Consider Heavenly Realities (Colossians 3:2-3)

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:2-3 (NKJV)

In order for us to live out of who we are in Christ, we are called to set our thoughts on the things above. We are called to consider heavenly realities by filling our hearts and minds with the Word of God. It is this daily renewing of the mind in the Word that makes us open, receptive and available to everything that has become true about us in Christ. It enables the wholeness, the peace of mind, the fulfillment and provision that is hidden in Him to become manifest as the day to day realities of our life.

Think The Thoughts Of God (Isaiah 55:8-9)

For my thougths are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)

One of the most important things for us to do is to replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God. We may know the thoughts of God through His Word, and so our task becomes to get our thinking lined up with the truth of God’s Word. This is a continual process; and the more that we devote ourselves to it, the more will we see our lives changed to reflect more fully who we are in Christ.

Abide In Him (John 15:3)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:4 (KJV)

We abide in Jesus through abiding in His Word. As we mediate on the Word of God and what it says about us in Christ, old strongholds are broken, worldly beliefs and perceptions are dissolved, and we become more fully receptive to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives. Each of us are called to bear much fruit in His name; let us be sure to abide in the vine.

Renew The Mind (Romans 12:2)

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)

When we renew our minds, we replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God, and we exchange our words for the Word of God. The more that we bring our thoughts and words into agreement with God’s Word, the more will we prove God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for us. And the way we prove it is to live it, to see it made manifest in our day to day lives.

Abide In Him (John 15:3)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:4 (KJV)

We abide in Jesus through abiding in His Word. As we mediate on the Word of God and what it says about us in Christ, old strongholds are broken, worldly beliefs and perceptions are dissolved, and we become more fully receptive to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives. Each of us are called to bear much fruit in His name; let us be sure to abide in the vine.

Identity In Christ (Ephesians 4:23-24)

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (KJV)

Putting on the new man is a shifting in identity. We no longer look at who we were in the flesh, we look to who Jesus has made us to be. The more that this becomes our meditation, the more will we begin to live according to our identity in Christ. And that’s when we bear much fruit in His name.

Live By The Word (Matthew 4:4)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4 (KJV)

Just as our physical body requires physical food in order to be strengthened, so too our born again spirit requires spiritual food in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. We are being spiritually fed anytime we receive the Word of God, when we meditate on it, and take it into our hearts. The more that our spirit is fed, the stronger it becomes. And when our spirit is strong, our ability to be victorious over the flesh increases.

Abide In Him (John 15:3)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:4 (KJV)

Walking in our union with Jesus is crucial to our daily success. We abide in Jesus through abiding in His Word. As we mediate on the Word of God and what it says about us in Christ, old strongholds are broken, worldly beliefs and perceptions are dissolved, and we become more fully receptive to all that God is seeking to do in and through our lives. Each of us are called to bear much fruit in His name; let us be sure to abide in the vine.

Aligning Our Thoughts With God’s Thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)

We are called to get our thoughts aligned with God’s thoughts. This means steadfastly resisting thoughts, theories and imaginings that contradict His will and His promises, and instead filling our hearts and minds with the truth of His Word.

Weekly Grace: Walking After The Spirit Frees Us From Condemnation

Much of the Christian life is about believing right. Unfortunately religion in many cases has made it all about getting our behavior straightened out. Yet the radial truth of grace is that the very moment we start to believe right as far as our identity in Christ is concerned, our behavior will take care of itself.

Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Friend, have you ever realized the destructive cycle that comes out of living in guilt and condemnation? A person who is constantly living in guilt over something that may have happened in their past, or someone who carries an ongoing sense of condemnation—and on top of that believes that God is condemning them—has more or less cut themselves off from being able to receive the fullness of what the precious blood of Jesus has made available. Nothing keeps us bound to sin more than living in sin consciousness.

Yet there is “no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus!” When Jesus came into this earth and died on the cross for our sins, He made it possible for all of our guilt and condemnation to be removed once and for all—if we would simply accept this precious gift of His love!

In order to fully receive what Jesus has made available, we must understand and receive by faith who He has made us to be in Him. Realize that the very moment you gave your life to Jesus, He has completely changed who you are at the core of your being. He has changed the deepest part of you, which is your spirit. Remember that we are spirit beings, we possess a soul—our mind, will and emotions—and we live in physical bodies.

The part of you that got born again when you gave your life to Christ is your spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 tells us, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” To be joined unto the Lord means that Jesus is the Lord of your life; one spirit with the Lord means that your born again, recreated spirit has taken on a nature that is spiritually identical to Jesus. In other words, it is the spirit part of you that has been made perfectly righteous in Him. It is for this reason that God, who cannot lie, can look at you and call you righteous. God being a Spirit (John 4:24), first and foremost deals with us in our spirits. And those of us who have been born again have been made perfect in our spirits, which is why the Bible talks about “the spirits of just men made perfect.” (see Hebrews 12:23)

And so there is no condemnation to those who walk “not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” And what ultimately determines whether we are walking after the flesh or after the Spirit is our identity. Are we identifying with who we used to be in the flesh, or have we shifted our identity towards who we have been made to be in Christ? To walk according to the Spirit is to walk according to who we are in Christ. It is to understand that the old sin nature which had been working in our spirits to produce sin and death which yields in guilt and condemnation, has been completely destroyed the moment we got in Christ, and in Him we have received a new born again nature—the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (see 2 Corinthians 5:21)

And so to experience freedom from guilt and condemnation, our task becomes to shift our identity towards who we are in Christ. This shifting of our identity is the work of believing right. The more that we believe right, the more will we live right. This is what the renewing of the mind is all about. As we replace our thoughts with God’s thoughts about us, as we get our words to align with His Word, and as we keep our eyes on Jesus, the Holy Spirit will work in us to give us a revelation of the depths of His love for us, and the glory of His finished works which He has wrought for us on the cross. This is what enables Romans 8:16 to come into effect, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”—and that’s when all guilt and condemnation must flee.

Father, I thank You for the precious gift of Your love. Thank You, Jesus, for everything Your finished works have made available. I receive Your great love for me that You demonstrated on the cross when You took all of my sin, all of my guilt, and all of my condemnation so that I would no longer need to carry it. I receive now by faith that I am the righteousness of God in You, Lord, and that I am equipped and empowered to live a victorious, godly and overcoming life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES

Romans 8:1; Romans 8:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 6:17; John 4:24; Hebrews 12:22-24; Romans 6:6; Romans 12:1-2