- Day 96 -
This Perishable Must Put On the Imperishable
1 Corinthians 15:54
But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; …you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. … So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power…. …However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-43, 46).
Just as we have borne the image of the earthly, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [This is our hope.] Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality… then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to YAHveh (the LORD), who gives us the victory through our Master YAHshua Messiah. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of YAHveh, knowing that your toil is not in vain in YAHveh” (1 Corinthians 15:49-58). HalleluYAH!
We are not to be waiting to die for all of our fleshiness to be gone. We are to be in the Spirit, seeing our carnal self for its wretchedness, repenting for it, and allowing the imperishableness of our spiritual being, of which we are new creatures, to swallow up the perishable of our carnal sin nature in which we are all encased. So we have the power of the Spirit of YAHshua (Jesus) and His grace to keep our flesh from swallowing up our spirit and allowing His Spirit to swallow up the flesh.
When Paul says, “I die daily,” he was in essence saying the imperishable must swallow up the perishable. The immortal must swallow up the mortal. The holy must swallow up the common and the unholy. This is an ongoing work so that we can be spiritual beings—who move, live, and breathe in the Spirit and are detached from our carnal beings that have their roots in the earthly realm. The natural comes before the spiritual but the flesh has to die daily so we can be lifted up higher and higher with His Spirit.
When YAHshua comes He told us He will be looking for faith and we, His beloved, will all be in the process of working out our salvation. Although many will not be severed and freed to the degree that some are, we will all be attaining to be by His Spirit and grace. He will see our faith as a little butterfly trying to get out of a cocoon and He will free us where we are. He will be looking for our faith in trying to get out of the cocoon, making every effort to be found pure, spotless, and blameless. Those will be released unto eternal life, HalleluYAH, through the blood of the Lamb.
If that little butterfly doesn’t exert itself, it cannot develop the wings to ascend and fly to fulfill its glorious commission, to not only be freed from the cocoon, but to fly unbelievable amounts of miles far, far away from that cocoon, never to return to it again. We thank YAHveh for our trials and tribulations of having to exert such power to get out of the cocoon of this flesh. HalleluYAH!
Prayer: Father in heaven, You want me to know what I am going through is not merely an exercise in strengthening my faith but a complete severing of every single attachment that would hold me back from leaving this world, my body, and freely ascending without anything holding me back. Cut all the weights, all the fetters, all the chains, all the shackles, every sentiment, every emotion, that I am free. Free, free, free as I ascend. Freedom, freedom, freedom, glory, glory, glory, halleluYAH!
Thank You for Your blood that has made it possible to free me completely, totally, and always from the wages and the deadly pulls of my carnal nature and its propensity to sin. The weightiness of sin is covered in the blood, removed from my spirit that I will truly, truly ascend. My eyes are fixed upon You, the glory and the lifter of my head. They are fixed upward as I am in the process of being prepared for the complete release and total deliverance of my spirit unto You. No looking back—there’s nothing to look at; I am looking at You, the glorious lifter of my head. I am looking upward to You, the Author and Finisher of my faith.