Romans 8:10-13 (Amplified)

10But 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]. 11And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. 12So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh. 13For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.

14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

This Same Spirit Dwells in You

We who are in Christ are dead men walking according to the dictates and the passions of our flesh.  Our former life in the natural sense has been crucified with Christ upon that cross.  We are now spiritual Christ beings housed in natural bodies of flesh and blood, but the purpose and the reason of our life and living is no longer what it formerly was.  The fact that we are still housed in the mortal bodies means that our lives can still be touched by passions of our flesh, temptation and the dictates of the flesh still pull upon us.  What has changed is who we are within.  We are no longer focused upon the desires and demands of the flesh, but our hearts and souls have done a 180 degree about face so that now we are looking and facing the man of the spirit who has been redeemed in Christ and is filled with His Spirit life.  Our focus is upon the inner sanctuary of His temple and the holy of holy of His divine presence.  Our eyes are set and our heart is fixed upon Him who is the author and finisher of our faith.  We know that this same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is able and will raise up our mortal bodies also to be clothed upon with His glory and likeness.  It is in this hope and confidence that we continually and habitually renounce the former deeds of darkness and the evil deeds prompted by this body.   Rather we embrace Him who is Life that we may be partakers of His life.  It is in this spirit that God is receiving us as His Sons. 

              We all can sometimes loose sight of our vision, who we are and where we are going.  We can flounder, stumble and sometimes fall.   God doesn’t love us any less, but it is always imperative that we see with renewed vision the high calling we have in Christ Jesus and that we get up, shake the dirt from our being through repentance and prayer and renew our purpose and commitment to Him who is our Lord and Savior. The Lord has given us great favor in Him.  “Lord, let us never trade our birthright for a bowl of pottage as Esau did with Jacob.”  The temporal things, pleasures and treasures of this world can never equate to that which is ours in Christ Jesus.  Let us hold fast the course, walk the walk until by faith we are filled with Your glory.” 

Blessings,

#kent

Attitude

September 28, 2015

Philippians 2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

Attitude

Our attitude, the condition and state of your mind, can be our greatest attribute and strength or our greatest detriment and weakness. Our attitude is one of the most important things that we possess and can have control over. Far too often we allow circumstances and feelings to dictate our attitude. We allow our attitude to be a thermometer, indicating the temperature of our life at any given moment, instead of a thermostat where we set the temperature we want to maintain regardless of the circumstances and feelings in our life. Our attitude, our state of mind, more than perhaps any other thing, determines our success and our failure in life and in relationships. We tend to attract what our attitude is conveying. If we are in a foul mood and our attitude is ugly and cantankerous, then we aren’t going to tend to attract a lot of smiling faces and sweet dispositions toward us. We tend produce strife and negative responses from others. On the other hand if we are bright, cheery, full of a positive and bright outlook on life, that tends to draw that response out of those we are around and it may serve to inspire them to a more positive outlook and attitude.
Our attitude is largely governed by the state of our mind. We all have days and times in our lives when everything coming at us is negative and bad news. If our attitude is a thermometer we will respond to that with a mental attitude that is defeated and depressed. If we are the thermostats we will set the temperature of our heart and attitude by the Word of God.
David was a good example of a man that had learned how to choose his attitude rather than letting his attitude choose him. In Psalms 42:5 David cries out, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.” Psalm 35:9-10 says, “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. All my bones shall say, LORD, who [is] like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? Psalms 62:5 says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him.” All through the Psalms David speaks often of those that pursued his life unto death. He struggled with fear, despair, disappointment, failure and rejection. So many times he had to give himself attitude adjustments and remind himself of whom His God was rather than what the circumstances indicated. Right and positive attitudes don’t just always happen. The sun usually isn’t shining upon our life everyday and some of us are going through some pretty dark valleys and deep pits. Isn’t it wonderful that God gave us men like David that could show us how to sit ourselves down and talk to the attitude of our soul from the Spirit man within us. If everything was turning up roses why would we need faith? We need faith to trust God for the things that we cannot see and feel. It is faith that can rectify our negative and wrong attitudes. It is faith that can cause us to hope in our salvation and deliverance that only comes from the Lord.
If there is one thing that determines the direction, the success or failure of a man’s life, attitude is the key factor. While two men may meet with the same defeat or failure, one will give up and say, “It can’t be done, I am just a failure,” and the other will say, “I will not be denied, I will find a way to overcome.” Attitude, more than aptitude or ability determines our success or failure in life. This is why it is so imperative that we seek to put on the mind of Christ. It is that attitude that was in Him that changed the world and the lives of so many. It changed us and we want it to continue changing us as we meet the challenges we face every day of our lives.
It is time for you to rule and set your attitude by the Spirit of Christ within you. Don’t allow your circumstances and feelings to dictate what your attitude will be. It is time for our soul to subject it’s self to our spirit. God’s has called us to overcome and to be more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We shall be what He has called us to be by the strength and power of His life in us. Have this mind and attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus.
Blessings,
#kent

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