Who’s in Charge Here

WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE?

(LEARNING TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT)

(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – BEFORE WE BEGIN THE DISCUSSION ON WALKING IN THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS FOUND IN ROMANS CHAPTER 8, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT OF THIS CHAPTER.  IN CHAPTER SEVEN PAUL COMPLETED AN IN DEPTH DISCUSSION OF THE STRUGGLE OF THE FLESH WITH THE SPIRIT AND THE ABSOLUTE FAILURE OF THE LAW, (NOT IN AND OF ITSELF, BUT BECAUSE OF THE WEAKNESSES OF OUR FLESH TO UPHOLD THE LAW.   THE LAW GAVE US A CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD AND A CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR SIN.  OUR SPIRIT MAN ADMITS AND UPHOLDS THE HOLINESS OF THE GOD AND HIS LAWS BUT THAT DID NOT CHANGE US, EXCEPT BRING US GUILT AND SHAME FOR OUR SINFULNESS.   (READ VS 14 – 25)   GOD HAS GIVEN US AN ANSWER AND A SOLUTION TO THIS PITIFUL CONDITION.  JESUS CHRIST, THE ANOINTED ONE, WILL DELIVER ME FROM THIS SITUATION THROUGH THE REGENERATING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO HAS TAKEN UP HIS ABODE WITH ME WHEN I ACCEPTED CHRIST.   SO WITH MY RENEWED MIND AND REDEEMED HEART (HEART) I WILL SERVE AND AFFIRM THE LAW OF GOD, BUT MY FLESH STILL SERVES AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE LAW OF SIN.  IT IS A QUESTION OF WHO WE PUT  IS IN CHARGE?

2)    THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST (ROM 8:1-4)

a)    LAW OF SPIRIT OF LIFE HAS SET ME FREE FROM LAW OF SIN AND OF DEATH

i)      LAW WEAKENED BY THE FLESH – IT DID NOT MAKE US RIGHTEOUS OR RECONCILE US TO GOD.  IT ONLY SHOWED US OUR DEPRAVITY

ii)     OLD NATURE CAN NOT LIVE UP TO DICTATES OF THE LAW

iii)    GOD SAW AND FOREKNEW OUR PITIFUL CONDITION AND SENT HIS SON, JESUS, WHO CONDEMNED (JUDGED) SIN IN THE FLESH

iv)   HE SUBDUED, OVERCAME AND DEPRIVED SIN OF ITS POWER AND OFFERED US HIS FORGIVENESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT IS OF CHRIST

v)    THE RIGHTEOUS AND JUST REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW CAN BE MET IN US WHOSE LIVES ARE GOVERNED, DIRECTED AND CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVING IN US

3)    PAUL ADDRESSES TWO CLASSES OF PEOPLE (ROMANS 8:5 – 17)

a)    THOSE WHO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH (5)

(1)  THEY ARE DRIVEN AND CONTROLLED BY ITS UNHOLY (IMPURE) DESIRES AND BASIC INSTINCTS

(2)  SET THEIR MINDS ON THE THINGS THAT PLEASE THEIR FLESH (CARNAL NATURE)

(3)  PURSUE THOSE THINGS WHICH GRATIFY THE CRAVINGS OF THE FLESH

(4)  (READ GAL 5:17-21)

b)    THOSE WHO WALK ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT (5)

(1)  SET (FOCUS) THEIR MINDS ON PLEASING GOD

(2)   SEEK TO GRATIFY (PLEASE) THE HOLY SPIRIT

(3)  (READ GAL 5:22-25, Donald Stamps Note on verses 8:5-14)

4)    THE NATURE OF OUR CARNAL (FLESHLY) MIND (ROM 8:6 – 8)

a)    OUR INTELLECT AND REASONING WITHOUT THE RENEWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS TO SPIRITUAL DEATH.  WE CANNOT CORRECT DISCERN OR ARRIVE AT A CORRECT SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING ON OUR OWN, WITHOUT THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

i)     Rom 8:7-8: the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. NIV

ii)    Rom 1:21-23:  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools NIV

iii)   Ephesians 4:18 “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart.”

b)    THE MIND OF THE FLESH IS HOSTILE TO GOD  WHILE THE MIND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS LIFE AND PEACE (NOW AND HEREAFTER)

5)    THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN ROMANS 8:9 –17

a)    Eph 1:11-14: In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory. NIV

b)    MUST BE CONTROLLED AND DIRECTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT “It is to live consciously at all times in in God’s presence, trusting him to give us the help and grace we need to accomplish his will in and through us.”  Donald Stamps

c)    SPIRIT IS ALIVE BECAUSE OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT IS WORKING IN YOU NOT YOUR ACTUAL RIGHTEOUSNESS (BODY STILL DEAD BECAUSE OF SIN)

d)    QUICKENING SPIRIT OF GOD WHO RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELLS IN YOU BEGINS TO RESTORE YOUR MIND & BRING YOUR BODY INTO SUBJECTION

e)    WE ARE NO LONGER DEBTORS TO THE FLESH (HELD IN BONDAGE TO THE SIN), WE HAVE A REAL CHOICE (12, 13)

i)     1 Cor 6:18-20: Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. NIV

ii)    Isaiah 55:7-9 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

iii)    IF YOU STILL STILL CHOSE TO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF THE FLESH YOU WILL SURELY DIE

iv)   IF YOU THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT HABITUALLY (REPEATEDLY THROUGH DETERMINED ACTION) PUT TO DEATH (MAKE EXTINCT, DEADEN) THE EVIL DEEDS OF THE BODY, THEN YOU SHALL SURELY LIVE FOREVER.

6)    CONCLUSION – IF WE HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR AND LORD WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD.  THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE: THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD (CHRIST) IS TO BRING FORTH MATURE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD. WE KNOW IF WE ARE HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS BECAUSE. THE SPIRIT TESTIFIES TO OUR SPIRIT THAT WE ARE THE SONS OF GOD. “ALL THAT ARE LEAD BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE THE SONS OF GOD”. IF WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD THEN WE ARE HEIRS. IF WE SHARE HIS SUFFERING THEN WE MAY ALSO SHARE IN HIS GLORY.  THE WORLD WILL HATE US AS IT HATED CHRIST BECAUSE THEY SEE THEIR SINFULNESS IN CONTRAST TO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT GOD IS REVEALING IN US.   WHAT HAPPENS DEPENDS UPON WHO IS IN CHARGE: OUR FLESH MAN OR OUR SPIRIT MAN.  GOD HAS MADE THE PROVISION; WE MUST MAKE THE DECISION!

 i)     Rom 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. NIV

� h� � s of four living Creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6  And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7  And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the color of burnished brass. 8  And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9  Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10  As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11  Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. 12  And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14  And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 15  Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 16  The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17  When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. 18  As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. 19  And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20  Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. 21  When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. 22  And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the color of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 23  And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 24  And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of a host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 25  And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. 26  And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 27  And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28  As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke. 2:1  And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2  And the spirit entered into me when he spoke unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spoke unto me. 3  And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4  For they areimpudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

 

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