Wednesday, 15 July 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 29

SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY: THE SPIRIT (Part 3) 'NEW SOFTWARE, OLD PROGRAM'

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭(Study in context 2Corinthians 5:16-21)

Welcome back. The real you, the part of you that comes from God or that is born of God is your spirit! So of necessity it is identical to God because it is made of God-substance (John 4:24), but your mind needs to be renewed to this truth. 2 Corinthians 4:16, says this born again spirit is renewed day by day. Unlike the body it remains constant and vibrant (Matthew 26:41), it does not degrade in quality or have an expiry date. The term spiritual maturity refers to the extent to which your mind has come to grasp the reality of the possibilities and capabilities of your spirit (John 3:10 )

As you realise that your spirit is identical to that of Christ and to the degree to which you grasp this, it opens you up to what I call the realm of God -possibilities (John 14:12). You have access to the thoughts of God (1Corinthians 2:16), Wisdom of God, Power of God, Knowledge of God, Love of God (Romans 8 , in fact everything God has is yours to the limit that you have the revealed knowledge (Ephesians 3:20). In other words, the process of the new birth makes you a GOD POSSESSED person. This is one truth that religion will keep away from you, but until you grasp it, you will be looking for everything that is on the inside, on the outside (2Timothy 3: 5, 7).

Now that we have an idea of what our spirit is made of, looks like and is capable of, why is it that we live short of this? There are possibly 3 main reasons why this happens, we would look at the first one in this capsule.

Reason: 1
“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.” Romans‬ ‭6:6‬-7KJV‬

When we become born again, the sin nature is gone but leaves behind an un-renewed mind. This is what Paul refers to as 'the body of sin' or 'slave of sin' (Romans 6:6). Your old sin nature is dead, crucified with Christ but left behind a body called un-renewed mind which needs to be dealt with. Your mind before you were born again was under the control of that sin nature and thinks along that line up to that point. All of a sudden you become born again and the new spirit is inputed into you, but the old mind is still there without its old master called sin nature. The closest analogy to this , is like when you have a new software, but the old programme is left behind so it keeps disrupting the smooth running of the new software. For the new software to perform optimally you will need to delete the old programme (I believe some computer will even prompt you to do this. I am not an IT person so please cut me some slack if the analogy is not perfect). 
The same way you need to renew your mind to serve your born again spirit (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:24). The old sin nature is gone forever, but it left behind a body for you to deal with. The reason why we struggle is that we keep running the new software on an old, corrupt, incompatible programme . Until you renew your mind , the supernatural influence of the God nature in your born again spirit is shut up waiting to be released because of the incompatibility.
Lastly, verse 7, is particularly poignant. “For he that is dead is freed from sin.”(I pray that God give you understand for this). Being born again we were 'freed' (past tense, done deal) from sin, when you fully realise this you will be free (present tense, active) from sin.
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CONCLUSION
THE OLD MAN IS DEAD, YOU ARE FREE FROM HIM, SO GET RID OF THE BODY LEFT BEHIND. IT STINKS

PS
I sincerely hope this is helping you. I will recommend you study Romans chapters 5,6,7 and 8.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk