A very important point to continually consider is that Judaism and Christianity were both meant to be used as vehicles by our Creator to bring lost mankind to the Messiah, the Savior of the World. Most people, you would think, on either side of this religious issue would altleast grudgingly nod in the affermative on this truth. Once Messiah is found though, when we actually ask Him to come into our hearts, is when His message to us, and through us becomes alive. We become witness to His realtiy in our lives because, for one thing, we see that we become a lightning rod to people who know us in our life. We change. What begins to take shape in us is His message WITHIN US. This message, His message, becomes a vital, living source for our spiritual enabling and carries us each day. His guiding us by His Holy Spirit takes on His loving, and holy characteristics outlined in His Word, from Genesis to Revelation. We become different to the World around us. Our World now reacts to us differently. We seem strange to our friends and family. Our new life is a stench in the nostrils of those insisting on our accepting the death, the filth, and rotting corruption of this World around us. As we progress in Yeshua, we also begin to lose our taste for this sad, dying, putrified civilization which is on its last legs.
Now, we are born again of the Spirit of the Living God. Now, the resurrected Yeshua HaMashiach, God's Son reigns and rules in our heart. God's perfect law, as Jeremiah told us, can be kept within us by our surrendered will and resurrected spirit in Yeshua our Lord. Our hearts are circumcised. This is the only life and spiritual walk that pleases the God of the Bible. The question is: What do I do now?
Keep growing! An important truth taught throughout the Bible, and particularly in the New Covenant, is that the Messianic believer's life is a progression, a journey of the redeemed soul toward God. Your spiritual walk is a living entity and we have to keep it growing. If you don't keep growing spiritually you will die. If you don't respect your spiritual life it will eventually atrophy and wither away. Be alert because another thing we learn is that Satan stands against us to resist every step and to hinder our journey in every way he can. We are to be sober and vigilant because this enemy is looking for those he can devour.... his arrows are aimed at your spiritual walk!
For you to successfully advance against this shrewd and powerful demonic opposition requires faith and steadfast courage. The Apostle Paul calls it "confidence." In his Philippian epistle, Paul declares his own determination to advance against all obstacles. He says, in effect, that while he is not yet perfect (spiritually mature) and has not yet attained unto the goal set before him, he is putting the past behind him psychologically, as well as chronologically, in order that he may go on to find in Messiah his all in all. He knows Satan can and will use his past against him if allowed. He says, "I press on toward the goal,"..... "to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Messiah Yeshua" (Philippians 3:14). Then, with a total disregard for any and all of his apparent self-contradictions he urges, "All of us who are mature should take such a view of things" (Philippians 3:15). What things? Our past failures for one. All of our yesterdays belong to Messiah Yeshua, Who has cleansed us from what we once were. Our past means nothing now. Satan will try to use it against us. When the devil tries to remind you of your past remind him of his future! Push hard to the final finish line of your spiritual walk and growth. Determine to win. Have confidence in Yeshua to carry you through every day. Remember what happens at the end of the Bible. We win, but you must keep growing spiritually!