Friday, September 18, 2015

Entering Into Spiritual Quickening

I don't know about you but I rely heavily on spiritual quickening.

I quote this one verse often to myself...

"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." - Romans 8:11 NKJV

It is promise that I give back to God but it is only understood in context. God quickens our bodies in a whole spiritual dynamic that starts here...

"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." - Romans 8:1-4 NKJV

We can't have spiritual quickening unless we have the Spirit. We have the Spirit because of what Jesus did.

Then the groaning moment comes.

"For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body." - Romans 8:22-23 NKJV

It is the moment when we are tired but more needs to done. It is the moment when a person is there who could hear but we have no words. All creation longs for redemption and we long with it. Jesus is dead. The healer isn't healing. He Is in the grave. The edifier is behind the stone. Wisdom is momentarily silenced. Then the Spirit quickens Him. Life comes into His body. The sunrise happens not only on the horizon but it happens inside the grave and that grave is not a grave anymore.

We have that! Those who believe in Jesus have that.

Thank you God!... Really... Really... Thank You.

Musts aren't our motivation. Shoulds are swallowed in light. We fold our grave clothes neatly and leave them in a tomb we will walk away from. We have no plans to return there. We are quickened ones moving in a new dynamic. There is a life where we are not alive this way and then there is a life where we are made to be alive by The Spirit. It is Jesus' life. It is the life where all requirements have already been met.

What will it be today? More living like Cain where we grow a garden of unapproved vegetables. More going as far as our talent and ingenuity can take us. More avoiding what we don't like. More making things happen or living in regret because we couldn't make them happen.

It doesn't have to be any of that. We can remember a resurrection and be quickened by the indwelling Spirit. We can move in new life and fresh perspective. We can groan in identification and pass from death to burial and into resurrection.

For now our bodies will stay here on Earth quickened as our minds ascend and sit with Christ at the right hand of God's approval.


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