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Wanted Dead And Alive?

September 9, 2013

Greetings,

 “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”  Romans 6: 11-14

 Grace empowers and motivates us to make better choices in life.  Our day to day choices are what make up the fabric of our very lives.  Every day we have the option of being dead to sin or allowing sin to control our lives.  When we choose to reckon ourselves dead to sin…that is when we are most alive in Christ.  As we become more mature in our faith making the right choices should get easier, but sometimes we all still get greatly tempted to enter into sin.  Even a mature Jesus was tempted by satan.  So never make the mistake of thinking you are somehow beyond being tempted.

 If we truly walk in the grace of the Lord sin will not be our master.  This is accomplished by continually being led by the Spirit and not our flesh or carnal reasoning.  Some try to be bible led in their walk and many times this leads to having some sense of the Law being able to keep us from sin.  This is a HUGE mistake!  Confidence in our own knowledge, interpretation skills and understanding of what is written often leads to pride and that pride can lead to destruction.  However, if we instead live and walk in the Spirit we will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  Sure use the bible as the Spirit leads you, but avoid using it according to your own intellect and flesh.

 If the Church would only respect and recognize that we are totally under grace and not the Law anymore, She would indeed be glorious and a safe haven to all.  Mixing the Law with Grace leads to much confusion and destruction in the lives of those seeking justification via the written code.  Trying to live under any component of the Law denies Jesus and the work He completed on the cross.  It is ONLY by grace that we have been saved. The only way to walk in such amazing grace is under the Headship of Lord Jesus via the leading of the Holy Spirit.  For any part of the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

 Love and…..

 Kirk Out !

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. "BK" permalink

    ” If we truly walk in the grace of the Lord sin will not be our master.” Wow, what a statement! And so true. It is so different walking in grace than trying to do things in my own strength. I am a ‘strong souled woman’ and walked pretty ‘straight’ (like Paul describes in Phil 3) for a long time, but eventually the stumble comes, the precious humbling and acknowledging it is HIS grace and HIS strength. And then the realization that my very NATURE is changing and there is victory in that…in His life. An excellent word, Chris, thanks, “BK”

  2. So, so true. Again I say that I believe that so many (including myself) have mixed grace with law because Jesus & Paul preached different messages. For good reason, they were under different covenants. At least until Jesus rose again, of course. The enemy is so very demure, so subtle. How many sermons, Bible studies, conferences have intermittently blended both covenants together & presented them as one topic? That is why it is best for me to be led strictly by the Spirit of God. He won’t confuse me. He won’t mis-guide me. I had to be set free a 2nd time by Jesus. The first time was when I first ever recognized Him in 1999 & the second time He rescued me from religion just a little over a year ago. I was captive both times & unaware of my chains…both times. Thanks again Christopher for bringing these truths to light.

  3. ” A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” ~ Paul

    to mix anything with grace (Jesus) is of course a mistake, if we are living from the judgement tree we must on our own make decisions, from this rules flow, even good rules, but we are powerless to ‘rule’ ourselves.

    grace can only be fulfilled or expressed with it’s intention from the other ‘Tree’, The Tree of Life. once we are exhausted by the judgement tree, and it’s bitter fruit, His grace leads us to more grace, and ‘in’ His grace we ‘see’ Life springing forth from the source of all life…Jesus Christ, and this is where another of Paul’s statements comes into focus.

    ” For I through the Law [under the operation of the curse of the Law] have [in Christ’s death for me] myself died to the Law and all the Law’s demands upon me, so that I may [henceforth] live to and for God. I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. [Therefore, I do not treat God’s gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through [observing the ritual of] the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain. [His death was then wholly superfluous.]” ~ Paul

    another great post my brother!

  4. Appreciate all the comments as well.

    Grace and peace…

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