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The Old Ways vs Christ’s Way
Mind S-t-r-e-t-c-h …
“A New and Living Way that He opened for us beyond the veil…” Hebrews 10:20.
The Old Ways …
In the days of the Old Covenant, the challenge was to “decrease so that He may increase,” (John 3:30).
Because man and God was living as two separate entities.
Man lived in submission to obey an external God Who had not been joined to himself.
He served God from a position of external obedience…
Christ’s Way …
In the New Covenant we are called to be redeemed to partner with Christ!
To be brought into agreement with Him by the transforming Power of His Spirit within.
Now our carnal nature has “die” to make room for the Holy Spirit, and our soul is daily being transformed and renewed to live in Union with the mind of Christ.
Redeemed as a New Creation Indwelt by Him!
Now we are called to be REDEEMED and made new as His sanctuary (temple) to live in soul-harmony with His Spirit within us.
A marriage Union with Christ, where the emphasis is no longer placed upon whether we are below Him, or whether He is above us (as though we are still living separate from Him).
But rather whether we are living in agreement and in harmony in Him by allowing Him to be One with us – so we may (together with Him inside of us, leading us) come to live in harmony and in agreement with our Father, as He is in harmony with His Father also.
(John 17 … “Father that they may be One with Us, as we are One with Another — You in Me and I in them, so the world (those around them) may know that You have sent Your Son (so they may be living witnesses — walking testimonies to be observed as men men and women, supernaturally transformed by Your Spirit’s work within them, to walk in harmony with You…)).
I No Longer Call You Servants … But Friends!
We are called to function as His body in obedience to Him, yielded to Him Who now dwells in us and lives through us, to be in service of Him, living infused (completely influenced and flooded) with His Spirit-Person and Life within us while living, walking and ministering in a harmonious flow of His Holy Spirit, as He chooses to express Himself in and through us as His co-workers on earth.
Now We Walk and Live in Love – Surrender!
It is to the extent of our willingness to live in surrender and to yield ourselves to be led, guided and directed in Him, that we produce the sweet smelling fragrant fruit of a life filled with His Presence and a ministry producing His Life in others!
“Within this new way of living beyond the veil – we do not only honour him as the head, but become the living sacrificial embodiment of his body on earth,” (Romans 12:1-2).
The Mind of the Spirit
Old Covenant relationship was founded upon the Letter.
We handled the things of and about God.
New Covenant relationship is founded on the Spirit.
We no longer follow God in handling the things about Him – we walk with Him and in Him, as He is in us.
We no longer fellowship in the realm of the seen, handling those things we can handle and touch – we now walk and fellowship in the realm of the unseen – the realm of knowing Him in the reality of His Spirit, Who in His reality – far surpasses anything seen, touched or handled in this world.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of the Lord since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings in South Africa and abroad and is a published author. He is the visionary of Fellowship of the Believers, host to “Eagle Food” Apostolic & Prophetic Seminars, and currently pioneers “Deeper Life” Revival School International, from South Africa where he resides. For more info visit www.revival.co.za