Saturday, April 21, 2018

Romans 8:11 Healing

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Verse 11 is a power verse. The Spirit of God the Spirit of power will give life to us.

We have established that the Spirit lives in us. Especially if we are awake in the spirit and have put our minds on the things of the Spirit and removed the things of the flesh from our mind.

Remember that we don't remove things from our mind by saying I won't think or do bad things. We put away the things of the flesh by instead putting our minds on the things of the Spirit and then doing them.

The work that the Spirit does in our spirit, will also be done in our body. Do we believe that? Like all promises, they are effective when we believe. John 11:40 “ … Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

This belief is not done by keeping rules. 2 Cor 3:6 the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. We have the life giving Spirit within us. The letter speaks of rules. We don't live by rules, but by God's Spirit, as it moves us by the word of faith and love. Romans 10:8

Instead of rules we yield our minds to the life giving Spirit. John 5:21 The Son gives life to whom He wishes. John 5:24 When we hear and believe the words of the Son we have this life. The sower parable teaches us to hear God's words and do them.  Mark 4:3-20; Luke 8:4-15; Matthew 13:3-23  Our work is to believe God's words. John 6:29 To believe is not saying we understand the Scriptures. It is a mindset of relying on them. I rely on my car to get me to work.  In the same way I rely on God to guide me and show me the path of life. Life flows from belief. Why work for belief? There are many voices vying for our attention. Shut out the voices that speak against God's directions. And listen to what God is saying. Listen to the Holy Spirit within.

We listen to God when we read the Bible with expectation of Him speaking to us. John 6:63 The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. God's words bring life. And we have the teacher of God's words living within us. The Holly Spirit brings life as we act on His leading. Romans 8:14

Romans 4:17 Believe and call into existence, what God has promised. We don't look at death within, but we look at the promise that the Holy Spirit brings to us. When we believe God we can speak with power and call into being what God has ordered.

As I have been meditating on this verse, giving life to your body means your body has to be dead first. I always thought of my fleshly body as being under a curse and the Spirit brings health to us. And this is true. The promise of health is there. But also we need to die to ourselves that life from God may grow within. The dying to our wants is needed if we are to be free to live for the purpose we were made for.

Giving life to our mortal bodies speaks to our ability to do what we were called to do. Ephesians 2:10 We can believe God to do what we have been called to do. We can believe God for healing so we can do the work God has called us to.

Now what is this life? Is it spiritual life or physical health? It is both. Just as we are saved and healed at the cross we walk in salvation and healing today. We are not saved to go to heaven only. We are saved for a new life to be lived for Jesus.

How are we to walk today? By the word of God. It is the Word Of Life. Romans 10:8 word of faith. Confession comes with faith Romans 10:8-10 If the word is in our mouth  and in our heart it is active. If it is not in our mouth and in our heart it is not active and just produces arrogance. Arrogance comes from knowledge without action in love. 1 Corinthians 8:1 For if we know but have not the experience of action we don't realize our need of the Spirit to walk it out. With the knowledge of our need we remain humble. So action keeps us humble, and this humbleness brings more grace. James 4:6 Grace gives us the ability to do what we are called for. It starts with obedience to God's word.

Now there can be action without faith. How do we know the difference?  Is there peace? Is there a motive of love? Is there joy? Fear will destroy faith. Perfect love casts out fear for there is no fear in love. Fear deflates faith. How do we handle a doubt or fear? 1 John 4:18 It is by quoting the word of God and deciding to live by the word and not by our fears. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 So faith is moving in peace in love and casting out the thought of fear.

Romans 8:11 can also talk about the promise of resurrection. We have the hope of resurrection from the Scriptures. Scriptures on resurrection – Phil 3:21; 1 Thes 4:14; 1 Cor 6:14; 15:20-23; 2 Cor 4:14 Notice it is the mortal body that is being brought to life. In our resurrection the mortal is replace with the immortal. “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:53 People that say this verse does not refer to physical healing never bring this point up  of mortal putting on the immortality. The resurrection brings the immortality. Healing beings the mortal to life to function. So the Spirit within us will bring healing to our physical bodies as we believe.

Where is the contrast of Romans 8:11 “But if”?

Our responding to God in righteousness allows God's Spirit to live and be active within us.  When the Spirit is within, He will give life to all three parts of our being when we respond in faith.  Verse 10 talks of life to our spirit. Verse 11 speaks of life to our mortal bodies. Our salvation has provided for a spiritual salvation, John 3:16 a change of our soul, Romans 12:1,2 and the promise of physical healing Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24.

The chapter talks of all three parts of our being. Our soul, our spirit and our body. We are reborn at salvation making all things new. 2 Corinthians 5:17; Isaiah 43:18-19; Revelation 21:5

We are anointed by the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit has been given to us as a pledge at Salvation
Ephesians 1:13, and from the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This passage is a prophecy of the Christ. (in Hebrew the Christ is the Messiah).

The Holy Spirit within illuminates the Scriptures, making them highlighted in our spirits. As we have this light of God within us, the darkness that comes against us will be destroyed. It is belief in the light that will chase the darkness away. Darkness is the absence of light. When God's light shines within darkness is gone. The works of Satan are darkness. John 3:20 The works of God are light and Satan can't stand the light.  When we have God's light Satan can't touch us. 1 John 5:18; Psalm 91:10 Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil. Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

We are sent as Jesus was sent. So the ability that Jesus had, we have now in the present.  John 20:21 We can pray for people to be healed. Mark 11:24 We can command the sickness to leave. Mark 11:23 And we can live in the blessing and sickness won't touch us. Psalm 91:10; 1 John 5:18

Healing is promised in the atonement. Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 8:17; 1 Pt 2:24
Healing is for all today. 2 Corinthians 1:20;  Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:3
Faith is required. Mark 11:22; Hebrews 11:1
Authority in Jesus name. We live in God's kingdom. We have the right of inheritance. We are God's sons. Mark 16:17-18
Agreement and unity in prayer. Matthew 18:19
God's word living in you. John 6:63; John 15:7; John 8:31-32
Misunderstandings of Scripture. Hosea 4:6; John 8;31-32; James 1:22
Sowing with your words. Proverbs 18:20-21
Healing in communion. 1 Corinthians 11:27-30
Spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Free from the curse of the law. Deuteronomy 28; Galatians 3:13
How to deal with worry, fear and doubt. Philippians 4:6-9
Understanding Paul's thorn. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9; Numbers 33:55
Suffering for righteousness does not include sickness, or if it did we should not go to the doctor for help in getting out of what we thought God had put on us. 2 Timothy 3:12
Conquerors and over comers Romans 8:37; Revelation 12:11
Growing in faith. Isaiah 41:15; Romans 1:17
Growing in God's grace. 2 Peter 3:18
Living in God's glory.  Colossians 1:27
God's light defeats darkness. John 1:5

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Romans 8:10 When Christ Is In Us We Have Life

Romans 8:10 
“If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”

If Christ is in you refers to salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:17;  1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 If we are saved, we have Christ.

v 10 the spirit is alive because of righteousness. What is righteousness? Habakkuk 2:4 says the just or righteousness will live by faith. Righteousness is living by faith. Paul said that he was seeking the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Phil 3 This is in contrast with self righteous. Which is based on our good works. OUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. OUR SPIRIT IS ALIVE BECAUSE OF FAITH. We live by faith. Faith is possible when we die to ourselves. Gal 2:20 we live by faith and we die to our self. This is to be done daily, Luke 9:23

Romans 4 teaches righteous by faith.

Amplified says righteousness that God imputes to us. V10 We live by pointing back to what Jesus did for us at the cross. It is a past work. It is not a work we need to be doing now. Our confidence is not in ourselves but in what has already been done for us. Faith is in the word of God and we act on it. If we don't act on it there really is no faith for faith with out works is dead.

The Spirit is alive within us because of belief, faith and action in what God is saying to us. We turn from having our minds set on worldly things and put our mind on heavenly things. Life then starts to flow. When we again put our mind on the things of the flesh life spiritual life stops. Our body is dead because of the curse and our sin. But it we trust in the Spirit of God there can be life for our body as well as our soul by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.

It is not our righteousness that causes the Spirit to be alive in us. For it says in Phil 3:9 “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Our righteousness comes from God, not from our works that would have been considered as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6 We rest in God because of His free gift of grace. Our righteousness is a gift. We can accept this gift of faith and rest in the knowledge of God's goodness to us.

In verse 32 again it says God will freely give us all things along with Jesus. This righteousness is freely given to us. We don't earn it. 2 Cor 1:20 In Jesus are all the promises. We have this righteousness in Jesus. Set your mind on Jesus. And the Spirit is freed to be active in us.

As we set our mind on God we realize what we have. We have this righteousness in Christ 1 Corinthians 1:30. 1 Corinthians 1:31 So let us boast in the Lord.

It is the Spirit of God that gives us life. It is the Spirit that will bring life to our body. Not our works. Not our good deeds. But our faith! Let us be people of this faith.

Receiving from God's promises is not because our works. It is because of our righteousness. Our righteousness is a result of our faith in God. God's work is complete and we rest in this complete work.

We are in right relationship with God not because of our good works but our faith in God's work. We receive the promises not by our works but by God's work. We receive by resting. “Then where is prayer in this? It is to move from worry to rest. Many times the Scriptures say to not fear. The way to move from fear to rest is to pray the Phil 4:6-9 example. This shows you how to get into rest.

In verse 10 it says the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Then in verse 11 it says our body can also receive life by the Holy Spirit that lives in us. There is a growth taught here. First we can have life in our spirits. Second we can have life in our bodies. Why is this important to grow to have life in our bodies? It is by our bodies that we are able to serve God. If we remain sick we are a drain on others and not able to minister as we have been called to do.

Verse 11 is one of the great healing verses of the Bible. By the Spirit we can have this healing. And how does that happen? The verses before show that we put our mind on the things of the Spirit. And for healing that would be the promises of the Bible. We meditate, pray over, state to our mountain that God will bring the finishing touches and have victory in healing. Zechariah 4:7 with shouts of grace. And grace is God's ability that comes to us through the Bible. So shout God's ability to the mountain that is stopping us.

Healing can be a higher level of faith. First we can live for God but be attacked in our body. As our faith grows we can also gain health by the Spirit of God that is living in us. There are many reasons for sickness. A love for others will not judge others but instead shine the light of God to encourage them to reach higher.  And why healing? To minister for Christ.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Romans 8:9 If we Belong to Jesus we have the Holy Spirit

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 “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”

Verses 5-8 talk of the difference of being in the flesh and the Spirit. It is  a mindset. At salvation we get the seal of the spirit. Ephesians 1:13.  A mind set on the flesh will pursue the things that would gratify fleshly desires.  With the Spirit we have other purposes.

Does the Holy Spirit dwell in us? We receive the Spirit at salvation as a seal. The Spirit came when Jesus was caught up to heaven. In Acts 2:4 the baptism of the Holy Spirit came to the believers. This was a second experience. But this second  experience is not what Rom. 8:9 is talking about. All Christians have the Holy Spirit. Not all have the baptism of the Spirit, but He is available to all, as they believe.

Does sin cause the Holy Spirit to leave? Jesus said He would be with us always. Matthew 28:20 In another place He said that He would never leave us or forsake us.  Hebrews 13:5 We are born again as a new creation at salvation. To lose the Holy Spirit is to lose our salvation.  So yes we have the Holy Spirit.

So what happens when we are walking in the flesh for a time? In verses 5-8 it talks of death as separation from God because of our inattention. It is like being asleep in the spirit. We have the Holy Spirit but are not aware of Him because of our spiritual sleep walking. When we wake up and return to walking with the Spirit, we can make use of Him who dwells within.

The idea of sleeping is brought out in a couple of places. Ephesians 5:14 “... Awake sleeper and arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” When we are asleep we are just flowing with the ways of the world. We may not actively be involved in the works of the devil.  Nevertheless, we are carried down stream by our lack of opposition to the evil in the world. And by opposition I am talking of standing in faith for the light of God to be brought to people in darkness.

In Revelation 3:2 “Wake up and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.” When we are asleep our spiritual strength saps away. It is just like in the physical. If you don't exercise you loose your edge. If we don't drink water we become weak. If we don't read the Bible our spirit weakens and falls asleep. Wake up and strengthen what God has given you. Wake up and let the light of the word of God bring life to your body. When we are awake we will speak God's word in faith.

Our union with God is flowing and operating when we keep God's words. When we don't keep them, we quench the Spirit and cease to live in eternal principals. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 It is easy to open the flow. Just repent and start living in God's word.

Where it says if we don't have the spirit of Christ. It is referring to the fact that our inattention to spiritual things quenches the Spirit of God working in our life. He is still there but can't operate by our lack of attention. Or direct repression of the things of the Spirit when we indulge the flesh.

Romans 8 is showing contrasts throughout the chapter. Before in verses five through eight there is a contrast between the flesh and the spirit. Here I think the passage is refering to the difference between a person that has accepted Christ and one who doesn't. We are saved and we have the Spirit of God living within. If we weren't saved we wouldn't have God's Spirit within. We have the Spirit within already, so live accordingly.

To walk in the Spirit is to keep the words of Jesus as we live. Or to say it another way, to keep the words of Jesus in mind as we live. To wake up, requires just a simple word of repentance to God and then step into our place of abiding. We are free from condemnation and can be about Christ's business as we live by faith not works.

Lord, I thank you for Your Spirit that lives within me. Give me the words of life for each day to live for you. Thanks Jesus.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Romans 8:8 What Pleases God?

Romans 8:8 “and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

If those in the flesh can't please God? What pleases God?

God is pleased when we worship Him and bless Him with our life of service. Be still and know that God is God. Psalm 46:10 Remember what He has done for you in the past and know that he doesn't change. He will do for you, the same as He has done for others. He will do for you again as He has in the past done for you.

Here is a list I have found, on what pleases God.
Hope in God's mercy. Psalm 147:11
Faith Hebrews 11:6
Mind set on the Spirit. Romans 8:5-8
Walk with God. Genesis 5:24
Fear the Lord. Psalm 147:11: Proverbs 2:1-5
Follow the example of Jesus. Matthew 17:5; Philippians 2:5-11
God takes pleasure in obedience. 1 Samuel 15:22; Matthew 6:6
Offer a sacrifice of praise to God,  Hebrews 13:15-16
Doing good and sharing. Hebrews 13:15-16
Do God's will. Hebrews 13:20-21
Go beyond God's will/commands and do what is pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:22
Matthew 3:17 The Father was well pleased with Jesus.
John 8:29 Jesus always does things that are pleasing to the Father.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 “but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.”
John 12:42-43 Confessing Christ will gain the praise and favor of God. Many would rather gain mans' favor which would not be pleasing to God.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
John 15:8 The Father is glorified by us bearing much fruit!
Ezekiel 33:11 God takes pleasure in the wicked repenting and living. Ezekiel 18:23

Hope in God's mercy Psalm 147:11 This passage is what God wants us to do. To hope in His lovingkindness or mercy. Verse 10 says that God does not take pleasure in man's strength or that of horses. Horses can refer to the technology man has used to make a more powerful military. God is not impressed in our military might or our physical strength. We can gain strength by waiting on God in the secret place. Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 91:1

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Faith comes from hearing God's word. We hear, not just with our physical ears, but also in the spirit with our spiritual ears. Hearing with spiritual ears is having the attitude of taking God's word to heart and using it to produce fruit with perseverance.

Our belief and faith in God is our basis of life in Christ. I have written often on faith. See these articles here.

Mind set on the Spirit 
Mind set on the Spirit instead of the flesh is what is being taught here in the first part of Romans 8. Romans 12:1-2 presents a way that renews and directs our mind correctly.

Walk with God
Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” What does it mean to walk with God? It is to walk in communion with God and in the ways of God.
Genesis 6:9 Noah was righteous, blameless,  and he walked with God. He wound favor with God.
In Malachi 2:6, priests did not listen and did not take God's word to heart.
And what is the purpose of listening and taking God's word to heart?
To give honor to God's name.

Therefore your blessing will turn to a curse. When we listen and take heed, the blessing that is our is available for us to use.
God's covenant is one of life and peace.
When we hear God, we have life. John 6:63 And when we hear God we have peace. John 16:33 In Isaiah 55:12 it says, we are to go out with joy and be led forth with peace. When we have God speaking to us through the Bible, in our mind, by our conscience and dreams and visions, through others and the still small voice. There is peace when we hear God. We have strength when we have joy. Nehemiah 8:10 If we lack joy from the Lord there is no strength. Isaiah 40:31 says we will gain strength when we wait on the Lord. When we wait on the Lord we gain joy of the Lord. So wait at least as long till the joy of the Lord comes.

When joy and peace leave return to the Lord. We should not wait for the joy to leave. Instead, return to the Lord often to maintain the joy and peace.

Our walk with God brings relationship, and this relationship will bring joy and peace. Don't let the problems of the world and the concern that this brings take away the joy and peace of Jesus. Without the strength of the Lord you  can't do any good. Effectiveness comes from moving in the Spirit of God. Present your requests to the Lord in the evening and rise with God's blessing each morning.

Revelation 3:4 We can walk with God, because we are worthy. Sin will cause us to not be able to be at peace with God or ourselves. We cleanse ourselves by reading the word and believing it. John 15:3 It is not our good works that cleanse us. It is believing the blood of Jesus has in the past cleansed us. Our conscience will be renewed in Scripture. John 15:3 Walk in the Scripture with confidence.

Fear the Lord
Some say reverence instead of fear. These two words are two sides of the same coin.  If we live in disobedience there should be fear to get right with God. If we are walking in the Spirit there is reverence. Proverbs 2:1-5 gives a definition of the fear of God and how it works.

Receive God's words. Take them to heart and believe them and follow them. Treasure God's commands by meditating, memorizing and praying them. Make your ear attentive to wisdom and understanding, by taking time to learn God's precepts and listing to the Lord in how to put them into practice. Cry for discernment, by not just reading the Bible but cry out to God for better ways to use of what you are learning. Lifting your voice in prayer to God and asking others for how to follow God. Seeking and searching the Scriptures for God's answers, the hidden treasures in the Scriptures.

Follow the example of Jesus.
For years I thought that was impossible and never heard anyone teach this. Then I read that Jesus was the first born among all creation. Colossians 1:15 We are a new creation at salvation. Something changes within, at salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Jesus was the first and we are his brothers and sisters.

We are to walk as Jesus walked .1 John 2:6 We are called to follow Jesus. Matthew 4:19 How does this work out? It happens as the promises become alive in us. It is not just knowing what the Bible promises. It is believing that all the the promises in the Bible are yes as we believe them with the faith coming from God. 2 Corinthians 1:20

Follow the example of Jesus.
Have the attitude that Jesus had. Philippians 2:5-11

Turn away from what you have, to be free to serve as you are led. Sometimes we can use what we have for Christ. Other times God calls us to a work where we need to get rid of things that are in the way.

When we die to our wants and give our life to Jesus, he replaces our desires with His. Our wants change.

God takes pleasure in obedience. 
Deuteronomy 26:16 Accept God's direction and do them with all your heart and mind. See also Deuteronomy 32:46
Joshua 1:8 When we meditate on Scripture it becomes part of us. We then are able to do it with the leading of God's Spirit through the Bible. God wants us to keep the commands of Jesus, which is loving God and others. John 15:10,12

Offer a sacrifice of praise to God,  Hebrews 13:15-16
Why a sacrifice? It is not a sacrifice of giving things up, but devotion to God.
And we are to to it continually. Look at the study I made on the things we are to do always.
We love God and the way to love others is to do good for them. V16 These things please God.

Do God's will. Hebrews 13:20-21
As we work for God in the things we were made to do, it pleases Him. Ephesians 2:10 We work to give glory to God. Deflect the glory others want to give you and give that glory to God.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 “but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.”
We all have been entrusted with the gospel. Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 4:19 Don't seek the pleasure of men but of God in what you do. Galatians 1:10 A mind set on the Spirit will not worry about the recognition of man. John 5:44

John 12:42-43 Confessing Christ will gain the praise and favor of God. Many would rather gain mans' favor which would not be pleasing to God.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

Acknowledge the Lord in all you do! He is the one who will make your way of life effective. A good synonym of acknowledge is to declare. Declare God is with you and helping you in all you do. In all your ways declare God is working. If the results are being ostracized by others, be glad and leap for joy. Your reward will be great in heaven. Luke 6:22-23

If we go to John 12:24 we see there is no fruit if we don't die to our fleshly wants. When we confess Christ in our life, we are declaring He is active not only in us but also others as they rely on Him. We die to our hope of worldly gain by doing this. But there is a hope of spiritual gain by influencing others.

The Father is glorified by us bearing much fruit! John 15:8
John 15 discusses our relationship to God as a vine and branches. We produce fruit as we abide with Christ. So God is glorified as we abide in Christ. You can't abide in Christ and ignore what He says. When we make Christ our source we follow His teachings.

God takes pleasure in the wicked turning from death to life. Ezekiel 33:11; Ezekiel 18:23
If God takes pleasure in the wicked turning to Christ. He will take pleasure as we take His instructions of going to sharing the Gospel with others.

You can't do any of the things written here effectively without your mind set on the Spirit of God. It is my experience that sharing the gospel is hard.  And I find that as I die to myself and live for God I am able to go and the love of God comes to me to help other people. This dying is not just a short prayer but a meditation of Scriptures and letting them change my mindset.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Romans 8:7

Sin will take you further than you want to go.
Keep you longer then you want to stay.
And cost you more than you want to pay.
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Romans 8:7
 “because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,”

Romans 8:7-8 list the inability of those who have their mind set on the flesh, to serve or please God. They are:

Hostile toward God.
They don't subject themselves to the law of God.
And they are not able to subject themselves to the law of God.
They can't please God.

If we return to sin,  we think it may be for a short time or just this once. But that is a lie from the enemy. Sin has tentacles that will grab a hold of you and won't let go. We can get free in Jesus, but why go through this battle when we can have joy and peace and freedom in Christ? Also sin will keep us from being able to believe God. Why? Because our conscience will be condemning us. We renew our conscience as we meditate on the Bible. Christ was raised from the dead, through the glory of the Father, so we can have this newness of life. Romans 6:4. When we enter into an act of sin we are becoming a slave to what we decide to do. Romans 6:16

Many want to let you know that you can't be free from sin. Our life is a process and we can cut sin out more and more. Temptation is always there. It could be that we cut sin in half from where we used to be. But there is always something there to reject and repent of. Instead of saying, “I am a sinner,” say instead, “Jesus is my advocate and He will bring me to the Father and His throne of grace. Focus on the solution and not the problem. The more we focus on Jesus, the solution, the closer we get to Him. We can become free from sin, as we set our purpose to love Jesus and others, with our words and actions. We move to and become what we think and speak about. Don't confess the problem, confess the solution. Remember that in 1 John 1:8 and 1 John 1:10 it says, 'if we say that we have no sin we are a liar.' If we say we are a sinner we are focusing on ourselves. If people say they are without sin they are focusing on themselves. We don't go through the spiritual battle looking at ourselves. We go through life  looking at Jesus. Hebrews 12:2

Romans 7 Paul refereed to himself more than fifty times. The answer is Jesus not striving against sin.

The first state of having a mind set on the flesh is being hostile toward God.

Hostile: here are some synonyms: belligerent, at loggerheads, bitter, dirty, opponent, opposing, unfriendly, aggressive, hateful, offensive, violent, irreconcilable.

Why are there so many? Because mankind expresses himself with anger, hostility etc often and it is a common trait. God puts on man, requirements that are contrary to our desires. Or so we think. In reality, as we serve God, we rise to our greatest potential. We are able come to a place of peace with God and man.

A mind set on the flesh by a person that has become a new creation in Christ, is a sad thing. But we have all been there. God still loves us even when we remain with our mind set on the flesh. By His Spirit, God draws us back to living in the blessing we can have in Christ.

When we put aside the desires of the flesh and follow Christ and His way of loving others, we free the Holy Spirit within us.  We are free to remember who we are, in Christ, and our true desires will rise within. We can fulfill the desires of our heart by our walk with God and following His leading.

The second state of having a mind set on the flesh is not being able to be subject to the law of God.

What does it mean to subject yourself to the law of God?
It is to live according to the principles of God's law. What is God's law? It is to love God and others. John 13:34-35 It is to obey God's directions. John 15:10 We can't keep God's law, by making a law to keep it. Colossians 2:20-23 Instead we are subject to God's law by turning to Jesus and living for Him, worshiping Him and being thankful for all He has done for us. Then with this love we turn to others and help them.

Jesus brings the Old Testament law into focus by saying all the law and the prophets are fulfilled in loving God and loving people. Matthew 22:37-40; Galatians 5:14. The law of God is a law of living for the purpose of God's kingdom being advanced. Living in God's kingdom is accomplished by loving others by God's Spirit. Living for the purpose of obeying our master. Living for the purpose of loving others into God's kingdom. When we neglect in obeying what God has asked us to do, we fail to please God. That does not mean God is mad at us, or does not love us. God still loves us but we are missing out on the benefits of living in the Spirit. It is our decision to set our mind, not God's. It is our decision to walk with God, He won't force us to walk with Him. If we walk with a mind set on the flesh we reap the consequences of these actions. Judgment has already been set. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18 This relates to the law of sin and of death of Romans 8:2 There are forces and  laws, that respond to our actions. We reap what we sow, either good or bad. But with Jesus, we can soar above the law of sin and of death by living in the Spirit and the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus will set us free.

The third way a person is known of not setting their mind on the Spirit is Not able to do it follow God. It is not just a decision to not follow God. A mind set on the flesh is not able to serve God.

Paul said that he did not rely on himself but Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:5 We live for Christ, through Christ and in Christ. Without Christ we are not adequate to get anything done in the Spirit. We can do things from a natural standpoint, but not from a spiritual standpoint unless we put our minds on the things of the Spirit and live for Christ. How do we move from living in the flesh, to living in the Spirit? By acting on what we believe, with confidence God is with us and will provide for us.

The verse I look to on the the subject of relying on ourselves or God is 2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.” Look to God to help you in your life endeavors.

Here is what it looks like to depend on God. The opposite of hostile is, to be friendly, agreeable and live with a good will.  Rely on His promises that speak to your heart. Quote them often and especially if fear or worry come. Think on God's promises and pray over them to renew your mind to God's ways. Then act on what you believe.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Romans 8:6

Romans 8:6 “ For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,”

What is death and what is life? Death is when life ceases. When we put
 our mind on the things of the flesh, life in the Spirit ceases. What is the difference between working with a mind on the things of the flesh and working with a mind on the thing of the Spirit? Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men”
We do things for Jesus. And I like the word heartily. It is having an attitude of pleasing God in all you do. Doing your work with all your heart, with your whole being, with all your soul, doing it willingly and enthusiastically.

What happens when we have life? What happens when we have death?

Galatians 5:18-21 Practicing the things of the flesh will not allow us to live in the inheritance God has for us. We will not be able to live in God's kingdom. When we are born again, we can see into the kingdom of God. John 3:3 Why is seeing so important? You can't go somewhere if you can't see. When we have God's Spirit we gain hope as we read the Bible and hear from God. This hope is seeing the answer coming to pass. When we turn from a mindset of setting our mind on the things of the Spirit to the flesh we cease to be able to see the hope that has been given to us. We lose heart and start to worry. When we turn again to the Lord and put our mind on the things of the Spirit we renew our hope and can see God's promise to us.

If we are back and forth, back and forth between worry and hope, faith does not have an opportunity to grow and therefore, hope grows dim. Passages I use to fight off worry, doubt and fear are: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Philippians 4:6-9; Psalm 36 and 91

Life comes from the word of God. John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” When we accept God's word as true we enter into life. When we take God's word as an idea but don't realize it is for us, sluggishness happens.  Hebrews 6:12 “so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Death vs life and peace. The flesh brings death. Then why do people say that to live a Christian life is boring and death? It is because they only know of Christ as religion and not the newness of the Spirit. When we hear God there is life. When we don't hear God, then there is death as we follow the rules of others. Rules are not bad in themselves, if they are in context of a vibrant Christian life. Vibrancy comes from hearing God. Often, the ideas that one generation had, is lost by the next. Ideas are conveyed better when there are testimonies that go with what we learn. People have a better grasp of what we teach if they can see that we are doing what we teach. People are told to imitate those who were successful. We can only imitate when we have examples to follow.

Then why bring death to the flesh so that life my come? Setting our mind on the flesh and the spirit at the same time, is not possible. One has to die that the other may live. If our spirit is to live our flesh must die. This is not referring to our body but our mindset. Where we will set our mind on?

Walking in the Spirit is not obeying the Bible. John 5:39-40
Walking in the Spirit is living for Christ as the Bible teaches.

Watching TV and eating popcorn is neither of the flesh or of the Spirit. Where your mind is while you eat and watch TV will determine whether you are in the flesh or the Spirit.

Romans 8:5-8
" For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God."

Having our mind set on the Spirit sometimes is difficult. We may not know the answer to the issue we are facing. At these times I pray in the Spirit of God, which also includes tongues, for understanding and guidance for God's light. Jude 1:20; 1 Corinthians 14:14

It says in Psalm 112:4 that light will arise in darkness for the upright. We can speak light and life into a situation. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 A mind set on the flesh will reject Scripture while a mind on the Spirit will accept Scripture and confess it in their life. A mind set on the flesh will confess doubt and fear. While a mind set on the Spirit will confess the Word.

Minds set on the flesh will have pride, because they are self focused. Minds set on the Spirit will be humble as they look to Jesus. And with this humbleness will come boldness because again they see Jesus and what He has promised.

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Confession from the verses in Romans 8

1 There is no condemnation in Christ. I am not condemned anymore. I am free from condemnation.

2 I am free from the law of sin, because of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus is enabling.

3 Jesus fulfilled the requirement of the law for me.

4 Now I walk according to the spirit.

5-9 My mind is on the things of the spirit and I walk according to the Spirit. If my mind wanders to fleshly thinking, I will counter it with the word of God.

9-10 Christ is in me and I am alive because of the Spirit.

11 The Spirit has given life to my body and will continue to give life so I can minister.

12-13 I am putting to death the deeds of the flesh and am alive in the Spirit.

14 I am a son of God and am led by the Spirit.

15-16 I am not afraid for  I have God as my father and I am His child.

17 I get what Jesus gets,  as I work with Jesus.

18 The troubles of this world are nothing compared to the rewards of living in the kingdom.

19-22 I am revealed as God's son to set free people and things from corruption into the freedom of God's glory.

23-25 I groan and labor in prayer and wait eagerly for the fulfillment of God's promise to me.

26-27 The Spirit also groans and works with me, according to the will of God.

28 Whatever happens, God turns it for good, because I am working for Christ.

29-30 I am like Jesus because I am called, justified and glorified.

31-32 God is for me, giving me all things as I am with Jesus. If God is for me, who is against me?

33-34 No one can succeeded against me, for Jesus intercedes for me.

35 Nothing can separate me from Christ's love.

36-37 As we die to our life, we conquer through Christ.

38-39 Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ.

God's love, enables me to accomplish His goals.

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