So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. Romans 7:14-21
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? …. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. Romans 6:15-16, 19
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
So, we have talked about the two wolves within us and by that we mean the old fallen sin nature and the new nature which is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We readily identify with the tension of this double pull with both vying for domination of our human spirit. And we earnestly long for the victory of being able to consistently and fully yield to and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Grandfather’s answer, “The one I feed” resonates with us as being the key to which one will dominate and win. But what is it that we “feed” these two natures and how does it actually come about? And then how can we keep from feeding the old nature and how can we make sure we feed the new nature? It is as if we need the power of the Holy Spirit to live right but that we also need power to help us choose the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 3:14 speaks of partaking of Christ and 2 Peter 1:4 speaks of being partakers of the divine nature. Christ lives in us by means of the Holy Spirit and we must partake of the divine nature we have in Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit.
So, in reality we feed the new nature by feeding on (partaking of) Christ and the Holy Spirit. Partaking begins with seeking (Hebrews 11:6). In seeking Him we gain an awareness of His presence. In the awareness of His presence we learn to be with Him. In being with Him we know and experience Him. The more we know and experience Him, the more we are filled with His presence and the qualities that are true of Him (the fruit of the Spirit and not the deeds of the flesh – Galatians 5:19-23). And then the more His presence and the qualities that are true of Him fill our lives the more we live right and not wrong on a daily basis because the Holy Spirit freely has dominion over our human spirit. So it begins with seeking and this one focus is the key. Our continual prayer should be: “Lord, help me to seek You and please never allow it to be that I would become hardened to seeking You.” This prayer is necessary because having the power we need always begins with seeking the Lord. When we seek Christ we are then in a position to partake of (feed on) Christ. The extent to which we partake of Christ will determine the extent to which we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and not in the power of the old nature.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to seek you and please never allow it to be that I would become hardened to seeking you. I am so prone to forgetting about you and just coasting along in life. I do want to live right and not wrong and I know it all begins with seeking you. I believe you will work it out that I will always seek you and that when I find you I will partake of you. I ask, Lord, that right here and now you will lead me into the fullness of what it means to partake of you. Amen!
Posted on Tue, October 31, 2017
by Ken Hart