I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
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Thursday, May 18, 2006

 

Living in the Spirit not the Flesh

It is so easy to get caught up with the thoughts of the flesh rather than the spirit. For those that believe in Jesus Christ all things work for the good of them and the Kingdom of God. While being of the flesh, for now, we will suffer things of the flesh. But we must look to Spirit for intercession for us according to the will of God. With God all things are possible but without Him we do not have a glimmer of hope. His love for us is great and we will never be separated from His love. He will never leave us or forsake us. Just as we watch over our children Christ does the same for all of us who believe in Him. There are many things in life that happen that we do not understand how God could allow that to happen. Staying fast in the Spirit will help us through those times. Stay in prayer with our Saviour and He will hear you. His will be done. God gave His only Son, what will He give us if we ask Him? Praise His dear name. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Romans 8:1-39
1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10: And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12: Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20: For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21: Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23: And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30: Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32: He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33: Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36: As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Comments:
1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

These two verses have spoken to me strongly in recent times. I have been guilty for a long time of allowing the times when I have succumbed to temptation to drag me on a long lasting downward spiral. However these verses remind me that Jesus' blood is sufficient for my sanctification, regardless of what I've done. When we come before Him in true humility seeking forgiveness through the blood of His Son, we are guaranteed to find that forgiveness. Not just once or twice, but every time.

If anyone who has read this article feels like a sinful hypocrite who does not deserve the forgiveness Christ offers us, then join the club! Not one of us do, but to fail to wash away your sin in His blood and take up your stand again is our greatest failure as Christians living in a sinful world.

Lift up your head and know that His grace is sufficient for us, in Him our victory is assured, even life everlasting!

God bless,

John.
 
1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

These two verses have spoken to me strongly in recent times. I have been guilty for a long time of allowing the times when I have succumbed to temptation to drag me on a long lasting downward spiral. However these verses remind me that Jesus' blood is sufficient for my sanctification, regardless of what I've done. When we come before Him in true humility seeking forgiveness through the blood of His Son, we are guaranteed to find that forgiveness. Not just once or twice, but every time.

If anyone who has read this article feels like a sinful hypocrite who does not deserve the forgiveness Christ offers us, then join the club! Not one of us do, but to fail to wash away your sin in His blood and take up your stand again is our greatest failure as Christians living in a sinful world.

Lift up your head and know that His grace is sufficient for us, in Him our victory is assured, even life everlasting!

God bless,

John.
 
Thanks for your comment John
 
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