happy monday everyone 🙂
we had a pretty good sermon yesterday. it was about not worrying and being content with what we have. GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF US!!! one of my absolute favorite verses….but somehow i never listen to it!! Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. HOW TRUE IS THAT?! today has enough trouble of its own without worrying about tomorrow or the next day or the next!
sometimes i get so caught up in what i don’t have – a child, my own house, a car that works, a good tv, stereo, job, lots of money….i could go on and on….i don’t look at what i do have – God’s grace and salvation, a wonderful husband, a loving family, a place to stay, a precious puppy….again, i could go on and on. why is it that we in america, who have so much, want MORE? what is it in us that makes us so incredibly selfish? i believe it’s just human nature taking over again. but that brings me to the happy housewife book by Elizabeth Baker again. which, by the way, i found at amazon for a VERY good price, since it’s a small paperback! … last night i was reading more into it and came across something i’ve been struggling with, ever since my pastor brought it up at Bible study two weeks ago. it’s the idea of the human nature. according to paul, the old man is GONE. once we become Christians we are new creations – the OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME. so if this is true – which it must be if it’s in the Bible – most of us are messing up somewhere along the line. my struggle has been this: how am i, who am only human, supposed to live as a true child of God? blameless and honorable in His sight?
this is where the happy housewife came in last night and turned the light on for me!
Not everyone receives the benefit of Jesus’ death for sins because not every man is willing to believe and be saved. Not every Christian receives the benefit of the death of his own old nature at Calvary because not every one will believe. If I had refused tobelieve that Jesus died for my sin, I would never have known freedom from the penalty of sin. If I refuse to believe that my old nature died with Jesus, I will never know freedom from the domination of that nature.
Does someone moan, “My old nature can’t be dead. I fight with it every day”?
Let me ask you a question. What weapons are you susing? Self-effort or faith? Paul says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (merely human), but mighty through the pulling down of stronghilds” (2 Cor. 10:4). God instructs us to do battle with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Eph. 6:17). What could never be accomplished through effort is brought to reality by faith that His Word is true. And His Word says that our old nature has been crucified on Calvary.
After saying our old nature is dead, Paul turns right around and says “Likewise reckon ye also yrselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God” (Rom. 6:6, 11). The dictionary defines reckon as to count, to depend, to rely on. Paul is not contradicting himself. Our old man is dead; we are alive to God; but only as we reckon on those facts do they become effective in our daily lives.
Every time envy or jealousy, lust or fear, hopelessness or anger, or anything else from the old nature pokes into our minds, we need to immediately exercise faith in the written Word of God and say to the old nature, “You have no power over me. You are dead.” This exercise must be repeated daily, hourly, moment by moment, thought by thought.
At the same time, we need to affirm that we are alive to God. Or as we read in Ephesians 4:24, “Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” To walk in the spirit or put on the new man or reckon we are alive unto God or to be filled with the Spirit are all statements that approach the same subject from different angles.
Scripture also says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). What a perfect comparison is used in this Scripture! When a person gets drunk, his body comes underthe control of alcohol. Many people experience a complete personality change when they are ‘under the influence’….A drunk man has voluntarily yielded his actions and thoughts to the control of another power, alcohol. We as Christians are to avoid that sort of intoxication but to voluntarily yield our thoughts and actions to the control of another Power, another Person, the Holy Spirit, who already lives within us. WHenwe say ‘no’ to the old man and count of the fact that he is dead, then voluntarily yield ourselves to the control of the Spirit, we are ‘walking’ in Christ.
This walking is completely different from everything we have known before. It is absolutely contrary to the old nature with which we were born. It will bring total opposition from our enemy, the devil. But it is the road to abundant life and to experiencing the power of God.
ok, stopping again for now. my hands, shew! lol. it just amazes me that this woman who is a little older than me is SO wise. it goes to show you what daily commune with God, in prayer and Bible study can do for one’s spirit. i admit that i don’t spend enough quality time with my Father. 🙁 this is something i need prayer with.
well, i hope this was as eye-opening to you as it has been for me. i will continue to post varying bits of the book when i am struck by them, BUT i advise you to buy the book since it’s so cheap. 🙂
have a wonderful monday! God bless you!