As we grow in Christ, we find many choices we made in our past were incorrect and unhealthy. The choices we made pertaining to what we allowed to “feed us” needed to be reversed by making the right choices in these areas. Instead of focusing on the wrong choices made in the past, we choose today, and day-by-day, what is best for us.
God, through fasting and prayer, enables us to make choices that glorify Him. We learn to make better choices when we eat, turn on the TV, join a conversation, fellowship, or any of the other decisions we make every day. We learn to make right choices in what we allow in our lives.
Along the way, we will still make some wrong choices, but when that happens, it’s important to keep moving forward. The enemy attempts to bring guilt and condemnation, which, if received, can lead us to make more wrong choices. All choices are opportunities to change our lives. We align our will with God’s will as He leads. Only by the grace of God can we keep walking in the newness He brings about, from glory to glory!
Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
One area our adversary, satan, might hinder us is by stopping us from going forward. We realize we are blocked when our heart’s desire is to pray, worship, and read our bible—but cannot do so. In those moments, there are no apparent reasons we cannot go forth; we just find ourselves incapable of doing so and question why.
We may look for reasons in our hearts wondering if there is anything wrong with us, sensing we are powerless and not seeing clearly what we are fighting. This is when we need to press through with our whole heart, mind, and strength. The Spirit of God helps us as we refuse to allow this hindering spirit to block us any longer, and we take a step by the spirit that we cannot take in our own strength.
This pressing through takes faith and a determination to go forth regardless of the block. As we submit to the Lord, we resist the enemy with every ounce of our being and take the first step. Once we step forth, we are loosed, free to go deeper and reach what the enemy was trying to stop us from reaching. We step forth by His power, from glory to glory!
John 11:43-44 “Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’”
When we are born again, all things are new. Before, the law had us bound, but now we are delivered from the law. We were far from God, but now we are near. We were in darkness, but now we are in light. We walked in sin, but now we put off the works of darkness. The mystery of the Christ abiding in us was hidden, but now it is revealed.
Moment by moment, we walk in renewal, transforming into the image of Christ. We cannot focus on what still needs to be changed, in ourselves or others. We are not yet the way we will be, but surely, we are not the way we were. This and that might have been yesterday, but now we are in Christ, and we walk in the newness of life, day by day.
In our daily walk, we are confronted with the opposites of these truths. We conquer all things that are contrary to our divine identity through the grace of the Lord. We pursue trusting the not yet. Before, when we were going through trials, we didn’t know how to stand; but now, trial by trial, we go from triumph to triumph and, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 2:10 “… who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”