Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life – ALL must go through Him if we are to be accepted by His Father; John 14:6. How do we go through Him? By believing and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, and is achieved by faith- in who He is and has accomplished for us. This trust we exhibit will also motivate us to surrender to God. God will then grant us new life by giving us new spiritual hearts. Without such hearts, we cannot do anything God would instruct us, much less love Him; Ex 36:26-28, 2 Cor 5:17. How many times in our old lives have we wished we could go back and start again so we would do life the right way? We now come to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is just that and more! A second chance for a do-over with God’s power to do it right – with His approval! It is sin that has caused all our problems, issues and heartache; the sin in us, and what we commit and sins committed against us by others. The new life, or what is known as the new birth, is no longer under sin’s power and bondage because we no longer serve our lusts and the devil, for we now have a new Master and One who loves us.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal 2:20
Where the Spirit is, there is freedom from the bondage of sin; 2 Cor 3:17-18. The Spirit of God shows us the way of freedom that Jesus died to give us. Our walk is now to find what this is.
The way of the world and its perceived success is contrary to the Lord’s Kingdom and economy because the world’s way feeds the lusts of men, but God says we must nail such things to the cross if we want to know true freedom. To be citizens of the Kingdom of God, we live a life of looking where we must die! Luke 9:23-25, Gal 5:24, Gal 6:14.
The Spirit of God has nothing to do with the lusts of our flesh, so when we choose to walk in them, He is not pleased; Rom 8:8. To live according to our flesh and not to the Word, we are sowing to our flesh and will reap only more sin and death; Gal 6:7-8, that means the everlasting life of God is grieved (Eph 4:30) and quenched (1 Thess 5:19) in us. We cannot serve both our flesh and God because one will be hated; Matt 6:24, essentially, when we do this, we are loving our lusts and hating God!
God is generous to anyone willing to surrender to Him. Some think they need only to surrender once on the day they first believed, and it is evident because these will look and behave just like the world. But we know this is not so, for the life of the follower of Jesus is one of continual surrender, whereas we do. He expands in us the Kingdom of God and reveals His Word as we make room for Him.
Our motto is this: I will die (to Self and this world), so I may experience everlasting and an overcoming life. I will live this life always looking where I must die!
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Phil 3:6-8.
This message is one worth repeating, and I remind myself as I write. Let not fear nor unbelief overcome us in the hour we face. We serve a mighty God who is greater in us than he who is in the world. We like Peter when he set his foot upon the water to follow Christ; Matt 14:29-31, have a choice to make, will we choose to serve what we see and feel or who is the Way the truth and the life? We cannot walk on water unless we understand where we must keep our eyes, heart and mind.