Believers Live Inside Out

People often ask what religion are you? But religion teaches your flesh, your body needs to do things. Christianity is not a religion, it is based on a person, Jesus Christ. And when someone believes God’s word and gets saved, Jesus comes into that person’s heart and lives on the inside of that person and works from the inside. How? By renewing their mind, he changes their thinking. He teaches us to control our emotions and feelings. Jesus works on our soul – our mind will and emotions.

You see, when someone really gets saved, their spirit man is quickened ( made alive unto God ) and that allows Jesus to come into their heart and work from the inside out.

So let’s look at an example. My regular readers know I grew up fatherless. So my mom had to be firm raising us kids if she wanted to maintain control. So usually it is the father who lays down the “laws of the house”. In my case, it was my mother. Now children make a choice. They can look at the rules laid down by their father as a home where dad is king and you are a prince or princess and there is great reward in doing what dad says or – you can look at dad as a warden in a prison and you are an inmate. The choice is yours.

Well take that example and move it to God. When believers look at God as a loving Heavenly Father and there is great reward in doing as he asks, as he teaches, it makes life easier and successful. But when we are tempted to do things against God, it is because our desires or our wants are not the same as God’s wants for us as a Heavenly Father.

You see, God gave each of us a free will. And when we hear something or see something, we decide if we want or desire what we have seen or heard.  And when our mind (soul) tells us yes we want our wants and desires then our body, our flesh will go where our mind wants. Our actions in our flesh are based on what we want and desire.

James explains it this way – James 1:14-15 KJV  ” But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
[15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

1 John 2:16 KJV  “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.”

So when we hear or see something we want then we desire the thing in our mind. Then usually people try to figure out how they can get what they want. That person’s conduct will line up with trying to get what they want. And if the conduct is against God’s word, then it is sin.

Religion teaches conduct. Religion is all based on what you do in your flesh, your body and what type of conduct you are doing in your body. And if you always attack someone’s conduct and behaviour – then by default, you have religion. Even James confirms real religion is fleshly behaviour in
James 1:27 KJV  “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

So when preachers are always preaching about changing your behaviour and they always preach about your conduct, they are taking Jesus Christ and making him a religion.

Jesus Christ did not come to give you a make over. Jesus came to die and shed his blood to pay, once for all, the sin debt mankind owed so mankind could be saved. And those who believe on Jesus and his payment for their sin and receive Jesus Christ into their heart as Lord and Saviour are new creatures in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
” Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Jesus was not teaching behaviour modification classes. Jesus came so our old man would die. That we would renew our mind and think differently. The old me is dead and buried never to rise again. And through the renewing of our mind, God works on believers from the inside out.

Until next time.

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