Follow-up Teaching by Gregg Huestis regarding our walking & living in victory. IF we TRULY want to be Victorious THEN we must fight in the Spirit world with Spiritual Warfare: pleading the Blood of Jesus, and taking His Authority over all evil that comes near us, and make God & His Word, First Place, FINAL Authority in EVERYTHING we do and teach.
Make God & His Word: First Place FINAL Authority
As I have said previously, I have been contemplating start a church for several years. I do NOT want to step out too fast or try to create something that is NOT of God either. I have always felt called to minster to the Church more than to the world. I’m NOT saying that I do not want to reach those who are not born-again at all. I just have felt that my personal calling is to build up the Church to teach God’s people how to walk in victory…How to think of what does the Word of God say about this or that BEFORE we make decisions. I am NOT sure how teachable this concept is either. I, personally, have had the concept of: Make God & His Word, First Place FINAL Authority over EVERYTHING I think, do and speak. I have been this way for over 30 yrs., and I do not know how to be or think ANY OTHER WAY.
I am going to FINALLY reveal how and from who I learned this concept. I learn the concept of making God & His Word First Place FINAL Authority over EVERYTHING that I think, do and say from none other than Kenneth Copeland. I must confess that I have in recent years withdrawn myself from his ministry in many ways, especially with the “Unity with the Pope” stunt that took place a year or so ago. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that the concept that I learn from Copeland is any less relevant and correct.
I’ve already revealed that Morris Cerullo is my Father in the Gospel. I have been following Brother Cerullo’s ministry since 1983, and still to this day love, and respect him and his ministry. I cannot say that I agree with EVERYTHING that he says or has done in times past but I am able to look past the things I disagree with and STILL learn from his life and ministry.
I am VERY blessed to have been able to cut my spiritual teeth on the teaching in the early 80s from Morris Cerullo, Kenneth Hagin & Kenneth Copeland. Again, there are some things that have come to light in recent years from Copeland and even Joel Osteen that I do NOT agree with. Nevertheless, that does (in no way) discount the things that they have taught that are 100% in line with God’s Word. That’s NOT to say that EVERYTHING they teach or have taught are straight from the throne room of God and unquestionably correct either.
Here is a message that the Lord gave me several years ago…in the mid 90s that I preached at the church I took over in the mid 90s.
THE WORD OF GOD OUR SOURCE OF VICTORY
The Word of God has been literally manifested before us in two distinct forms, but yet they are still One in the same. They are One in purpose, and One in will! God’s Word is His will and Jesus was God’s will expressed in action!
In the New Covenant we are given two Greek words to express the meaning of the Word of God.
- Logos: is the written, said or verbally expressed Word of God. Jesus Himself is also called the Logos or Word of God that became flesh.
- Rhema: is the living, spoken; saying Word of God. It is the portion of God’s Word that is made alive in us & comes out of us (in power) in times of need.
**Not everything written in the Bible is the Word of God! Not everything in the Bible is the Truth. Why? Because there are many things recorded in the Bible that are not in line with the complete Word of God! For example, Job said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away…” However, we have already seen that God was the One Who gave, but Satan was the one who took away! Therefore, Job’s statement was not in line with the complete Word of God and hence was NOT true!
God Has Exalted His Word Above His Own Name
[Also see: Prov. 30:5,6 / Ps. 89:34 / Ps. 119:89]
The Word of God is His bond. It is the way He does & wants things done in the earth. Nothing was created without His Word. It is the basis for everything we have with God. His Word can & is to be trusted. What He says—He will do!!!
The true test of a believer’s faith in God is when one believes and acts in faith upon what God has already told us in His written and personal spoken Word. The only way any believer can walk in victory is by complete dependence upon the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We must trust their guidance or we will live in defeat! Jn. 14:26 (TAB)
The Holy Spirit is in control on this earth in Jesus’ place. He gives us instructions from Jesus and He always leads us into all truth. He will never lead us to do something that contradicts the written Word of God! The written Word of God is our measuring stick which gives us our standard by which to discern truth from a lie! We must learn to trust God’s written Word so that we will know which voice we hear speaking to us. Only the Written Word can give us 100% assurance of truth!
God’s Word Promises Healing
1 Pet. 2:24
[Also see: Prov. 4:20-22 / Matt. 9:23 / Matt. 15:26 / James 1:17 / Matt. 6:10]
2 Cor. 1:20: tells us that “All the promises are YES and in Christ, Amen (so be it).” And we are in Christ and He is in us, therefore, all His promises to us are YES!
God’s Word Teaches Many Forms of Healing
[Also see: 1 Cor. 12:9,10 / Ps. 107:20]
God teaches us in His Word several ways to receive healing: Anointing with oil & the laying on of hands, special gifts of healings; Super-natural working of miracles and faith in the Word of God alone!
Why Some People Appear To Not Receive Healing?
- Doubt, unbelief; lack of faith (sin)
- Failure to ask God for healing
- Refusal to hear & act on the Word of God!
- Healing is progressive—sometimes it comes in stages!
How Most People Lose Their Healing
Matthew’s account of this parable says, Satan steals the Word out of those who do not understand what they heard. Once we have received the Word of God concerning healing, Satan comes immediately to challenge that Word, and if we don’t have a root of faith and dependence upon God’s Word in us—he will steal the Word out of us and we will lose our healing or whatever the miracle happened to be!
The enemy comes to us with lying symptoms of that old disease that we have been healed of and when this happens most say, “Oh, I thought I was healed—I guess I wasn’t,” and then he’s got them right where he wants them.
[See: 5 Keys To Any Miracle From God]
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3;14 NKJV)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Eph. 6:17 NKJV)
I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (Ps. 138:2 NKJV)
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prov. 30:5,6 NKJV)
My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. (Ps. 89:34 NKJV)
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. (Ps. 119:89 NKJV)
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Pet 2:24 NKJV)
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. (Prov. 4:20-22 NKJV)
When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, (Matt. 9:23 NKJV)
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matt. 15:26-28 NKJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17 NKJV)
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10 NKJV)
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:14-16 NKJV)
to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Cor. 12:9,10 NKJV)
He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (Ps. 107:20 NKJV)
“The sower sows the word. “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. “These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; “and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, “and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”…Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. (Mark 4:14-20;24 NKJV)
How Can We Continue To Live In Sin
(When The Blood of Jesus Was Shed For Us!)
Is it really possible to live one’s life free from SIN [meaning Adamic Sin, not just individual personal sins]?
To some, I am splitting hairs when I say SIN v Sins. However, the difference between SIN and sins is pretty huge actually. Adamic SIN is the entire SIN, evil etc., of the entire universe, and sins are our personal sins. So all of the sins that any of us commit add together with the sins over the entire human race from today going back to the Garden of Eden is what I mean when I say Adamic SIN.
The book of Romans chapter 6 verse 1-20 says the following:
Romans 6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
(Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God)
6 What shall we say [to all this]? Should we continue in sin and practice sin as a habit so that [God’s gift of] [a]grace may increase and overflow? 2 Certainly not! How can we, the very ones who died to sin, continue to live in it any longer? 3 Or are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been [b]baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways]. 5 For if we have become one with Him [permanently united] in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be [one with Him and share fully] in the likeness of His resurrection. 6 We know that our old [c]self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. 7 For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live [together] with Him, 9 because we know [the self-evident truth] that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]. 11 Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts and passions. 13 Do not go on offering members of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness. But offer yourselves to God [in a decisive act] as those alive [raised] from the dead [to a new life], and your members [all of your abilities—sanctified, set apart] as instruments of righteousness [yielded] to God. 14 For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under Law [as slaves], but under [unmerited] grace [as recipients of God’s favor and mercy].
15 What then [are we to conclude]? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under [God’s] grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (right standing with God)? 17 But thank God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you have become the slaves of righteousness [of conformity to God’s will and purpose]. 19 I am speaking in [familiar] human terms because of your natural limitations [your spiritual immaturity]. For just as you presented your bodily members as slaves to impurity and to [moral] lawlessness, leading to further lawlessness, so now offer your members [your abilities, your talents] as slaves to righteousness, leading to [d]sanctification [that is, being set apart for God’s purpose].
20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness [you had no desire to conform to God’s will]. 21 So what benefit did you get at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None!] For the outcome of those things is death! 22 But now since you have been set free from sin and have become [willing] slaves to God, you have your benefit, resulting in sanctification [being made holy and set apart for God’s purpose], and the outcome [of this] is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So as you have just read in Romans 6, we are not obligated to live controlled by SIN. Therefore, it is very possible to live a life that is no longer controlled by the nature of sin, transferred to the human race at the Fall of Man (See: Genesis Chapter 3).
Revelation Of Reconciliation
(See Yourself As Free From Sin)
What on earth is reconciliation, and how does it concern me? Reconciliation to God the Father meant He would give His all—for us!
(Romans 5:10 KJV) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by his life.
Reconciliation is “a change of relationship between God and man based on the changed status of man through the redemptive work of Christ,” according to the Bible dictionary.1 God gave up the Lord Jesus so that we could receive a new status or position with Him. Hence we have been reconciled (brought back into fellowship) with God the Father through Christ Jesus. Jesus took upon Himself our guilt and punishment so that we could be free. This is the vital revelation that the apostle Paul was desiring to instill into the hearts and minds of the Church at Rome. Many believers today still need to receive this essential revelation into their entire beings, so that they can walk in the freedom that Jesus’ blood has provided. Paul raises some important questions in Romans 6.
(Romans 6:1-4 KJV) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Paul asked us in verse (2); “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Have you ever asked yourself; “If I’m saved, why is my life so messed up”? Why are so many “believers” still living in Sin? These are some important but puzzling questions that we will endeavor to look at carefully.
Paul said we are baptized into Christ’s death, or buried through our baptism. However, he also says we are raised up from the dead with Christ, and that we should walk in newness of life.
Paul does not leave any loop hole for living a life of sin. He says we are overcomer’s. It’s sad to say, but I do not know even 500 people who walk in the newness of life that Paul says we should walk in. Also, I wonder what percentage of the Church really understands the significance of these verses?
(Romans 6:5-9 KJV) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Paul uses baptism as a symbol to explain that when Christ died and went to hell, we also died with Him, in a spiritual sense, through being baptized. He goes on to explain that we rose spiritually with Christ as He rose bodily, symbolized by our being raised again out of the water at baptism.
Furthermore, Paul uses many past tense words [were, have been, destroyed], to illustrate our death, burial and resurrection with Christ. By using these words he is showing us that the process has already been completed and change has already taken place in us. Now it is up to us to realize it and begin to walk in the freedom that is already ours. This does not mean that we will automatically walk in total perfection. However, until we begin to see ourselves as free from Satan’s dominion, we will never walk in freedom. For us to walk in His perfection, we must see it as possible.
Moreover, consider verse (6), “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him….” This is where we English speakers tend to miss something in the translation. The word know or knowing does not properly display the exact meaning as it does in other languages. In English we say “I know that” or “I know him,” meaning to know a fact or to know someone. However, in the German language; for example, there are several words for the English word know. For instance, wissen (to know about someone or to know a fact), and erkennen (to recognize, perceive, to understand well).
Therefore, when Paul says “knowing this,” he means we are to recognize, perceive, and understand well that our old man is dead. This problem in Christian circles is better known as “head knowledge v. heart knowledge.”
It is the heart knowledge of God that we are seeking hence one understands the title of this book When The Holy Spirit Reveals. Heart knowledge is revelation knowledge, and revelation knowledge of the Word of God will set us free (Jn. 8:31,32). Let’s look again at verse six of Romans chapter six.
What Is The “Old Man?”
Knowing (recognizing, understanding) this, that our old man is crucified with him (Christ).
What is the old man that Paul is referring to? The Bible dictionary, defines the old man as “the former self of a believer prior to conversion.”2 The old man is simply the unrenewed spirit which controlled us prior to conversion.
Unfortunately, many still think that they have an “old nature,” that they must wrestle with until death. Nevertheless, Paul goes directly against this tradition, by telling us that our old man is crucified, (is dead). Mindful that Paul said our old man (unrenewed spirit) is dead; consequently, we no longer have a carnal nature to blame if we do not live as Jesus did. The responsibility then ends up on our shoulders.
“…that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin…”
In this part of the verse Paul is referring to our bodies as the instruments used for sinning. He says the body must be destroyed. However, Paul is not saying to literally kill your body. The word destroyed in the concordance means “to be (render) entirely idle (useless), abolish, cease; become of no effect.”3 So our bodies are to be useless for Sin because our old carnal nature is dead. We have been set free from Sin to serve righteousness, by Christ Jesus. Therefore, we have a choice given to us. We can choose to serve Sin again or we can use our freedom to obey the Word of God. He has made us free now the choice is up to us to live free.
(Romans 6:6) We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be slaves of sin.
Sin therefore, should have no dominion (authority) over the blood bought child of the Living God. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the rule, but rather the exception. Today, we have so many believers living under the bondage of Sin, still desperately trying to kill an old carnal nature that has already been crucified. Why do Christians still live in bondage to sinful habits? Is freedom even possible? If we really are free from the bondage of Sin, why does it seem as though we are still held hostage by it?
The Solution To Our Freedom Is To Reckon
(Romans 6:11 KJV) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The word reckon is defined by the concordance as “to take an inventory, estimate; conclude, count, reason, think (on).”4 The apostle Paul is telling us that we must think on, or count ourselves as dead to Sin, but also that we are alive to God. The Amplified Bible explains it in simpler language.
(Romans 6:11) Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relationship to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.
The Bible dictionary defines consider as “to perceive, behold; see with one view, to be aware….”5 We are told to see (visualize ourselves) dead to Sin, but we’re also told to see ourselves living in unbroken fellowship with God in Christ. If we are living in unbroken fellowship with God, then Sin cannot be in control of our lives.
The reason why many of us do not live free from Sin is because we have not followed the instructions of (Rom. 6:11). We have been told to reckon, consider, see ourselves 100% totally free from all of Sin’s demands upon our lives.
Once we begin to perceive the revelation of our freedom through Christ, we will start to tear up the devil’s kingdom, taking back all of the ground the devil has stolen. This must begin with the restoration of the mind of Christ in us, because as we (think) see ourselves, so will we become. If we have no vision beyond today, we will never be able to walk in all of the great things God has for us tomorrow.
(Proverbs 23:7 KJV) “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
The way I see myself is a major determining factor in what I will become. If I do not see (visualize) that I have victory over Sin, then I will not walk as though I do. With this in mind, many believers are not walking in victory over Sin simply because they do not know (believe, understand) that they have been set free to walk after righteousness. This is the reason why Jesus went to the cross.
Many people read the Word, and think, “I wish I could live like that,” but they look at their experiences of the past and conclude; “I cannot live free like that!” Since when do our experiences have more authority and power over us than the Word of God? We need to stop using our experiences as the measuring stick of what we can or cannot do, and start confessing what the Word says we are and in Christ.
The way we see ourselves really does have incredible power over our actions, and therefore over our destiny in life. For example, if I see myself as being unlovable what will happen to me? Chances are very good that I will never be able to receive someone else’s love, solely because I feel I am unworthy of someone’s love. On the other hand, if I see myself as God’s Word says I am (not how I feel), I will be able to do all things through Christ, which empowers me.
I challenge you today to see yourself the way the Word of God says you are, and do not confess anything else about yourself. God’s Word on a (daily basis) is the key element in transforming our minds into the mind of Christ. Without this transformation, we will never live free from the bondage of Satan.
If I Am Dead To Sin, Why Am I Still Struggling
(Romans 6: 12-18 KJV) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace…shall we sin…God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
We are not to allow Sin to dominate our lives, because we have been made free from its power. Therefore, we can now yield our members (spirit, soul & body) to God as a new person that has been raised from the dead. Paul wants us to realize that Sin has no power over us, and can no longer control us. We are completely liberated from our old master. We are free from Sin’s power; however, we cannot use this freedom as an excuse to yield ourselves to it again and again. Every time we allow Sin to have power over us, we are literally giving back a little piece of our sovereignty (from Satan). If we allow this to continue, we will soon be back in total bondage to him. The reborn man is sovereign from all of Satan’s influences if he chooses to remain so. However, man can never be sovereign from God. God is the only totally sovereign being and He has made us sovereign from the enemy. In other words, He has set us free from Satan’s complete control.
This is the reason so many are in bondage to cigarettes, alcohol, enslaving thought patterns, and the list goes on. We are surrendering a part of the freedom that Christ has given to us every time that we give into sinful actions. Remember, we are servants of God now, not servants of Sin. It is unfortunate that so many believers still live their lives as though they never were set free. The unsaved world stands outside observing us, and says “They said Jesus is the answer, but they live like He’s not!” Then we ask, “Why aren’t our churches filled with unbelievers seeking redemption in Christ?” It is time for a change! We need to live and shine the light of Christ in a lost and dark world.
The lost need to see a definitive difference in us so that they will realize they are lost and they need Christ to make their lives complete. We cannot win the world while living our lives just like those in the world. We are to be in the world, but not live like the world. If we continually yield our members to sinful conduct, we will once again become slaves to Sin, meaning we put ourselves back under the enemy’s dominion. As a result, we are unproductive in winning the lost to Christ. Hence, millions remain lost!
(Romans 6:16) Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?
The apostle Paul uses the concept of visualization to help us mentally realize our freedom from Sin’s power.
(Romans 7:1-4 KJV) Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
We are to see ourselves as being like a woman, once married, but then free to be joined to another (the Lord Jesus) at the death of the husband. The law of marriage is a perfect visual aid for understanding our freedom in Christ. From the woman’s perspective, the husband in verse (2) represents the old man (unrenewed spirit). Since he has died, she is now free to be joined to another (the Lord Jesus) in marriage.
Therefore, as in the case of a marriage, we were legally separated from Satan, and are now legally joined to Jesus. Seeing that the old man is dead, the law (of Sin) has no more legal hold on us. Hence, Satan no longer has the right to dominate a born-again child of God.
Jesus has set us free, by fulfilling the legal requirements of dominion, which Adam failed to do. That is why He is called our Advocate (lawyer). He met all of the legal standards, so that He would be recognized as able to represent us before the adversary, and before the Father in heaven.
There was a principle of law at work here because of Adam’s treason. Jesus had to meet the standards of the Law in order to redeem us and return us to God. We are the legal sons and daughters of God, and it doesn’t matter what Satan tries to do to stop us from walking in victory. Because Jesus said, “It is finished”…Satan’s dominion was over.
We Were “In The Flesh”
(Romans 7:5,6 KJV) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Can anyone explain all this talk about “being in the flesh?” Paul says, “…we were in the flesh…!” Could it be that the majority of times when the word flesh is used, it is merely referring to us living under the control of the body, rather than living under the control of some old Sin nature?
I believe this means we still have the same earthly bodies that can be used as the instruments of Sin, just as they were before we were saved. However, now we have a choice. We are no longer controlled by an evil nature that forces us into sinful conduct.
The blood of the Lamb has redeemed us! The body will obey whatever the soul and spirit tell it to do (good or evil). The soul (by the spirit) must to be brought under the control of the Spirit of God within us, so we will make proper decisions and stay out of sin. The mind; however, is key to all of this taking place. This is because the mind is the gateway to the soul.
(1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV) And the very God of peace, sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The soul (Psuche in Greek) is defined by the Bible dictionary as “the seat of personality, that which he perceives, reflects, feels, desires; the seat of the will; the inward man.”6 The soul is where the decision making processes are chosen and put into action. The mind is the gateway or gatekeeper of the soul. This is where all thoughts are processed and sent on to the will. The will of man will only obey the thoughts that one allows to linger and be repeated in the mind. The longer these evil thoughts are allowed to linger in the mind, the weaker the will becomes. This is why (2 Cor. 10:4,5) tells us:
(KJV) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
A man once said, “All sin begins with a thought.” According to this passage of Scripture, his statement is 100% true. Sin always starts as a thought in the mind. If the thought is entertained for very long then the will will become weakened and sin eventually will be committed! This why we must guard what comes into the mind.
At this point it is time to kill a sacred calf. I have seen it in the Church all my Christian life. It is a tough, stubborn, old heifer; so it may die hard in many believer’s minds. This is because our traditions often make the Word of God of no effect in our lives (Matt. 15:6).
(Romans 7:8,9;14-17;22-24 KJV) “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died…For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me…For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
The written commandment or Law was the judicial agent that revealed to us our sinfulness. For before there was a written Law, man did not have anything absolute to show him right or wrong, and hence was free from any of the Law’s demands. However, when God gave the Law, man suddenly realized that he was under the power of Sin.
Therefore, he was spiritually dead to God and righteousness. Consequently, we have Paul’s statement, “but I am carnal sold under Sin.” Bear in mind that Paul was a man who knew the Law well, and he desired to obey it; but he found no power to do so because the spirit within him was spiritually dead (v:14). Paul says he was not the one doing it but Sin which was dwelling (living) in him.
This depiction could only be of a man before conversion, simply because a reborn child of God is no longer under sin since the spirit within him is alive in Christ. The unregenerate man is unable to obey God’s Law because he has no power, no reborn spirit, to do so. However, the reborn man is free from the Law of Sin & death and its’ demands.
(Romans 7:6) But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].
If (Rom. 7:8,9;14-17;22-24), was a picture perfect display of how a born-again believer was supposed to be living, then Paul wasted his time by writing (Rom. 6:1-23; 7:1-6). In these first verses Paul explains that we are already free from Sin, through Jesus Christ. Now, since I am free from Sin (6:11), how can I still be under Sin (7:14); unless Paul is explaining the condition of man prior to regeneration?
Dealing With The Wretched Man
(Romans 7:24) O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver men from [the shackles of] this body of death?
Paul is expressing his desire to be free from the Sin principle that kept him from obeying the Word of God. This is not the picture of a born-again believer who walks in victory, regardless of the circumstances, but rather a display of a man prior to conversion. This is not the victorious life Christ said a believer would have. Paul shows us that this (v:24), is not how a reborn believer is to be living, by including (verse 25).
“O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh [or the body in control] the Law of Sin (v:25).”
This is saying to us that we can now serve the Law of God, with our spirit and soul (mind, will and emotions), as an instrument in unity with the Spirit of God within us. However, he also says, that we can (with our bodies in control) obey the Law of Sin. But the choice has been given to us. Paul wants us to realize that we now have the ability to choose, whereas before our regeneration we were slaves. Now God has set us free so we can choose to serve Him totally, (with our whole being); or we can let our bodies (through the enemy) regain control and die again to righteousness. We can no longer blame any one for our sin except ourselves. Paul also said condemnation isn’t for us.
(Romans 8:1) Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty or wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
This is a tremendous verse of Scripture. Notice that the last part of this verse is in italics meaning that the italicized words weren’t in the original language; but were added in by the translators. According to the Amplified Bible, the italicized words were not in the original language. Therefore it should actually say:
Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus. [No condemnation period!]
If you are in Christ Jesus, then condemnation has no place in your life! However, that doesn’t mean you will not receive attacks of condemnation (from the enemy), or feel conviction if you sin. Still, condemnation and conviction are completely opposite manifestations. Condemnation is a tool of the devil, used in order to separate us from God through guilt and shame. It is the converse of conviction. Conviction is a tool used by God to let us know that we’ve sinned, and to prompt us to come to the Father, to receive forgiveness.
Jesus Paid The Price, So We Could Be Obedient
(Romans 8:4-9;15,16) So that the righteous and just requirements of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]. For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter] But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot. So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him. But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God] For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry Abba (Father!) Father! The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.
Because of the redemptive work of Christ, the just requirements of the Law have been completely met in us. In other words, Jesus paid the debt we could never pay, so that the Law of Sin and Death would have no legal claim over us. The ransom is paid and freedom is ours.
Notice in verse (5) the words set their minds. This implies we are the ones who do the setting. We are the ones who choose what goes into our minds and what thoughts we will dwell on. A non-believer is under the control of an unbelieving spirit (Satan). Nevertheless, a believer is controlled by a believing Spirit, the Spirit of God and Jesus living in him. However, we have a choice as to which spirit, we want to listen to. We can (if we choose), listen again to the spirit of the old man that is trying daily to find reentrance into our lives.
In contrast, we can also choose to listen to and be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Paul says again in verse (9) that we are not living the life of the flesh. Why? This is because we are born-again, and can now obey the Holy Spirit which lives within us. We need to get Holy Spirit inside minded, so that we will never forget that He lives in our hearts and desires to direct our actions. When we were born-again, the part of us that was reborn was the spirit. Jesus came into us, He drove out the outlaw (unbelieving) spirit of Satan, and now He lives in us and will control our thoughts and actions if we allow Him. If we are still battling with these temptations and always giving in, that’s not God’s fault, it’s ours! Why? Because each time we give in to those unholy desires that attack us from the world, we give back a piece of our freedom (sovereignty) to our enemy. The more freedom that we give up will mean the greater difficulty we will have in obeying the Word, and thus His Voice. Hence, we put ourselves back under Sin’s bondage by obeying the thoughts deposited in our minds by Satan.
The Holy Spirit will do His work, but we must do what He says in order to stay free. We can’t give up. We will succeed, because Jesus is praying (interceding) for us so that we will make it to the end in victory!
A Closing Scripture
(Galatians 6:9) And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
This morning at about 0130 I’m awake…my wife Emily was also awake and petting our puppy Brutus who ALWAYS has to be right near us at night. I’m lying there trying to go back to sleep but thoughts of my day from yesterday just keep roll through my head over and over and over again…Finally, I give up on getting back to sleep and still can’t so I get up finally at about 0230.
It’s so funny how things like this happen…you want up and think about the day before and think wow that was one messed up dream…and then it happens…you realize that it wasn’t really a dream and that everything you thought was part of a terrible nightmare is really just a repeat of what REALLY took place the day before…Then reality starts to set in…you start to question how in the world could this be possible. I mean this doesn’t happen to someone like me (right?). And then it hits you like a ton of bricks…This IS happening to someone like me! It’s at that point, that VERY minute where everything you have EVER believed your entire life is challenged. What do you do then? What choice do you make, if one at all? It is at that VERY millisecond that you have a choice…an extremely important choice. Do you decide to trust the Lord and His Word instead of how you feel or do you trust how your feeling and distrust EVERYTHING you have believed your entire life?
This was the position I found myself in this morning at 0230…I KNOW what’s the right answer, but am struggling immensely because my emotions are SCREAMING in my head… “It’s FINALLY happened…God has failed you…see I told you He would…”. So what do you do? Do you believe that resounding voice screaming in your head that God has failed you or do you chose to say within yourself…with EVERY fiber of you being…NO…I KNOW in whom I have believed and I KNOW that He and His Word are 100% true REGARDLESS of how I am feeling right now. I walk by FAITH and NOT by sight (what I see or how I feel).
Perhaps you are thinking that I am being mellow-dramatic…that I am trying to create some sort of poetic expression. Perhaps you are thinking that I am making this all up to prove some undefinable point?
I could ONLY wish…NO this is NOT some story that I’m creating in some new book that I am writing. Nope, this is the true “story” of something that I just went through and am still going through. Perhaps I may NEVER get through this situation until I’m on the other side with all the people that I hold dearest of all in my heart? I REALLY don’t know the answer too many of these questions.
However, one thing I DO KNOW…Is NONE of these things MOVES me. I REFUSE to allow myself to TAKE offense and walk away from the One Who got me where I am today.
Please notice that I said “TAKE” offense. What this literally means is that I have a choice…I could “take” offense and begin to think that everything I have believed for the last 35+ years of serving the One and True Living God was a lie, or I can, with EVERY fiber of my being, pull myself up spiritually by the hairs on my head if need be, and CHOOSE to not give up and not turn my back on everything that I don’t just believe…but that I KNOW are true. That is my ONLY choice! What will I do? What do I want to do? In my head, that screwed up voice is screaming at me to give up. Emotionally, I feel the extreme desire to lash out at God in anger, and ask Him why He did this or allowed this to happen to my mother.
Perhaps in some ways I would be totally justified in doing so? After all, this is the typical reaction that we humans have when tragedy strikes our lives right?
I have to honestly say…that this is the MOST critical time in my 35 + yours of walking in faith with the Lord that I have EVER experienced such a STRONG desire to give up…If I were to go with my emotions at the moment…I would TOTALLY turn my back on God & His Word!
But, I am here to tell you this day…that I CHOOSE to NOT lose heart to NOT lose faith…
I am reminded of a scene in the movie “Divergent”…the main character a female who has NEVER fit in her world her entire life! I, too, can TOTALLY relate this girl in the movie cuz I too am Divergent much like the character in the movie. Back to this scene that plays in my head…
When the girl is being tested by some of the worst fears that she has ever experienced in her imagination…because in the movie she is actually lying on a table much like in a doctor’s office, while this “test” of her will is taking place to see what she will do when faced with these fears. In the movie while she is going through this experience of terror…she digs down deep within herself and says: “…This is NOT real…” several times…and then she continues on her journey and makes it through. She does all of this in what appears to be a 15 – 20 minute exercise, but in reality it takes place in about 3 minutes. This experience shows this girl and the one testing her that she is a “Divergent” or someone who is not locked into or caged by the typical experiences that most humans have. In other words, she cannot be pigeon holed into fitting into one SPECIFIC group or society.
I feel much like this girl who realizes that she is Divergent or someone who is destined to go against the flow of society. In my case I am NOT referring to my being “above the law” or better than the rest. NO, in my life, much like this girl, I am one of those who, somehow and SOME way, has seemed to be able to rise above the circumstances of my life and trudge on despite how badly my emotions are trying to derail my progress.
Please understand…I am NOT claiming to be some Super-human, because I honestly don’t totally understand how this happens myself. I also do NOT claim this ability to be one of my OWN strength. No not at all. When I began to realize that this ability was on the inside of me, and was placed inside of me, so that I could NEVER claim any glory concerning it, it was then that I began to praise God for this Supernatural manifestation that He had in grained in my spiritual DNA if you will. I do NOT claim ANY credit WHATSOEVER regarding this ability to continue on in Him and His path for my life…when EVERY cell within me wants to go the opposite direction. All I can say is thank You Jesus because I KNOW without one once of doubt that this Supernatural Strength that is within me is a gift. It is a gift that I do NOT understand, but I am SSSOOO VERY blessed that He has placed this within me. At the time of this writing, 05.14.2015, I still do not really understand what or why He has put this within me. I also do not know if other have this same sort of experience that I have had.
These experiences are ones that have not just happened once or twice…NO! Praise God, these are experiences that I have noted in my life over and over and over again…and I am so humbled and so blessed that He would infuse this ability within me. As I said before, I take ABSOLUTELY no credit for it. I did NOT do anything to experience it. When I say this I am meaning that I was not doing something with the motive of experiencing this ability because I didn’t know it even existed until a few years ago when I started to understand that something was different about me and that it was not something that I had ANYTHING to do with it being there.
All I did was surrender my life and my will to His direction. I made a CHOICE to follow and obey Him and His Word and put Jesus and His Word first place, FINAL authority over EVERYTHING I did in my life. That’s NOT to say that I don’t make mistakes by ANY means…because I have and I do…much more than I wish to admit. Yet, in all of the screwed up things that I have done in my life, He has NEVER left me or walked away from me…even when He had EVERY reason known to man to do so. Still, He NEVER rejected or pushed me away. He was there with me trying to get me to wake up, repent and get back to following His lead through His Word.
Thank You Lord for NEVER giving up on me even when, in the past, that I gave up on You and walked away from You. Thank You for always being there. I will NEVER take that for granted! I am so blessed that You chose me to be one of Your many sons and daughters and that You birthed in me this ability to not allow my emotions to run me to the point that I ran off the spiritual road and stay off it! I have had a few times where I was flipped over in the ditches of life, but You came and turned me back right side up and pointed that direction in which You wanted me to go.
This was something that I just felt lead to share with you today. I don’t understand why or for whom this was for, but I KNOW deep inside that this was something that the Lord was directing me to share! –Gregg Huestis