The Same Spirit

August 25, 2014

The Same Spirit

Romans 8:10-12
And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

Where is our mindset, our conversation, our thoughts and our life today? Aren’t we all prone to be absorbed with the flesh, the world and the outward man? We are worried about finances, we are struggling with diseases and afflictions in our bodies, we are wrestling with relationships with people, just to name a few of the many things that press upon us to capture our attention, our time, our worry, our money and our life. Isn’t the Word telling us that if we are focused on all of these outward things they are turning us away from who we are in Christ and the power we have resident within us. It is not that we stick our head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge that we have problems and needs, but it has to be our focus that those needs are not met in us, they are met in Him. Even the circumstances of life, the trials and tribulation must become the reminders to focus on Christ, to praise Him and glorify Him even in the midst of the battle, the pain and the struggles. The Word tells us that ‘we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)’ and Galatians 2:20 expresses the Christ mindset when Paul says, “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.” Death surrounds us and is ever trying to consume and devour us, but we reject the death and embrace the life. The embracing of that life often is death to the outward man that is perishing, but we are focused on the life that is bringing us into the eternal. We care and attend to the external things like we care for our car. It is the vehicle that transports us from place to place. It requires a certain amount of attention and maintenance to run properly. We can’t just put gas in it and run it without doing other things that keep it lubricated, tuned, repaired and running right. We take care of it because it is a means to an end; it is a vehicle to reach a destination. That is what our body is and the outward man. We can become consumed with our bodies like some people do with their cars, but all the extras are not what is needful. Many of us go through things in our bodies we don’t think others can possibly understand or relate with; maybe they can’t but God can. Hebrew 4:15 tells us, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.” It is in our weakness that we must come to know God as our strength. None of us can really boast of being anything in ourselves and it is never truer than in our weaknesses. There, we must not identify with the death, but the life. Yes the outward things are wearing out and passing away, but the inner man is renewed day by day. It is the life, the wisdom and the power of the One of who is the owner of this vehicle we call our body that we want to be focused on. As in Christ, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you and quickens your mortal body also. Lay hold of and live out of Spirit Life.

Blessings,
#kent

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