March 9, 2019

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? ~ All throughout Jesus’ life on earth, we see where men would question his identity, they would accuse him of things that they had no understanding of, and would count him as a blasphemer, an enemy of God – all because they did not understand and discern spiritual things.

The natural man cannot understand or discern spiritual things. They gain their understanding through the five senses and are led about by the reasoning of the mind and the natural circumstances surrounding them. They have no way to discern things in the spirit and therefore when they saw Jesus, they couldn’t process who he was. He was completely outside of what and who they thought God to be.

John 8:14 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.”  Each one of us at one time or another will have voices that will rise up against us to challenge our identity. There will be voices that will bring false accusations against us to try to get us to back down or to stay in the place that we are currently in. They come to try and limit what God can do in us and try to keep us from pressing into the deep things of God. But we must have the same resolve that Christ did. We must know who we are in God and the things that he has spoken to us. We must not allow these voices cause us to draw back or abort faith. With each rising voice must come a greater determination to hold fast to what God has said and a refusal to back down. We must learn to walk in the spirit and to allow God to govern our lives and our steps so that we may be where he is. Refuse to be moved by what you see in the natural. Refuse to misread the adversities that rise up against you. Anytime you step out of the boat, there will be opposition to try to get you back into the boat. Refuse to draw back. Protect your heart and keep your eyes and your mind fixed on the “God said” for your life. Birthing isn’t easy and it’s not without pain, but the end result is worth every labor pain!

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