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1 Peter 2:5
…you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
One of the primary goals for the believer is to become spiritual (dominated by our spirit man, the real you), not carnal (dominated by our flesh). You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. Man has learned how to develop his body and his soul, but has done very little to develop the spirit man within.
For example athletes have worked hard to develop their bodies to win athletic competitions. Many have also learned to develop the mind through education, but few have developed the most important part of man, their spirit. When your spirit is dominating instead of your flesh you are not ruled by your feelings. You can also be easily led by God in knowing and walking out His will, for He leads us through our spirit man within. To develop your spirit man you need to:
1.Become spirit conscious.
2.Give the Word first place.
3.Meditate on the Word of God.
4.Practice the Word.
5.Obey your conscience (the voice of your spirit).
6.Pray in the Spirit.
7.Walk in love.
Do these things and you will grow spiritually. As you do the old fleshly nature will no longer rule you and you will be led by your spirit man, the real you on the inside.
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As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
It is wonderful to know we have God as a shield in this life we live, protecting us from the evil and the works of darkness in this world. How do we get this protection? We must put our complete trust in Him. What does it mean to completely trust in our God? He tells us in the first part of the verse.
As for God, His way is perfect for the Word of the Lord is proven. Think about that for a minute. God’s ways are perfect. That word perfect means complete, lacking nothing. Man’s ways are not perfect. If we choose to do life our own way, we are headed down an imperfect path, and this will give satan opportunity to take advantage of our life. How do we find out about His perfect ways? From His Word.
In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus said if you come to Him and hear His sayings and don’t do them you are building on sand. When storms come you will go down. But if you do what He says, when storms come not only will you stand, you won’t be shaken. So many believers say they trust in God, but still do their own thing. God’s ways are perfect. When we choose to stop living life our own way and do what Jesus said, we are trusting in Him, and He will shield us from the storms.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Every person at different times in their life will deal with fear. If we do not deal with fear when it come we will give place for the enemy to work in our life. Job experienced this in his life as he declared the thing he greatly feared had come upon him. Whenever fear comes you need to address it immediately so that you don’t allow darkness to take advantage of your life. What are some things you can do to overcome fear.
The verse above tells us that perfect love casts out fear. God is that perfect love. If you take time to draw near to God, become aware of Him through worship, prayer, or His Word, being in the presence of Love Himself will cause that fear to go. In 2 Timothy 1:7 we are told God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. In the verse before this we are told to stir up the gift of God (the Holy Spirit) within us. You can do so by praying in the Holy Spirit. When you do your spirit man is praying, and as your spirit man prays fear leaves, for there is no fear in your born again spirit.
In Ephesians 6:16 we are told to take up faith, which will quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. It is through these fiery darts (thoughts) fear can come. Go to God’s Word that addresses any area you may be dealing with fear and meditate on those verses. Faith will rise and you can quench every fiery dart. In Isaiah 26:3 we are told God will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Him. Don’t focus you time on negative things. Get your focus on God and He can bring you peace, removing all fear. You don’t have to live in fear as a child of God.
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…
Because of what Jesus did in restoring our relationship with God we now have a living hope, for our hope is in Him. Hope means a confident expectation of good to come. As a believer we should be living in hope every day. We can do so by first looking to hope past. The children of Israel had a promise given to them by God of good to come. A Messiah would come and deliver them from their sin. That expectation of good came to pass just as God had said.
We can now live in hope present, looking at all that scripture teaches us that Christ has fulfilled for us and therefore we can expect good to come to pass in our life based on all that He has done. Learning of the promises of God we have available in Christ by faith, we can expect those promises to be fulfilled in our lives now.
We can also live in hope to come, as we know Jesus will return for His church, and we will ever be with the Lord. All who are born again are no longer without hope, for God is their hope. Don’t live a hopeless life. The Messiah has come, and every promise He has given us for this life we can walk in by faith, knowing we will also see Him come again. We have a living hope in Jesus Christ our Lord.
…being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
All who are born again have been filled with the fruits of righteousness known as the fruit of the spirit revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23. They are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To bring that fruit to maturity we are told if we will walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh, and we will see these fruits manifest.
Once you are born again, your spirit being made new has all these fruits within it. That is why when we choose to live ruled by our spirit man, these fruits will be the result. One of the keys to walking in the spirit is to become one with the Word of God. Jesus said His Word is Spirit. To become one with the Word we take time to read and meditate on scripture, especially the New Testament. As we begin to walk in the light of God’s Truth, we begin to become dominated by our spirit man.
A second key to walking in the fruit of your new spirit man is to take the time to listen to the voice of your spirit known as your conscience. Before you speak or act, if we will take the time to listen to this inward voice we will either have a check about doing what is not right, or a peace about doing what is right. This will lead us to obey our spirit man, and the result will be the fruit of the spirit. Walking in the fruits of righteousness will be the result of living a spirit lead life, dominated by our spirit and not our flesh.
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,…
We are not adopted into the family of God we are born again by His Spirit into God’s family. The term “adoption as sons” refers to us being placed in a position to which we did not originally belong. Once we are born again, we are placed in the position of a son, no longer a slave to the world. The children of Israel once taken captive in Egypt were slaves to Pharaoh and lived their lives under his control, but God sent Moses and delivered them.
Moses was a type of Jesus, and Egypt a type of the world. Like the children of Israel we have been delivered through Jesus Christ from Egypt (the world), no longer slaves to the world and it’s ways. But the first generation of Israel did not enter the promise land and the new way of living God had for them, except for Joshua and Caleb. The problem was God had gotten them out of Egypt, but He could not get Egypt out of them. Their thinking had not changed and they did not see themselves as sons and daughters of God. This hindered their faith in God and His ability to work in their lives.
Scripture tells us they limited God. Why? Because they did not renew their minds to the fact they had been delivered, no longer slaves but sons and daughters of the Most High God. So it is with many born again today. They have been taken out of Egypt, but if they do not renew their minds to who they have become in Christ, they have not gotten Egypt out of them. As Galatians 4:7 declares, “Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Renew your mind to who you now are, sons and daughters of God, and walk in the inheritance that is yours.
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…even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
We were justified (given right standing with God) not by works, but through faith in Christ. Justified means God declares you righteous or right with Him. God sees you just as if you had never sinned, for you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. As Romans 5:1 tells us, we having been justified by faith now have peace with God.
The wrath that God has toward man because of sin is taken away in Christ Jesus, for all who have received Him and continue to walk with Him, they will escape the wrath to come. The devil will try to get us to pull away from God because of our past sin. Don’t fall for this lie. Because we have peace with God we can draw near to Him. We now choose to do what is right in God’s sight because of what He has done for us.
As a believer if you do sin don’t run from God, repent, acknowledge the sin, turn from it and run to Him. You have been given peace with God because of justification. Peace means harmony between God and man. God is for us, so don’t fall for the lie that God must be against you. Because of justification through Christ Jesus we now have peace with God, and He is for us because we are one spirit with the Lord.