KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:26 KJV: I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
Our key scripture is a very good case of one controlled by the Spirit and not the flesh.
The flesh is any prompting motivated by what one can see, smell, taste, hear or touch, and this advice the reasoning, which subsequently influences the actions.
The Lord had felt there was so much to judge the people, yet He would only say and do what the Holy Spirit who is truth would ask Him to say. To be in Christ means the senses are dead, that is ,it is the Spirit that leads in every matter. The senses only respond to what the Spirit says they must accept and act. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition Romans 8:10 ” But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].” If the Spirit should be the leader of an individual, He functions just like Jesus.
The Christian by birth into Christ must fully function like Jesus. This is to be seen in character and in power. In character he manifests the pure liquid love of Jesus.
The God kind of love is the love that never considers its own interest first but considers all things through the eyes of God.
This love lays its life down for his neighbour John 15:13. Unfortunately it is often restrained by fear, that is the fear to lose. The fear comes because the flesh creeps in to start controlling the individual. The flesh, dear child of God must remain dead, if Christ is to be seen in you. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition Galatians 5:24 “And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.”
I said that, the Christian is supposed to demonstrate both the character of Jesus and the power of Jesus. He is a direct likeness of Jesus now on the earth. This power is seen in total mastery over Satan, diseases, lack and death.
The resurrection power rules in Him, and he also rules over the laws of sin and death.
Once again this is made possible because the flesh is dead but the Spirit is alive.
When a loved one is overtaken with disease, he stands in the stead of Jesus and commands the devil to take his filthy hands from the victim, and that devil MUST, obey, and leave the victim. If the church of God would keep the flesh where it belongs most of the sorrows in our world would cease and our Lord and master Jesus would be glorified.
I am in Christ, and the flesh is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. I walk in the pure love of Jesus bringing joy to all who I relate to. I also manifest the very power and authority of Jesus, in setting men free from satanic bondage. I am likewise free from every control of the devil. Disease, lack , death do not lord themselves over me in Jesus name.
THOUGHT: IF THE FLESH DIES IN YOU, JESUS WOULD SURELY BE SEEN IN YOU
2 Peter 1:3 ,4 ISV” His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. Through these he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, seeing that you have escaped the corruption that is in the world caused by evil desires.
Rom 8:2 ISV “For the Spirit’s law of life in the Messiah Jesus has set me free from the Law of sin and death.”