August 20, 2018
To be able to ‘see’ His Kingdom, we must have a humble heart and are willing to open our lives to adopt a servant of God’s basic belief/point of view; someone whose life have been formed by God according to His word (comes from high place – John 3:3). When we want to ‘enter’ into His kingdom, we have to make sure that the work of the word and the Spirit has changed the nature of our spirit men.
1. The work of the word and the Spirit must make us realised that our old men have died with Christ and the life which we now live in the flesh we live by faith; without the word that come to our lives, we cannot do anything (Romans 6:11, Galatians 2:19-20)
When we put our lives under the covering of a servant of God ‘who comes from high place’, we can easily accept his basic belief/point of view. And the servant of God has to bring all people under his covering to ‘see’ from the same point of view: For those who have received Jesus as their saviour, they have already died with Christ!
As someone who lives under the covering of a servant of God, we have to understand that we have died with Christ; that means that all temptations and attractiveness of this world are mere fantasies. We can ‘see’ it, but we can never feel/enjoy it again. There is nothing we can do, except ‘to let it go’. The illustration that God gave is like someone who experience death: He can ‘see’ his dead and stiff physical body but he can no longer do anything with his body.
As well as we, as believers, who have died with Christ, whatever the world tries to do to ‘our mortal bodies’ can no longer affect us, because we already have a new life.
In this ‘new’ life, we need His words. When we have the heart that loves God, the quality of our fellowship with God will always grow; and through that fellowship, we will always have the word from Him, that will give life and light to our daily lives (John 15:4-5; 1:3-5).
2. The work of the word and the Spirit will make us aware that as new creations, we come from the Spirit and truth (John 3:6-8, 1John 3:19), and we are given the authority to live by relying on the divine elements God has given (2 Corinthians 4:16-18); until ‘the outwardly is swallowed up by His divinity’ (1 Corinthians 15:45-49, 53-55)
When we experience the work of the word and the Spirit, we receive a revelation from the Holy Spirit that we are new creations nows (different creatures). We no longer live in limitations and weaknesses that come from sin, but we have a life potential and power that positions us to have a kind of life without limits. Whatever God says/promises is the only standard that can ‘limit’ us; and at the same time, whatever God says/promises is a material for us to experience breakthroughs/progresses in our lives. We can change all worldly patterns that have formed our lives easily by the words/promises God gave to us, so we can live by God’s divine standards (Romans 12:1-3, 2 Peter 1:3-4).
The transition or change from outward life to divine life is a process. There are phases or stages that we have to go through, but the changes in all phases will be permanent! There will be no more ups and downs in our spiritual lives. God will bring us grow from one glory to another glory until we will be like Christ and experience the fullness of Christ.
3. The work of the word and the Spirit must transform the way we think every day (Ephesians 4:17-24)
The warfare that often defeat us is in our own mind. We rarely discipline the way our minds work. It takes perseverance to discipline how the mind works. Pay attention to the following verses:
Proverbs 4:23 (ERV) Above all, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU THINK because YOUR THOUGHTS CONTROL YOUR LIFE.
Philippians 4:8 (TLB) And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: FIX YOUR THOUGHTS on what is true and good and right. THINK ABOUT things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. THINK ABOUT all you can praise God for and be glad about.
Romans 8:5 (NLT) Those who are dominated by the sinful nature THINK about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit THINK about things that please the Spirit.
Romans 8:6 (ERV) If YOUR THINKING IS CONTROLLED BY YOUR SINFUL SELF, there is spiritual death. But if YOUR THINKING IS CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT, there is life and peace.
With perseverance, we will be able to change the way our minds work; to change the nature of our minds. When our nature is transformed by the work of the word and the Spirit, our life will be connected with the kingdom; the spirit of victory will manifest in our daily lives.
Ps. Steven Agustinus