Friday, October 09, 2009
Letting Go of the Old Ways
I recently listened to a pod cast by Andrew Farley, author of his recently published book, The Naked Gospel, in this pod cast he was sharing about his needing to upgrade on his older computer. He said he was a died in the wool PC man and never even gave it a second thought in upgrading, to consider anything other than a newer PC, until a chipper big smile on his face sales person greeted him and asking, “how can I be of assistance to you.”
As Andrew told him what he was looking for the sales person then asked, what about a Mac this time? No way Andrew said, that is not remotely close to what I want, until the sales person said these magic words to Andrew, “but sir, you can now use PC operating software on the Mac and actually with recent improvements you can do so even better than on a PC.’ Wow, Andrew said, I’m hooked!
In our having been re-birthed according to the scriptures, “(This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun-all things are become new)” there is a new operating system (law) in that we have been spiritually joined to God. “But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.”
Thing is, that in the re-birthing it was just our spirit that became fully alive by being joined to His, making us one in our spirit union, the soul and body need to experience the same transforming grace.
It is within our flesh which encompasses our soul that therein lies the old operating system that draws from the reservoir of the knowledge of good and evil. The master of disguise, aka, the father of lies, of religion, the one who is the prince of darkness is masquerading as an angel of light has infected us all, but for some this has spilled out into religious rolls such as pastors, teachers, prophets etc.
Without seeing and getting to know the anointed and gifted One, Christ in us, then we will see ourselves “as” being gifted, as in being separated from the only one who can produce within and through us His life however He chooses to do that.
Revelation is the very air that fills our inner being with the free flow of His love, life and light that is designed to make real to and in us experientially what we already have in Christ Jesus.
Because of having next to no vision (the eyes of our heart being opened) of the resurrected and glorified living Christ in us as us, then what appears to be merely something like Christ operating through certain “gifted” ones is that which steals the affections of our heart from Him.
For these individuals to let go of their old way of thinking would be tantamount to committing spiritual suicide, their identity would cease to exist, they would be made of no reputation, they would be left with nothing more or less than what each of us has in Christ.