Colossians 3:3 – For you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.
Part 2 ~ Living to See The Life of Christ Manifested
We were born of the Holy Spirit so we might take hold of the spiritual life that was lost to mankind through the sin and disobedience of Adam. Now that we have been born of Spirit, we should crave the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5). The spiritual should be the longings of our souls and the covetous desires of our appetites. We should live to see the Kingdom and the power of Christ Jesus being manifested by the glorious outworking of the Spirit of the living God in and around our lives.
In minding the things of the Spirit, craving and desiring above all other things what the Holy Ghost desires to lead us into, the things of the earthly, fleshly, and sensual realm will have no lure. If we will be caught up in the things of the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). If we will put on Christ, we will give no recognition to the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14). If we will allow the communication of those heavenly things to be the occupation of our thoughts, then our affections will not be turned to the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this world. Through being filled with the good things of God, we are empowered to live above the earthly and sensual. There is a realm far superior to what we can see with our eyes and hear with our ears, but our hearts must be trained to discern it. The Holy Spirit has come to open our eyes so we might see what is going on all around us which belongs to the eternal and spiritual realm (2 Kings 6:15-17; Ephesians 1:17-23; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
Above all other things, we must desire the spiritual, and also that we may prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:16-21). We prophesy because it is the revelation the Spirit of God has filled us with; and we have become those who speak from the throne room of God. Our speech and conversation is no longer dictated by the self-interest of man, but filled with the will of the Father and His divine inspirations. The activities of the Heavenly realm should be precious to our souls, and more important than anything else life can afford. The privilege of representing God in the Earth and having the power of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives to set the captives free from sin, sickness, disease, demon oppression and possession should be more important than anything else. The unspeakable gift and the glorious honor of being allowed to walk with God every day as His heir and partner cannot be taken for granted.
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen