We are not our feelings or our thoughts; in fact we are spirit joined to Spirit if we are in Christ. My friend Sylvia Pearce says “We are surface dwellers.” I would have to agree, and I think it is simply because we have lived so long on the surface (feelings and thoughts) we have a difficult time just believing what God says is true about us in our spirit.
I think most would agree that we are born sinners or, in other words, born with a sinful nature. This of course is why Jesus said “You must be born again.” Being born again means to be born from above. Although it is true that we have inherited a sinful nature from our Father Adam; through the new birth we can have a brand new nature. Paul wrote “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) That’s right! The old “sinful nature” has passed away, and behold the new “divine nature” has come. 2 Peter 1:4 tells us great and precious promises have been given to us and by them we might become “partakers of the divine nature.” So you see, once we receive Christ we become a partaker in his nature which is holy, blameless, righteous and just.
Jesus told us he was the true vine and we are branches. Well, the part about us being branches didn’t just start with us being attached to him. No, we have always been a branch, but we used to be attached to the false vine or shall I say “the spirit of error.” We used to be joined to “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” We have always been in agreement with a spirit whether it is the spirit of the world (the enemy) or the Holy Spirit of God but either way we have never been independent or a lone branch.
The deception of being an independent being is what drives many, many people to believe they can perform up to some standard in order to be pleasing to God. The truth is it is only the life of the Son that is pleasing to God and there is no amount of trying or effort that can bring that life about. This is why it is only by grace we are saved through faith. Salvation God’s way is salvation by grace and there is only one way to receive it and that’s by faith. We place our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ in order to be saved. Faith is also the way we live each and every day. We live because Christ is our life, and what appears to the watching world to be us living is really he in us living his life out through us.
Walking by faith is what is required for living in the Spirit. As a believer one thing that has to happen is I have to have my mind renewed. I have to learn how to walk after the Spirit after years of walking after my emotions and thoughts. This, I think, is why most simply don’t see what I’m talking about here. They haven’t embraced the mind of Christ that is within them by way of the Spirit of God. The reality of Christ, not simply giving me life, but actually being my life usually only comes about after trying and failing to live the Christian life as if I’m independent. What I mean is attempting to live the Christian life rather than letting him live it in me. There is, after all, only one person who has ever lived the Christian life and that is Jesus Christ himself. The good news is now he will live it in and through me if I will just let him. We walk by faith not by sight… emotions…or intellect. While we are made up of spirit, soul and body we are to be lead by the Spirit rather than the soul/body or in other words—stop being such a surface dweller!
Written by Louie