A few days ago, I was listening to a message….
During the message I felt life go out of me.
A little leaven, (law) truly leavens the whole lump.
Please read scripture letting the Holy Spirit speak to your heart. Lay everything, everyone else aside but Him.
So much of what we preach today is taken out of context. I see this over and over especially in the area of the flesh and the Spirit. Usually a scripture in Romans 7 (Written to those who knew the Law, jewish people. Written about how Paul was while he was under the law), taken out of context used to “PROVE” that we still have a sin nature. That we still war against the flesh that we…. You fill in the blank.
Romans 8 speaks very clearly to us that the mind governed by the flesh is death.
Flesh (sin nature) equals death.
The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Spirit equals Life and Peace
God sent His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering and so He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be FULLY MET (not partially met, not positionally met, FULLY MET) in us who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
If we still have one foot in law and one foot in grace, that verse leads to greater questioning because we then vacillate day in and day out as to whether or not we’re living according to the Spirit or living according to the flesh…
Pure craziness is the result my friend. Constant self focused thinking. The epitome of religious schizophrenia is the result:
Today I “think” I was in the kingdom of the flesh at 7:45pm until 8pm
Then at 8pm I was back in the Spirit
Then at 8:15pm… Where the HELL am I?
We take that one scripture or a handful of scriptures and spend our whole life wondering what realm we’re in at any given moment.
If we would just read the scripture within the whole context, with the Holy Spirit.
The result would be LIFE and PEACE.
That place of repose we were talking about…
You know, the, ‘It is finished place’.
His lovely place of peace and rest.
Look at this: Closely
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires.
Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Mind governed by flesh is death
Mind governed by Spirit is life and peace
Mind governed by flesh is hostile to God…
Those who are in the realm (KINGDOM) of the flesh cannot please God
God said He transferred us OUT of the kingdom of darkness, (flesh, sin)
INTO the kingdom of light (life, peace, righteousness).
We are not kingdom hoppers!!
We don’t hop in and out of realms.
If it was you and I who made this divine transfer, (like it had ANYTHING to do with us other than believing what Jesus did), then certainly we could go in and out of those realms at any given moment.
But it wasn't us was it, it was Him. God of the impossible.
Roman’s 8:9 is the clincher for me:
YOU HOWEVER ARE NOT IN THE REALM OF THE FLESH, BUT ARE IN THE REALM OF THE SPIRIT, iF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVES IN YOU.
And if anyone does not have the SPIRIT of Christ, they DO NOT BELONG TO CHRIST.
So here in my mind, if I say I am in the flesh or go back and forth between the flesh and the Spirit, I am saying somedays I belong to Christ, other days I don’t…
Yet Jesus told me He was able to fully save me…
Colossians 2:9-12 says:
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision NOT PERFORMED BY HUMAN HANDS (God did it) YOUR WHOLE SELF RULED BY THE FLESH WAS PUT OFF WHEN YOU WERE CIRCUMCISED BY CHRIST having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
The biggest argument that I see with this is but my experience PROVES I still have a sin nature.
Not according to God’s word. Not according to Colossians 2:9-12
Your WHOLE SELF ruled by the flesh was put off.
Flesh is equative to your sinful nature.
I am now, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!
I will FOREVER remain in HIS Kingdom of the Spirit!
As my mind is renewed, not in the doctrines of men, but through HIS word, I am forever grateful of His ability to do the impossible in my life, in our lives as believers. Praise Him!
My dear friends, enter into His REST.
For HE has done great things!
IT IS FINISHED