If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 (KJV)
As Christians we are called to seek heavenly realities. Our thoughts and our words should center not so much around our circumstances and conditions, but around what is true about us in Christ. What is true about us in Christ is that we are risen with Him and seated with Him in heavenly places. (see Ephesians 2:6) This gives us a position of authority through the name of Jesus over sickness, lack, fear, and anything else the enemy may throw at us. We are already victorious, for we are joined to the One who has overcome the world. And as we abide in Him, we get to partake in this overcoming victory.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
One of the most crucial aspects of discipleship is to continue in the Word. Let us take time each day to renew our minds in the Word and to seek what God is speaking to us for that particular day. Jesus has said that if we will continue in His Word, not only will we be His disciples indeed, but we will also know the truth. This is not speaking of merely an intellectual knowing, but of a deeper revelation in our spirit. The more we know the truth from the depths of our spirit, the more we bear witness to its supernatural power of setting us free from all bondage.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:15 (KJV)
Our words greatly influence the course of our life and development. We are called to always speak the truth in love. This cultivates within us a deep sense of reverence for the truth, and it enables us to fellowship with God and with each other from a pure conscience. In doing this we are accelerating our process of growth and maturity, moving ever more fully towards embodying the fullness of who we are in Christ.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:63 (NKJV)
The Word is the spiritual food for our recreated spirit. Just as our physical body requires physical food and the mind requires intellectual food, so too our spirit must be fed with spiritual food. The more we are in the Word, and the more of the Word is in us, the greater will be our revelation of Christ and who we are in Him. When our hearts are filled with the Word, we are always ready to overcome whatever opposition we might face. With our spirit nourished and strengthened, we can stand boldly upon the Word and know that whenever the Word is mixed with faith, a manefestation must always follow.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11 (KJV)
When we look to Jesus and faithfully walk with Him, He will lead us up the path of life. We discover in His presence a joy that cannot be taken away by the world, we will find the pleasures that come from knowing who we are in Him and what He has called us to do. So let us look to Him, let us be in His Word, and follow where He is taking us. Each of us has a role to play in the kingdom of God: each of us is called to be a light through which the great Light might shine forth into this world.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
In Christ we have been made a brand new creation. The moment we are in Christ our spirit is recreated after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness. The task of every born again believer now is to bridge the gap between our perfect spirit in Christ and our imperfect soul. The soul—our mind, our will, and our emotions—must be brought into alignment with our new nature and identity according to the Word of God. Practially speaking, we renew the mind daily by meditating on and confessing our new idenity in Christ. This enables us to live more fully out of who we are in Him, giving us full access to the victory Jesus has already obtained for us.
And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.
2 Corinthians 3:4-5 (NKJV)
To walk in the victory that has been made available to us, we must let this principle deeply take root in our hearts: our sufficiency is not from ourselves! Worldly wisdom teaches us to rely on ourselves—be it our own understanding, our own level of education, our past experiences, our own resources—whereas godly wisdom reveals the futility of any such approach when it comes to the things God has called us to do. When we rely on ourselves, we will always bump into limitations; yet when we rely on God, we open ourselves to a life that surpasses natural limitations. God does not want His children to be limited by the things of this world, and so let us be sure that our trust and our reliance are in Him.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 (KJV)
Jesus has come to give us access to the more abundant life. This more abundant life becomes available to us the very moment we are in Christ—we are to experience God’s goodness in our relationships, in our health, in our livelihood as well as in the area of our finances. Yet the only way to receive anything from God is by faith. We must believe in our hearts that it is God’s will that we be blessed. The thief may make an attempt to steal, kill and destroy, yet we must always stand firm upon the promises of God. Let us be sure that each of us are called to be blessed and therefore to be a blessing unto our world.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will, of God.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
The most important thing after getting born again is the renewing of the mind. When we renew our mind in the Word, we are bringing our thoughts into alignment with God’s thoughts. We are learning to no longer speak the words of the world, but to boldly proclaim the Word of God. Scripture tells us that it is through the renwing of the mind that we prove what God’s will for us is. To prove it is to see it made manifest. I can believe that God’s will for me is to prosper and be victorious in every sphere of life, yet the only way I can prove it is to see it come about in my life. And so let us remember the importance of renewing our mind daily, of getting into agreement with all that God has said is true about us in Christ.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us be careful to place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. In other words, we believe because we know that God is faithful to His Word. We believe because we know that God is watching over His Word to perform it. Wordly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.