June 10, 2020
There are several sentences from the Holy Spirit which keeps sounding in my heart: “You are a New Creation, the old has passed and the new has come. The old man comes from the past, the New Creation comes from the future. The old self is ruled by death, and could simply end today. But the New Creation is a life-giving spirit, so today is always hopeful, and the future is always sure and brilliant. The old man will surely perish; the New Creation is eternal forever. The old man lives from what the Devil, sin, death, and self said. The New Creation lives only from the word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord, and only hopes and clings onto His word.”
From what Holy Spirit said above, I understand that living life in God is something absolute in nature, not just trial and error. Everything that God says is ABSOLUTE and HAS TAKEN PLACE. Our part is to BELIEVE (John 3:15). When we believe, we are taking the life in the future (which has taken place) into the present. In short, we are connecting with eternity whenever we BELIEVE!
1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (NKJV) So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Suddenly I also understand that the root and end of man’s fear is death. The fear of death has made man searching for all means to maintain ‘life’. This world keeps trying to give ‘solutions’ to survive, which is MONEY. If we have much money, our ‘future will be safe’, but little money means greater fear of tomorrow. We are always worrying about what we will eat tomorrow. In short, man is being THREATENED by DEATH every day.
There is no other way to break free from ‘death’s threat’ but to connect with ETERNITY (putting on eternity). And the good news is, only New Creations could attain eternity. Only eternity could swallow up death in victory!
How could we connect to eternity? We could constantly put on eternity whenever we associate, fellowship, and unite ourselves with God’s word and reality.
What kind of fellowship does God want?
1. Fellowshipping in the thirst of His word and reality.
Make sure that this is maintained in our life. If the level of thirst in our life is decreasing, ask for it from the Holy Spirit. Make sure that all our being is filled with the desire to come to the Lord – to come with a fervent spirit, full of desire (Romans 12:11). When our spirit is fervent, that’s the moment we are connected to eternity (John 4:5-14).
2. Think, ponder, imagine, and declare the word.
Guard our mind and heart to stay fixed on God’s word. Make the word as the utmost priority in our life – His word must become our most treasured possession.
Romans 8:5 (Indonesian Simple Translation 2) Those who still live according to the desire of their weak natural body, their life goal is to fulfill the desire of self. But everyone who depend their lives on the Spirit of God, He helps them to think according to His will.
Proverbs 4:23 (Old Indonesian Translation) Guard your heart more than anything that is worthy to be guarded, for from it flows all springs of life.
When our life is focused and directed to God’s word, we can flow life in our everyday life! And wherever life is, death will be removed! When we FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD, eternity will make us STAY STRONG, UNSHAKABLE, and FOCUSED TO FINISH GOD’S WILL! This shaking world will never be able to threaten our lives! DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP BY ETERNITY! That eternal life will overcome this world; by faith, we overcome this world!
1 John 5:4 (NKJV) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:4 (ERV) because everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world. It is our faith that has won the victory against the world.
Let it be done in my life, in Jesus’ name! Amen! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus