Have you ever found yourself stuck in the grip of the OLD MAN? I have.
The OLD MAN is the body of sin that the father-of-lies uses to control us from the inside-out. It consists of negative, destructive beliefs that contaminate our minds, along with their associated feelings that break our hearts. But, on the outside, the OLD MAN forms a circle of darkness that surrounds us and oppresses us from the outside-in. For a long time, I was stuck in this dark place, to the point of panic. There was nothing I could do to get out of the dark, oppressing OLD MAN space that controlled me from the inside-out and oppressed me from the outside-in.
BUT UNTO YOU THAT FEAR MY NAME SHALL THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ARISE WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS; AND YE SHALL GO FORTH, AND GROW UP AS CALVES OF THE STALL
But then, the Sun of Righteousness arose inside me with healing in His wings to take care of the negative, destructive beliefs and feelings from the inside-out and to light up the circle of darkness that oppressed me from the outside-in.
GOD SENT THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON INTO OUR HEARTS…A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT
(Galatians 4:6) and (1 Corinthians 15:45).
Blessed Child, know that I, the Most High God, sent My Son, Jesus, to overcome the OLD MAN in you, from the inside-out. The Lord Jesus took the OLD MAN upon Himself and crucified it on the cross with Himself, to arise as the Sun of Righteousness inside you. This Life-giving Spirit came to shine His Light on you from the inside-out to take care of the darkness that oppresses you from the outside-in.
THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SHIELD; MY HEART TRUSTED IN HIM, AND I AM HELPED: THEREFORE MY HEART GREATLY REJOICETH; AND WITH MY SONG WILL I PRAISE HIM
What will it take for you to become willing to surrender the OLD MAN to Jesus, so He could supply you with the Sun of Righteousness—a Life-giving Spirit that will light up your world from the inside-out?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how my heart rejoices that You came as the Sun of Righteousness to shine Your Light on the OLD MAN darkness around me and to become a Life-giving Spirit to live Your Life inside me. I thank You for having overcome the OLD MAN for me, from the inside-out, as well as from the outside-in.
Maintain an Awareness
This must be the hardest of all lessons to learn: to keep our eyes on the Eternal God during difficult circumstances, and trust that His everlasting arms are underneath us, holding us and keeping us safe.