The Word “Works”

The Word “Works”

DSC00201CThe Power of Romans 15:5

My husband and I just returned from a marvelous vacation in Mexico.  We have arrived at the stage of life where we’re traveling and experiencing new adventures, seeing new places, meeting wonderful people, witnessing other cultures and just plain enjoying life and each other.

Ahhh, wedded bliss.  But don’t be fooled.  It hasn’t always been like this.

Two people don’t make it through 35 years of marriage without some bumps in the road.  In our case they were more than bumps…they were more like craters, sinkholes…black holes, threatening to swallow up everything in their midst.

It was rocky from the start. Continue reading

True Worship

True Worship

 

FiveMinuteFriday

Romans 12:1 ~ Our service of worship. How to present your body a sacrifice.

Today, is my very first link up. I’m joining Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday.

.Here we go….

Worship

Maybe worship isn’t what we’ve thought.

Maybe it’s more than singing and lifting our hands.

Maybe, like the Isrealites of old, we’ve settled for a shallow counterfeit of the real thing.  

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

God’s chosen people began to settle for performing the outward rituals of worship that God required…and they thought it was enough.  They were “going through the motions”.  Are we?Continue reading

Easy….Really?

Easy….Really?

Romans 12 ~  More Evidence for the Keys to Transformation    ….My Story continues

Although I’d seen an abundance of evidence to establish the truth of what I’d discovered concerning my fruit following my focus, I began to wonder (to the point of concern) if it could possibly be this simple.  If the relief I felt was any indication of the truth of the revelation, then I had to be on the right track because the absence of condemnation and guilt, the lack of frustration and agitation, the lifted burden…well, it was truly remarkable.  Maybe I was just so familiar with being weighted down that even in the face of apparent freedom, I couldn’t help but think that maybe I was wrong.Continue reading

What does ‘Walking in the Spirit’ mean?

What does ‘Walking in the Spirit’ mean?

Romans 8 ~ Finally Discovering How to Walk in the Spirit     

Having now realized the truth about walking according to the flesh (Remember To Forget), I now began to consider the other aspect of Romans 8:4-5….walking according to the spirit.  If I had been confused over the exact meaning of the one, I was really in the dark over the other.  Exactly what does walking in the spirit mean?  It seemed so elusive, so vague.  God had been faithful to bring me this far, so maybe I was about to get some understanding.Continue reading

Remember to Forget

Remember to Forget

Romans 8 ~ The Truth We’ve Missed That’s Prevented Transformation      

continued from Monday

As I continued my search for the key to walking according to the spirit and not according to the flesh, I came upon what appeared to be the answer.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  Romans 8:5 

This scripture characterizes us as ‘according to the flesh’ or ‘according to the spirit’ based simply on what our mind is set on.  This discovery brought greater understanding to what had been a somewhat confusing concept.  It also gave me new hope.

I found this clarification comforting because I felt I could control my thoughts much easier than I had been able to control my conduct.  Seemingly, the nature of my actions was simply a reflection of the nature of my thoughts.  This being the case, I embarked on a thorough investigation into the nature of those thoughts.  My inability to produce good fruit seemed to force the conclusion that my mind was, indeed, set on the flesh.  Nevertheless, initially I thought there must be more to it since I could honestly say that my mind was not set on fleshly things.  Or so I thought.Continue reading

What’s On Your Mind?

What’s On Your Mind?

Romans 8 ~  Misunderstanding Romans 8:5 …we’ve had lots of help   

Seeing my identity as a new creature in Christ, recreated in righteousness, had brought great peace and security.  My old man was dead and gone, but he had left behind this body of flesh that still had to be dealt with. (Why Do I Still Sin?)  God had done His part in securing my position as “in the spirit” and not “in the flesh”  (Are You In the Flesh?), however, verse 4 of Romans had shown me there was still a part for me to play in walking according to the spirit and not according to the flesh.  It was not enough for me to receive my new identity while continuing to retain my old actions.Continue reading

Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth

Romans 8 ~ Wrestling With That Pesky Clause in verses 1 and 4

As I shared in Wednesday’s post, “in reading Romans 8 where it seemed Paul had found his answer…nothing was making any practical sense to me.”  Now, armed with new revelation, I began to read the chapter yet again…continuing to search for the secret to victory over the ‘body’ that Paul had proclaimed at the end of Romans 7.  Romans 8 begins…

 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…

As a result of realizing that I could now answer “no” to the question “Are You In The Flesh?“, I was beginning to feel the freedom from condemnation spoken of here.  Finally, I was getting somewhere.  Maybe I had found Paul’s secret to victory after all.  Or maybe not…Continue reading

Are You In the Flesh?

Are You In the Flesh?

Romans 8 ~ Are You In the Flesh or In the Spirit?  The simple test to find out.

In Why Do I Still Sin  it was established that although the old man with its sin nature has died, he nevertheless left behind a body.  Paul identified this unredeemed flesh as the source of his sin and inability to live righteously.  Nevertheless, having located the source of the problem still didn’t supply me with the answer.  Was this to be my sad state until the trumpet sounded and I got rid of this body of flesh?

Still seeking for the solution, I began to search Romans 8 where it seemed Paul had found his answer.  Nothing was making any practical sense to me though…until I got to verse 8, which made perfect sense and explained everything. Continue reading

Why Do I Still Sin?

Why Do I Still Sin?

Romans 7 ~ Two Words That Narrow Down the Sin Problem

Having said that once born again we are made righteous and no longer have a sin nature, one could raise the question, “Then why do we still sin?”  This was the question I was asking.  As discussed in A Question Remains, a righteousness that was only “positional” and not practical would still leave me unable to fulfill those admonitions to be holy and walk as He walked.  Would God require things impossible to realize?  Perhaps God was just looking at me through rose-colored glasses.  Was He just overlooking my sin?  From what I had seen He had cleansed, not just covered.  Additionally, I had heard the apostle Paul allude to deliverance at the end of the desperation he recounted in Romans 7, so I returned there for more answers.Continue reading

The Other Half of the Story

The Other Half of the Story

Romans 5 ~ The Curse Reversed

The hopeless plight of fallen man, born with an unchangeable sin nature appeared to leave all of us in a perpetual state of doing our best and getting forgiveness for the rest.  The endless failure, frustration, and guilt of this condition was what I had lived with and I’d heard echoed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 7.

Yes, Adam’s sin had brought about man’s greatest loss, changing our image and likeness from being like God to one of sin, iniquity, and shame.  Adam’s disobedience had changed everything, sentencing mankind to forever be born sinners.

…through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners…

Sin was not just something we did…it was who we were.  It was our nature, our very identity.  We were born this way.  However…. that was not the end of the story.Continue reading