From Adam to Christ
From death to life
From old to new
From darkness to light
From works to rest
From law to grace
From judgment to righteousness
From exhausted to seated
From me to Him
From busy to content
From do to done
From anxiety to peace
From religion to relationship
From “what’s next” to “what’s finished”
From “have to” to “want to”
From temporal to eternal
From glory to glory to glory
Wynema Clark 5/26/15
Walking in the spirit doesn’t mean doing churchy things. Doing churchy things can and often is very very fleshy. You know as well as I that the more you do the more you feel you have to do. If you pray an hour you feel two is better. If you give there is always more needed and if you go to classes there is always another class to take. Then have you ever tried to step away from these things? Yikes watch out because forget what you have done it’s a perpetual state of do do and give me, give me, give me. This is the life of your everyday enthusiastic church goer. This life is exhausting!
When your churchy actions are done to gain something from God or even keep something bad from happening then you are depending on what you do and that is walking in the flesh. By definition walking in the flesh is dependance on you and your actions and walking in the spirit is dependence on Christ, who He is and what He has already done.
Walking in the spirit is very simply resting in the finished work of Christ that has already been given to you when you believe. That includes righteousness, favor and blessing. All of this in Christ now, today without doing a single churchy thing. It is faith and rest “in Him” and what He already accomplished. See “you” died with Christ (Colossians 2:20, Romans 6:8, 2 Corinthians 5:14) and then Galatians 2:20 says he gave us Christ life and it’s out of His life that we live. Do you think God is counting how many times Christ is going to church or taking communion? No way, Jose! And His life is your life. That is the life of grace instead of law.
This isn’t laziness or doing nothing, this is the capacity to actually be more productive doing what you were put on this planet to do. It’s the most natural way to live (as a spirit being) and it is all from a place of rest.
Now before you run to FB to set me straight, think of the story of Rachel and Leah. Jacob fell in love with Rachel and worked for seven long hard years to have her. In Hebrew Rachel means “ewe or lamb”. So Jacob worked for the lamb (see the picture). Only when you work to gain the lamb you wake up with Leah. What! After seven years of hard labor Jacob woke up on the wedding night with Leah. Leah in Hebrew means “weary”. That is a dirty rotten trick, but it happened. And that is what you get when you work for the lamb you get weary. After that Laban gives Rachel to Jacob and Jacob works seven years because he has her. So you can work to get and end up weary or you can work because you have and end up at rest. God’s plan is good!
This story illustrates to us that when you work to get you will end up weary. Or you can realize that the lamb is yours, that He loves you already and gave His life as you and for you and to you. The truth is you will get more done from love than from fear and obligation. It isn’t about your churchiness but about His life in you.
Not feeling all that poetic
But having much to say
From a passion rising briskly
Like the ocean to the bay
Is the love of Christ my Savior
As my eyes are opened wide
To His mercy and His kindness
And the life He does provide
So complete is His provision
So entire is His being
That it feels the nooks and crannies
And awakens me to seeing
Even with my body weakened
And on earth I live today
His life is like the ocean
And my life is like the bay
It will never be depleted
It will never cease to be
It’s a life that lives forever
It’s His life that lives in me.
So I rest in this knowing
I am righteous, I am pure
I am ever in His pleasure
And poetically secure.
Jesus is the ultimate balance for life. My identity comes from my life in Him. My identity doesn’t come from a label placed on me because of something I may or may not believe. Who cares if I believe in a rapture or not, or if I vote republican or democrat. Endless arguments, division and labels are placed when our personal opinions become our religion.
My theology is evolving, but it is evolving into something very streamlined. I may or may not be correct when it comes to my end time beliefs or politics but I am 100% sure of my relationship with Jesus and what He accomplished at the cross. I am absolutely confident that within Him is everything I will ever need. I say that my theology is streamlined because I want nothing more or less than what is Christ. If it’s found “in Him” I want to know what it is and if it isn’t found “in Him” I don’t.
I find balance in Christ because in knowing Him is found all the elements to Christian living. Things religion has worked centuries to develop come naturally. Try really knowing Him and not having faith…it’s impossible. But faith outside of him is exhausting, because it’s dependent on “me”. Once you know Him as the author and finisher of your faith there is rest. I just trust Him. I can “be” without it being all about me.
Rest and balance in Him doesn’t mean I have it all together. It means in the midst of my life on this earth, my life filled with drama and irritation, decision making both right and wrong, that it’s about His goodness, His bigness, His ability, His accomplishment, His plan, it’s about Him. So if life were a giant scale and on the one end is me and the other is my problems then I suppose the scale would be Christ because in Him I am always in balance.
I sigh from relief
Now my mind can rest
The work is complete
Give me a spiritual blood test.
Cause I’ve been re-gene-arated
That old man Is dead.
That old way of doing things
That depended on me
Was cut out, extracted, and hung on a tree.
And what came alive the day I believed
Was a life so perfect so connected with God
That people either applaud or call it a fraud.
But I know the truth, I’m confident and sure
That the life I’ve been given it’s like haute couture
It’s like a direct line from Heaven
Like peace undefined,
Like organic and holy like a branch and a vine.
So don’t worry, or doubt but rest in this fact
That the mysteries been solved,
the code has been cracked
Your not whack, So stand up put your shoulders back
You’re the righteousness of God, so walk like a boss
Cause it’s all about Jesus and what he finished at the cross!
June 18, 2014
Exhaustion, busy work and emptiness, these are the feelings that I have had after years of being a christian; until now. I’ve been taught x number of ways to sanctification, x number of ways to get right with God, x number of things to do to earn God’s trust but no one ever told me, until now, that all of these are found in “Jesus”. Wait a minute, you mean that sanctification, righteousness and even perfection are all in Jesus, “yes”. They aren’t achieved after Jesus, you aren’t empowered to receive them after Jesus, they are found only “in Jesus”. Meaning, Jesus is our sanctification, redemption, salvation, perfection, righteousness…etc..etc..etc.. Meaning, when you got Jesus you got sanctified, redeemed, saved, perfected and made right! You are a current possessor of all you have been working your butt off to achieve (I Corinthians 1:30). Rest, now just rest in Him (Rom. 4). Sure we work out our salvation with reverence (Phil. 2:12). But that is just to work out of what is already in you. In the person of Jesus Christ we find all that we will ever need. What is required of us is to say “Thank you” and “Amen”. Now go live!
I have always felt like a simple minded person surrounded by complex roadmaps and formulas. That I had to unlock some divine code in order to experience a kind of Heavenly ecstasy that I have always missed.
So I study and pray and search and hang on to every word by ministers and speakers and authors.
Are you ready for a huge revelation; it’s not difficult at all?
It ALWAYS comes back to the cross and what Jesus did there. Is His work enough, then just believe it? Whether its for my kids, my financial situation, my marriage, my health, whatever.
Now believe me it’s vital to study and learn to be good at those things like parenting etc.. but i could fail in those areas, lets just be honest. So my faith can’t be in the next book or study or in my ability follow directions. It has to be in Jesus and what he has already banked into my heavenly account through His blood. So read the books and go to the seminars and grow, grow, grow but rest in the simple truth that what Jesus did has to be the final answer.