The Operation Of God On Us

As we said in our post Dividing the Flesh From The Spirit

“In plain English, the operation God does when every man (mankind) gets saved is he removes other spirits from our spirit, 2 Corinthians 11:4 and Ephesians 2:2 KJV  “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

And replaces those spirits with the Holy Spirit Romans 8:13;  2 Corinthians 4:13; and Ephesians 2:22 KJV  “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

There are some people who look at signs, wonders and miracles and think that person is a believer working for God “in the spirit” or doing God’s work. They equate the “miracles” to the Holy Spirit. But many people are deceived by signs, wonders and miracles because they do not “study to find themselves approved, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Even Jesus warns us when he said Matthew 7:22-23 KJV  “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
[23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Preceeding those verses Jesus was speaking about how to spot a fake, a liar, wolves in Matthew 7:13-21. And again in Matthew 25:31-46. The test is their fruit not signs or miracles but fruit. It is not what they say it is what do they produce. Someone can say they are Christian but if they produce fruit against God, against God’s word, they are a deceiver and they have been deceived. Do the Fruit Test.

So when Paul was laying the foundation to our spirit man and the Holy Spirit in Romans 8 he was grounding believers in their position with God, their standing. An example – you are your parent’s child, no matter what. Your standing or position is, you are their child, no matter what you do, what you say or what you think. It can not change. Your parents brought you into this world and they will always be your parents.

When you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation, your standing changes. You are no longer a child of sin, death and the devil. You are adopted by God forever to be His child. Your standing changes from the devil to God. God now becomes your Father. And God does not do things the way the world and the flesh do things.

God performs an operation on you separating your flesh from your spirit man.  You then have your flesh and fleshly desires pulling you one way and the Holy Spirit and your spirit man pulling you another way. And it is your soul (mind, will and emotions) that makes the decision. And what ever your soul decides to do – that is what you will give an account to God for on judgement day, the Judgment Seat of Christ.

So how do we make the right decisions? Renewing our mind. Renewing our mind is teaching our mind to make the right decisions based on the authority of God’s word and direction of the Holy Spirit. We have God’s word and prayer. Seek out Godly counsel. And for those who have rejected God and his payment for sin, Jesus Christ, they are of their father the devil and will end up going to hell and later at the Great White Throne judgement, they are cast into the lake of fire, for eternity.

So Romans 8 goes into great detail on separating our spirit man from our flesh. Paul tells us many times to bring our flesh into subjection. Control your flesh. Subdue fleshly desires. Get rid of actions or activities that are to gratify the flesh. How? Renewing our mind.

Romans 8:5-15 KJV  “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
[6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
[7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
[8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
[9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
[10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
[11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
[12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
[13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
[14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
[15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

We fight and battle our flesh every day. As we get victory in different areas we fight other areas until God gives us our new glorified body.

Until next time.

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