Redeeming Your Female Role
Don’t Go With the Flow! – by Pastor Christy Brubaker, Radiate Church
Did you know that the fish known as Salmon do not swim with the flow of the water as other fish do? They actually swim upstream, against the current. Isn’t that amazing? I often think of this visual when I consider the life of an authentic Christ-follower. Everything that the Word of God teaches us in regards to lifestyle, character, godliness, and obedience, actually goes against the grain of popular culture (the dominant set of beliefs and practices in our society). In other words, for the Believer, we are to live counter-culturally as strangers and sojourners in this brief life on this Earth. The following verse addresses this idea and presents the alternative choice:
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
Romans 12:2 AMP
So when we are born again, it’s as if we turn from the direction we were headed with the other “fish,” and begin to swim upstream- opposite to the way everyone else is going! Thank God that we have His Holy Spirit, as well as a remnant of other “Salmon,” to help us on our journey!
The Holy Spirit helps us in renewing our minds by: interceding for us, equipping us with gifts, giving us wisdom, guidance, discernment and other things, that bring about the spiritual transformation in our lives. His Spirit empowers us not to cave to the culture around us but to be conformed more into His Image!
Although I have understood and applied these truths in my walk, it has taken me some time to really understand that it is this same type of mindset that is needed in the secret place: that place of intimacy with the Lord. In other words, not only do I live counter to the culture, but I pursue Him counter to the culture. For example, I don’t have to “do” for Him to get His attention or gain His favor; I just have to “be.” Be still in His Presence. Be attentive to His voice. Be present. Additionally, I don’t have to work at being His, I simply rest in the fact that I am His. And He is mine. The amazing thing is that every born again person can have this type of intimate relationship with Almighty God.
The point I am trying to make is this: my spiritual maturity is not determined by how much activity I can PUT in, but my availability to PRESS in. When we dwell in Him (settle, live), we are in a very safe and intimate place of refuge. Listen to this description from the end of Psalm 91:
“For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
Psalms 91:14-16 TPT
Wow! What promises! Before closing, I wanted to share 3 things I have learned in encountering God in the Secret Place (in a world that screams for you to do just the opposite)!
- Be deliberate. If you have to mark it on your calendar, MAKE an appointment with God every day! A 5- minute prayer on the way to work and a “verse of the day” on your Bible app are good, but it’s not enough for encounter, for revelation, for transformation. Get in His Word, meditate on it. Talk to Him in prayer. Also be deliberate with the corporate worship experience. There’s power in unity and agreement! God will show up every time!
- Be determined. The enemy WILL try to stop you! Set your face like flint! No matter how long it takes, turn off the phone, lock the door, crank up the Worship music- UNTIL! You also must be determined to slow down. Other things can wait. Some things you just have to say “no” to.
- Be devoted. God is a jealous God. He will have no other lovers. Is there any idols you need to get rid of? Any sin you need to repent of? Any relationship or attitude or wrong mindset that is keeping you from wholehearted devotion and consecration to God?
I am learning more every day that the more I live opposite to the world, the more peace I have, the more joy I have, and the more time I have for what is of MOST importance: my personal relationship with God and the intimacy with Him that changes EVERYTHING!
This blog has several woman authors that write from their hearts concerning their walk with Christ. We hope that you enjoy it and share it. Be sure to subscribe!
Follow My Blog
Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.