We should guard carefully what we allow to come into our souls. For whatever a person allows to come into their souls they will become. This will define the spirit that is within you. If you have allowed or are living in sin and making your own rules up as you go along rather that living by the word of God, then you are allowing a different identity to live within your body and soul instead of the identity that God intended for you. This will only cause you pain and heartache. God intended for us to live a life full of peace and joy,that all might be well with our souls. Lets take a look at what sin and our own choices can do to us and what Jesus has done to restore us to who we really are and He intended for us to be.
Because of Sin,Man’s Spirit Is Born Dead To God
Man’s choice to live independently of God brought about spiritual death. Spiritual death is the separation of man’s spirit from God.
Man’s separation from God affected all three parts of his nature.
Being separated from God,the human spirit could know longer receive revelation from God; therefore,man’s soul began to determine truth for himself. Void of truth as God defines it, man’s mind becamed deceived, lacking spiritual understanding,believing lies as truth. With his mind deceived, his will became rebellious,and his emotions became controlling. His body began to die and become an instrument of sin.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen
Believing lies as truth, man lived to gratify himself and to meet his own needs. Having his focus in life on himself, man became selfish and prone to sinful behavior. This is the condition of which we are all born: self-serving and enslaved to sin.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer,God gave them over to a depraved mind., to do those things which are not proper,being filled with unrighteousness,… and, although they know the ordinances of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death,they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Leaves = Body
Mortal,weakened and dying
Disobedient to God’s ways
Mind darkened, beliefs corrupted
Will enslaved to sin, self-serving
Spirit dead to God, alive to sin
Desired to please self
Child of satan
Jesus Christ Restores God’s Image In Us
Christ death upon the cross accomplished more than the forgiveness of our sins.The cross is the instrument of death for our old nature and identity. When Christ died our old sinful nature died with Him. When Christ was buried our old identity was buried with Him. When Christ was raised from the dead, we were raised with Him to a brand new life:
- Old sinful nature was crucified with Christ;
For we know our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
- Are spirit is made new and in dwelt by Christ’s spirit ( Romans 8:9-10);
- Our spirit is now dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:11); and
- We are a new creation with a totally new identity.
Therefore,if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Christ has given us a brand new identity.
As spirit born children of God, we have a new nature and identity. God’s word describes how sees us. God no longer judges according to our deeds or performance. but according to our spirit. As God’s children we are:
- Totally and completely forgiven ( Ephesians 1:7 Colossians 2:13-14);
- Completely acceptable and accepted ( Romans 15:7 Ephesians 1:4);
- Absolutely righteous (Ephesians 4:24-2 Corinthians 5:21
- Perfect in Christ (Hebrews 10:14);
- Holy and blameless(Colossians 2:10);
- Complete ,whole, and adequate (Colossians 2:10);
- Possessing the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 and
- Loving,joyful,peaceful,patient,kind,etc (Galatians 5:22-23)
Our spirit is now in dwelt by God’s Spirit:
- Our spirit has been sealed with the Holy Spirit ( Ephesians 1-13);
- We are now one spirit with Christ ( 1 Corinthians 6:17);
- Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (Corinthians 3:16) and
- The Holy Spirit desires to live through our soul and body. ( Galatians 2:20)
wow such beautiful and powerful!
Yes we are beautiful and powerful in Christ. Thank you for the kind remarks. Peace to you .
Sometimes I don’t feel very holy…..or rather that the Holy Spirit resides in me. Thank you for the post. Love and peace always.
Thanks Dale for your comment. If I may say. I believe everyone feels that way at times. I try never to base my relationship or worth in God’s eye’s by my emotions. God loves us right here, right now. I do know what your saying though Dale.
Peace & joy back at you Dale
I’m so grateful God comes looking for us–even though we don’t always go looking for God. Thanks for the work you’re doing, especially in the area of porn addiction. It’s a massive problem that thrives on secrecy and availability–a growing issue not just for men, but for women. God bless you in your work.
Elouise I to am grateful for God’s pursuit of us. To me it reveals his love for us.I am always excited to share what God is talking with me about. I am in constant awe of his love and awesome mind. Porn has been a pass addiction of mine. When I finally allowed God to deliver me from it then he began to reveal things about porn to me. This gave me great clarity and a inside scoop at what the problem really is. I council folks and pray for folks that are battling porn. You have good vision as to what porn is affecting. There is not much accountability out there or willingness to admit that it is affecting our whole families until recent years,still not the push we need from the church and or private sector to address these on going problems. Thank you for your continued prayers .
Much Love Tom
It’s going to take time to chew through this, but it’s marvelous. Thanks for laying it out so clearly, Tom!
You are so welcome Ruth. I appreciate you so much for the work you all do. I am working on part three Ruth. May your day be filled with the knowledge of the love God has for mankind.
Much love Tom
Thank you for taking the time and effort to post such a beautiful and raw message. Glory be to our God.
In the words of Indiana Bible College, “If it wasn’t for the Lord, where would I be? My life was nothing until He set me free. What a change He made in my life, no more compromising the wrong for the right. He made the difference. He made the difference in my life.
I don’t walk like I used to walk, He made the difference. I don’t talk like I used to talk, He made the difference. I don’t live like I used to live, He made the difference. I don’t give like I used to give, He made the difference. He made the difference. He made the difference in my life.”
That made me shout glory!
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True peace can be found.. in One God.