Ldrshp Mxm – ‘Work. Then play.’
Ldrshp Mxm – ‘Work. Then play.’
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
All the good and all the bad things somehow merge together to cause good to happen to those who love God, whereas the opposite will happen to those who do not love Him. To love God is to want Him, appreciate Him, enjoy being with Him, prefer His purposes over our own, honor Him, fight for His glory, obey Him, love His Son, love His Spirit, love His family, His people, and love the people He loves. When we love God all the forces of the world conspire and come together to cause everything in our personal world to work together, to symphonize for good.
All of us are called to fulfill His purpose in our lives. We don’t need personal words from God. He has already revealed His purpose through the Word.
God has always been aware of those who would receive Jesus and so He predetermined that they would be conformed to an image, formed into an image which pleased Him above all others, namely, His own Son Jesus. This became the high calling, the eternal purpose, that we would be molded into the pattern man Jesus. Thus all the suffering in the world should elicit from us the merciful healing actions of Jesus. Thus all the relational dysfunctions we encounter become the opportunities to reveal, develop, and manifest the image of the on of God. The Lord will take us through many painful but life transforming circumstances so we are conformed to that image of His Son. ‘Let us make man’ had a far longer reaching outworking than we could have ever imagined from the garden.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, Rom 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
The Law tried to make us righteous by giving us a set of rules to live by, however, we were powerless to do so, because our flesh gained dominance in the absence of the Holy Spirit within us and a transformed nature. The Law and God are contrasted. God did what the Law couldn’t, thus we have come into direct contact with God as a substitute for the Law. Jesus inhabited sinful flesh, so he could condemn sin through his own death.
So now the power of sin has been removed through the death of Jesus, the goal of the Law, righteousness can be obtained. We satisfy God’s requirements by living in the Spirit. The nature of the Spirit is all that God is looking for in us.
We fulfill the requirements of God when we walk in the Spirit. The key to living in the Holy Spirit is to ‘set your mind on the things of the Spirit’. If our mind dwells on the things of the flesh, then we will live in the flesh.
This is a general rule in life; our thoughts determine our walk.
The ‘things’ of the Spirit are; the Word; Worship; Prayer; Ministry; Fellowship. These are things to not just know about but are things we ‘do’ – as in read the Word, sing worship songs, pray, fellowship, and do the work of the ministry.
When the flesh sends an impulse to do something, and we follow that impulse we are walking in the flesh. We need to not follow the impulses of the flesh, crucifying our flesh and its passions. This means denying ourselves those things we want to do. But when the Spirit prompts us to pray, we need to follow that impulse and so we learn to walk in the Spirit. If our mind is continually on the things of the flesh we will follow those impulses, but if on the Spirit, then we will follow the Spirit.
All the energy, wisdom, blessing we can get, comes from the Spirit. If we live in Him we will access all these . Apart from the Spirit we are fatigued, short on wisdom and working hard without favor and blessing on our efforts.
To live in the Spirit is to walk in the Spirit. This is to walk at the same pace, not faster, nor slower; walk in the same direction; this is making decisions in harmony with the Spirit, which are only discovered by the heart that is surrendered, believing and obedient.
Moving in the Spirit – by Phil Pringle
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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.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Condemnation is the greatest enemy to walking in the Spirit.
God will not condemn sin in us after condemning it in his Son. How will He impute sin to us a second time after imputing it all to Jesus? It would be God saying Jesus’ sacrifice was insufficient!
The second part of this sentence is not in the original, but even if it was, it is not as though this is the condition for no condemnation. This is a declaration of our position in Christ, that we who are in Christ don’t walk according to the flesh, but the Spirit.
The Spirit of Life can only be found in Jesus Christ and no where else.
Living under condemnation is living under death. The Holy Spirit empowers us to live, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The hard and fast rule, (law) of the Spirit is that we are set free from Moses law, which was about sin and death, not about life!
If Jesus Christ is my Ruler (Lord), so that I belong to Him, given to Him by myself, (who alone has the rights to my life), then He pours His life-giving Spirit into me, which breaks the power of sin, freeing me from death.