The following notes are in relation to “A Poem Called Grace” and discuss the spoken word with scripture references (all NIV translation) and their practical teachings. Overcoming sin is ultimately impossible. Being Christian is not hard; it is impossible by our own means. We become Christians and live life fully because of God’s work in our hearts; not our own. But, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6. It is only by knowing Him and developing a relationship with Him that we can truly overcome things in our heart. That’s the Grace of God! The grace of God sets us free from sin. The noted passages below illustrate to us that our desires that aren’t brought before God (or in submission to) are our own empty destruction. Surrender is the only way to get what our heart truly deserves, and opens the way to transformation through God’s kindness.
A revelation on: “I opened up your eyes to see all things and to wipe the world away so you would see clear.”
We are presently lost and in love with the world of our own thinking and our own ways. There is a new reality that God wants us to experience. We were made to change. But, we are in love with our world, and the greater World. And perhaps, we don’t know God’s view of the world compared to our own.
Process of Renewal
The moment you accepted God, part of you was sanctified. You started the process of being set apart for God’s purposes. For some, like myself, this starts with a renewing of the mind, a changing of our perception, and a lasting development of a new mindset. This process can only occur when you start to set yourself apart from the world. You will start to see what the world is and what God is. You will realize how you have become part of the world instead of a part of what God has for us to experience.
James 4:4 says “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world become an enemy of God.”
But God desires to open our eyes. The story of Saul shows how God opened his eyes and sent Saul “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18
Before Paul is put in prison, he declares to the Jewish leaders, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Acts 28:26
There clearly is a new state of existence apart from the world where we see and hear things differently. In this new existence, we understand the nature of ourselves versus being a slave to it. We understand a new world order: God’s order, not man’s. There is an event that must happen. Your eyes must be open to this. Your ears must be tuned. And all of this must be understood in your heart.
There is a new existence. It is a new perception. It is a new mindset. Is a true and foundational revelation that sets your heart apart unto God! God reveals it to us as we seek Him and open our hearts to Him. We cannot have these things apart from Him because having a new life, heart, identity, perception, mindset, and way of life is a byproduct of a relationship with God. “Light makes everything visible…[so] Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 6:14
But in doing so, it comes at a cost: a hatred of ourselves. Yes, we begin to hate our sinful ways as part of the process of dying to self. Eventually, through God, we will experience Love walking in His ways. But in our own flesh and our own mind, we grow tired of the trials and hate our sin. This is good.
“Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in the world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:23-26
Jesus goes as far as saying, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39
When your eyes are open, you must begin to put God first, love Him fully, and put Him ahead of any of your selfish desires. With a heart and soul fully in love and dependent on God, your passions and desires that are apart of your addictive and obsessive self will now be a choice instead of a compulsion. If you choose to belong to Christ in love, rather than your self, then you successfully can put to death your desires because you have aligned yourself wholeheartedly and inseparably to God. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24. It is when your eyes are open that you can see clearly and do all these things, for God has given you a chance to take up your cross, which is visible and felt.
You can only do this out of love. The only way to both open your eyes and walk and sacrifice your desires in love, joy, peace and hope, is for God to open your eyes for you and you to respond. Seek God. Draw near! You will be free. You will be able to fight idolatry. Galatians 4:8-9 says, “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods [idols]. But now that you know God – or are rather known by God – how is that that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?”
Now that you know God, and your eyes are opened, turn away from the world and see clearly. God’s new existence is built on Kingdom principles that we are to make the center of our lives, for these principles alone give birth to life throughout our lifetime – inerrantly.