Deuteronomy 32:13 February 2013
He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock;
He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”
Dear friends and family,
What is resurrection? That word causes images and thoughts to arise in each of our minds that probably if I asked you we’d find they are all similar, but different. Scripturally, resurrection is a realm beyond the touch of death. Satan can do nothing to a resurrected life. When you have died to yourself there is nothing in you that can be provoked by the evil one. A dead man doesn’t get offended, he doesn’t get wounded, he doesn’t have resentment, fear, bitterness, or any such thing. Oh the joy of being so dead to self that nothing of this life can ever touch you again! In order to get to that place of resurrection we need to follow the same path that Jesus did. The first “stop” on his journey to the resurrected life was Gethsemane. This is where our will is laid down and we embrace and accept his will no matter what the cost. It’s where we get a revelation of what lies on the other side of the cross and for the joy set before us endure whatever comes. Here there is a struggle as the enemy of our souls tempts us to hold onto our own will or our own life whispering in our ear, “You can’t trust God, you don’t want to go THAT way look at what it will cost you, it’s not fair, why do I have to go through this while others seem to have the same problems or worse but you’re not requiring this of them?”
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry [thee] whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what [shall] this man [do]? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what [is that] to thee? follow thou me.
Are we any different than they were? Our hope and faith should be encouraged to see what great men of God both Peter and John became. If we find ourselves stunted at this stage of our growth and still dealing with self, offenses, and unfairness rejoice there’s life ahead greater men than you stumbled in this place. Keep going and press on toward the goal of a complete resurrection. As we lay down our will through the suffering of our flesh we will be tested as Jesus was. Understand this, each time a trial of faith comes our way it’s not us who are being proven, but the Lord. When we see our faith being tested or proven it’s actually JESUS who’s being tested. It’s God’s faithfulness and not you that’s being tested. Whatever trial descends on you it’s to test or show you what Christ can do for you if you will let Him. He wants too! Peter said this is the faith that’s more precious than gold in 1 Peter 1:7; and James said in James 1:2-4 rejoice when these trials come count it a joy because it gives you a chance to grow in substance for eternity. Christ has already been proven. He will stand! He is that Rock, that sure and firm foundation under you. Let him prove himself to you in this. Faith is not asking for what God has already promised; faith is believing in those promises enough to stake your life on Jesus. Jesus’ testing came in the form of the betrayal of a friend, the denial of another, the abandonment of many, the mistrust and misjudgment of loved ones and friends, and the suffering of his flesh as he bore the burden of all mankind. Ours will be no different. We will face betrayals, denials, abandonment, misjudgment, criticism, mocking, and the suffering of our flesh as we die to self to let Him live in us through it all. We’ll walk that hill to Calvary in his footsteps forgiving as we go, bearing the burden of the sin of others against us and the pain that it brings. we’ll bear it without complaint, grumbling, resentment, self-pity or regret. We’ll bear it for the King with joy.
This brings us to our Calvary, the second “stop” on the road to resurrection. Now that our will is fully submitted we endure that which kills in us all that’s contrary to Him. He did it for us and now we do it for Him. This is the place of discipline and death to the old man. It is the place where we release the pain and suffering back to him and then comes healing. Once we’ve come through this release of ourselves and all our pain and suffering, we can experience the empty tomb. We’re dead, but we live!
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Things that came from Adam, or our old man, cannot live after going through death. Only the life of the Lord is able to pass through death and come out alive again!
The third step is the resurrected life. In every area where we’ve walked that road from Gethsemane to the empty tomb we have, in that area, forever closed the door to Satan’s ability to kill, steal and destroy because we have entered that realm beyond the touch of death. We have now entered into newness of life in Christ Jesus and that which was once theological, doctrinal, and mere knowledge have now become experience, life within. Now we have fruit to pass on to others and faith for each new obstacle that tries to deter our race for the prize. Now we can focus all our energies on forgetting the past, looking forward to what lies ahead, and pressing on toward the goal to receive the prize for which God through Jesus Christ is calling us up heavenward.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
A life that bears the marks of death and yet is alive is a resurrected life! Things that come from ourselves are unable to rise again once they have gone through the cross for they are lost in death! Death has been swallowed up in victory! Jesus walked the path before us and he’s shown us the way. He’s won the victory FOR us – we have just to apprehend it and walk in it. He’s defeated ALL the power of the enemy over a resurrected life and given that victory to us. Victory is a gift not a reward. A gift is freely given however, what you earn through work is a reward! Only when we can finally realize the emptiness of our working to please God and get victory; only when we realize the utter futility of those mindsets, the impossibility of our humanness overcoming supernatural power, the impossibility of corruption putting on incorruption of its own willpower, and just lay down in submission can we be in a place that is ready to accept the victory He’s won. Under the Law God required man to work for Him. Under Grace God works for man. If we work for God we’re under the Law of Sin and Death and it will reign in your life; but if we let Him work for us we rest in His victory.
True victory is an expressed life which is a life that expresses Christ in me; not a suppressed life which is me trying to suppress myself to conquer my sin. My labor is to enter into that resurrection rest by learning to fully yield and submit to Him in all things.
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
We serve an awesome Savior who has not only provided our Salvation but first walked the entire path before us as an example and as one who can now sympathize in all things with all the hurtful things we experience in this life. He is the perfect comforter, encourager, chastiser, and friend because He’s been there worse than you ever could be. If you will truly be yoked with Him in this life then His bearing of your burdens will make your yoke easy and your burden light.
May you come under his yoke and know the joy of His love and companionship as you walk this life from Gethsemane to Calvary to the Empty Tomb of the Resurrected Life!
In His Love
Solid Rock Ministries