21 Day Dare: Day 11- Dare to Live from the New Creation
Hello Sweet Friends,
I am so excited that you are still journeying with us. I love hearing your stories of what God is doing in your life, so keep them coming. I encourage you to keep pressing in, because He is moving amongst us! Amen!
One of my greatest struggles as a Christian has been trying to understand and see the truth of becoming a new creation when we come into Christ?
My weight didn’t change. My emotions were still erratic. I would slip and speak to my children in anger. I could have an amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit at a worship night, and five minutes later I was toying with road rage. I wore offense like the latest fragrance and it seemed to get stronger the closer I sought to walk with Him. I wanted desperately to be new and different, but I didn’t feel it and others weren’t seeing it. I felt more frustrated and entangled than free as I desperately desired.
The breakthrough came from me in this area of my life when I finally understood the words of 1 Thessalonians:
We are a trinity being made up of three parts: spirit, soul and body.
When we are born again, we receive the Spirit of God holy and righteous. It is completely new. It is raised with Christ and has spiritual authority. This doesn’t change our weight or hair color. It doesn’t take away our emotions and the strongholds that we have been battling all of our lives. It DOES give us power over those strongholds, and it gives us access to the fruits of the indwelling new creation that we so desire. When I understood this concept it radically shifted my thinking and my spiritual life changed drastically. There is a new creation in you that is FREE and desperate to be unleashed.
This is one reason why the Word of God is so vital in our quest for Freedom. The Word is our spiritual mirror that renews our soul (mind, will and emotions) to align with our new identity in Christ. The more we let the TRUTH take root, the more we begin living out the truth of our identity. We ultimately begin living more out of our Spirit nature than the emotional nature of our soul. The more we seek to walk in the Spirit the more the fruit of that walk manifest.
The Word of God tells us the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
If this is the fruit of the Spirit and the Spirit dwells within us, then we don’t have to ask for the fruit, we just become aware of our ability to manifest the fruit. We can choose to act with kindness instead of offense. We can choose to act with love instead of anger. We have the source of joy and patience just waiting to be tapped into. I liken the Holy Spirit to a water faucet than can be completely shut off from flowing or it can be turned on to a place of dripping or even more where it is continuously flowing. It is up to us to turn the handle.
We also have the power to take every thought captive and bring it into the alignment with the truth of this new identity. When we feel rejected or jealous or offended or insecure, we realize that this is not our identity in Christ and we renew our mind to align with the truth. One thing we often miss is taking the lie and replacing it with truth. We often will try to deny the lie, but I believe it is essential to replace it. I encourage you to speak aloud denying the stronghold and demanding it be broken and then replacing the lie with the truth.
For example: “No, I will not receive this Spirit of insecurity. It does not align to my identity in Christ, and I do not receive it. I take up a spirit of confidence. I claim I am more than an overcomer. I am going over not under. I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. I am the child of the most High God. I am loved with heights and depths that can not be measured. I am the beloved. I am chosen and set apart called by God to fulfill His purpose.”
The more we speak aligned to the TRUTH, the more our true identity invades our soul. As we are living out of the Spirit we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ.
Remember it is not about where we are going, but who we are BECOMING. Our destiny is to reflect His glory. Those that look to Him are radiant. Psalm 34:5
In His Grip,