FLOWING IN THE SPIRIT
BY: LENNY ANTONSSON
There is a place in God where we start seeing the difference between the spiritual and the natural. Just like the Bible says, we’re in the world, but we’re not of the world. It’s the same thing with the physical. We are in the physical, but we’re not of the physical. In Romans 7, verse 5, in the very first phrase there, Paul says, “When I was in the flesh;” he is saying that he is not in the flesh anymore. He is living in the flesh, but he’s not of the flesh and here is where we have to understand the difference between the two. It doesn’t come right away to a young Christian. It’s something that we have to mature into. A mature Christian can understand that all the natural things are natural things and we have to function in them: going to work, buying food, having children. These are natural things, but this is not where we live. We live and move and have our being in God. (Acts 17:2) There is a difference here. We are in the flesh, but we are not of the flesh. I don’t know if this makes sense to you yet, but this is what God is showing me, that there is a place here where we can function in the spiritual. The mortal becomes immortal. We are flowing into that. I believe that God has brought us to a place where have evolved far enough spiritually so that we can see the kingdom of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again to see the kingdom of God“ (Jn. 3:3) and that’s what we are seeing now, the kingdom of God, because we have matured in God.
A child in God or a young person in God cannot see the kingdom of God. They are too busy with themselves. They are still too much involved in the natural things, in the flesh, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It takes time to mature, but when we are mature in God, we see the kingdom of God. We see Him operating. The kingdom of God is where He is totally in authority over everything. He flows in power and dominion, and there is no hindrance. We see that clearly. He is totally omnipresent; totally omniscient; totally almighty; totally sovereign. In that place, when we see that, we function differently. We operate totally differently because we know that God is all in all (Eph. 4:6). From this place, we now do things differently than we did before because we have total trust in God, total faith in God. We are gradually starting to come into the Sabbath rest of God. God worked for six days and on the seventh day, He rested, and this is the Sabbath rest that we are coming into: seeing God clearly, hearing God clearly, understanding God clearly, so that we can function in that place and be a blessing to others in that very area. Now, I am not talking about being a blessing to people the way the organized church goes about it. I’m not talking about that, that we have to have programs and Sunday school classes and teachers. I’m talking about a place in God where God tells us and flows through us and does through us. We don’t do for God. The organized church has a system where they have to “do for God” to please Him. They are not sons of God, but servants. Jesus said, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you.” (Jn. 15:15-16) A son of God is “an heir of God, and joint heirs with Christ,” (Rom. 8:17) not “doing to become,” or doing to help God, but by faith as the Holy Spirit leads us unto people, leads us into circumstances, we flow with God and function in God. It is totally different than how the organized church operates. If there is someone that God wants us to bless in whatever way, or to help in whatever way, God shows us and we flow in the Holy Spirit and do it as He shows us. If He doesn’t show us anybody or any work to do, we’re like the prophets of old; we go home and plow the field until God talks to us again. This is what it’s all about. We have to realize that as the world has become more and more educated, they are more and more depending on their minds to tell them what to do, how to operate. Paul tells us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.“ (Rom. 12:2) Paul gives us the end result of this transformation: “‘For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.“ (I Cor. 2:16) It is with the mind of Christ that we see the kingdom of God everywhere around us. And it is with the mind of Christ that we flow in His Spirit in everything we do and see and are. As we hear Him speak, we speak. As we see Him doing, we do likewise through His power. With the mind of Christ, we enter the Sabbath rest of God and cease from our own labors (Heb. 4:9-10).
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