IN Him is Immunity

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Last week I had a major dealing with God about my heart. I realized that, as a child, I gave into a demand for access to it. Essentially, in order to gain love, I compromised my value system. I had surrendered rather than remaining intact.  And with my heart, went my choices, passion, and worship. I had been captured most of my life and unable to free myself from certain strongholds.  I am not trying to be cryptic nor aloof; I just want to get into the meat of my message.  We all have life stories of our hinderings, but I want to express my joy in a new seeing.

I have always thought humility was the highest position of the heart.  I thought that when we are called to go into tough situations, meekness was the highest road. Today I am seeing that there is a higher Place.

Pride is an obvious low road: a wide path that any can easily travel.  Pride is effortless, just let go and pride is as natural as breathing.  Truly, just like breathing.  I know this trail very well; it leads to destruction. So I have purposed to travel the opposite track of humility. I’ve bowed to acknowledge my frailty, weakness and innate sinfulness. I come to most situations meeked by my own sinful nature.

But let me tell you what I am seeing.  There is a higher trail that is Him not me.  Pride is complete self.  Pride is exalting self higher than my known heights. But humility is also awareness of self.  Humility bows to my dependence on a merciful God. It comes yielded . . . good, right, and Godly? Yes, humility is godly, but there is a greater, more excellent Way.  This way is Christ.

There is a place that goes beyond forgiven and blood-washed.  This place no longer factors self in the mix. Pride and humility each still give way to me as a factor. How about coming to the table only on His merits?  How about leaving self-awareness altogether and standing in His finished work?

For immunity, Christ positions me “IN Him.” I know humble men who can have their humility jerked like a chain to make them cower. Then guilt comes up, which isn’t humility at all but fear. And I know proud men who jerk chains to manipulate and control.  This is also fear! But the person who goes beyond self and into Christ, He is the one who reigns.

When I stand assured of Christ’s foundation – in Christ’s merit, and His established solution­ – then it is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me.

As I am praying for myself, I pray for you Christ’s sure foundation. That Christ be formed in us, transforming us from self-aware (good or bad) to singularly focused on Him.

Jesus came and purchased with His very own life a position with the Father that I’m intended to enjoy.  He became my sin, received my punishment and rent the veil that my own sinful nature merited. He did this all that I might be a child of His Father, citizen of His Kingdom, and bride of His affections.

I am choosing not to be involved, aware or entangled with my self but conscious of Him. This doesn’t alleviate me of responsibility, or give me license to do as I wish.  It gives the Spirit the right to manifest the whole life of the Son through me. It provides Jesus with the liberty to do the Father’s will in me. It is freedom from my trappings and entrance into His glorious light.

For by that one offering He forever made perfect
those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 10:14

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Posted by Roddy Young
October 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

John . Thankyou for sharing your new see-ing . In my own experience i see humility as the fruit of accepting revelation not something that can be self generated . Example . In the gospel Paul says there is a right standing with God that is revealed . When the gift of my eternal right standing with God was revealed , i saw with the eyes of faith it had nothing to do with my performance , it was a blow to my pride , albeit a welcome blow , like Paul i was able to look at all my efforts outside of Christ and count them rubbish that i might be found in Him not having a righteousness of my own but a righteousness that comes faith in the merits of the finished work of Christ . Until this righteousness was revealed , i had no heart rest , a spirit of agitation and striving characterised my walk , you see God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble , the humble for me are those who see by heart revelation have seen gift of righteousness , the evidence of this revelation will be inward peace and relaxation , the absence of this fruit is a lack of light , once seen there is a supernatural humility that flows into our life by a knowing that it all of Him and nothing of me , this knowing it also brings a new confidence , security and supernatural buoyancy , you can call this buoyancy reigning in life if you want , for it through this wonderful gift of righteousness that we find is key ground and access point into all the riches of his grace and experience the treasure of reigning in life of Christ . I know now God opposed me in my efforts to relate to him based on my efforts to make myself worthy of him , he opposed me in my blind self righteousness , i resented God for my treacle like relationship and trapped in constant pre-occupation with self naval gazing ( looking for sin in myself and repenting ) i found no relief , i off course blamed my myself thinking it was my responsibility to get it right with Him . God’s opposition was like spiritually swimming up stream against the tide , i had the constant nagging feeling that all my efforts were fruitless and getting me nowhere . Life was characterised by the frustration of endless try hard give up cycles . The wisdom of God , i.e. the revelation of Christ as our wisdom under cuts the the ground of boasting and produces true biblical humility , to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God , is to catch glimpses of the finished work of Christ which will result in due time us discovering our exaltation in Him . Another liberating experience of this gift is that is frees us from competition and false comparisons when we see that the gospel is a gospel of equal standing for all based on the righteousness of God . John , i think the issue of identity , from “whom” we source our true identity , i.e. adam or christ , goes to the heart of our freedom from self and truly living out who we are in Him . A friend was sharing with me , while back about her idea of humility and serving others . She shared how she saw the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet as the model for true humility and servanthood for us to follow . I relation to identity , i think we miss a key revelation in this act of humility and service Jesus demonstrated . When you read the story , you can see before Jesus took off his robe and washed the disciples feet , he said ” i know who I am and where i come then proceeded to wash their feet . Similarly for us service flows from identity , i believe when we know who we are and where we come from humility and acts of service will be the natural outflow . John , thanks for your candour in sharing your journey with us , i honour you in the Lord .

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    Posted by Irene
    October 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Roddy, excellent words with regard to humility coming from acceptance of revelation.

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Posted by Pauline
October 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm

This post has been simmering all day, John — Freedom, is right! The more I thought on it, it was like: no striving; no tension (go to church/don’t go to church?; was that really God or just me wanting to do the ‘right’ thing?; buy something I need for work or save the money to give?), etc., etc. My life was beginning to seem like one big question mark everywhere I turned and it was getting a little overwhelming. Read and re-read Andrew Murray’s “Humility,” ’cause I had so little of it; now I don’t want it to be an ‘it,’ like another baggage compartment — I want Him to be the whole train. Always wondered what “Christ in me, the hope of glory” really meant…just what it says, but He used you to make it so clear…it’s OK to relax and enjoy being in Him and Him in me, which – no doubt, will make it easier to hear Him. John, I could just kick my shoes off and run through a field! There just is no problem when my Father is singing over me. I thank Him for you, John and all at Shulamite.

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    Posted by Irene
    October 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Pauline, I too am in the process of re-reading Murray’s book Humility right now. Thanks for your comment about the whole train it is a good visual for me.

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Posted by Sam
October 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Yes, John, I know what you mean.

I suffer a great deal to come by True Humility. There is a level of self-bowed, self-made humility I have also trodden, which is not Christ Himself.

It is an order from Heavens, though: “Humble yourselves.”

But AFTER the “humbling” there must come His VERY PERSON of meekness. Otherwise, I am dead!! You are talking here about a NATURE which is not “me” (or my effort to be like Him, or to be humble.)

Thank you here!

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Posted by Irene
October 28, 2013 at 8:23 am

“But the person who goes beyond self and into Christ, He is the one who reigns.”. My husband and I are studying Revelation with a group of young couples and last week were discussing Rev 5:10 about reigning. Before going to sleep last night I asked Holy Spirit to teach me what it means to reign. He answered me through your words. Thank
you Jesus for using John to reveal this to me.

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Posted by Andrea
October 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

YES!!!!

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Posted by Pauline
October 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

Thank you for your prayer, John…sounds like a brand new start–needy for Him in that way. In some way, it kind of goes along with Martha’s devotional this morning.

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