Time to tune in to 5 Minute Friday, with The Gypsy Mama. Every Friday readers write for 5 minutes about a chosen topic, but they are not allowed to edit their work, back track or over think it. Today’s topic is Path, so here are my 5 unedited minutes:
Our journey is scattered with so many incredible memories. From discovering You at the age of 10 to only starting to comprehend your love for me at the (almost) age of 30. You have touched my heart more times than I can recall, and each time overwhelmed me with the sweetness of your Spirit.
Our path is filled with memories of your faithfulness. You have always been the only constant in our walk. I have faltered so many times, yet I can only marvel at how patient you are with me…how much you love me. No words can express how deeply you are ingrained into my soul, how I can never be separated from you. It fills me with the deepest sense of peace and contentment. Nothing else matters except You. Your presence satisfies me.
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand.” Psalm 73:23
“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus … For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], so that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us…” Rom 8:1-4
Romans 8 gives us irrefutable proof that justification does NOT come through the law. It clearly says there is something which the law cannot do – namely the abolishing and overcoming of sin. God, on the other hand, was able to accomplish this. He sent His son as an offering for sin, and in this way met every righteous and just requirement of the Law. In other words – there is nothing of the law that is left for us to complete. Every single requirement was met through Jesus’ sacrifice.
In other words, if we now believe in this sacrifice we are completely set free and justified. That is why there is now no more condemnation for us. No one can point a finger at us and tell us we are not righteous or acceptable before God. We can approach Him boldly and without fear. We have been forever freed from the law of sin and death (a strict list of rules which had to be followed in order to not experience wrath and condemnation) to walk in a law of the Spirit of life (which is Jesus and the life in abundance we now have in Him).
We don’t live by the same set of rules that the world lives by (John 17:16). In the world we get praised for what we have accomplished or how far we’ve come in your own strength. We have ignorantly tried to apply the same set of rules to our Christian lives – trying to please God through noble accomplishments, achievements and spiritual warfare.
In Christianity the only achiever was Jesus. We are most ‘spiritual’ when we realize we cannot accomplish or achieve anything worthy of God’s praise on our own. The only ‘work’ that pleases Him is faith in the complete sacrifice of His Son, who achieved everything (John 6:29). If we understand this, Christ will truly manifest in our lives.
“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me;” Gal 2:20
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” Zac 4:6
“My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” 2 Cor 12:7-10
“If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise. For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness; And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are.” 1 Cor 3:18 – 20
If we try to change our lives by looking at our flaws and trying to eliminate them ourselves, we will become frustrated. It is the same as going to a pear tree, and being angry at it for not producing apples. By picking each pear you will not be changing the tree into an apple tree – you will just be wasting your time. Each new season it will continue bearing pears – the whole root system and nature of the tree needs to change in order to produce apples.
The same principle applies to our spiritual life. When we are born again, something really amazing happens. We become born of the spirit, meaning our nature changes completely. We are no longer subject to the flesh – but we become a new spirit man.
“What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6
The nature of the spiritual man bears spiritual fruit. It is effortless – just as easy as it is for an apple tree to bear apples. It is in it’s nature. We don’t even have to struggle and strive to accomplish it – the Word says it is the Spirit that brings forth the fruit. All we need to do is believe – and live in a relationship with Him.
“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness…” Gal 5:22