We were never designed to live independent from God…
If we want to see God’s original plan and purpose for Adam and his descendants, we have but to look at the Second Adam, who is Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Bible teaches us that Adam was made after “a pattern of the one to come:”
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”
1 Corinthians 15 focuses on Jesus’ resurrection, which develops the contrast between “death through Adam” and “life through Christ,” explaining that, “since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive”
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
“For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”
This means that Adam’s life set a pattern, and then, when Jesus came, Jesus followed that same pattern.
However, whereas Adam disobeyed God and brought sin and death into the world, Jesus obeyed God so that the world could receive God’s free gift of righteousness and eternal life.
This is the life we were ALL created for, to walk in sync, fellowship, communion and harmony with our Creator God, just like Jesus did in His earthly ministry.
He’s the one who has planned and authored each one of our individual lives; and has given to each of us a purpose and a destiny.
“You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!”
“…just as He (God-the Father) chose us in Him (Jesus) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will…”
The truth of the matter is, that without this vertical connection with God, then we are ALL like fish, flopping around on the shores of life, looking for a way back home.
And so it’s through the Good News of the Gospel, that Jesus is inviting each of us to come and reconnect with Him, who alone is the Source and Author of our life…
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
And so with this connection, after having been born-again, by the will of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit, that our spirit-man is born anew, and it’s through our innermost being, our spirit-man (which God has made in His image and after His likeness) that the Holy Spirit leads us; and the most dominant method He uses to accomplish this leadership is through the inner witness.
Differentiating Between Spirit and Emotions
Romans 8:14-16 talks about the inner witness of the Holy Spirit:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba-Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…”
When you do things led by the Spirit of God, He will confirmed that you should make a certain decision by the inner witness of your spirit.
And then with that inner-witness, the Bible teaches that we are to seek confirmation through two or more other sources.
This is a pattern that we find throughout the Bible that,
“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” (2 Corinthians 13:1)
So in other words, when you’re trying to make a decision on a direction you should go, you should seek to get a confirmation from at least two or more other sources.
When you make decisions as a Spirit-filled believer, make sure you have that inner witness, and that you have God’s Shalom-peace on the matter, before you make your move.
And if you don’t have it, wait until you do.
Mon, March 26
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners
Go forward, glad indeed.
Walk with Me until your faltering, flagging footsteps learn to keep in step with Me, and gain a firmness and a confidence unknown before.
Walk with Me until a gladsome rhythm reveals the conquest-spirit that you draw from Me and your whole being thrills with the joy of being, doing, and even suffering with Me.
Thus in loving Communion with Me you learn to know my needs and My wishes for others.
“Hear am I, Lord, send me” shows very surely a child-like eagerness, the eagerness of love, even the eagerness for adventure for My cause
For in My Secret Service there is surely the thrill of adventure.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 1:24-25
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