UNBINDING THE CAPTIVE SELF
When we come to the cross and allow ourselves to be put to death in Jesus we rise again in Him and find ourselves somewhat new. As we proceed in our adventure we find that all of us has not died; that even though Christ’s death for us is complete, our old carnal way has its domain within. We see that within us is a country. The adventure of our life is re-taking new areas, new provinces for Jesus and for ourselves. We call these non-reborn areas strongholds. Growth into sonship is a life-long coming to the cross with those dead places to achieve in Jesus that which is already done. Paul spoke of this discipline as ‘I die daily.’ It implies constant death to death and constant resurrection to new forms of life.
‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ Gal 2.20 NIV.
Real life is never found in stagnation, in religion, routine, patterns or things. It is always found as you - in union with God and stepping steadfastly into THE UNION THAT IS ALREADY OURS in Christ. Such ‘stepping’ is not a one-off, not an episode but a constant of adventure into ever more of life. But it never occurs without effort, pain and daring.
Don’t expect to enter here if you never confront anything!
Fully committed to Jesus we can enter a realm of sacredness and knowing; of being able to see things as they are because we are seeing as God sees and knowing as He knows. But you will not find this living like a horse in your home paddock. Here we may not know that we are not alive and be unaware that we are surrounded by a cloud of blindness and un-life.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. This is the Living Word and also you as a new covenant son of God. Here the flesh and the Kingdom is separated and revealed as to what it is – a shadow or the reality that is Christ.
Robert Rohr writes, ‘Whenever we’re led out of normalcy into sacred space, it’s going to feel like suffering.
It’s letting go of what we’re used to.
That causes suffering. But part of us always has to die. If that readiness isn’t there, we won’t enter into sacred space.
The prophet leads us into sacred space by showing us the insufﬁciency of the old order. The role of the priest is to teach us how to live in the new realm. Unfortunately, the priest too often operates separately from the prophet. He talks of a new realm but never leads us out of the old order where we are still largely trapped.’
Some are trapped in lethargy, others in phlegmatic torpor and yet others in a delusion so subtle that they can scarcely see or hear the proclamation of truth and life. But Jesus came to set such captives free.
‘I will say to the prisoners, 'Come out in freedom,' and to those in darkness, 'Come into the light.' They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare’ Isa 49.9 NIV.
The old order in the macro-sense is the old covenant realm. This is the tree of separation and death masquerading as life. It’s old covenant separation with some adjustments and alterations to make it what we think is Christianity. Well Christianity it may be but it’s not the Kingdom. It’s confusion and darkness.
Here we are un-rooted in our union with God that we cannot know God as He is. We are unable to know as we are known and be as we have been re-birthed to be. Welding on ‘spirit-filled’ to this non-existence will not help. It does not make things better because we are not ROOTED IN LIFE ITSELF. We will talk of the Spirit of Sonship but not possess it and we will wax lyrical about spirit and life but remain dead folks walking.
But none are compelled to stay in this half-life. ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.’ He came set the most subtly captive FREE!