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Paul declares True Believers Free from Indwelling Sin Part 2
Romans 8:5-8 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. NKJV
Paul left us in part 1 with the reality of how our Lord Jesus destroyed sin in His Body when He died on the Cross and that truth enables the regenerated and born again son or daughter to walk or live no longer by the dictates of the flesh but by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Because of God the Holy Spirit dwelling in the true believer, we have strength and power to say no to the flesh and through the Word of God allow God the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. Certainly God’s truth always comes from His Word which is to remain forever. Therefore, every decision we are required to make regarding God’s Will or Heart or Mind can be extracted from His Word (Romans 12:2). God the Holy Spirit will never lead us into any path that goes against the Word of God, so we can trust the Word and obey what it says at all times as we yield our will to God the Holy Spirit. We have no separate life apart from our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is our life and the life we are blessed to live down here on the earth (away from our Lord’s Physical Presence) is His Life in each one of us His Children. The closer we keep ourselves united to our life source (Christ in us through the Holy Spirit) we will be empowered by Him to walk in the Holy Spirit’s Power and we won’t even want to entertain any thoughts of fulfilling the lust of the flesh or the lust of the eyes or the pride of life.
Paul says that there are some who make their focus or drive on the gratification of the things of the flesh and this raises a red flag and a dilemma because there are times when true believers can focus too much on earthly temporal things, but I believe Paul is speaking here of people who are not true believers but rather false brethren, goats, Apostates, hypocrites, wolves in sheep’s clothing, or just not real. Paul had this to say of some of these types of people when he spoke to the Philippian believers warning them, Philippians 3:17-19 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame --- who set their mind on earthly things. NKJV Sadly these words of Paul though written over 1950 years ago speak directly to many if not most of the men and women who occupy the great majority of air time on Christian television as they promise unsuspecting people (some are true believers, though undiscerning, but most are as lost as the false prophets) blessings of houses, money, health, etc. if they will sow a $50 or $100 or $500 or even greater blessings if they sow a $1,000 seed into their ministry.
These men and women are not concerned about lost sinners being redeemed, but they want the flow of their tax free dollars to continue to support their kingdoms they are amassing here on the earth. This is why Paul says their end is destruction because this garbage is not from God the Father but it is from the devil and these men and women are tools and instruments of the devil to fleece people of earthly goods to fill their pockets. There is so many of these people who think that God shows His blessing to people by what they have not by what they are internally. Paul said these words to the Ephesians, Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. NKJV Paul says we who belong to our Lord Jesus Christ by birth are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places with Christ and there is no mention of a $100 seed being multiplied and turned into $10,000.
This is what the Apostle Peter says about these people who perpetrate this abominable lie everywhere they go, 2 Peter 3:12-17 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. NKJV In other words these men and women who are in large numbers on our earth today are the prime examples of those who are carnally minded walking or living to please and gratify the sensual lust and passions of the flesh and Peter and Paul say that these people are equivalent to a large heaping pile of elephant dung in the Nostrils of God the Father. The carnally minded are in opposition to God and the will of God and so often twist the will of God making it the pursuit of fleshly gratification and this is what these men and women do as Peter and Paul have testified to above.
The carnally minded man or woman is spiritually dead and will soon face physical death which will usher the soul into eternal death in @#!*% (1 Timothy 5:6). Though there is pleasure in sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25) it is always temporary and never satisfies in the long run but is guaranteed to bring ruin and destruction to every life ruled by it. Sin is the downfall of every soul and this is why those of us who love our Lord Jesus Christ and continue to set our minds on things above where our Lord Jesus is in heaven, then we are assured of knowing from His Word and experientially in our hearts the Lord’s ruling life and principle flowing in and through us subduing our passions as Paul writes to the Galatians, Galatians 5:24-25 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. NKJV In contrast we know that those who do not belong to our Lord Jesus Christ cannot put to death their flesh and consequently they cannot please God at any time. This is not what God the Father has purposed for us as we will see from the words of the Apostle Paul next time.
“The nescience of the Agnostic philosophy is the proof from experience that to be carnally minded is Death.” Henry Drummond
“Christ wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” C. S. Lewis
“We may not preach a crucified Saviour without being also crucified men and women. It is not enough to wear an ornamental cross as a pretty decoration. The cross that Paul speaks about was burned into his very flesh, was branded into his being, and only the Holy Spirit can burn the true cross into our innermost life.” A. B. Simpson
“The presence of the flesh is not, however, an excuse for walking in it. We are taught that ‘our old man is crucified with Christ’; that, in that sense, we ‘are dead,’ and we are called upon to make this a constant experience by mortifying (‘making dead’) our members which are upon the earth.” C. I. Scofield
“Remember that if you are a child of God, you will never be happy in sin. You are spoiled for the world, the flesh, and the devil. When you were regenerated there was put into you a vital principle, which can never be content to dwell in the dead world. You will have to come back, if indeed you belong to the family.” Charles Spurgeon
“If you want to experience the cure for the flesh (and be sure the cure is available), do just this one thing: surrender. Stop making excuses for the flesh and sin. When you purpose in your heart to surrender to the will of God, the flesh will be destroyed and you will rejoice always and give glory to God because His mercies are everlasting.” Clifford D. Tate, Sr. from my Book entitled “Silent Assassins of the Soul”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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