Thought Onslaught

Thought Onslaught

file9791266813061SII Corinthians 10:3-5 ~ Taking thoughts captive

The thoughts come, bombarding my mind like a barrage of bombs in an all out aerial assault designed to litter the landscape of life with destruction and defeat. It’s a silent war, unseen by others, fought in the solitude of my mind. You would think I would know to run for weapons of my own and fire back, but instead I remain idle, for I have forgotten, am somehow temporarily blinded, to an all-important truth.

I have an Enemy.

Unaware the source of this destructive artillery, thinking it mere self-assessment, I let these thoughts linger unanswered. And they multiply. Continue reading

Unveiled

Unveiled

II Corinthians 3 ~ Gaining Insight on II Corinthians 3:18

In Monday’s post, A Glimpse at Glory we discussed the nature of the glory of God as revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  Getting a glimpse of the true and total nature of God and His glory helps us understand the reason for the fear that struck the children of Israel upon encountering it.  Being under the law and having violated that law, seeing the glory of God on the face of Moses evoked fear, an expectation of God’s wrath proceeding from the “justice side” of God.  In this condition, they feared to draw near, unable to even look at the glory emanating from Moses’ face.  Therefore, Moses created another distance, shielding the people from the glory by placing a veil over his face.

Paul refers to this entire chronicle in his letter to the Corinthians.  (Remember, these Old Testament accounts serve as examples to us and are for our instruction)  In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul uses these events at Mt. Sinai to reveal profound truth by comparing and contrasting the old with the new.Continue reading

Your Inner Image

Your Inner Image

II Corinthians 3 ~  How To See the Unseen

In Friday’s post, Beyond Beholding, we talked about the meaning of beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord…seeing the glory of the Lord in us.  But, how do we know what that glory looks like?  Our spirit man, where that glory resides, is an unseen dimension of us.  If beholding the glory of the Lord in us is vital to our transformation, as II Corinthians 3 says, then we need to know how to see the unseen.

It might surprise you, but the way to see your spirit man is actually not that different from the way you see your natural man.Continue reading

Beyond Beholding

Beyond Beholding

II Corinthians 3 ~  The Transforming Secret We’ve Missed in II Corinthians 3:18

As I studied more about the path to transformation, I continued to find more references to the power of the mind.  It might seem as though I’ve belabored this point, but it took me a while to be convinced that there wasn’t more to it than this.  If you’re having the same doubts then maybe my sharing the multitude of evidence I saw in God’s Word will help you as it did me.  Furthermore, looking back I can honestly say that primarily…this change is what brought change. Continue reading

I Am Who He Says I Am

Tuesdays and Thursdays we take some time to reflect on the previous day’s post with the help of some visual inspiration.

Just because the actions of our unredeemed bodies might at times be “fleshly”, does not mean we are “in the flesh”.  According to Romans 8:9, it is the nature of our spirit, not the nature of our actions that determines whether we are ‘in the flesh‘ or ‘in the spirit‘.

However, you are not in the flesh…but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you…

Isn’t it liberating to know that there is only one “if” requirement?  There’s only one condition necessary to qualify you as being ‘in the spirit’ and not ‘in the flesh‘, and it was met the moment you accepted Jesus as Lord and the Spirit of God came to dwell in you.  It has nothing to do with your actions.  It has everything to do with your identity.  It is not about your DO, it is about your WHO.

You are not who you are in the flesh.  You are who you are in the spirit.

We need to stop identifying ourselves by our actions.  Our identity is who we are in the spirit.  I had been letting the actions of my body define me, but the truth about me is what God declares to be the truth.  As the scripture in today’s visual inspiration says, we need to recognize ourselves (and others) based on who we are in the spirit, not who we are in the flesh.

You can read or re-read  Are You In the Flesh? that corresponds with today’s image.

photo credit: flickr: Eddie 07

 

A Question Remains

A Question Remains

II Corinthians 5 ~ What “old things” have passed away?

It is a glorious thing to realize what Jesus has done in restoring us to our original state of God-likeness.  We are no longer hopeless because of being born sinners.  Having been born again, we are now an entirely new creation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

After discovering so much, one would think that my struggle to walk in holiness and bear good fruit would be over.  I had seen that I was righteous, but as time went on, I had to admit that sin was still showing its ugly head in my life.  Was this just ‘positional’ righteousness I had received?  Practically speaking, was I still the same?  From all indications, it appeared so.  Did I, in fact, still have a sin nature?Continue reading

Likeness Restored

Likeness Restored

II Corinthians 5 ~ Trying To Become What We Already Are

In The Other Half of the Story, I reiterated the desperate situation Adam’s sin had left us in,

Through one (Adam) many were made sinners,

and began to turn the focus on the greater part of the story….

Through One (Jesus) many will be made righteous!

Just as surely as the disobedience of Adam made us sinners, the obedience of Jesus made us righteous.  This scripture in Romans 5:19 needs to be as familiar to us as John 3:16 is.

Many of us don’t fully realize what took place when we were born again.  We are familiar with the fact that our sins were forgiven, but our salvation went much deeper than that.  We are not just forgiven for sin’s fruit, we’ve been delivered from sin’s root….our sin nature.  Continue reading