Thursday, 30 July 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015: CAPSULE 31

SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY : THE SPIRIT (PART 5)

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 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
In the last two capsules we looked at why we struggle to connect with our spirit, which in actual fact is the real you. The part of you that is born again, eternally redeemed, the part of you that is exactly like Christ (1 John 4:17), which is the only part of you that can truly fellowship and draw on all the goodness of God (John 4:24, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16). To recap, the first reason is because we are running a 'new software with an old programme'. In other words we need to renew our minds, the sin nature left behind an un-renewed mind which needs to be schooled in the new realities of our born again spirit (Romans 12:2). The second reason is because the only reference point or mirror for the spirit world and your spirit is the word of God, the more you look into the word the clearer you see and become acquainted with the spirit. There is no short cut, every other calisthenics like praying and fasting will only aid and assist, they can never, I repeat never, replace the word of God as a mirror for your spirit and the spirit world.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬
The third reason is encapsulated in the two verses above. Everything that Christ purchased by His death and resurrection is called 'Grace', it is sometimes defined as 'Unmerited favour of God through Christ '. The provision of the born again experience, the new you that is born of God, in fact everything that is worth anything falls under grace. The challenge is, you can only access it by faith, no other way. You must accept it or receive it as a gift. As simple as this sounds, in my experience this is the biggest stumbling block to flowing in the realities of our spirit (without exception we all struggle to certain extent). The tendency is we always want to do something to 'earn it' by doing something instead of 'receiving it' by faith. This is a central and unbreakable law!

“And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Romans 11:6, makes it clear , you cannot mix grace with works, they are mutually exclusive. When you understand this you will do everything including praying and fasting to enhance your faith and make you more spiritually sensitive, in full awareness that you can only access grace through faith. When you understand this it removes the burden and rigour of performance (Ephesians 2:8-9). In fact the more you appreciate and understand this, the more you want to fast, pray and study the word because all these make the walk of faith easier.
It's like the two sides of a coin, grace is what God has provided through the sacrifice, atonement and resurrection of Christ, faith is your positive response to grace.

CONCLUSION
RENEW YOUR MIND, DON'T STOP LOOKING INTO THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AND KEEP WALKING BY FAITH


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk