Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Holy of Holies (Hebrews 9:3). The Holy Spirit lives through us in the perfection of Christ and according to the will of our Father God (Colossian 2:9). We are no longer sinners chained to the flesh, but Saints created in God’s image for His glory.
Christ is our righteousness, deliverance, redemption, sanctification and so much more (1 Corinthians 1:31). He challenges us to hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6). He gives us His power and desire to work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12-13).
If our flesh is tempted to sin, we simply remember that it is dead and hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; Romans 7:25). When we view any temptation through the eyes of the Spirit living within us, the sin loses its appeal for us (1 Corinthians 10:13).
As we mature spiritually, and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:15-25), we realize that we would much rather live righteously through Christ than unrighteously through our old, dead flesh. We are a new creation freed from the power of sin through the divinity of Christ who dwells in us.
In the same way, if we attempt a ministry for the glory of God, and the Spirit did not lead us to serve in that area, we will never find His anointing in it. We will spin our wheels, tire our body, and stress our soul instead.
When Jesus lived on the earth, He suffered trials in every area, and had just as many temptations as we do. Yet, in each instance, He drew from the strength of His divinity; and in the end, He conquered sin, death and hell for us all (Revelations 1:18).
Every Born Again Believer lives in divine union with this same Christ. Even though we still live in a body of flesh, we now live by the faith of the Son of God, who cares for us and sacrificed Himself for us (Galatians 2:20). We are no longer slaves to sin, but instruments of righteousness for the glory of God.
Father God, our finite mind has such trouble understanding what we cannot see. Yet, faith is all about the spiritual concepts explained in Your Word, which we cannot see. Help us to walk in Your truth by the faith of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who dwells within us by Your Spirit (Galatians 2:20), so that we no longer think that we have to sin; and instead, we may bear fruit for You (Romans 7:4).
We limit Your use of us on this earth by our watered-down concept that we are still sinners and will always be sinners weighted down by our sinful, fleshly nature. Remind us that this old nature is already dead in Christ, that we are new creations by Your Spirit, and that we are now spiritual beings and slaves to righteousness.
Thought for the Day:
Once we make Christ our whole life, we are no longer sinners hindered by sin and our flesh, because the power of the spiritual law of life through the Holy Spirit has set us free from the power of the fleshly law which once held us in bondage to sin and death; Satan is no longer our “father”, because we no longer obey his temptation of our flesh, but we walk in the Spirit instead.
– Colossians 3:3-5; Romans 6:14, 6:18, 6:22, 8:2; John 8:36; Galatians 5:15-25