river everywhere we go. Our life in the Spirit relates not only to the living waters we are flowing in, but to the living waters that are flowing out of us. This abundant life is released to all those with whom we come in contact. Our cup runs over in order to shower others with God’s transforming glory.
In the Lord, we are never stagnant; we are always on the move. The Lord takes us from depth to depth and brings changes to all that pertains to us. When we see the salvation, healing and hope of His presence, we no longer focus on the darkness but rejoice in the light. In the river, we go with peace, joy and righteousness, from glory to glory!
Ezekiel 47:3-4 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.
Often people are pressured to keep up with a self-image they portrayed to others, an image others have placed on them, or an image others hold as being the right image. As we are being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ all images that have been placed on us are removed, and we walk free to be, by His grace.
We are being changed into an inward reality. We are changed into the likeness of Christ within our hearts. It’s not a form of godliness shown outwardly while the inward remains the same. It’s not acting one way while believing another way. It’s recognizing the power of God in us that enables us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. We were saved by grace, and it’s by grace that we walk step-by-step.
Religion in action is only revealed when the masks are removed, or reaction to friction occurs. It’s when people are under pressure that true character is revealed. The more we believe the power of God is in us, the more we yield to its reality and walk in its result. It’s then we know the Spirit of God dwells in us because our behavior does not match who we used to be, but now matches who we are becoming, from glory to glory!
2 Timothy 3:5 “… having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
When satan led Eve to disobey God, it wasn’t with a lie that was obvious. He often twists the truth by changing, adding or omitting one or two words. His conniving ways are to lead people onto a wrong path. The wrong path may appear to be appealing to the flesh, the eyes and the prideful ways of men. Knowing the truth truly sets us free and keeps us in God’s perfect will.
The temptations of the enemy can be attractive and seem to lead to wide avenues. The wide way actually narrows our future opportunities. Destruction can come from yielding to these temptations. The narrow way, on the other hand, broadens our possibilities. Eve explained to the serpent that death was the consequence of eating of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God’s instruction was narrowing her possibilities as it was restricting her options. The serpent broadened her possibilities with the lie that she would be exactly like God, with no restriction and no consequences for going against God’s instructions.
God’s word is a lamp unto our feet; a light unto our path. Reading, studying, memorizing and meditating upon the Word deepens our knowledge of the truth so we will recognize a lie. Fellowshipping with our Lord, the Word of God, and desiring Him above all else keeps us from venturing away into dangerous territories. Following Christ leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, in love and grace, from glory to glory!
Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’