Forgive my style of writing but bear with it. If He shows you even one thing, Hallelujah! Receive it.
Is there a possibility we are appealing to the wrong man when we make up so many rules and take up so many habits to try and not sin?
“Col 2:20 If then you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to its ordinances: 21 touch not, taste not, handle not; 22 which things are all for corruption in the using, according to the commands and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have a reputation of wisdom in self-imposed worship and humility, and unsparing severity of the body, but are not of any value for the satisfying of the flesh.
Before you bring pangas out – what is Paul saying? There is a key issue we forget when we attempt to control the flesh using these carnal means.
Paul says, “if then you died” and goes on to say “with Christ”. It seems many of us completely ignore the knowledge of our death in Christ. Many of us come to Christ as forgiven men and pledge to LIVE FOR CHRIST and forget that when we came to Him, we had to give up our own lives. He must be the one living!
“and the strength of sin is the Law.” “Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once. But when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. “
The issue of death has to be taken seriously. “You are dead to sin”.
There are things Apostle Paul said that were just so heavy with life – Rom 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father!
So many of us are trying to manage addictions or conceal them, others are trying to be strong yet we know we are weak. Trying to please God with our natural selves. Making ourselves promises we cannot fulfil. A friend of mine once wrote “It isn’t me making promises to God,its God making promises and me saying thank you…lol “.
Fear of sin, fear of condemnation is crippling especially to us who walk in the flesh. We want to please God but our fear makes us walk like debtors to the flesh, going through the “what i do not want to do, I do” phase.
But we were adopted. We rejoice in weakness. We are claypots decaying but filled with a treasure! We are no longer our own.
We have a new Father. We have new lives. The old ones are dead. Adam is dead.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
That we take our eyes off Adam, that we forget Adam’s memories. Adam embraces the tree of knowledge good and evil, a little after Babylon is built, an attempt to be like God which cannot happen. He depends on rules. The very same thing Paul talks about in Colossians 2.
How about we forget him and take on the mind of Christ. Our natural mind cannot comprehend this Christ. Why? We are dead. “Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “
For we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but we have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father!
Let us live then! Rom 8:1 There is then now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death. It’s about life. Christ, the tree of life. In whom we find love producing life. We are in Him, He in us.
“Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”.