What we know has to be submitted to the Lord so He can bring revelation and speak to us about all we do not know. What is familiar to us can sometimes be taken for granted and close our desires to learn more in an area. As we grow in the Lord, we constantly receive new depths in His Word as He gives us our daily spiritual bread.
When the Lord leads us to do something new, He may not want us to use the ways it has been done in the past. When David had come against the Philistines, he inquired of the Lord what His ways were with every battle. Moses had instructions to strike the rock in order for water to gush out in one instance. When the children of Israel ran out of water again, God told Moses to speak to the rock this time for the water to be released. God is very specific. He said to speak to the rock, not strike it. At that time Moses was angry. The flesh will always try to hinder us from obeying God. Moses let his flesh take control and he did what he had known to do in his past: strike the rock.
As we follow the Lord, it’s not what we know, but who we know that matters. As we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, we are able to be free from the knowledge that may hinder us from walking in newness of life, from glory to glory.
1 Corinthians 8:2-3 “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.”
Before we know the Lord, we are spiritually blind. As we walk in newness of life, the Lord takes us by His hand to lead us into our Promise Land. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As we continue to walk with Him, He often brings us out of where we are to bring us into the next place of victory.
In the book of Mark, people begged Jesus to touch a blind man. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. Jesus didn’t tell him where He was taking him. Suddenly the blind man heard a noise and felt spit on his eyes. It was unexpected and made no sense in the natural. As Jesus takes us by the hand He will also do some unusual things to cause us to trust Him more deeply. He’ll personally take us out of town, out of familiar surroundings, in order to take us to a place where there are no distractions. He wants us to have an encounter alone with Him.
God holds on to our hand and does not let go until He has accomplished His will in our lives. It’s easy to let go of what we are holding on to with a tight grip when Jesus takes us by the hand, from glory to glory.
Mark 8:22-23 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
When we find ourselves at a breaking point in our lives, we find God has a breakthrough for us. God uses what might appear to break us by putting us in a place of helplessness for His anointing to break out with new intensity.
When everything around us seems to be falling apart, including ourselves, the only place to go is the feet of Jesus. In that place of surrendering everything to Him and pouring out our hearts, He removes whatever it is in us that could be keeping His life from flowing out of our hearts. We are closest to our breakthrough when we feel the farthest away from it. The greatest breakthrough is not the bill that has been paid, the relationship that now works or whatever material need that has been met.
The greatest breakthrough is the breaking forth of Christ’s life in and through us as it transforms us and gives us freedom. As a result, the trials we are in and what surrounds us changes. When chains are broken inwardly, there can no longer be chains outwardly. In Christ, we are constantly stepping forward even when we might think we are stepping backwards.
The Lord gave thanks, broke the bread, and distributed it. When we experience brokenness, we give thanks unto the Lord for preparing us to be vessels He distributes His life through, from glory to glory!
Mark 8:6 “So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.”
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.”
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.