A New Year’s Challenge
I will always be thankful to God for putting me in an independent fundamental church when I got saved and knew absolutely nothing about him, his ways or his teachings. For 27 years I knew nothing about God or religion. All I knew was there was this guy named Jesus who died on a cross to pay for sin and then he rose from the dead. I thought I was a pretty good person and I didn’t need to know more.
As I mentioned before, the pastor that led me to the Lord came out of an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church and because I had lived all over the country I always attended Independent Fundamental Baptist churches. God grounded me in “sound” doctrine. But later God would show me the Baptists did not understand the spirit man, the Holy Spirit or how the Holy Spirit works in and through our spirit man. The Pentacostals didn’t either because they were so hung up on if you could “speak in tongues”.
People seem to mix faith and works and sin and grace. The bottom line is your spirit man, since being born again, saved, does not sin. God the Holy Spirit lives in you and revived your spirit towards God. How can two walk together unless they agree? So your spirit man does not sin but your soul/mind, will and emotions and your body, your flesh can sin. That’s why Paul tells us to bring our body into subjection, subjection of what? The Holy Spirit, the power of God.
So all those verses that declare we are more than conquerors, I am the righteousness of God in Christ, I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me all refer to our “spirit man”. You see, In whom ye trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation and when you believed, the Holy Spirit sealed you, as Ephesians 1:13 tells us. We are to put off our old man, Ephesians 4:22,23 and now we have the power of the Holy Spirit working in us Ephesians 3:20 which makes us, our spirit man more than conquerors.
God has delivered all believers from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son (Colossians 1:13), the Kingdom of God which is “in” us as Jesus said in Luke 17:21. And just as he who is born after the flesh (unsaved) persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so is it now Galatians 4:29. If you are really saved, a believer, you have the power of God working in and through you. You already have the victory if you believe it or not. How much victory? Depends on your faith and if you believe “all” things are possible with God. How many times did Jesus tell people, your faith has made you whole. You can not see the power of God work in your life if you want to steer everything, if you can not let go and let God.
If we bring our body into subjection and work to grow our spirit man, we will overcome this present evil world.
Being led by the Holy Spirit may not agree with man’s ways. Paul explains this in Galatians 1:11-19. When God created you and me he put a purpose in each of us. If your purpose does not pay well you may decide to do something else, that pays better. Later you will realize you are not happy and fulfilled in life and you miss the blessings God set out for you in your purpose. But it is never too late to start living your purpose.
God’s ways are not man’s ways. If you want to get things, you have to give things first. Let me challenge you. The new year is going to start (on the world’s calendar not God’s calendar) so maybe make a list of things you would like God to do for you or give you in 2016. Then find out what others need or want and try to find a way to give it to them. For the whole year, set yourself to give others what they want or need and at the end of the year, check your list and see how God answered your wants and/or needs. You will be amazed.
Your flesh and soul will make excuses, but pray God the Holy Spirit lead you. It has been about a year or a little longer since I started praying Galatians 5:16,18,25 back to God. Lord help me to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us how to walk in the Spirit in several areas but just to name a few look at Ephesians 4 the whole chapter and in Ephesians 5 Paul tells us what our duty is as followers of God. Philippians 3 tells us of the spiritual mind. There are about 30 things Paul lists in 1 Thessalonians chapters 4 & 5 that tell us the will of God for us, for believers. And Ephesians 6 tells us how to fight evil spirits in verses 10-18. If you did just these mentioned, you would have your understanding enlarged.
You need to remember, the battles we fight are in the spirit realm and the battle is the Lord’s. It is a battle between good and evil and we pick a side to join. If you read the book, you know who wins in the end, we do with Christ. Happy New Year.