Our Daily Walk With Christ (Article 17-4)
As believers, we know that Christ now dwells in us and no longer among us! Yes, He resides in our soul and if we submit to Him, He will reign over our lives. In our daily walk with Christ, we must turn to Him for all things. As Jesus tells us in John 15:5, 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing". The fact that Christ reminds all of us that we can “do nothing” without Him should compel us to commune (have fellowship) with Him every day. Just as we need air to breath every moment we live, we need Jesus to give us spiritual nourishment and with it, His light so we may see and live in the presence of our Creator. Each and every day, we must turn to and reach for His divine love and everlasting presence. It is only from our direct communication with God can our souls be strong and with this have the peace and rest we have been looking for all our lives.
We Must Call On God for Our Fresh Manna
Recall that God provided the Israelites manna to eat each day as they wondered the desert. By the next day, the previous day’s manna had become spoiled requiring the Israelites to turn to God for fresh manna and nourishment (Exodus 16:13-20). We too must turn to God each and every day to get our fill of the “fresh manna” so we may live according to our Father's will. We must wait on God letting Him reveal His presence so we may know Him and with this become “one” with Him. As we strive to grow and mature spiritually, we must remind ourselves that to do so, we must turn to God for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). Yes, each and every day, we are to ask our Father to feed us – nourish our souls so we may live and live in the manner we were meant to live from the beginning of time.
We Must Seek Him In Humility
As we turn to our Lord for nourishment, we must be still and seek Him in humility. We must bow before our Creator giving Him His rightful place in our lives. We must seek to be filled with the “Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit)” and the humility it brings to us all. It is only by means of Christ’s Spirit that we can truly know God. It is only by the Spirit of Christ are we able to bear “much fruit” (John 15:5) – "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23). Our call is to always “live by the Spirit and we must keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25-26). We must turn away from the world and our flesh to sustain our lives. As believers, we are “spiritual beings” requiring “spiritual nourishment” which can only be given to us by God!
We Must Know Our Rightful Place.
As children of God, we must know our rightful place and the value of our beings, as well as the value of all beings in the eyes of God. Christ can never be satisfied until He has us totally and strive to enter into His Holy presence. It is only at this point, we gain our boldness and assurance from knowing we have the very love and heart of our Creator which should be at the center of all our objectives. Let Jesus’ love take control of you heart and let it shine from your eyes so all may see. Let us, each and every day, strive to become like Christ.
Let Humility, Not Pride Dominate Your Mind and Heart.
As we strive to become like Christ we must remember that our likeness with Him consists of two main parts: “the likeness of His death” and “the likeness of His resurrection.” Our death can only be achieved through humility (the giving up of our “self”) and with this, our submitting to the Father’s will. The prideful “self” within us must die and with it our sinful (disobedient) nature. We must be “resurrected” into a spiritual being that can and desires to commune with God, for we have become one with Him as was during the time of our divine parents before their falling away from God. We can only know Christ by the power of His and our own resurrection; however, evil “self” within us and its evil nature (pride) must first die. Therefore, every morning we must humbly submit ourselves to our all-loving, all-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful Father to ask for our daily bread. For we were once dead, but now as believers, we are alive forever! If we do these things, God will bestow His power, by way of the One who now lives in us – Jesus Christ.
Surrender and Seek Christ Every Day.
Surrender to God and seek His anointing of Christ’s spirit so you may become like Christ in all your ways, and with this become one with the Father. This is at the center of everything Christ teaches us – to become one with the Father. This can only be accomplished by humility and a deep and quiet faith in God and the One He sent. I end this article with the same way I started it by reminding you what Jesus tells us all (John 15:5): “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing".