Us and the Devil
2 weeks ago we talked about the war within - the Battle that goes in our lives after we came to Christ. Before you were saved, there was no battle. As long as you didn't want to come to Christ or get serious about your relationship with Him, the enemy was happy. But as soon as you came to Christ or as soon as you got serious about your relationship with Him, you engaged the enemy who does not want you to serve God with all your heart. A half a heart wont do. As long as he can keep you down he is winning the battle. But we must recognize and know that the enemy has been defeated.
FLESH VS SPIRIT
In Romans chapter 7, Paul just came through spelling out the battle that is within all of us who know Jesus Christ. It is the battle between the flesh or the old sinful nature and the spirit. Here is how he closes out chapter 7:
22 My inner being delights in the law of God. 23 But I see a different law at work in my body - a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 24 What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God's law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.
And then he opens chapter 8 with these encouraging words:
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Because Jesus has rescued us from this body that is taking us to death, and He took my sin upon Himself, I cannot and will not be condemned for not keeping the law perfectly. I will not be found guilty because Jesus already took the death sentence upon His own body for me and for you - for us that did not deserve it. Now we can sing the anthem song:
O Death where is t ...
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