One of the greatest things that GOD has done for us is to put on flesh, and become human. One of the greatest things that we can do for GOD is to step out of our flesh, and become Spiritual. Our Spirituality is one of the least things spoken about in the Church world today.
In John 1:12 we see the words “Power to become.” Pronounced as Exousia (x-oo-sia) ghinomahee (ge-na-mahee.) This is interpreted as: The ability or privilege, to arise, assemble, to begin to be; or, “the beginning of our being” as superior humans.
This is only the beginning of our Spiritual journey. In the same chapter, we read in verse 14 (John 1:14) that the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us. So basically GOD “came down” to our level, so then we should “go up” to HIS. We should view ourselves as “flesh becoming Word.”
We literally have to “step outside of ourselves” in order to understand what it means to become Spiritual.
Fear is one of the greatest weapons that the devil uses to prevent us from “becoming.” In Hebrews 2:14-15 it is written:
“14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” We see that the devil has been “destroyed” which is interpreted in the Greek as “katargeo,” which means:
1) To render idle, unemployed, inactivate, or inoperative
a) To cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency
b) To deprive of force, influence, or power
2) To cause to cease, to put an end to, to do away with, to annul, to abolish
a) To cease, to pass away, to be done away
b) To be severed from, to be separated from,
c) To terminate all intercourse with one.
This is what YAHSHUA did to the devil. At Calvary the devil was literally fired! He is unemployed. Yet we keep “giving him a job” by fearing him. In verse 15 (John 1:15) we see plainly that it is fear that keeps us in bondage. The word bondage is the Greek word “douleia” (doo-li’-ah); which means to be a slave. So when we fear we give the devil right to rule us.
So then we must employ the WORD of GOD to combat this “spirit of fear.” Ultimately our humanity must be humbled to the point of total submission. Therefore the Inward Man will be totally dominant. In this manner we can “repay” GOD for what he has done for us. We do this by “total submission.” This is how we show that we are grateful for HIS grace!
Now when we are changed from mortal to immortal, from corruptible to incorruptible, we will be familiar with the realm of the Spirit because we have already been living “Spiritual lives.”
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” To “walk in the Spirit” is interpreted as: peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh’-o) Pneuma (new mah); To tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively, to live, deport oneself; to make one’s way, progress; to make due use of opportunities. To be moved about as a gentle blast of air.
The Greek word for “Spirit” is Pneuma (new mah) which is the “gentle blast of air.” So then, we are not burdened or heavy. A “heavy” object cannot be moved by a “gentle blast of air.” So let’s paraphrase the term “walk in the Spirit.” To lay aside every weight and sin to the point of becoming totally exempt of carnality, till we are “light” enough to be moved into perfect progression by the gentle blast of air that comes from the mouth of GOD. Not being moved by every wind of doctrine but by every WORD of GOD. This is how we make “due use” of every opportunity.
The human part of us must be totally humiliated, humbled and submitted to the perfect will of God! Then we ourselves will become the first miracle of the message which we preach.
GRACE and PEACE,
Dr. JW Webster