Spirit vs. Flesh

The measure of faith

When you truly get born-again, your spirit is made “New.” Your soul; thoughts, attitudes, emotions, are not made new. Your spirit is the part that’s created in righteousness and true holiness. However, we all spend a life time of getting our soul and body to stand in agreement with our new spirit. You can’t look in a mirror and see your spirit. Your spirit can be perceived only through the Word of God.

Look at James 1:23-25 – For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (verse 24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (verse 25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (Our actions do matter.)

Most people don’t know who they are in the spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

This is not talking about our body and soul. It is your spirit that changed. You are now righteous, holy, and pure as Jesus is.

Ephesians 4:23, 24 – and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (verse 24) and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness. (We renew our mind with the Word of God.)

Like I said before; to find out what your spirit has truly become, look to the Word of God. Your born-again spirit is not defiled or ungodly. It’s righteous, holy, and pure. Once you believed on Jesus, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 – In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise.

Our spirit became as Jesus is, right here in this world. 1 John 4:17 – As He is, so are we in this world. (We keep this in mind when we chose to go “off the reservation.”)

Our spirit became “One” with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 6:17 – He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. When we become born-again we are sealed for the purpose of preservation. That seal keeps the good in and the bad out!

God doesn’t look at sin the way people do. To Him sin not only is doing something wrong that He names in His Word, but not doing what we should have done (James 4:17). Nobody loves others the way they should; no one meditates on the things of God as much as we could. So according to God, everybody fails and falls short.

Our conscience, with its knowledge of right and wrong, constantly bears witness to our mind about our thoughts and actions. If we’re not careful, we will let these failures consume us. Here is why a lot of people leave after a while of trying to live the Christian faith. They think, “I’m born-again now, God’s given me a new start, but I keep failing in certain areas or keep making dumb decisions.” They’re conscience reminding them of it every time they do wrong. If they continue to think this way, day after day, before long they will say, “What’s the use?”

The truth is, “Your sin does not penetrate your spirit.” Before you tell me I’m wrong, finish reading. Remember, our spirit was sealed. When we sin, our spirit does not participate. That’s what 1 John 3:9 means – Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

This is confusing because we know Christians do sin after they are born-again.

1 John 1:8 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:10 – If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. But the good news is, 1 John 2:1 – My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

These verses sound like they contradict themselves, but they really don’t. Read on.

Too many people categorize sin – “little sins” from “big sin.” But to God sin is sin. A drunkard or liar is no different from a murderer. So when people try to explain 1 John 3:9 as “habitually sinning,” they are categorizing sins.

Look, we all habitually sin. I’ll give you examples: We all fail to turn off our “devices” and study or pray as often as we should; we all fail to forgive as quickly as we should. How bout gluttony?  Have you only over eaten one time in your life? Do you see what I mean.

So if you interpret 1 John 3:9 to mean that you cannot habitually sin if you are truly born-again, then we’ve all blown it!

If people are not taught about the “Spirit, soul, and body,” then there are a lot of verses in scripture they won’t understand and they will go through life beating themselves up all the time. Our spirit is what is born-again. Our soul and body have been purchased, but not yet redeemed. So our spirit cannot sin, even though our body (with actions and deeds), and soul (thoughts and emotions) can.

If you tie His (God’s) acceptance to your performance, you’ll always come up short. We might do better than some people, but we still won’t always get it right and we’ll walk around condemning ourselves. Eventually it will keep us from accepting God’s love and blessings because we don’t feel worthy enough.

Our spirit is sealed! since God is a Spirit, He deals with us Spirit to spirit. And because we know that’s how we approach God, in spirit and in truth, we can “Boldly go to His throne of Grace!” We approach Him with the confidence that He hears us and sees His Son, living on the inside of us.

You and me, are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)! God sees us as clean, holy, and pure even though in our physical body, the flesh, we are not.

When you understand this and begin to believe what God’s Word says, your behavior will change, because you will fall in love with God’s word and know what it says. It begins to change the way you think, act, and treat others.

I certainly hope this has helped some of you to start praying with bold confidence. Start praying the kind of prayers with so much power that God knows you know “Who you are in Christ!”

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