Many are looking for a ‘newness of life.’ Many search for a freshness that gives them a sense of awakening or healthiness.
Have you found that mysterious ‘something’ that truly fills the void inside you? — that mysterious ‘something’ that answers the inner anxiety deep within yourself?
Everyone has a deep inner desire for something meaningful. We long to live a life of purpose. We search for ‘something’ that seems new and uplifting, that settles our inner, spiritual agitation.
But where can we find the true answers that settle us and complete our search for a newness of life?
There is only one true way to find a newness of life.
Let us look where the answer is — the Holy Bible:
Therefore we are buried with Him [Yahushua (Jesus)] by baptism into death:
that LIKE AS Messiah [Christ] was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
This Verse Reveals A Principle:
- First, a death — to be buried with Yahushua Messiah, God’s Son, through water baptism.
- And then, a raising up [as Messiah was raised up from the dead] — to walk in “newness of life.”
If we want the newness of life we must first allow a death — a Death-to-Self to occur.
We must first allow ourselves to be buried with the Messiah, God’s only begotten Son.
This Scripture in Romans 6:4, is referring to the great importance of water baptism!
If you have not been water baptized, please see Water Baptism: The Answer of a Good Conscience Toward God. Water baptism is foundational and essential when we become a follower of Yahushua Messiah!
For this post, however, I would like to focus on the principle revealed in this Scripture:
- First, a death. And then, a raising up — to walk in newness of life.
We have all experienced this principle in a general sense.
We experience a great disappointment or failure. We seem to be in the depths of a dark hole. Nothing seems right, nothing feels right. But, then — there seems to appear a silver-lining behind the darkness. We hope that maybe — maybe this time, things will be better.
Yet, if we are to know a genuine, TRUE silver-lining — a true, enduring hope — an honest newness of life, then we must begin by being IN Messiah Yahushua!
There is no solution in ourselves. We must turn away from ourselves, and find our solution by becoming a new creature/creation IN Yahushua Messiah:
Therefore if any man be in the Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Corinthians 5:1)
We will never really find the genuine newness of life until we seek to bury our life in Messiah Yahushua, and in His love for us individually and personally.
- [If you are not sure you are IN Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], then please see the brief article: Good News.]
Finding ourselves IN Yahushua Messiah is the start of walking in newness of life!
- If we are walking by faith in obedience to the Word of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], the Bible;
- If we are buried with Yahushua, through water baptism, and through a Death-to-Self;
- If we are allowing our life to be hidden with Messiah (Colossians 3:3);
- then, we can be raised up with Messiah, and we can begin to know a genuine newness of life.
This principle of allowing a Death-to-Self to occur, so that we can be raised up to walk in newness of life, is the Key to knowing this newness of life. It is The Key to growing closer to what we are looking for, to what we were created to do, and finding purpose and meaning.
This KEY of Death-to-Self is when we begin to sincerely commit our life, and our walk, to be in obedience to God’s WORD, His ways and His truth.
However, before we look further into this principle, let me first share a warning regarding our search for newness of life.
Searching For Newness of Life
There is something mysterious about this newness of life. Many people desire and look for a newness of life. Some call it an ‘awakening’ or a ‘refreshing.’
But, many [including many Believers in Yahushua], are searching for this newness in the wrong places.
Also, many are searching, unknowingly, for this newness by seeking to satisfy selfish ambitions and pleasures.
The result is that many become trapped in following worldly wisdom, or following man-made systems of religions and doctrines.
The warning therefore is this:
if we want to know a genuine and lasting newness of life, we must acknowledge, and depart from, any selfish, prideful ways, as well as depart from the world’s twisted versions of “spirituality and newness”.
As we saw in Beware of the Wisdom of the Wise, the world’s selfish ways are familiar and well-worn! The world’s ways and its religious systems are often the ‘accepted’ ways for multitudes. Yet, the world’s twisted ways, the world‘s systems of wisdom/religion/spirituality — these things lead to darkness, dissatisfaction, deception, and bondage.
The Prophet Isaiah
The prophet Isaiah warns us of the darkness of the world’s ways:
To the law [the Torah] and to the testimony [the witness of the prophets and of Yahushua] [we must look]: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no Light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)
This Scripture teaches us that if we are seeking for guidance and direction among those who do not speak according to the Word of Yahuwah, then there is NO light in them, NO truth in them! Receiving spiritual guidance apart from God’s Word [the Bible], is a dark path that leads us downward into deception and bondage!
It is only the complete Word of Yahuwah [the Bible] — the Torah, and the testimony of the prophets and of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] — that we must look to, embrace, and find solutions. These are the two witnesses that offer the true, eternal Light and understanding for our search for newness of life (Psalms 119:105)!
- Any following of a twisted version of the Bible, or
- following of an extra set of ‘spiritual’ writings [mixing truth with error], or
- following the world‘s man-made systems of religion/spirituality —
- these are Satan’s tools of deception!
Such spiritual mixtures are defiled! Those who follow such lies are in the depths of bondages and curses. Following the teachings and instructions offered by the world’s man-made mixtures of wisdom/religion/spirituality is deceptive and destructive (Hosea 4:6)!
I cannot say it enough!
If we are to find, and to have, true Light and true understanding for our path, and to walk in newness of life, then we must pursue guidance that is in complete agreement with the Words of the Bible! The Heavenly Father’s Word is the only Book for what is Truth and The Eternal Wisdom.
The Bible alone is the source of true, liberating wisdom — “the wisdom from above” (James 3:17)!
If the path we are following, if the wisdom we are embracing, is not according to the Word of Yahuwah, then we are following a pathway of ‘NO light!‘ That means a pathway of darkness and ignorance, deception, and lies — a darkness of earthly, soulish, and demonic pathways. We must separate ourselves completely from such false and defiled spiritual mixtures, no matter how ‘right’ they may seem.
The Heavenly Father has promised Light [truth and understanding], and newness of life, to come to those who walk in the truth of His Word [the Bible] — as the Scriptures tell us: “Light Arises in the Darkness For the Upright” (Psalms 112:4a).
- For more insight regarding this warning, please see the link below for a comprehensive list of false gods, false religions and practices.
Now stay with me while I return to this principle:
- first a death, and then, a raising up — to walk in newness of life.
The One Recurring Theme
I have found that the biographies of great men and women of faith offer insight on walking in newness of life. Their stories reveal the principle — that newness of life begins with a death, a Death-to-Self.
Stories of Yahuwah’s people reveal a progression in their relationship with Father. The one recurring theme in these faith-filled stories, apart from their solid devotion to the Word of God, is their on-going sacrificial life — or ‘the way of the cross.’
Over and over again, these people of faith yield themselves to a ‘Death to Self.’ That is, they lay down their own understanding, they refuse to allow sinful attitudes or behaviours to take hold of them, and they embrace God’s direction and ways.
As these strong Believers grow and mature spiritually, they enter into a deeper understanding of Father’s great love. Their love for Father and His Word increases. They continually hunger and thirst for more of God. A natural outflow of their love for Father is a willingness to live the sacrificial life — a willingness to die to their own interests, their own agendas, die to their pride and reputation.
The Holy Spirit’s transforming work draws them closer to Messiah, and they begin to bear the fruit of His Life within them. Out of their love relationship with Father, these faith-filled Believers find ‘the way of the cross’ to be almost effortless. Every time they fulfill a Death-to-Self — a ‘sacrificial’ laying down of their own self-interests, laying down any unkind or offensive behaviour, in order to obey the Word of Yahuwah, they receive a joyful assurance of Father’s guidance and light.
Some of these Believers tell of a sweet river of joy that comes to them when they walk in the way of the cross. I too am looking for that sweet river of joy. But, the secret to experiencing this joy is a certain kind of sacrifice — a dying-to-Self.
Dying to Self
Dying-to-Self can be a painful experience, as I have discovered. Yet when we know Father’s great love for us and trust in His goodness, then sacrifices of our will, to fulfill His will, come much easier.
- It is this Dying-to-Self that is The Secret to the Newness of Life.
God loves us with an overwhelming love! He wants only what is best for us and what is good for us! Allowing our life to be buried with Him is to find the joy of Yahuwah’s abundant love — it is what we have been searching for!
We begin to live in an on-going cycle of losing ourselves, turning away from our own solutions, turning away from anger, resentment, and impatience, so that we can lean on Him completely — learning to be IN Him, allowing His Life to shine forth in us. We begin to fulfill the testimony of this Scripture: Your life is hidden with Messiah [Christ] in God. (Colossians 3:3b)
But we must allow our life to be hidden with, and connected to, Father’s plans and purposes and character, through His Son Yahushua. This is how we will be able to say, “Not my will, but Yours, Abba Father.”
Dying-to-Self is a day by day, sometimes moment by moment, process of yielding our will to Father’s will. We may often find ourselves in our prayer closet agonizing and weeping, not sure what to do, but saying, “… not I, but Messiah” (Galatians 2:20).
“Our will must be broken. We must be broken. We must do His will, not ours. To have a broken will is the beginning of revival. It is a painful thing. It makes us humble. But it is the only way.” – Roy Hession, ‘The Way of the Cross’
The Hungry Soul
Rees Howells, the intercessor, is an excellent example of walking in the way of the cross. He said that the transformation for him was slow and bitter! Yet, he was convinced of Father’s love for him and therefore, he learned the truth of this verse:
“… to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)
Perhaps the sweetness referred to in the above verse is a part of that river of joy I’m looking for. Perhaps that river of joy is actually the river of peace that Isaiah talks about in Isaiah 48:18:
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: (Isaiah 48:18)
As we see in this Scripture, to hearken to (listen and obey) Yahuwah’s commandments yields a peace as a river.
The hungry soul wants to hearken to and obey Father’s Word, no matter how bitter.
The hungry, thirsty soul wants to lay down selfishness and pride in order to follow our loving Creator and King! Why? Because he has learned that Yahuwah’s love for him is the best and sweetest love there is! And he has learned the principle for walking in newness of life. That is what Rees Howells knew. And what a mighty man of faith he was!
Sacrifice — Dying-to-Self — these are bitter things, yet they yield a sweetness, a peace, a maturity, and a strength! This is the newness of life that we are looking for! It comes when we bury our lives in Yahushua Messiah and become His devoted disciple.
He tells us how we are to be His disciple:
Yahushua said: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23).
To walk humbly with our loving Father is a mysterious, bitter-sweet life. It is to deny ourselves, denying our selfish impulses, and learning to take up our cross, learning to live for God, and learning to say, “Not my will, but Yours, Father!” When we can begin to do this, we will begin to know a newness of life that is sweet and inspiring and energizing!
“It is impossible to love God without loving the cross; and a heart that savors the cross, finds the bitterest things to be sweet.” — Madame Guyon
“An easy-going, non-self-denying life, will never be one of power.” — J. Hudson Taylor
Trust Abba Father’s goodness and His great love for you, and yield to His ever-wooing nudges to do His will! He will comfort you and encourage you as you yield to His guidance!
When we seek Him earnestly, submitting to His Word, and dying to our selfishness, then we will discover that every bitter thing is sweet! And we will know the LIFE of the risen Messiah dwelling within us — we will know the true and enduring meaning of newness of life!
- Occult Listing – a comprehensive list of false gods, false religions and practices
- Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart
- Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger
- The Holy Spirit Will Guide You Into All Truth
- How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul?
- Dying to Self
- A Way That Seems Right: Avoiding the Strong Delusion
- Acquiring A Teachable Heart
- The Pathway of Purity
- Biographies of Great Christians