Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Becoming Healthy

 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Gal. 2:20

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Gal. 5:24

All we have known and believed in before we knew Jesus must be evaluated by the Word of God, by Christ alone. Our best thinking in the world is not even close to the most foolish thought God might have. Our natural mind cannot comprehend the things of God. God calls our best thinking foolishness. Health begins when we admit how foolish we really are. We admit that we really don’t know what we thought we knew. It’s humbling to admit this, especially if we have taught bible classes and been in church for a long time. James says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you. He will lift you up.”[1]
Jesus said unless we die, we will not truly live. We must die to our understanding, die to any false doctrine that is contrary to the gospel, die to our own skills and abilities, die to everything we thought we were and all we thought we knew – everything that does not line up with Truth of God’s word. When we die, we will live.
In order to die, do we need to crucify ourselves over and over again? Jesus did say to deny ourselves and pick up our cross and follow Him.  We deny the earthly tendencies, and cling to the spiritual reality of who we now are in His kingdom.  We do not need to crucify ourselves. If we had to crucify ourselves it would be a work of ours. The work has been done by Him. We have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Past tense. The old is gone and the new has come. Our job is to believe that this work has actually been done.  We are not trying to overcome the flesh.  The flesh is crucified and our work is to believe the truth that the flesh is overcome. You have overcome the flesh in Christ, because of Christ’s work on the cross. It’s finished. The flesh is crucified and you reign with God forever. You are free. Now don’t use your freedom to indulge the flesh. Yield your body to God for Him to use for righteousness and renew your mind (the mind of the soul) with the truth of God’s word. Be who you are in Him, a righteous, holy being, set apart for the will of Father God. As you do this, you will experience the freedom you have in Christ.

[1] James 4:10

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