Do you ever think about what it means to be a “Human being“?
I realize that almost all of my life I have been a human “doing” always striving and struggling to become something other than what I simply was. I never ever really arrived at the place I was trying to reach. I have concluded it was all an illusion. I believe this is a struggle of the entire human family.
I see it in myself, my family, my children. Everyone I know. I believe is why it has always been so difficult connecting with and talking to the family I grew up in. They were and still are a strong family of “doers”. They have always been this way and most of their existence still to this day is based on “doing” to become or striving. This was my struggle, but God seemed to have different plans. God started putting me through his refining fire and I had to let go of “doing to become. I simply no choice when faced with thick impenetrable walls of hopelessness. I kept being put into situations that where there was nothing I could do but surrender. It was very difficult, but I had to let go and learn to fully trust God. For me, this is ongoing as I do pick it back up at times and believe I am still “running the show”. I have found that this “striving to become” is much stronger in men than women as men are very task oriented. Men are also much more disconnected from their true heart and feelings because of this. I know coming from a family of six men, no girls and having two boys myself. I see it in my boys, my brothers and myself. Men are trained in this culture to be this way. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I believe they are completely related. The more task oriented a person is, the more they are disconnected from their true being, their true heart and true feelings. They do not know who they are.
Am I wrong? I don’t think I am.
This all changes when God begins to break the outer man who is based on “doing“. This is not a pleasant event or process. It feels like death and that’s what the Bible calls it – death of “self”. It is all part of the “baptism of fire” when a person is immersed or “baptized” into God’s very Spirit. Check out Matt 3:11:
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matt 3:11)
God’s fire does hurt like a place that is VERY hot, but it doesn’t destroy you. God’s fire is not destructive like fire in the natural realm. His fire really refines you and removes the “dross” like a good blacksmith does to gold. God’s fire are all the difficult and painful life circumstances that we are put in where we found ourselves helpless or powerless. It is painful and man calls it “death to self”. This selfish outer man is the blindness that keeps us from not only seeing God, but seeing ourselves, our true self as well. This selfish outer man is very clever and deceptive and he will use any and all things to remain on the throne. He is very clever at hiding in religious activities so we can’t “see” him. God sees him though as he can’t hide from God. God will break him. Once God breaks him and the outer man finally cracks, then and only then can LIFE spring forth from the living waters that Jesus promised – the Spirit of God himself. Then God can really use a person for his Kingdom purposes of Life. The life that flows out is God’s very life of Christ inside but we must experience first death just like he did in order to experience his life. See 2 Cor 4:10.
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body (2 Cor 4:10)
Is this just for “believers”?
Not according to Jesus in Mark 9:49.
“For everyone will be salted with fire Mark 9:49
All of us enter into this world believing WE are God and in charge of our lives. Our self-powered and “self-willed” life truly must die first in order to live our true and real life – Christ. When this begins to occur a person truly begins to enter rest because they stop “doing to become” and instead truly realize they are already there! But it is not without a lot of struggle to “let go”. They will also begin to see all the painful circumstances and things that happened in their life as all part of God’s sovereign plan and purpose for them. This is a powerful and intimate time with God and they will realize something else very basic yet amazing.
They are a human “be”-ing.
They no longer “do”, they just “be”. They are entering the 7th spiritual day of God’s rest. They have entered the “promised land” of God – Christ himself. Now, this is all experience only. They were already there in their true inner man, their spirit man when they believed. But, now that truth is manifesting or breaking through to their outer, natural man where our experience or “soul” takes place. Now we actually see it happening in our normal, everyday life.
This is an amazingly powerful transformation process that is very painful at times, but when they get across the river Jordan there are many rewards. They know many new things. They know that Christ really DID finish the work at the cross. Christ really did fully and finally complete Adam. Of course, this is all true in the realm of truth or the spirit for now, but this is where man starts to know this. Deep inside himself. It is from this deep place that this powerful truth begins to give him rest. And then it works its way outward to his outer man and into the natural physical realm.
And begins to KILL him. That’s right. It destroys him. The outer man has to die. He is all about “doing” and not “being”. He does not understand the finished work. He has NO faith but is only under law due to self-righteousness. I don’t mean he has to die physically, but that is the ULTIMATE finale of him. I hope he will “die” or surrender before the body dies, but it is up to the father. I mean he has to stop “trying” to become and trying to strive to become something other than who God says he is. He has put us under law and we have received his condemnation, guilt and shame far too long. He has to be shut up. God will shut him up. That is what the law does. It shuts up and puts to death the outer man or the flesh. He will eventually surrender if God wills it while the body is alive. If not he will fully surrender (die) when our natural body dies. Hopefully, it is before he dies physically. Once he is “dead”, then and only then, can a person’s TRUE life spring forth who is CHRIST himself!
But, he is very clever as he hides in our fallen human bodies. He will NOT give up the fight completely until our natural bodies die. He is always trying to work his way back onto the throne of your life in very subtle, clever and deceptive ways. I suspect he is even writing part of this message. We have to continue to ask God to show him to us so we can stand still and allow God to kill him again. This process called “repentance” is ongoing and the quicker we can do this the less pain we feel. It really is an ongoing process to fight and stay in God’s rest.
Entering God’s rest
Once the outer man gives up and “dies”, then a person can enter the true rest, God’s rest of the 7th day. It can’t be entered by any law-based thinking of the outer man or by any part of the outer, natural man as that is the one who is against us here. Only Joshua (Jesus) can take you across the Jordan to the land of Canaan (promised land of rest). And you can only get there by the full death (surrender) of the outer man. This happens once the father stops the “waters” of the Jordan” that were stopped all the way back to the city of Adam!
Do you see the powerful thing God has been telling us in the Old Testament?
Once a person experiences this most powerful crossing of the Jordan with Jesus their guide, they realize they really do NO LONGER LIVE and that it really is Christ who lives in and through them. Gal 2:20 They have entered the true rest of God. They have tasted of the Heavenly realm and will not want anything else. They will cross back and forth over the Jordan in their experiences, but they themselves always remain in Canaan. God will continue to provide victory and rest as we stay close to his feet and stare into his eyes.
This is one powerful experience my friend that I hope and pray we will all experience if we haven’t already. It’s FULL surrender of EVERYTHING! For some of us like me who are very stubborn, it takes a lot of pain and suffering to arrive at. The reward is most awesome I believe.
This is the beginning of a person’s real and true life – Christ.
Enjoy this journey.