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.”
We will not be ashamed of our hope, faith, or confidence in God. Whether we are going through a barren season, a dry season, or a challenging season…we can trust and know that season will come to an end. We can stand believing our walk of faith in our Lord will never be in vain. We will not be put to shame, embarrassed, or humiliated because of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Some may have watched us standing on the promises of God with cynicism, believing we would give up and fail. However, the exact opposite will happen. Others will see the reality of God through our lives. God will be glorified! Instead of giving up, we pursue additional endeavors and assignments. Our vision is ever-expanding. We are stronger than we’ve ever been.
In unity we exhort, encourage and edify one another standing together in a spirit of love. Delays and battles do not diminish our fire for the things of the Kingdom; they fuel it with passion and determination. God will not disappoint us. God appoints and anoints us for such a time as this, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.”
When we are a child of God, we are called by God. To be called means to be summoned. The Lord has summoned us to be His vessels of glory. His calling is to be believed and received. It unfolds by His grace. Foremost, when we are born again, we are called out. We are called out of our past, our old habits, our mistakes and what we used to be. He translates us out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
He summons us out of the old into the new; out of despair, into hope; out of blindness, into sight; out of war, into peace; out of rejection, into acceptance. We are called out. God calls us into all that we are and have in Him. With God, there is no calling out without being called into something divine. There is no going back. Everything the Lord does is to bring us closer to Him.
He calls off everything in our life that might be a hindrance to what He is calling us to be and to do. The specifics might be unknown, but the call is loud and clear. He uses situations in our life to get us to call upon Him in new ways. He then answers with a reassurance of the call on our lives. God continues to call us, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The difficulties she faced in a relationship weighed heavily on her heart. She struggled with not knowing why someone she considered a friend stopped talking to her. The battle in her mind hindered her focus and peace. She talked about it to a few people, sought counseling, and remained preoccupied. It lasted weeks until three words in a scripture jumped at her: “come unto Me!”
Our tendency is to reach for human help before going to the Lord. We look for experts to give us answers to our problems. Resources are valuable, but only after going to the Lord. The Lord uses various avenues to help us, and His instructions differ from person to person. We are to come to Him first, expecting His healing touch and trusting His Lordship.
What we encounter can become a heavy weight if we don’t go to the Lord first. One way we know to do so is when we feel heavily laden. Our Lord’s burden is light; His yoke is easy. He bore our weaknesses on the cross. He is alive today and invites us: “Come unto Me!” We go to the Lord first and find rest for our souls, from glory to glory!
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
The same way our eyeglass prescriptions change from time to time, we must adjust our spiritual eyesight as we go through trials and tribulations. Our intent to find God in the middle of our circumstances needs to increase so that we remain strong in Him. It’s difficult to stand in our trials when we don’t have the assurance of His presence.
When we look for our car keys to go somewhere, nothing else matters. Our drive is such, we cannot do anything else until we find them. We are to seek the Lord with the same fervor. God doesn’t hide from us, but is always there. Without realizing it, we sometimes allow things to hide Him from our sight. Our spiritual eyesight matters the most.
We do not seek healing, but the Healer; not the gift, but the Giver; not the provisions, but the Provider; not deliverance, but the Deliverer. When we seek the answer to our prayers and have committed to seeking Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we find confidence in His presence and rest, knowing that He heard our petition. We seek and find Him, from glory to glory!
Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”
The Holy Spirit moves repeatedly through the “Teflon” anointing. It comes upon us like a spiritual protective garment and protects us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. In the natural, Teflon is a coating placed on cookware to prevent things from sticking. As we put on Christ, we put off every work of darkness.
The enemy may try to stop us, but whatever he tries to do through circumstances or others will not stick. The very opposite occurs, our fire and passion for the work of the Lord increases. The enemy knows when the anointing is upon us. There are no more difficulties. He can’t touch us, and darkness has no impact. We do not slow down to deal with the enemy; his weapons are useless.
We stand and trust in the Lord as we step forth so the Kingdom can come in all its glory! The impact of the Lord makes a difference everywhere we go. We recognize when things are trying to stick to us; when we have difficulty shaking the dust off our feet. When that happens, we put on Christ by faith, so He can clothe us with the Teflon anointing, from glory to glory!.
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”