I really don’t know you. Who did you say you were?
What does it mean to be a new creation-creature?
Most of us seem to be pretty much in touch with reality. We know that real-estate is real (or is it?). Definitely there are different aspects or dimensions of what is real, but reality has to be much more than just what exists at the moment. I’m alluding to something that exists forever!
In being reborn, an invasion of unmatched magnitude took place within us. Scripture (2Corinthians 5:17) points to this hidden reality that has within it components for now as well for all eternity. Without the aid of our loving Father, bringing us to see and partake of this reality, we will continue doing and working with the same old point of reference - our natural understanding. Whatever unique set of events triggered this invasion and became a personal experience within a person, it stands to reason that reason in and of itself will not suffice to move us beyond what we have been persuaded to think we actually know.
There have always been those who are being awakened to a living reality that transcends mere physical or intellectual dimensions. These ‘feelings’ that subtly interfere with our limited perspectives are most unsettling to say the least. How can a general sense of God’s peace in our lives coexist with this sense of uncertainty? Is there something wrong with us, or could it be our Father awakening us to a deeper perceptive of our true identity?
My friend Bill Landon said: “I must confess that when I first heard Warren Litzman say, “There was never a you-you, I neither understood nor accepted the truth of this statement. What on earth can you mean when you say that the person I saw myself to be never really existed?”
This is the reality of our identity as God’s birthed children through Christ.
The disturbing and yet gloriously good news is that the Father is gently and firmly pulling back the curtain that has veiled our minds since our natural birth into the physical world and exposing us to the truth that our previous identity was a lie! Is it any wonder that this new awareness, albeit real, is the source of our feelings of distress and insecurity?
Here is something to ponder in terms of the replacement of our fundamental nature: “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.”
These feelings of insecurity are actually caused by the one who has kept this false identity intact. It is not an evidence of weak faith. "It is not failed faith or any other defect on our part that either causes or is causing this trauma. The uncertainty or uneasiness this revelation brings is due to the enormity of the revelation. It is a wonderful testimony to what God is doing in us that the father can bring us to the place of receiving this truth without it destroying us."
More thoughts to follow.
Don’t you just love colouring? I read the following someplace: "Christianity is not about learning to live within the lines; Christianity is about the joy of colouring."