Sunday, May 20, 2012
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry"
How many of you remember the old Frankenstein movies? Dr. Frankenstein, having worked on his creation and then seeing it move? He starts to say-"IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!" Well, how many of us having lived a life of victory over the flesh, get defeated in life? We start to wonder-What went wrong? "It's Alive!"
It is Interesting when you see the old Frankenstein movie clip on you tube, after Dr. Frankenstein said that memorial quote that would follow it for decades in the movie world, we hear another quote-..."Now I know what it feels like to be God!" Brethren, when we fall into the works of the flesh, we are in essence being our own God. Yes, God is a loving God and his mercy endureth forever, but we need to be careful when we stay in the flesh. Staying in the flesh and not in the Spirit has its consequences. Let's look at the following verses-
"For there are many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, who walk (live) as enemies of the cross of Christ (the Anointed One).
They are doomed and their fate is eternal misery (perdition); their god is their stomach (their appetites, their sensuality) and they glory in their shame, siding with earthly things and being of their party." (Phil 3:18-19) (Amplified)
It is one thing to stumble, but it is another thing to stay in the path of the flesh and not be broken nor convicted about it. Phil 3:18-19 is quite clear. When you stay in the flesh, Your flesh or YOU, become GOD! Friends, the flesh may bring pleasure for a season, but in the end, it will result in sorrow and tragedy! Yesterday, I shared on how to reckon or see yourself buried, but the fact of the matter is- THERE IS A RESURRECTION OF THE FLESH! When that happens, we need to immediately mortify or kill it. Do we ask God to do it? God has, already, done all at the cross! We have a part to do and crying about it, feeling hopeless is not going to do any good!
I don't mean to sound cold or calloused, but many a times, we want to leave God to do everything and not do our part. God has given us a battle manual and that is his word. When we read Col 3:10, it gives us the answer. In order to put the flesh in the proper place, we need to put on the NEW MAN! Put on implies putting on a shirt or coat. How many of you have seen in the old SUPERMAN cartoons, when Clark Kent changes to Superman. The quote-THIS IS A JOB FOR SUPERMAN! Well, this is a job for RHEMA MAN. The inner man, who is hidden in Christ Jesus! Glory to GOD!!!
Don't miss this! This is the most important part in killing the old man. MIND RENEWAL is key. Let's look at the following-
" I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)
Our minds are like computers. We need to get rid of the old software and put in a new one. In our next lesson, we will see the importance of MIND RENEWAL!
Scripture study: Col 3
Prayer-"Dear Lord, Thank you for the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Continue to speak to me concerning your word. Help me to put off the old man. Help me to kill the old man through your word. Thank you for speaking to me. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus name, Amen!"