August 1, 2018
Teachings that make our life increasingly religious (living our routine without the life of the Spirit) are actually very dangerous. They will bring us to live in flesh and humanism. Resultingly, our Christian life is merely an identity, not the expression of the faith and Spirit that makes our life impactful and delightful for the Lord.
If our Christian life is always colored with the struggle against flesh desires, it means that something is wrong with us. It could by caused by listening to inaccurate teachings (Gal 5:1-12), erroneously understanding a teaching, or our heart that hasn’t fully loved the truth (Gal 5:13).
Our struggle is always in the mind. And what we think usually comes from the input we receive. If our mind is filled with the truth of the word, then the truth will set us free. We could express Christ freely in our daily life.
In principle, God doesn’t want us to keep struggling with sin, devil and death. Because Jesus has overcome them through His death and resurrection! When Jesus rose and was seated at the right hand of the Father, He gives the same victorious Spirit that has overcome all names to us who give ourselves to be owned by Christ (Romans 8:9). That spirit is called the Spirit of Christ or the divine nature (2 Pet 1:4). The Spirit will enable us to always live victoriously in all aspects and to live a life of godliness (2 Pet 1:3). That is the truth we must receive as God’s redeemed people; the spiritual fact that Christ is in us!
How could we experience the truth – Christ in us – so we could no longer struggle against sin, devil and death? Walk by the Spirit!
Galatians 5:16 (NASB) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
So, how do we walk by the Spirit? Set our minds to the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5)!
From whom could we receive the things of the Spirit? From a spiritual father that carries the divine pattern!
Isaiah 59:21 (NASB) “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”
Now I realize more and more about this. Our teachings must be sourced from a spiritual father who carries divine pattern and the accurate knowledge of God. This is what Paul emphasized to the Galatians!
When Paul disallowed the Galatians to listen to teachers other than himself (Galatians 1), it didn’t mean that Paul want to be idolized. During the time, there are many teachers who keep mixing the life of the Spirit with the Law. Some even commanded the people to follow religious rituals (Judaism). As a result, the Galatians become very worldly!
Therefore, there is no other way to stop our struggle with the flesh and human nature. The only way is to think, meditate, and speak the word that is delivered by our spiritual father (who carries divine nature and the accurate knowledge of God where Christ is the central and essence of their teachings). This is the fixed price if we want to end our struggle with flesh and humanity!
One of the most important things to observe in life is this: who is speaking into our lives? Who are we listening to, and what teachings do we follow?
If God has encountered us with a spiritual father who carries divine nature, we should focus our attention to what they deliver. Then, make the word God delivers through them as our conviction, mindset, heart attitude, and lifestyle. Through it, all our struggle against sin, devil and death will end. Because it is no longer us who live, but Christ who lives in us!
Guard our enthusiasm and thirst of the word everytime we are about to meet and listen to our spiritual father. Use every moment of encounter to fully absorb what they deliver. We must not only ‘understand the theory’, but capture the life and spiritual dimension behind every word that is delivered. We could only do so by increasing our thirst of God!
Therefore, ask for the Holy Spirit to multiply our thirst of Him in our hearts. Ask God audibly (not only asking/praying silently), and enjoy the work of His Spirit! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus