I had a very interesting morning, just conversing with God, and pondering what walking with Christ looks like to me. I look back and I can see the progress that I have made over the years as I changed from the inside out. But I also realize that there is always constant growth and change that happens within us as we ponder the word of God. It never fails to amaze me as new things are highlighted to me each year as I read my bible. As I gain new insights from my local church Pastor to other teachings I listen to as I hunger to know my Heavenly Father so much more. But with that hunger is also a hunger to share what I know with others. My heart is for the world to come to know the Heavenly Father that I have come to know.
As I was reflecting this morning I recognized areas in my life that I had released offenses, but I also realized that I was still holding on to other offenses such as ones with my husband. At that moment it was like WOW I have been believing that I am good in this department, when I still have work to do in it. Holy Spirit was so kind as it was highlighted to me and I had a heart change in that moment. I found repentance in my heart and prayed for the offenses to be removed and given to Jesus and for a new profound love to replace it, that is new every day and just becomes more and more profound, just as the love of Christ for me.
As each of us grow in our walk with Christ, we should be releasing our old natures. So many times as humans we say oh “that is just the way I am”, “I can’t change”, or we just live by our emotions rather than by the Spirit leading us. But we are reminded in Ephesians 2:4-7 that we were dead because of our sin, but we were given life when Christ was raised from the dead, for we were raised from the dead along with Christ and seated with Christ in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. These are powerful words to me and they should be to you as well. When we live by our emotions and the flesh then we are still living in sin. We have been given new life and we are now seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. We walk by the leading of the Spirit over our Soul and Body. We no, longer should be walking by our Soul or Body leading us.
That is all part of the growing process as it says in 1 Peter 2:2 that we crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it we may grow up in our salvation. The key word is grow up in our salvation, that means that it is a continual process a weeding out of the old rotten weeds of anger, resentment, offenses, bitterness, unforgiveness, to name a few. In the word it says that God is the potter and we are the clay. Clay is shaped and molded into something beautiful. That is exactly what our Heavenly Father is doing with us as we grow spiritually. I call Jesus the roundup that destroys the weeds that are in me. Holy Spirit highlights them to me and I surrender them to Jesus. For yes they have to bow down to Jesus the name above all names.
It does not make us weak to release the ugliness of the world, of our old nature. NO! We are stronger, because we have Christ in us and that gives us the supernatural ability to be strong enough. To release our old nature and to become new in Christ Jesus. It does not happen over night, but it is a process that happens every day of our lives. But the first step is always coming into relationship with the Father. The next step is always allowing Holy Spirit to come in and point out the things that are causing you to fall short, the lies that you are believing about yourself and others. That process of pruning out the old to make way for the new healthy vines to grow is tough at times, and easy at other times.
What I am learning is that when we go through our toughest struggles is when we can discover the most about ourselves and grow exponentially. For me it allows me to dig deep and to become more self-aware of the areas I am falling short. I don’t get angry about it when I realize these things, no my heart wants to repent and I ask Papa to forgive me for the known and unknown agreements that I have made. I surrender it to Jesus who carried it to the cross. I then embrace the new or upgrade that happens in me. It is like I am cleansed from within as I release the old and allow the new to takes it rightful place.
I learn not to seek hope and joy from the world around me, or even the people around me, but instead from Heaven above. Yes think of the joy and hope knowing that I am already seated in the Heavenly realm with Jesus. Wow, that is something to celebrate. But that is not just for me but for you as well. God chose us and wants us. Remember he leaves the 99 for the 1. Father God is always trying to bring the one back into his loving arms.
In this walk with Christ we are always growing. We should not be staying the same, but we should be becoming mature in Christ. I was a child for so long because I did not grasp this and I failed to seek and to know Christ. But now I run as fast as I can to know more and to grow. I want to be the torch that carries the light of Christ to others. But that does not happen when we carry our old nature with us. If we continue to carry bitterness and hate, or to look down on others we miss the mark. Walking with Christ and being a torch requires growth and depth to who we are. It requires us to weed out the ugly and to replace it with the love of Christ. We learn to be merciful and to shower grace upon others. We become compassionate to the plight of our fellow-man, and love them and lift them up. We desire to serve others rather than to be served. We humble ourselves before God and before others.
To be a torch means that you are always seeking the Lord, you are always looking inside so that you can grow. The soil of your heart has to change, and to become fertile with the word of God. Having a heart that is filled with God’s love is what carries a torch. The light of Christ can put out the darkness on whatever it shines on. I want to be the torch to snuff out the darkness of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. My desire is to see revival come alive and for the light of Christ to shine on everyone. I want to see salvation come to billions across this world. Let’s all be the torch that we were created to be and not be afraid to walk in the light of Christ. Together we can illuminate the world with the Love and Light of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.