When we are born again, all things are new. We have a new life in Christ. 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, the opposites of these truths confront us. 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.”
The Lord helps us lay aside every hindering weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us in our glorious race. It is to be noted that sin easily ensnares us. Some actions and habits become addictive quickly. It requires no effort on our part and happens without our awareness. We notice their presence as their strength increases and they require more power than expected to overcome them.
The remedy is simple faith. It’s taking that first step not to do what we used to do and allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to take the opposition into subjection. As easily as it started, it can stop when we let the Lord help us. The lie of our adversary is that it’s difficult and beyond our ability, but we can do all things through Christ.
In a race, the pressing through point is at the most difficult time when going forth appears impossible. At that moment, even though the muscles are burning with pain, we push through and suddenly find we can do it. We simply pursue the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus by pressing through, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
Our risen Lord Jesus often shows up through an unexpected person, at an unexpected time and in an unexpected place; but we can expect He will show up! We may not recognize Him right away, but as He moves, we reach that place where we undeniably declare, “It is the Lord!”
God gives us wisdom through others. We may not recognize it as being from Him, but it will bear witness with our spirit and cause us to take heed and listen because of the authority it carries. We don’t easily detect His timing because it happens when we don’t see it being possible. The place where He manifests Himself is usually unforeseen. It’s not how, where, and when it seems workable that God moves. We can expect the unexpected with joy and peace.
The Lord always produces extraordinary results. All that comes from Him is not ordinary: it’s uncommon, unfamiliar, and so unconventional. What is certain is that He shows up in His astonishing, exceptional, and remarkable way! We expect to stand in awe and proclaim, “It is the Lord!” from glory to glory!
John 21:6-7 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.”
It’s when we do not think we are doing much–that much is happening. When we rest in the Lord, His glory rests upon us in increasing measure. We will not realize the fruits of our obedience and God’s increase upon our lives until the Kingdom is fully in place. Some plant, some water, but only God gives the increase. We trust God for all that He does because of who He is.
Instead of trying to figure out what God calls us to do, we walk in what He calls us to be, step by step. We realize what matters the most is our transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. We can rest and trust God for whatever He calls us to do in His name. Because of our call to be, we are on call to do.
The anointing we receive for our calling is an anointing for transformation. Then, as we partake of the character of Christ, He increases His anointing upon us to accomplish. Greater works shall we do indeed as Christ is free to be. Our faith in who He is in and through us brings forth His marvelous works, from glory to glory!
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
When we fail, we try to hide from God instead of going to Him to get the mercy and grace we need. Our adversary wants us to dwell in defeat. Jesus is our great High Priest, and He is always compassionate and faithful. He understands everything we go through. Even when no one else “gets us”, God does.
He sympathizes with us and helps with the burdens and cares we carry to Him. We come to Him, not thinking we might find mercy and grace, but believing we will. He is the way, the truth, and the life. We come with hope and in humility. We don’t get what we deserve, but what we don’t deserve. How wonderful it is to find mercy and grace in our times of need!
The Word of God is alive, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. He pierces and reveals, with love, what we need to deal with, by His grace. It’s not our inadequacy, but God’s sufficiency that allows us to come to Him. He knows; He understands; He cares, and He loves. We believe. We receive. We come boldly, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Because the Lord is with us, we can do all things through Him, including being content in every situation. Discontentment gives us a desire to live in another place, have another job, buy more stuff or be another person. Advertisements show pictures of another thing, or another place, that seem to be what we need to have a better life. Nothing in the natural can satisfy.
Our contentment is in Christ, not in this or that. If we get our contentment from this or that, we will go up and down constantly as this or that will always change and never be enough. It’s through our knowledge of Christ that we learn to be content.
We learn that Christ works all things together for our good. We learn He provides for us during all situations. We learn He has a glorious plan for our lives and He enables us to walk through every challenge…and He uses it to bring forth His perfect will. We learn to be content because we truly can do all things through Christ. We find that not only do we go from strength to strength but also, from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”