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Christianís sometimes use the phrase ďI got in my fleshĒ meaning that they did something or acted a certain way that was carnal and maybe sinful. The flesh in this case, is that part of us that stems from our soul and our bodies; and reflects our old manner of life, as we were in Adam. The soul is made up of our will, our emotions, our intellect etc. our bodies possess the 5 senses. Even though we have been born again and are new creatures in Christ; we can still act like we did before we got saved.
Judicially: God sees Christians as crucified with Christ, our old man ( what we were as a fallen people in the community of Adam, with him as the head of ) was put to death when Christ died on the cross. Jesus Christ called the last Adam ( 1 Corinthians 15:45 ) instituted a new community of which He is the Head of; born-again Christians are a part of this community and possess a new spiritual nature. ( the new man ) For a Christian to live victoriously, he or she must understand and apply these truths in every day living. A Christian can choose to live in the flesh ( live carnally ) and reflect 1st. Adam ( sinful Adam ) or walk in the spirit and reflect last Adam ( righteous Jesus ).
The Old Man is Judicially Crucified
Romans 6:3-12 Know
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death?
B. Putting on and putting off
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which
grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
The phrase putting off the old man and putting on the new man is one of exchanging clothes and refers to a change in character in light of a change in identity, having moved from our old existence ( without God, dead in sin see Ephesians 2:1-12 ) to a new existence ( with God, in righteousness see Ephesians 1:1-14 )
The old man refers to a life style consistent with sin, but inconsistent with being in Christ. The new man refers to a lifestyle consistent with being in Christ and truth.
Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, (NASV)
Our calling is that we are the children of God. A change took place in our hearts when we were born again and that change should be reflected in our daily lives.
The moment that we were born again we became a New Man ( new creature ) therefore we are to put off the works of the old man. We are no longer that person; our character should now reflect Christ. To do so requires crucifying the flesh.
C. Works of the Flesh
Galatians 5:16-21 I
say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the
flesh. 17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you
do not do the things that you wish.
(Above) The works of the flesh are evident. One must be truthful and honest with themselves, recognize that their flesh is in control and crucify it.
By the help of the Holy Spirit
By recognizing I am a child of God - A new creature - My old man was crucified with Christ etc.
By speaking out loud the word of God. It is written ďthe appropriate scriptureĒ
* An Example: Outburst of anger because the little old lady at the traffic light fails to go on the green light. Recognize the flesh - Speak to it - Shut up flesh! It is written ďthe works of the flesh is wrath but the fruit of the spirit is gentleness.Ē
If you have to, slap yourself in the face. Yep that's what I said. Think that's a little radical?
Examine the words of His Majesty
Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
* The flesh is self centered and cannot please God
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
* Satan appeals to the flesh
* For a Christian to be victorious in spiritual warfare, the flesh must be crucified. (Gal.5:24) Temptations come through the flesh.
James 1:14-15 But
every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and
* Many times a sinful act was the result of a thought
An Illustration: If you plant an acorn, the results is an oak tree. Which is easier to dig up?
Get rid of the thought before it grows.
To do so - it requires a person to know who they are in Christ, the warfare, and their weapons.
Once again, one must be honest with themselves, recognize the flesh, the thought, the temptation etc. Speak Godís word to it!
An illustration: A Christian man sees a neighbor lady in a very small bikini. He begins to have fantasies about her.
Jesus said that whoever would look at a woman to lust for her has committed adultery in their heart.
What he should do. Speak! I am a child of God. Ungodly thought come out of my mind in Jesus name, for it is written! ďthou shalt not commit adulteryĒ
* One sin usually leads to another
King David took Uriahís wife, got her pregnant and then was the cause of Uriahís death.
It all started when David seen Bathsheba taking a bath. Do you suppose that David begin to have thoughts? ( 2 Samuel ch.11 )
The flesh will try to justify it. David may have had the thought ď I am the King, I should get what I want etc.
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
What happens if a Christian will not correct self ?
11:31-32 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Hebrews 12: 6-11 For
whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he
10:5-6 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were
overthrown in the wilderness.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
*These scriptures should help motivate us to crucify the flesh.
D. The fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot
bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except
ye abide in me.
*The fruit of the Spirit is produced in us, as we abide in Christ
*To abide in Christ one must abide in his Word.
John 14:21-23 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth
them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
*As we abide in Christ, the Holy Spirit will produce in us the fruit of the Spirit which is
the Character of Jesus Christ.
*The Holy Spirit will help us to crucify the flesh ( works of the flesh ) as he brings forth
the fruit of the Spirit. God has not abandon us in our struggle but has sent his Spirit to
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
World - cosmos, The world in this case is the sphere of ungodliness that dominates mankind because of his fallen state. The word cosmos refers to order - arrangement and in the bad sense, the order - arrangement under which Satan has organized this world of fallen mankind upon his principles of selfishness, force, greed, ambitions, and pleasure. This worlds system is very often, outwardly religious, cultured, philosophical, and refined but blind to the truth.
Every day we are bombarded by the influences of this fallen world, a lost humanity that doesnít know God, want God, nor hold to Godly principals. All one has to do is turn on the TV and all that the world stands for is presented in situation comedy shows etc. Slowly Christians are desensitized by the subtle messages that Satan preaches to the masses.
Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were
dead in trespasses and sins;
Apostle Paul wrote this to Christians
This scripture sums up the state of mankind in his fallen
state. We used to be in this state
Seeing that the world is like this, what else can we expect? People that are not saved are of their father, the devil, the lusts of their father they will do.
You and I can believe what society says, what Hollywood says, or what the Word of God says.
The world says homosexuality is normal.
God says itís an abomination, a sin.
The worldís schools say that mankind evolved from an ape.
God says man was created by Him.
Who are we going to believe? Who will you believe?
A. The condition of this world
Ephesians 2:2-3 Wherein in time past ye walked according
to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the
air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
B. The god of this world
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
* Satan, through the fall of Adam and Eve gained control
on this earth and set up his
* Notice the following Scripture
Luke 4:5-7 And the devil, taking him (Jesus) up into an
high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment
Jesus Christ came to this world; defeated Satan and made it possible to liberate fallen humanity, the slaves of Satan. To all that hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, respond to and accept him as their Savior, these are set free from Satan and sin. Those who reject Jesus Christ remain slaves.
Thank you Lord Jesus!!
C. Jesus came to Save the lost inhabitants of this world
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.
Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
D. Christians are not to love this world
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him.
At the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, this world will pass away, as Christ establishes his glorious reign, which shall be in righteousness.
Come soon Lord Jesus!
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
E. Beware of the worldís Philosophies
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. ( NASV )
Colossians 2:18 Let no one defraud you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, ( NIV )
F. Be not unequally yoked with the world
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together
with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
G. Christians are to be a light to the world
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that
is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. ( NASV )
H. Christians are to set their heart on the things of God
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek
those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of
I. Do not conform to the world
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is
the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own?
*The word conform means ( to fashion one self according to the pattern of )
A few examples:
Christians are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, by Godís Word
1 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
*As we become doers of Godís word, His word will conform us to the principles of his kingdom.
*We must allow Godís word to instruct us about the issues of life. What we believe about abortion, homosexuality, marriage, government, where we came from, why we are here, etc.
*Remember, this world is blind to the truth.
James 1:23-25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a
doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
Lord, and in the power of his might.
Jesus said of Satan that, "He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" ( John 8:44 ). The devil is not some character out of Hollywood, nor a cartoon character, but is in fact a fallen angel, who has access and dominion in this world. He opposes God and the people of God and is the enemy of mankind. The Lord Jesus came to this earth and defeated him, so that people could be set free from his rule. In the plan of God that is being worked out in the ages, Satan was overthrown and will have his place in the lake of fire ( Revelations 20:10 ).
If you are going to fight in a war, then you must know your enemy, be acquainted with his tricks, weapons and tactics. Many Christians are naive concerning Satan and whither they know it or not, they are involved in a cosmic conflict.
The scripture above says to be strong in the Lord and the power of his might.
Let us take a look at our enemy, the enemy of all of mankind.
A. He is organized
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The underline words denote ranks of order
Jesus cast demons out of people, in one place he asked their name and they said "Legion for we are many."A Fact: Jesus Christ defeated Satan in behalf of mankind
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers
of flesh and blood, he
1 John 3:8.....For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy
B. Preys upon people
1 PETER 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
C. Resist him
EPHESIANS 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
JAMES 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
As said before, Jesus defeated Satan in behalf of humanity; this was a legal victory and it is up to us to enforce the victory of Jesus Christ.
As A child I played king of the hill with my friends. The object of the game was to knock down whoever was at the top of the hill, usually the strongest kid was able to control the top. Maybe you played this game or one similar.
The point is this: No human could have ever dethroned Satan, because of sin, all of us were under his power and control. But, Jesus Christ was born without sin and never committed sin of any kind; therefore He dethroned Satan and became King of the hill. When you and I became Christians, we were legally place at the top of the hill, Christís victory has become our victory. We donít have to defeat Satan, we only have to resist him from a place of victory. Hallelujah!
D. Be not ignorant of
2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
E. He tempts
GENESIS 3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye
shall not surely die.
MATTHEW 4:1 Then Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
F. Blinds Minds
2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
Vs.4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
G. Sinners Still Under His Rule
ACTS 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
H. Contends With Godís People
EPHESIANS 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I. Fakes being an angel of light
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.1. Servants of the devil do the same thing. ( Wolves in sheepskin clothing )
Leaders of worldly religious sects
1Cor. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as
J. Is behind false doctrines
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (demons)
K. Is a fallen angel
Isaiah 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which
didst weaken the nations!
Ezekiel 28:4, 15 Thou art the anointed cherub that
covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God;
thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
L. Satanís final doom
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
A. Of the Mind
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we
do not war after the flesh:
* A believer must have their minds renewed by the word of God, to effectively resist Satan.
* A carnal mind is open to the devils attacks.
* Satan seeks to plant a stronghold in our minds in which he can exercise a measure of control.
These strongholds can come through our fleshly lusts, pride, doubt and unbelief, people etc.Let us look at Satanís attack on Eve
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any
beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman,
"Has God indeed said, `You shall not eat of every tree of the
Points of attack
Hath God said? - To make Eve doubt Godís word
You will not die --- A lie
You will be like God --- Appealed to pride of life
The woman saw
It was pleasant to the eyes
It would make her wise
Satan appealed to her senses. She disobeyed God, she gave to Adam, he disobeyed
Satanís attack on Jesus
Matthew 4:1-11 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into
the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
* Satan has no new tricks; he tempted Jesus in the same way he tempted Eve.
Points of attack
If thou be the Son of God- Cast doubt about who Jesus was---command these stones to turn to bread ---To act independently, not trusting God
If thou be the Son of God---Cast doubt---cast thy self down Put God to the test*Satan even quoted scripture
Worship me and I will- Satan tried to appeal to greed, pride etc. ---give you all this
*Our Lord Jesus resisted Satan by speaking the written word of God.
*You and I can do the same thing!
Jesus knew who he was "The Son of God"
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we
do not war after the flesh:
A.We have weapons ( not carnal- fleshly, worldly etc. ) Weapons that are mighty through God ( See section C. Weapons of Warfare )
B.Strongholds - Areas in which Satan can control us, due to a certain way of thinking. Our weapons are able to pull these down. * But - one must realize, that some area of thinking is wrong. One comes to this realization through the study and meditation of Godís word.
C.Imaginations - Some translations translate this as arguments, reasoning. Sometimes we get thoughts, that would reason and argue against God. A few examples: is God real? Is there a heaven? Does God really love me? etc.
* We are to cast these down How? By realizing that the thoughts are wrong, Then as an act of our will, command the thoughts to leave, in Jesus name ( out loud ) then speak Godís word "It is written ( the appropriate scripture )An Example:
Iím getting thoughts that God doesnít really love me. The devil says "if God really loved you then why did he let this happen etc."My response: ( If I have been in Godís word )
In the Name of Jesus, Ungodly thought I command you to leave my mind! For it is written " God showed his love for us ( me ) in that while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me"An example:
"Youíre not a Christian, if you were you wouldnít have done that, said that etc."My response:
In Jesus name "Thought, leave my mind- for it is written" "and whosoever believes in him has eternal life, also whosoever shall Call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
It is your mind You are to watch over your thoughts.
D. Thoughts - reflections, meditations,
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
* Have you ever wanted to read the bible or pray and found your thoughts wandering, to all sorts of places?
Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ is simply this: Every thought that goes against the word of God must not be allowed freedom of expression.
* I donít have to tell you the rotten thoughts that we can have, do I? Cast them out.Worry
Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (see all of ch.6 )
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in
everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known to God;
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things. (NKJV)
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be
spiritually minded is life and peace.
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
* Our minds must be renewed by the word of God. Our thinking must line up with Godís word in every area of life, regardless of what anyone or anything says.