New Birth! What a beautiful series this has been. Unbeknownst to me, the Lord had a little surprise inspiration for me in contributing to this series of writing about New Birth…..I’m expecting! A real human! My husband and I did not ‘plan’ this baby, but he/she is very welcomed. 🙂 It’s been 4 years since the Lord has opened my womb, and for His sovereign purpose, He has chosen now to grace my womb for the third time with His supernatural power of forming life. While I am totally excited, and particularly excited of the expectation of seeing and knowing Jesus Christ more through this new season, I have already been incredibly sick from what I would like to refer to as ‘pregnancy growing pains’.
Every post this month has been very encouraging and truly helped to keep my eyes on the heavenly vision of birth and not my earthly pain.
Now about this battle…
Everyday this month, I actively participate in war–the war between spirit and soul in believing and maintaining an inward position that God is who he says he is.
This battle cry is for life, peace, and hope. A new life that by grace will be birthed into this earth next summer and for peace that surpasses all understanding. This battle cry is for the increase of the life of Christ in me and for the increase of the hope and faith in the life of Christ within me.
So far, everyday I am very uncomfortable, sometimes in pain–a little miserable so to speak. Pregnancy is usually hard on my body but when it hit me so early I was honestly discouraged. I had my pity party and cried to the Lord, then He reminded me–“I AM GOOD!”
No matter how awful I feel, the POWER OF GOD WITHIN ME IS GREATER than any discomfort, misery, or pain I feel. He is producing life in me in more ways than one! And I must not let my soul-life (selfish feelings and emotions) or the whispers/lies of the enemy prevail in my mind, heart, and spirit. “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
So everyday, I wake up and go to battle for my faith and hope in the power of God within me. Yes, the ultimate battle was won once Christ shed His blood on the cross and gave us a new life to live by. However, sometimes the Lord allows us into positions where we may feel the harsh winds of life, and we have a choice to remain rooted and fiercely stand in the victory that’s already conquered for us.
The most beautiful thing about this battle of faith is that the greatest weapon is Rest. My physical body begs for rest, and I obey it. After handling the daily minimal tasks I am able to do, I literally lay down all day. My natural self may appear unproductive, but the Lord is producing life in me in greater ways than I could ever imagine.
When He allows us into hard times, let’s be encouraged to violently stand in who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us. That standing is worth the treasure of knowing Him more and Him receiving glory. The Lord is purposeful. He will see us through if we allow Him. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
Active faith is no small attribute. Faith in action, even if it is just inward, is the dividing factor between knowing the things of Christ and experiencing Christ. We have access to a powerful, conquering, faithful, and promised new life now to live by, and it all began in the earth with the birth of a boy in a manger–the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.