“Those that are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
Although it is true that when we are born again we truly become sons and daughters of God, it is a process to really walk fully in the authority of our position in Christ. Instantaneously, we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, however, we enter into this new life not understanding that we are now a new creation – the old has passed and the new has come. Unintentionally, we try to walk with Jesus while we cling to our old identity. As long as we do this, we give our adversary a foothold to bring us into negative circumstances to try to convince us that our past sin still defines us. We may have an understanding that we have been saved from our sin, but we often fail to realize that the precious blood of Jesus has truly cleansed us from all unrighteousness and what has defined us in the past no longer exists.
Not only do we not know how to let go of our old identity, many of us do not know what it is that we are to walk toward. In that light, we simply drift along doing the best we know how calling on the Lord with a sincere heart, but only truly giving Him what we are socially comfortable with. We know that we have need of Him and we seek Him, but often, we are seeking His hand without realizing that although our Father loves to give us good gifts, that is not His ultimate goal.
If I were to use the word possession with you, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us would be demonic in nature. But blood bought, child of God, we need to understand that because of what has taken place at Calvary, we have now been bought with a price. We are not our own. Therefore, we are to glorify God in our body. How do we do that? Do we not realize that we are His vessels? A vessel is a container. Our Lord is looking for a people that will let Him have His complete way within our hearts. Its certainly not an easy process because it requires something of us that we tend to fear with every fiber of our being – death.
Intellectually we know that Jesus has conquered death and we don’t necessarily fear the final death, but its death of another kind that is required to truly be the Lord’s container. Paul said, “I die daily.” What does it take for us to truly die to self no matter the cost? We need to see who we are in Christ. We need to come into full identity. Not a mixture of the old and the new – but only a true changing of our very nature into Christlikeness.
My question to us in these last days is this? – Do we come to church wanting to see God move among us or do we understand that God is looking for a people that will allow Him to move through us. They are very different mindsets, but only one of them is the Lord’s design for His church, His chosen vessel to contain His Spirit so that His kingdom may be advanced on the earth. Help us Jesus to understand that we are no longer our own and what a glorious life you have truly given in your Spirit which is only found in total surrender to you. Life – and life abundant.