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Amazing Grace, John Newton, 1779
6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Welcome, Welcome all my Beloved Friends who seek 'Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. With open mouth I pant, because I long for thy commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is thy wont toward those who love thy name. Keep steady my steps according to thy promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. Redeem me from man's oppression, that I may keep thy precepts. Make thy face shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes. My eyes shed streams of tears, because men do not keep thy law.'
[Psalm 119: 129-136, RSV] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Continuing our Bi-Monthly Series of Tuesday/Saturday Posts; Post 1, July 17, 2018; Post 2, July 21, 2018; Post 3, July 31, 2018; Post 4 A-B, August 4, 2018. 'the world'; Posts 5 a/5b, August 14, 18, 2018, 'the flesh'.
Now, from July 17-21, 2018, and continuing, so that we may have deeper understanding including understanding the 'various sins' and how they are 'labelled' with sufficient elaboration provided, as 'names' have changed and you may not know what the 'old' name was, and are committing such sin. Man may 'change labels', but, be not deceived - 'actions are the same'. You, I need to be 'in our 'full' battle armour', without fail, daily! Amen. Amen.
Why the World, the Flesh, & the Devil, and where we must be prepared to go to be valiant - in Spiritual Warfare? Understanding - 'the battlefield' for the 'warfare'.
Another aspect of our spiritual warfare is the flesh.
Spiritual Warfare and the "Flesh"
From our posts on August 4, 2018, we learned that in this 'world', we must ever be - on guard. But, there is more. It is clear, in the Word of God, exactly what we are up against. Now, let us learn about - 'the flesh'.
As it is written:
1 John 2:16 'For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.'
This second part of our spiritual warfare as Christians concerns the flesh. What is meant by the flesh?
In this context, the flesh is the fallen, natural, carnal state in which we are born, or our sinful nature that seeks to satisfy its own lusts and expresses itself in our thoughts and actions in a way that opposes the spiritual nature and life of God. The Apostle Paul said,
Romans 7:25 'I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.' [Study Romans 7-8, in detail for more. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
When we walk or 'live', according to our fleshly lusts we are walking, [living], according to the law of sin from which we have been liberated in Christ.
The inclination to sin is present in our flesh and we continue more or less to struggle in some of these areas. The flesh spoken of here is not about experiencing the good things that God has given to us for our enjoyment. In contrast, it is the part of our nature that is spiritually destructive, or wasteful to ourselves and others because it's fruit is spiritually dead. Whereas, when we walk according to God's truth we bear the fruit of God's Spirit (love, peace, joy, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; against such there is no law), Galatians 5:23.
'Choices', to submit and surrender; or, to go it on our own. If we sow according to the flesh we will reap dead works, but the fruit of the Spirit gives life to the soul. Abiding in the realm of the flesh renders us powerless against our spiritual enemies, the devil and his kingdom. At this juncture, we are on his territory and not God's. When we received Christ, He gave us His righteousness and we are righteous because of God's gift to us. It is a gift of God's grace and no one can ever take that away from us. However, the manifestation of that righteousness in the life of a Christian is experienced only if we walk in the righteousness that He has already given to us, for the Lord calls us to righteousness. We must ever be - 'abiding' as 'branches to the Vine'. [See John 14:1-15:11 audio-bible.com/bible/ bible.html]
Further, as we find written:
Colossian 2:11 'In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:'
Colossians 2:13 'And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;'
Philippians 3:3 'For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.'
Galatians 5:24 'And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.'
Crucified - In our behalf, Christ already crucified the sinful flesh to the Cross. We take hold of Christ's victory over the flesh and overcome our selfish passions through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 6:6 'Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.'
My friends, this is all possible, when we truly realize as others before us, to 'humbly submit to the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit', to wit:
Ephesians chapter 6:10-12, 'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.' It is impossible to live the 'Christian life', in any other way. [See Ephesians 6:10-17, in context as well as 2 Corinthians 12:10]
Remember, '1 John 2:15-17' 'Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure,...'.
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