In Christ I Am

May 6, 2016

 

Romans 8:9

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

In Christ I Am

One of the revelations that we come into as a Christians is that ours is a walk of faith and not of sight.  We begin to walk in a dimension that is not always naturally discerned, or seen or heard.  This is why faith is such a keyword in this walk we have with Christ.  Faith is knowing and embracing a truth, which stands in proxy until the manifestation of that truth is revealed.  Facts may tell us one thing, but God’s truth supercedes even the facts that are based upon human and natural reality.  When Christ is invited in to be the Lord of our lives and the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us then change occurs.  The experience and feelings of this occurrence may vary from person to person and are not, in themselves, the evidence of that change.   Whenever the seed of truth is planted the enemy is present to rob it and steal it away.  It is our faith that lays hold of God’s truth and refuses to give it up.  

If we have the Spirit of Christ then the Word says that we are no longer to be controlled by the sinful nature.  In Spirit truth we have been crucified to the flesh and it is dead.  In our natural reality we still struggle with the motions and the apparent realities of a sinful nature.  

The Word says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  While we still walk and operate under the laws that govern this creation we have been translated into a kingdom that operates under a different set of laws and principles.  It is the kingdom of God within us.  As we live and embrace this kingdom we embrace its laws and principles that are revealed to us by the Spirit and the Word.  Romans 8:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death.”  In Christ we operate under a new law. As an example, in this world we experience sickness and disease, but God’s Word proclaims to us that by ‘His stripes we are healed’.  We have His promises of healing.  Because we are still in this flesh we experience the influences of this world upon our natural man.   The revelation that we are getting here is that even though we are in this body of flesh, we walk no longer after the flesh and the dictates of our natural man.  Instead, the Spirit of God governs us within us.  In that Spirit we invoke and apply the spiritual principles and laws of God’s word.  Do we always immediately see the results in this natural realm?  No, sometimes we will see them immediately and oftentimes they are physically revealed at a later time.  Faith stands on the truth that what we have acted upon in the Spirit is done.  Facts may be telling us a different story contrary to the Word of God, but we are not walking in facts, we are walking in truth.  I may still be experiencing symptoms of sickness and disease in my body, but by the Spirit I am rejoicing in my healing.  

If we don’t keep our eyes, hearts and minds continually staid upon Christ then it is easy for us to again embrace our carnal and natural way of thinking.  What controls us is what we give our hearts and minds over too.  The truth revealed here in this scripture is that it is now the Spirit of God that indwells us and controls us and no longer our sinful nature.  For us to successfully walk in Christ, we must know who we are in Christ.  If we are still struggling with our identification then there will always be confusion about who we are.  When we took Christ as our husband we gave up our maiden name and we took His name.  We left our former house and what we once knew and now we have taken up residence with our husband, Christ Jesus.  We now live under the authority and dominion of His name and nature.  We can’t keep running back to momma; she’s not our household anymore.  We may have been born of the flesh, but we are to no longer be in the flesh.  We now walk after the Spirit.  God’s Word is our counselor and guide.  Christ Jesus is our foundation and His Spirit is now framing the walls and the structure of our life.  

If I don’t know who I am, I can’t be who I am.  God is revealing here in His Word who you are in Him.  You are no longer apart from Him, but a part of Him.  ‘As He is, so are you in this world.’  It is imperative that we know our identity, because in that identity is our authority, our power and our victory.  

Blessings, 

#kent

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