It has been impressed upon my heart very recently to post something that I believe God wants to bring home to His people...which is, how important it is that we desire to learn what it means to live and walk in the light, vs what it is to walk in darkness..
I would HIGHLY encourage you to do a bible study on what I am about to talk about...as the scriptures that back up this topic are MANY.
Grace has a lot of wiggle room, vs the old law which hardly had any...
What God says about this is - where we used to work for our salvation by having to mind our actions so closely due to the strict demands of the law...grace has now given us the total freedom to do the complete opposite.
The law meant having to mind our P's and Q's so closely that our eyes had to stay on our own behavior most all of the time.
However now that we have been set free...similar to a person being freed from prison...we may just want to take advantage of the freedom and let 'er rip! But God says that we have been freed for a reason. To serve one another. To be truly concerned what is going on in other's lives...when we used to only be concerned what was going on in our own lives. Therefore our focus does an about-face.
If you look honestly through scripture, you will see that God's character and ways are not just a little bit different from ours....or mostly different...or usually different...no, His ways are always 100% different than our carnal nature. His ways are NOT our ways. His thoughts are NOT our thoughts.
Now, when we are acting-out...being absolutely monstrous...does He veer into acting carnally even just a wee bit? I think, well if we are acting this way then He has every right to 'flesh-out'!!! Yes? Well, maybe a right...but He will not stoop to acting like us just because we are acting like us!
God even showed this in Christ. Even though He was God and could show His power against sinful man as He did in the OT, He decided not to present Himself as God, but to humble Himself and come as a man.
He decided to come not only to die for us, but also to show us how to live for Him.
Christ showed and taught that God's ways are opposite of the carnal man's ways. We are not to keep our eyes on what people are doing to us and then react to them in kind. No. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus! We are not to stoop to the ways of the carnal nature, and then miss the wonderful grace of God.
God makes it plain to us that we cannot dabble in the ways of the carnal nature....no matter what we are feeling. Light is opposite from darkness...and there is no in between. No matter what anyone is doing...anyone! Or what is going on around us...it does not give us permission to take up even ONE of the carnal nature's attributes as a way to respond to what is going on. Even when we are angry, we are not given the permission to sin in the process.
If we say we have the Holy Spirit inside us. If we say we are lead by the Spirit...then we slander, get involved in factions and conflict...then we had better realize that there is NO darkness at all in the Holy Spirit and then turn from this and get things right with God. He wants to bless us abundantly and answer our prayers, however, if we are stubbornly participating in darkness, He can never-ever be a part of it.
Gal. 5: "16Let me explain
further. Live your life as your spiritual nature directs you. Then you will
never follow through on what your corrupt nature wants. 17What your corrupt
nature wants is contrary to what your spiritual nature wants, and what your
spiritual nature wants is contrary to what your corrupt nature wants. They are
opposed to each other. As a result, you don't always do what you intend to do.
18If your spiritual
nature is your guide, you are not subject to Moses' laws.
19Now, the effects
of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, 20idolatry, drug
use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict,
factions, 21envy, drunkenness,
wild partying, and similar things. I've told you in the past and I'm telling you
again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of
22But the spiritual
nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
self-control. There are no laws against things like that. 24Those who belong
to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and
25If we live by our
spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature. 26We can't allow
ourselves to act arrogantly and to provoke or envy each other."
Darkness will never affect darkness for the good. Satan cannot drive out Satan. The dark strong holds of the enemy can only be bound up and driven out by the light. The more we dabble in the things of the carnal nature, then the weaker, and more ineffectual we become. God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all..
We have to get to the point of loving...absolutely loving...God's commands.
We have to get to the point of believing...strongly believing...God's promises.
Then when we finally believe God's words above all other voices...is when we will begin seeing victory in and around us.
Did you notice the quote above...in the three different designs? It's in my heart to help all of us remember this quote as we pray. > To ask God to implant: a strong love for His new commandent, and a growing faith in His promises in our hearts. Therefore, if you would like a print of the quote, please click on them to enlarge, then choose which one you want, and write me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Then I will send you an attachment that you can have a print made from. From left to right #1 - #2 - #3 Bless you!!