Understanding How God Deals With Us – Part 12
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at 6:51 a.m
Once we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, the rest of our Christian life is learning to walk in the spirit. Walking in the spirit is all about letting what God has accomplished in us, and for us, dominate us more than our physical or emotional realm.
This starts by us perceiving our spirit by faith in God’s Word as we can’t see or feel it. As believers we now need to walk by faith not by what we see or feel – 2 Corinthians 5:7. The Word of God is the perfect tool to get us to that point – John 6:63. The Word is the spiritual mirror that tells us about who we are – James 1:23-25.
Romans 6:11&14 says, “11 So you also should CONSIDER YOURSELVES TO BE DEAD TO THE POWER OF SIN and ALIVE TO GOD THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. 14 SIN IS NO LONGER YOUR MASTER, for YOU NO LONGER LIVE UNDER THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW. Instead, you live under THE FREEDOM OF GOD’S GRACE.”
When we decide to walk in the spirit we break the power of sin over our lives:
Galatians 5:16 NKJV “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” To walk in the spirit WE SIMPLY NEED TO BASE OUR THOUGHTS, ACTIONS, AND IDENTITY ON WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST.
Romans 8:12-13 says, “12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if BY THE SPIRIT YOU PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, YOU WILL LIVE.”
We should not strive in our natural strength to overcome sin, AS WE FOCUS ON OUR SPIRITS WE ARE CAUSING THE SINFUL DEEDS TO STOP. This is the reason preaching should be about what God has accomplished in our spirits.
The challenge we have is that a lot of people see themselves as victims of the power of sin. It shouldn’t be like that. If they can start focusing on who they are in their spirits, sin will lose its power over their bodies – Romans 12:2.
BELIEVERS DON’T NEED THE LAW TO STOP SINNING, THEY NEED GRACE – Romans 6:14. SINNERS NEED THE LAW TO SEE HOW SINFUL THEY ARE AND REALISE THE NEED OF THE SAVIOUR – 1 Timothy 1:8-9, Galatians 5:20, and Romans 3:20.
Romans 6:1-4 says, “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And JUST AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORIOUS POWER OF THE FATHER, NOW WE ALSO MAY LIVE NEW LIVES.
The word ‘sin’ in Romans 6:2 is a noun. It doesn’t mean that we don’t commit sin, it means that we died to the power of sin. Once we see that sin nature is taken out of us, the believers in Christ, we break free from sin imprisonment. We just have to know that our penalty has been paid, and then walk out of sin prison. Remember, we are what we think. That is why WE SHOULD BE TAUGHT THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS IN THE EYES OF GOD BECAUSE JESUS DIED IN OUR PLACE. That gives us power to start living up to who we are in the spirit.
This is what sets Christianity apart from religions of this world – THE ONE WHO IS WORSHIPPED DIED FOR THE WORSHIPERS whereas religions are about dying for the one who is worshipped. Christianity is about GOD ENABLING US TO OVERCOME SIN AND LIVE ABOVE IT. It is not about keeping rules and regulations to please the one we worship. John 1:14,17.
Some people have made Christianity religion because they have made it to be about keeping rules and regulations. Christianity is about a relationship with God which leads to freedom – 2 Corinthians 3:15-18.
It is time we live our new lives. We will not attain this through our own strength, God’s power is readily available to give us victory over sin and to reveal this new life. Let’s use our faith to overcome sin – 2 Corinthians 3:18. We must renew our minds to the truth that OUR SPIRITS DIED TO SIN, AND HAVE NO DESIRE FOR SIN – Romans 6:5-6. As we do that sin will lose its power over our bodies. This is how we overcome sin through grace – John 1:17 and John 8:10-11.
When we live under grace the Holy Spirit produces right living:
Galatians 5:22-23 “22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”