Daily Light – July 31, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

This week…we will share an article from the works of John Piper.  I will give it to you in bite-size daily doses.  I promise that it will make you stronger in your ‘faith’ and in walk.  Enjoy the meals this week. 

How Dead People Do Battle with Sin

Carved in the bark of every tree in the garden of God are the words, “If it dies it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Three words are branded into the flesh of every Christian: “YOU … HAVE … DIED” (Colossians 3:3). And the heartfelt confession of every believer is, “I have been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20).

But what does this mean? Who died when I became a Christian? Answer: my “flesh” died. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified THE FLESH” (Galatians 5:24).

But what does “flesh” mean? Not my skin. Not my body. That can be an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13). The “works of the flesh” are things like idolatry and strife, and anger and envy (Galatians 5:20f.) —attitudes, not just immoral acts of the body.

How the Bible Defines “Flesh”

The closest thing to a biblical definition of the flesh is Romans 8:7-8, “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

So the flesh is the old “me” who used to rebel against God. In the flesh I was hostile and insubordinate. I hated the thought of admitting I was sick with sin. I defied the idea that my greatest need was a Good Physician to make me well. In the flesh I trusted my wisdom not God’s. So nothing I did in the flesh could please God, because “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). And the flesh does nothing from faith.

So “the flesh” is the old self-reliant, faithless me. This is what died when God saved me. God clamped the arteries on my old unbelieving heart of stone. And when it died He took it out and gave me a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26).

‘What’s the difference between this new heart that lives and the old one that died? The answer is given in Galatians 2:20. It says, “I have been crucified with Christ. . . and the life I now live, I LIVE BY FAITH in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” The old heart that died trusted in itself; the new heart banks on Christ every day.

Father…we are all reading this ‘so that’ we can gain a stronger grip on our faith and walk.  We all need help with knowing truth, seeing truth, and understanding ‘how-to’ use the tools you have given us that light-up the path of truth so that we can honor you with our lives.  Your word says it is YOUR will that we honor you with our lives….soooo…..I ask by faith in YOU and YOUR word that you use this weeks teaching to strengthen our walk ‘so that’ we will be able to do your good, pleasing, and perfect will.  Amen

    

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Daily Light – July 29, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

Today is the last day and final link to the post on this series that is intended to help us gain a better understanding of how the ‘sin nature’ operates to keep us from becoming a fully functioning believer.  God’s plan and prescription for overcoming the effects and influence of all-things ‘sin’ is contained 100% in His provision of God-the-Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus is our supply and source for ‘all-things’ that lead to victory and fulfillment of our destiny to do the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Blessings to you and enjoy this weekend.

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Daily Light – July 28, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

Friends:   Two more blog links in this series:  1 today, 1 tomorrow.   So, I encourage you to stay the course.  Make yourself find the time to do the work ‘so that’ you will be better equipped to fight the good fight of faith and be able to produce more eternal fruit for our Lord Jesus ‘because’ you have improved your ability and understanding of how to deal with the negative effect and influence of the ‘sin nature’ by learning how to ‘walk in the spirit’ with our Lord Jesus Christ as your source and supply.

I pray today that God will grant you ever increasing wisdom and strength to do His perfect will.  Go.

https://lettherebelight.blog/2017/03/04/the-entrance-of-light-chapter-3-part-6/

    

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Daily Light – July 27, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

The Default System of the Sin Nature

We continue in our study:  Understanding the ‘sin nature’ that lives inside our body…and understanding how God designed our internal human spirit to work in harmony with His Spirit ‘so that’ we can have power and ability to deal with the negative effects and influence of the ‘sin nature’.

I realize that the blog posts that link to each day’s Daily Light take a few minutes to read each day…but I ask you to invest the time ‘so that’ God will use the information to strengthen your ability to ‘walk in the spirit’.   The link below:

https://lettherebelight.blog/category/chapter-2-the-default-program/

Father…today I pray the words that your wrote through the Apostle John…I pray those words for us ‘so that’ you will give us increased understanding of truth…
John 5:20 .. “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.”

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Daily Light – July 26, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

This week we are performing a ‘nature study’ 😊.   Our objective is to better understand how the ‘sin nature’ operates inside us ‘as we’ come to understand how our ‘spirit’ connected to God’s spirit gives us the ability and power to overcome the negative effect and influence of the sin nature.  We continue our study with another link to my blog…

The Function of ‘spirit’.

    
Father..I pray that we will work hard at this ‘study’ this week ‘so that’ we can gain valuable understanding and tools to recognize the work of the sin nature ‘so that’ we will not walk according to the flesh (sin nature) but learn to walk ‘in’ the spirit.  Amen


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Daily Light – July 25, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

The Old Man (the old self)  – The Flesh (the Sinful Nature)

Romans 7: 23 NIV   “..but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members…”  (Romans 7:7-25, is the larger context related to the ‘internal struggle/war we have with the ‘sin’ entity at work in our body).

Below this paragraph, I have provided the link to a post in my blog that speaks to the work and activity of the ‘sin nature’ that exists inside your body/mind.

What I wish to do this week is pull from 3-4 pages of the blog that explains the war that rages inside of us between our ‘spirit’ self and ‘sin nature. Please make yourself read each page each day.  Will only take you 5-10 minutes to read each page.   It will make a huge difference in your ability to ‘identify and recognize’ the ‘work of the sin nature as it seeks to keep you from all you can be in your walk with our Lord.  We will, of course, look at God’s prescription and means for us to deal with the ‘sin nature’ ‘so that’ we can further live our life to please and honor God and to do His perfect will.

If need be, copy and paste the link below in your browser.

Father…I pray that you will use this week’s work to increase our ability to produce fruit that pleases you.


https://lettherebelight.blog/2017/02/03/the-default-program-part-1/

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Daily Light – July 24, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

Understanding:   God’s Spirit, our ‘spirit’, and the sin nature

So…we have a human spirit…a human operating spiritual system… in our body…it is actually our highest distinction…highest ability….think of it like any other operating system in your body, such as; respiratory, neuro, etc.   ‘spirit’ is where we have awareness, consciousness, where our desire to know and worship God originates from.  What is the #1 thing you are most ‘aware’ of every moment of every day?   And it is… ‘self’…you are ware of ‘self’…you are aware that ‘you are’.   Spirit function is where we have our sense of objective right and wrong.   It is where we ‘know’.

We have a body, mind, and spirit.   We are distinct from the animal kingdom.  Animals do not have a ‘spirit’.  A monkey does not know it is a monkey.  It does not ponder it’s activities for today.  It does not contemplate its birthday or the date of its death.   It does not think about the birth and life of its offspring.   Spiritual awareness is ‘the’ human distinction given by God for purpose and intention.

Paul, in Galatians, writes:   5:16 “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Sprit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature”.  

Paul, herein is speaking of the Spirit of God (external) as to having intention and purpose to connect with our ‘spirit’ (internal) and help us overcome the pull and power of the ‘sin’ nature that also resides inside our body (internal).  The highest level of human existence is to have God’s Spirit merged with our ‘spirit’.  When God’s Spirit merges with human spirit…’Divine Knowing’ take place/occurs.  Ah-ha.  Thus how we ‘know’ that we ‘know’ Jesus/God.  It is a spiritual function/awareness.

This week we will look at God’s intention for having His Spirit be connected with our ‘spirit’ ‘so that’ we can see, recognize, and identify the activity, work, and function of the ‘sin nature’ and more-so that we can see, recognize and identify the activity, work, and function of our ‘spirit’ as we are hooked-up (connected) with God’s Spirit.

Wonderful Father… help us this week to get a clearer understanding on how you created us as to how we are to know you and walk with you ‘so that’ we can maximize our effectiveness in living the type of life that is pleasing and honorable to you.

 

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