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Life is a Decision

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom 8:2). God set laws in place that govern our lives and cannot be changed. Without Christ we live under the curse of the fall of man. Adam sinned and this brought spiritual death to us all (1 Cor 15:22). We are spirit beings and we live in bodies and have souls, our minds, wills and emotions (1 Thess 5:23). When we accept Christ as our savior the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us to bring new life in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:11) and our spirits are made new, are born again (John 3:1-7). Our bodies and souls are not born again but have to be renewed and disciplined (1 Cor 9:27; Rom 12:2).

But the kicker hear is that we have to make the decision to walk in the Spirit, be led by the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to change us (Rom 8:14). Paul describes the battle between his flesh (body and soul) and his spirit in the 7th chapter of Romans; his spirit wanting to be led by the Holy Spirit of God and his flesh rebelling. However, he goes on to say that in Christ we have the victory (Rom 8:1-2). It’s a decision, we can choose to be carnally minded and operate in the soulish realm or we can choose to be spiritually minded, to allow our spirit, guided by the Holy Spirit, to govern our lives and decisions (Rom 8:6).

Often our first reaction to a situation is to wrestle in our minds and react, bringing turmoil. But look at verse 6 of Romans Chapter 8: “To be spiritually minded is life and peace”. O Lord, help us to learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit speaks to our spirits. How do we know it is the Holy Spirit speaking? Well that guidance, that inner voice (1 kings 19:12) or sense of conviction (Rom 9:1), will be full of peace (James 3:17). We need to read our bibles, pray and let the Holy Spirit rule our spirits and lives, the results are awesome.

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Do You Know Your Helper?

I was studying the Holy Spirit and was reminded that he is called the comforter (John 14:26; Greek parakletos), helper, assistant, guide, revealer of the word of God, one who pulls alongside to help, strengthen and support. He gives us a prayer language (Acts 2:4; tongues) so he can help us pray when we don’t know how to pray for a situation (Rom 8:26-27). Tongues also edify and build up our faith (1 Cor 14:4; Jude 20).

The Holy Spirit guides us and directs (Acts 16:6-7) us and reveals God’s word to us: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26; KJV).

He is the power of God that changes us ever closer to God’s image (2 Cor 3:17-18) and brings life to our mortal bodies: “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” (Rom 8:11). The Holy Spirit enables us to be the witnesses God desires (Acts 1:8) and enables us to do even greater works than Jesus did (John 14:12). He spreads God’s love abroad in our hearts (Rom 5:5). Wow, do we ever need the fullness of God’s Spirit in our lives; and we only have to ask God to fill us with the Spirit and he will (Luke 11:13).

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Allow the Light in

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Rom 8:6-8; KJV).

The Lord showed me in a very vivid dream that most Christians struggle with operating in the spirit realm or in God’s ways and under his direction. We lapse far too much into operating in the flesh or under the dictates of our own minds without checking in with God, or we just plain do things our way. Life is hard and fraught with struggle and failures when we do it our way.

When we were born again it is was spirits that were made new (John 3:4-5) not our souls or bodies. The word says we have to bring our bodies under (1 Cor 9:27) and renew our minds with God’s word so they can be directed by God through our spirit (Rom 12:2; Prov 20:27). God wants to direct us into the path he has for us (Prov 3:5-6), he desires ongoing communion with us so we can walk in the life he enjoys and, in his peace, (Rom 8:14; John 10:10).

We need to try it God’s way today, check in with him, get his direction for our days; it will be good and o my, his peace is beyond all understanding and guards our minds and our hearts (Phil 4:7).

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What’s on the Inside of You?

As Christians, we are new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17). The bible says that: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13). The Holy Spirit who dwells in each of us is the same Spirit that empowered Jesus for his ministry (John 1:32) and raised him from the dead (Rom 8:11). The Spirit in us is mightier than any demonic force in this world (1 John 4:4).

If we cooperate with God, he will transform us to be more like him each day (2 Cor 3:18) and in fact, we are assured that he will complete the work he has begun in us (Phil 1:6).

Do you realize that the fullness of Christ is in you (John 1:16)? God wants to show his fullness to the world through you (Eph 3:10). Jesus told us to go and shine like lights to our broken world, to make disciples of all nations (Mark 16:15-18). He said we would do the miracles he did and even greater things because the Holy Spirit lives in us (John 14:12-18). We walk in the power and authority of Jesus (Matt 28:18-20). When we share Christ with people, Jesus will give us the things to say (Luke 21:15); he never leaves or let us down (Heb 13:5). We will lay hands on the diseased and they will be healed (Mark 16:15-18). Are you getting the picture? Let God flow through you today, his: “rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

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We need to be Spiritually Minded.

I love the story of the Samaritan woman in her encounter with Jesus at the well of Sychar (John 4:1-42). Jesus cut across racial prejudices (v9), in love, to reach this woman. Jesus operated in the spiritual gift of the word of knowledge to get her attention (v17-18; 1 Cor 12:8) and showed her the route to salvation (John 4:26; Rom 10:9).

There is also a great contrast in these verses as well. The contrast of the carnal mind of the non-Christian versus Jesus and the born-again Christian (v10-18). Jesus talked of “living water” (v10 and 13-14). He was referring to the water of the word; the word of God (Eph 5:26). The woman only saw natural water but Jesus spoke of the spiritual power of the word of God (Heb 4:12) to satisfy our spiritual thirst and transform us as children of God to eternal life (v10 and 13-14). “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (KJV; 1 Cor 2:14). The Holy Spirit reveals God’s word to us, to our spirit (our spiritual heart or conscience; John 14:26). The bible tells us we are: “spirit, soul and body” (1Thess 5:23).

We are told that God’s word “is truth” and that “the truth shall make you free” (John 17:17; 8:32). Free from what? Well, anything that holds you back from having and being all that God wants you to have and be. It’s not just head knowledge but spiritual discernment, understanding, revelation, which sets us free and brings the God kind of life (John 10:10).

We must get into the word and build up our faith (Rom 10:17). We need to get the word into our spirit so it can become powerful in our lives to transform us, change us and release all of God’s promises in our lives. There are no short cuts, it takes time in the word to get that spiritual discernment or revelation and faith that we so need.

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