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Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)
TITLE: Victorious Life
By Lori Harvill
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Living Spiritually in the world today is not an easy thing. We are not like the saints in the Old Testament or the New Testament. The truth was more apparent to those who searched for it. We live in a generation where most people can read and write and have a voice on the web or in print. The truth has been twisted and bent and set to reinterpretation over and over again. It is very confusing and frustrating to find real truth. Even our Bibles have been used to twist truths into lies. It is impossible to know truth with out seeking it on your own time.
Many people go to church and get the rendition of scripture and its meaning from their pastors. And that is a good thing, unless that is all the food that you get. You can not eat out all the time. Sometimes, you have to prepare food at home. If you eat out constantly you will get sick. The food looks good and smells good and usually tastes really good, and is satisfying to the stomach. But, is it good for you? You don’t really know what’s in it and where the ingredients came from. Not really, not for sure.
Your spiritual life is much the same. You cannot get your spirit food out all the time. In order to ensure that you are getting a nutritious, balanced diet you must prepare your own food in your own home more than getting it out somewhere else.
Living the spiritual life Jesus is calling us to live is a lifelong process. And, to experience true victory we must follow certain disciplines. We must also understand how things work. This does not happen overnight and it does not come from sitting at church on Sunday. We have to seek to find it. Revelation comes from seeking and praying and spending personal time in the pursuit of it. The problem is most people do not know how to do this. I pray that this article speaks what Jesus would have it to say to your heart.
When Jesus enters a man, he lifts the man out of the mire of the carnal world. Jesus starts a new life in the man’s heart. There is a transformation process that takes place. The man is washed clean with the innocent blood of Jesus in the sight of God and his former deeds are no longer existent. Everything that Jesus did on this earth is now credited to this man in our Fathers sight. He is new, precious and holy for the first time. All of the man’s previous sins are cast out. His heart and his record are swept clean. The man is set free from the bondage of Satan and the prison of his own making up to that point. This new man is admitted into the family of the Beloved.
With that being said, now, it is up to the man to stay out of Satan’s influence and the craving of the man’s own flesh. Usually, when the rebirth happens nothing on the outside of the man has changed. If the man was bald before accepting Jesus, he will still be bald after Jesus has come in his life.
However, on the inside Jesus has plowed the field of the man’s heart and planted seeds in the soft, upturned soil. Where the man once had weeds of malice, judgment, hatefulness, and sin, that place is now sowing shoots of gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, and tenderness. This constitutes the change that takes place instantly.
But, this is where the man is apt to get lost, because, now it is up to the man to nurture these budding gems. The man must start to learn to cultivate these tender pods with his own will. He is still in the same physical life. The man still has the same job, house, family, and other things as he did before. The outside is the same, but the inside is very different.
The man now has the responsibility to weight what comes in and decide what must go out. Doing this is hard work and it does not happen by itself. It takes diligent prayer and reading and spending personal alone time with God. May the Lord be magnified and the Saints be blessed. Amen.
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