"Lord I lift Your Name on high. Lord, I love to sing Your praises..."
It's easy to do that in a song where emotions are charged and the room is filled with a sweet presence, isn't it? Smiles, clapping, hearts are lifted, there's a sense of joy. But are we really lifting His name on high? I believe there is more to praise and "lifting His name on High" than singing and having wonderful emotions.
Do we really live solely for God's glory or for our own? Do we lift His name on high when standing alone in a room of people who are anti-christian, and hostile to His name?
Do we lift His name on high when doing so may mean losing a friend, or looking silly, or being unpopular? Do we lift His name on high with our life every day, by the way we do business, interract with others, or treat our spouse and children?
What kind of God do we represent? Do we represent the God of the Bible who stood against sin and suffered and died for it so that we could be set free? Or do we lift up a God that is acceptable to all, threatens no one's comfort, and allows people to go on in their blindness to their sin and bondage? Are we willing to come to Him, honestly agreeing with Him that we are sinners and hopelessly lost and deserving of judgement, and find His salvation? Or do we attend a church that lifts up a Jesus that is wishy washy toward sin and excuses it, and calls it something else?
What kind of God do you lift up. If you have a testimony as being a Christian, you are lifting up Jesus in some way. You are either lifting up a false concept of Jesus, or you are lifting up the Jesus of the Bible. Are you lifting up God's Word, or man's word? If you are lifting up man's philosophy, religion, or a doctrine that caters to humanistic egotism, then you are not lifting up the God of the Bible. When His true Word is preached in accuracy, His name is lifted up on High and people are drawn to Him and find salvation. The truth sets them free from their sin and bondage.
We can give the pretense of lifting His name on high, but we may be lifting His name along with a false concept of Him. So His name then is blasphemed rather than being lifted up.
Do you fellowship in a church that lifts His name on high? Or just one that sings about it? The only way to know is to compare what is said in this church with what the Bible says. It is God's Word that lifts His name on high and glorifies His name. If a church does not lift up God's Word, then they are not lifting His name on high.
Psa 119:89 Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Psa 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.
Psa 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Today, God's Word is being downplayed, degraded, exchanged and changed as into man's word, man's humanistic concept of God. By doing this we think to draw many to church. But are they being drawn to God? If God's Word is not being lifted on high, then his name can never be lifted on high. People can only see a phoney God of man's making that does not exist. We live in an age of apostasy and Biblical illiteracy. But the life of God, the salvation of God, the knowledge of the one true God is only revealed in His Word. That is His message to us. It is His love letter to us. It is a treasure above all treasures and has the power to truly set the captive free and bring them to a true relationship with God by His Spirit. In a day where many want unity at all costs and compromise, there is still only one narrow way. Jesus Christ is still the only way. That is the Jesus Christ revealed in the Bible, and none other.
Is eternity important enough to make sure you have it right? Let's truly lift His name on high! Let's sing His true praises! Let's sing and proclaim the God of the Bible that saves, and delivers from sin, and always always gives us the truth and can never lie. Let's lift up this God of holiness, of love, of justice, of grace and mercy!! All that lifts up any other kind of God, is opposed to the God of the Bible, the only God of our salvation - Jesus Christ, and is of the spirit of antichrist.
Moses requested of God, "Show me thy glory!" Don't we want to see His true glory??? His glory is Who He is! It is His power to set free and give life!
Exo 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.
Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Exo 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Exo 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
When this God is lifted on high, His name glorified... His name standing for all He is, then true salvation comes. When God is glorified, men live. When man is glorified, people die in their sins and corruption. No man can lift up the name of Jesus unless that man is born of His Spirit. Jesus said the Father seeks men to worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23). Many people today, who do not know what it is to be born of His Spirit, try to lift up Jesus, but they lift of man's concept of Jesus because they do not know Him or His Word. Lifting up the name of Jesus and worshipping the true God, is only possible by His Spirit, just as being born of His Spirit is only possible by Him. Neither are acts of the flesh. What's flesh will always be flesh, what's Spirit will be spirit (John 3:5-6).
Every day when we wake up let us lift His name on high, truly! As we go through our day, in all situations, let us lift His name on high! Let His praises not only fill our mouths but our hearts as we walk through the darkness of this world, the trials that come, and the sorrow and pain around us. Let us lift His name on high. It is what brings light in that darkness, and life, and joy in the midst of all. Let us sing His praises and not the praises of a worldy, humanistic concept of Jesus that does not exist except in the hearts of the deceived, and has no power to save. Let us lift Him up, and His Word of truth and life to us, in our hearts, above all else that is abiding there and in the world. Only then will we see His life and light and love fill us and others.
One day He will be lifted up in all the earth. He will be lifted up and the wisdom, pride and vanity of man and of this world, and all that is falsley called "Christian", will be seen for what it truly is and will come to nothing. In the end, all will bow to Him and call Him Lord. May we be among those who do so now willingly.
Mar 4:35 And on that day, when even was come, he saith unto them, Let us go over unto the other side.
Mar 4:36 And leaving the multitude, they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him.
Mar 4:37 And there ariseth a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.
Mar 4:38 And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they awake him, and say unto him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish?
Mar 4:39 And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?
Mar 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
"But observe, the ship that Christ made his pulpit is taken under his special protection, and, though in danger, cannot sink. What is used for Christ, he will take particular care of." - (Matthew Henry)
Just as the ship carrying Jesus was tossed to and fro by storms, wind, waves, overwhelming odds against it, this ship He lives in now, as His vessel, that is, His children, are tossed to and fro so often with overwhelming odds, overwhelming storms, waves that threaten to drown. We cry out, "Lord, save us! We perish!" But the ship that has Christ indwelling it cannot sink!
"carest thou not that we perish?" — "Unbelief and fear made them sadly forget their place, to speak so. Matthew (Mat_8:25) has it, 'Lord, save us, we perish.' " -- (J, F, & B)
It is unbelief and fear that cause us to "forget our place" in Christ. And it causes us to forget His place in us. We are the ship now that He dwells in, the vessel of His use. How then, can anything happen to us without His allowing it? And can any storm prevail against it? Can any weapon formed against it stand? We belong to Him. He dwells in us. The power over the wind and waves, Himself, dwells in us. Let that sink into your heart and mind deeply and think of its implications in every part of your life.
There are so many times when this ship is going in the wrong direction, not letting Christ be in control. He perhaps will let the winds change its course, because it's been on the wrong course, but never destroy it. He perhaps will test your faith in those times when your ship is tossed to and fro, to reveal where our hearts are in regards to knowing Him, trusting Him to be our all in all. Ultimately, this body, this shell will be discarded, and we will finally reach the other side, where we will find an indestructable vessel, that can never be hurt or corrupted. But this vessel we have for this journey we are on in this life, is His vessel, kept especially for His use. That is what we need to remember.
His vessel -- the vessel of His honor -- the vessel His glory is to be seen in -- the vessel that carries His grace, His love, His mercy, His helping hand, His truth and justice -- the vessel that carries Christ. Why are we fearful? As long as we see it as our vessel, for our life, for our pleasure, for our purposes, we are fearful. As long as we "forget our place", we become fearful. As long as we forget His place in us, we become fearful.
Are you being tossed right now by a fearsome storm, that seems to go on, and you see no hope but despair of the consequences to your life? First, remember Who's vessel you are. Then remember His place in you. Then, remember your place in Him.
Col 3:1 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.
Col 3:3 For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.
Eph 2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:
We are His vessel. Oh what a blessed thought!
Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things?
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
The vessel that carries Christ goes where He wants it to go. We can be assured that He will take His vessel to no other place than where He chooses it to be. Don't question the route He is taking. Don't question the dangers along the way, the testings, or the obstacles. He has forseen them all. None of them disturb His rest! Not one! The disciples wondered at His rest! And He wonders at our lack of faith when they disturb ours. Our rest is never in ourselves, our circumstances, our abilities, or those things around us. It is always in Christ alone. We think we have rest when all is going well for these vessels and the water is calm. But our lack of true rest is shown for what it is when the wind and waves come up. Will we forget our place? Will we forget Christ's place in His vessel? See He is at rest! He is fully in control of His vessel. If our rest is disturbed it is because it was never in the right place at all. It has not been in His rest. Now we see where it's been.... in our security and safety in this world. Perhaps in our ability so far to keep ourselves and live up to a standard of godliness. But that has to be shaken, because it is a false rest. It has to be shaken so that we find the true rest in Him alone... in His rest. If our trust, hope, security, significance, happiness, and even our ability to walk with Christ was in anything else, it will simply have to be tested and shaken by the wind and waves. He will shake what needs to be shaken only! Nothing else. He always wills the highest good of His vessels. They are His vessels - vessels that carry His glory. Can it be any other way?
Are you truly born of His Spirit? Do you have His Spirit indwelling you? None is a vessel of His unless this is so. If you are born of His Spirit, whether you feel yourself a feeble vessel, unworthy, or not, you are His vessel, and He will care for you. He always takes particular care for His vessel! And He never lets His vessel sink!
Mat 22:11 And the king coming in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
"For a wedding feast there must be a wedding garment. If Christ is to be glorified, everything must be according to His glory. There may be an outward entrance into the kingdom, a profession of Christianity; but he who is not clothed with that which appertains to the feast will be cast out. We must be clothed with Christ Himself. On the other hand, all is prepared — nothing is required. It was not the guest's part to bring anything; the King provided all. But we must be imbued with the spirit of that which is done. If there is any thought of what was suitable to a wedding feast, the need of a wedding garment to appear in would surely be felt: if not, the honour of the King's Son has been forgotten. The heart was a stranger to it; the man himself shall become so by the judgment of the King when He takes cognizance of the guests who have come in." -- Darby
Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Are we trying to prepare ourselves for the wedding of the King by bringing anything of our own? Are we truly dressed in the garments He provides or are we dressing up in our own garments - our own works, religion, etc. There is only one garment acceptable at the King's wedding - that is the one He provides Himself. No other will be acceptable and the one thinking he can spurn that which the King Himself provides - the righteousness that comes through faith in the finished work of Christ alone - for his own righteousness, will be sadly mistaken. Oh what an awful mistake! And why would we dishonor the king ever thinking we are able to provide better than He?
As born again believers we know that there is one way to eternal life... that is through the cross of Jesus Christ alone. Yet, though we accept this for our salvation, many times we think we must provide the righteousness sufficient to keep ourselves in this Christian walk. We must work hard to "clothe ourselves" with acts of righteousness. But all our own acts of righteousness are filthy rags in his sight. No matter whether they come to try to gain us salvation, or to try to keep it, or work it out. Our salvation, and our righteousness is all of God. If our works are not based on faith in His work in us, by His Spirit, then they are our works, not His - our own clothing. No matter how good, they are not acceptable.
This was one of the hardest things for me to grasp in most of my Christian life. I lived under an "Old Testament" mentality of the law of "sin and death", striving to produce righteous works and be acceptable to God, by abiding by what I felt was true Christian conduct. There is nothing wrong with wanting to live rightly. And the opposite is neither acceptable! To say grace is license for sin is also a lie. Yet what is the way of righteousness as a believer? Must we strive to be righteous enough to keep ourselves saved or please God?
It is so simple that we miss it. When I realized that just as I accepted, by faith, His salvation for my sins, I also must accept, by faith, His righteousness, and its being worked out in me. I only realized that after a "Romans 7 experience" of striving and falling and striving and falling and realizing it was hopeless for me ever to attain any righteousness at all. In fact the more I tried the harder I fell and the more discouraged I became. Every Christian will come to this place and either give up and accept a life of failure or come to realize God's deliverance through Christ. Finally I realized that I could never do it. I could never measure up to God's standard. I could never keep myself. I could only fail. I dispised my flesh and longed for freedom from it. I began to cry out to God for His deliverance. When finally at that point I was able to have my blinded eyes opened to see God's provision for all. He is the One to fulfill all righteousness in us. He is the One to work it out. It is by a "surrender of faith" that we simpy accept and yield to His Work and refrain from our own. By "surrender of faith" I mean just that... not a striving to surrender ourselves - that is only more of our flesh trying to change our hearts - but a giving up of any of our own doing and accepting His work alone and putting all faith in His power to do it. I didn't know how He would work it out. It was a bit scary. I felt as though I had to completely rely on Him and His invisible presence in me to do it knowing nothing of how He would do it and not feeling anything. Faith is not a feeling. It is based on Him and His work alone. And I had to keep from wanting to trust my own self again and go back to my Old Testament mentality with law as rule of life. A preacher that does not trust the working of the Holy Spirit in believers feels he needs to do that work himself, by preaching condemnation and hoping fear of law will motivate believers to keep themselves pure. Therefore, he does not preach the victory that is by faith alone, but preaches works of self-righteousness without realizing it.
As we put our faith in His righteousness we will find one thing - we will find that He is faithful. We will find He is sufficient to work it out. He is faithful to "mortify the deeds of our flesh" by His Spirit which we never could do. He is thorough in it and He will not fail. Our part is to trust and to surrender to that mortifying process. Rather than cry for deliverance from the work of the cross as it is putting to death the acts of the flesh, which we tend to do as we go through trials and hardships meant to work this, we need to submit in faith to them and God's work in us. But the tendency is to cry for deliverance from the cross rather than deliverance from the flesh. We need to remember Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Heb 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
No other righeousness is acceptable unto God but the righteousness of Jesus Christ - not even the acts we do motivated by His love for us. They may be motivated by our feelings of gratitude, but are they done by Him? Though with good intentions we may do many things, only what's done by His Spirit in and through us is His work. Many acts of religion are motivated with good intentions. These acts are not always pleasing to God, however. We can never presume to think we know the mind of God and do our own acts of goodness in His name. We are to be His vessels of righteousness - we being always the vessel, He being the righteousness. His vessel is what He dwells in. He is then the one in control of that vessel and turns it in the way He will have it to go. If we think we must take control of the wheel of that vessel while allowing Christ to ride along, we will find ourselves not going the way He intended or being used in the way He intended. Again I will say, there are no acts of righteousness acceptable to God but His own. Only He is righteous. Only what He does is acceptable. Only the righteousness He provides will be accepted by Him. He freely provides it. There is nothing we must bring to add to it or to replace it. We can do no better.
The reason this is so hard to grasp is because of our pride and unbelief. We must be in control! Oh the insecurity of leaving all to another! Even if we partially give up control, we must have control in some way. When we find by faith, that we can relinquish control of all righteousness and all of our life, every part of it, to God working in, for, and through us, we have entered Canaan land, a type of our rest in Christ. Only those with faith were to have entered His rest. This was the "obedience of faith", (Rom. 16:26, Heb. 3:18-4:3, 4:10-11). There is no true obedience outside of faith. Outside of faith, there could be no rest. Only from Canaan land, that true rest in Him, can we finally work. Only from there will there be true works of righteousness unto Him, acceptable unto Him. It is He that works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. We will not have to strive anymore. In Canaan land it was God that fought the battles and won them. All the Israelites needed to do was trust and yield to His working. When they ran into problems it was when, again, they tried to take matters into their own hands and work it out themselves.
If we live by trusting at all in what we can do to keep ourselves, to do His work, to be holy, we will never find security in the Lord or His salvation or righteousness. We will always be looking inward to see if we are good enough. And we will always have this nagging feeling that we are not. We will always wonder if we'll "make it". But when we rest in the finished work of Christ alone, for our salvation daily as well as eternally, and for His righeousness daily to be worked in us, and for His grace to be all sufficient, we have total security in Him and rest, and no fear. Love casts out all fear. We have no more fear of judgement. We rest in His love and perfect provision for all. He is our surety. The surety of a better covenant. There is no better surety than that!!
In practical daily application, I face every temptation, and every day, submitting myself by faith to God's working in me. When temptation arises, rather than striving to resist, I turn to Christ, by faith in His Spirit indwelling me as righteousness, and yield to His power in me. (Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7) In this, by His power I am given grace to truly resist, with my focus not on myself, the temptation, or my weakness, but on Christ alone, and His power of righteousness in me. All is of faith. All is His work. It is His Spirit that gives the power. Not that we will not suffer when the flesh is denied! Yet, the more His Spirit is at work in our hearts the more we will "rather suffer than fail to please God", (1 Peter 4:1 - amplified Bible). And He is able to succor them that suffer! (Heb. 2:18)
May the Lord open our hearts to walking by faith in His finished work alone! May we always be dressed in the wedding garments of the King Himself!
Oh how much of my Christian life I lived in poverty, not knowing I had all the riches of God's grace provided for me. All I had to do was receive them by faith and walk in that which He provided! Yet I walked in poverty. I struggled thinking I had to attain somehow, those riches by my performance or by praying harder, or trying harder. I thought I had to live up to the good name of my Father in order to receive His riches. (Could I ever do that?) I didn't understand He gave them freely as soon as I joined His family, though I never deserved them then nor could I ever deserve them now. He gave them freely, unmerited, and gave all I needed to be an heir of His kingdom.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
We have "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." This is our wealth, but few Christians know it or put faith in this. We have an inheritance that we never earned nor never will earn, incorruptible. But most are still living as though it were up to them to make it to the end. To them God is a hard task master.
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
The riches of His grace...forgiveness is only one small part of those riches....this grace is rich toward us in wisdom, in daily living, in all that we need to abound in our work for the Lord and in His life in us.
If we do not first understand our poverty of spirit.... that is all that is of our own ability... our spiritual lack... the impossibility of ever being able to live the Christian life... then we will never know we need His riches. The first step is to recognize our spiritual poverty for all that it is. Many think they are rich, but are poor of God's riches. Many have received His Spirit and have all of His riches by inheritance and position in Christ yet they never know it. Though they are in a rich family and have access to all their Father's riches they live as though in poverty. They are like someone who lived in rags and starvation all his life and died only to find when they came into his home he had a room full of priceless treasure that he never discovered. They continue to live in the world's poverty of thinking, by their own wisdom and works and power. Will we be content with our poverty? We, as Christians have a treasure beyond our imagination, always there for us by faith. Yet we live in poverty as though it were up to us to strive and try our hardest to live this Christian life, overcome and make it to the end. When we try to serve God in our poverty, we dishonor Him. He provide all we need for our service unto Him and our life as Christians. When we ignore it and walk in our poverty (our own strength) instead we dishonor Him and cannot possibly give Him any glory. The only glory that can be given to Him is through the riches that are of Him which He alone provides.
This Paul wanted us to see as he prayed...
Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
Where are we now sitting in God‘s eyes?
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by (grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
This is the Christians position in Christ -- seated with Him in the Heavenlies where we have all the riches of His grace provided for us. How do we receive them? Do we earn them? Do we live up to them? Do we somehow attain this level? No... we are put there by Christ Himself, the only One with the power to do so. We are put there when we came to Him by faith believing in Him to save us by the shedding of His blood and be our Savior. He then gave us His Spirit and placed us "in Him" and He in us. So there we died with Him and also were resurrected with Him, and are seated with Him. Our position in the old Adam, and our inheriting of his nature of sin was done away. We now were place in the new Adam and inherited His nature and are united with Him in His death and resurrection. This is His finished work and our position. Our experience will only measure up to that as we walk in it by faith, looking to Him and His riches of grace, not to ourselves. All we have in ourselves is poverty.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (raised up to a heavenly state of dignity, Eph. 2:6)
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
It is of utmost importance for us to understand what Christ has done and our position in Him. Many receive the riches of His grace in forgiveness... but they never do see the riches of His grace to live the Christian life day by day, to be victorious over the flesh, the world, and the devil, or His resurrection power to live in newness of life... the life of the Spirit in Christ Jesus. They continue to live under the law of sin and death, failing to understand their deliverance from it -- failing to understand the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. They continue to live in that poverty and are continually under condemnation, never fully assured they will make it to the end. If we fail to understand what it means to be "in Christ", then we never walk in those riches. We also are never able to bring glory to the Lord in our service but are defeated over and over. We may blame the defeat on the enemy, or on "spiritual attack" against our ministry, or on others who are responding to our error. But the truth is that it is due to our living the Christian life in our poverty, the power of our own flesh, when in fact Christ took away our poverty at the cross and gave us His riches, all the grace and resurrection power that is in Him. If we don't know about it, how can we walk in it? But once we know, then we can begin to simply and humbly accept by faith all He is in us and to us and provided for us by the power of His Spirit, shedding our attitude of poverty for one of faith in Him.
We try to crucify our flesh, when in fact He has already done it. We try to resurrect ourselves to live for Him, when in fact it's only the Spirit's power in us that can resurrect, because in Christ, we are… “alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” It is by the regeneration of His Spirit alone we are made alive unto God. Rom. 6 tells us we werecrucified with Him that… “we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”
We don't believe it because we look at our flesh and don't see it in our experience. Our experience doesn't measure up because we continue on in our ignorance thinking we are still in poverty, eyes on that poverty, and keep pleading with God to give us what He already has given and do what He already has done. We think we have managed to overcome and "crucify our flesh" in those instances where we were successful in denying ourselves or we feel a strong enough surrender. But we are still walking in our flesh. When we turn our eyes on Him then we are able to walk in faith in His work alone by His grace. There is no need to strive or to plead for help to crucify our flesh, but we accept by faith His power in us. It is all ours in Christ - forgiveness, righteousness, love, sanctification, redemption, grace for living and growing - all we need is in Him. Yielding to it by faith, giving up reliance on ourselves at all and looking to His finished work, makes it our experience as well as our position in Him.
Here is an excerpt from Darby's, The True Grace By Which We Stand, (http://www.votbg.org/jnd002.htm) to give example of this faith walk...
"The source of real strength is in the sense of the Lord being gracious. The natural man in us always disbelieves Christ as the only source of strength and of every blessing. Suppose my soul is out of communion, the natural heart says, "I must correct the cause of this before I can come to Christ," but He is gracious; and knowing this, the way is to return to Him at once, just as we are, and then humble ourselves deeply before Him. It is only in Him and from Him that we shall find that which will restore our souls. Humbleness in His presence is the only real humbleness. If we own ourselves in His presence to be just what we are, we shall find that He will show us nothing but grace.
"It is Jesus who gives abiding rest to our souls, and not what our thoughts about ourselves may be. Faith never thinks about that which is in ourselves as its ground of rest; it receives, loves, and apprehends what God has revealed, and what are God’s thoughts about Jesus, in whom is His rest. As knowing Jesus to be precious to our souls, our eyes and our hearts being occupied with Him, they will be effectually prevented from being taken up with the vanity and sin around; and this too will be our strength against the sin and corruption of our own hearts. Whatever I see in myself that is not in Him is sin, but then it is not thinking of my own sins, and my own vileness, and being occupied with them, that will humble me, but thinking of the Lord Jesus, dwelling upon the excellency in Him. It is well to be done with ourselves, and to be taken up with Jesus. We are entitled to forget ourselves, we are entitled to forget our sins, we are entitled to forget all but Jesus."
What Darby described is "the faith that overcomes the world". It is not a striving faith, but one given to every born again believer when he gave himself over to Christ for His salvation through the indwelling Holy Spirit. When we fall into temptation to sin or fall under our weakness, it is because we walk in poverty rather than His resurrection power. Our eyes are on self or the world, but not on Christ and His provision and power. Once our eyes turn to Him, we see we have His ability provided. His Spirit is able when we are weak. Not His Spirit helping our flesh. That would be God trying to work with our poverty. He doesn't help us in our poverty, by helping our flesh to improve and become more holy, He replaces our poverty with His riches. He provides, Himself, the power by being all that we need Himself in us. Let us not live anymore as though it were up to us to overcome and make it, but as those who have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us, raising us up to newness of life in Christ! May our eyes be opened to see if we are living in poverty when He has made us rich!
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