UNMASKING AND SUBDUING THE TRAITOR WITHIN. Part 2
Recorded April 6, 2018 Archived April 6, 2018 33:56 minutes
DescriptionHow to subdue the flesh.
To successfully subdue the flesh and live in dominion, one needs to understand what happened on the cross.
### Christ died on the cross for the sinner to forgive his sin.
### But also, the sinner as well died on the cross with Christ so that he might not be controlled any longer by his flesh. Only this can enable man’s spirit to regain its proper rule, make the body its outward servant and the soul its intermediary. In this way the spirit, the soul, and the body are restored to their original position before the fall.
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. (See Also Gal 2:20, Gal 5:24).
### On the cross, Jesus died to remove our inabilities to restrain corrupt desires, to bear trials and troubles. By so doing, Jesus' death on the cross gave to every born again believer, the ability to say no to any sinful temptation and to live a holy life.
"Jesus Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses." (Matt 8:17)
The Greek word for infirmities means lack of strength and capacity requisite to understand a thing, to do things great and glorious, to restrain corrupt desires, to bear trials and troubles.
The Word informs us that “our old self was crucified with him”.
(Rom 6:6) Nowhere in the Bible are we told to be crucified since this has been done and done perfectly by Christ already. With regard to the question of sin, man is not required to do anything. He need only consider this an accomplished fact.
‘‘Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’’ (Rom 6:11) and he will reap the effectiveness of the death of Jesus in being wholly delivered from the power of sin
‘‘For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.’’ (Rom 6:14).
We are never asked in the Bible to be crucified for sin. But the Bible does exhort us, however, to take up the cross for denying self.
‘‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’’ (Luke. 9:23).
The only solution to conquer the flesh is to kill it! The flesh must die. This is God’s way. The flesh is not to be conquered; it is to die.
The crucifixion of the flesh is not dependent upon experiences, however different they may be; rather is it dependent upon the fact of God’s finished work.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus” the weak as well as the strong “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
You say you still sin, but God says you have been crucified on the cross.
You say your temper persists, but God’s answer is that you have been crucified. You say your lusts remain very potent, but again God replies that your flesh has been crucified on the cross.
```For the moment will you please not look at your experience, but just hearken to what God says to you.```
If you do not listen to His Word and instead look daily upon your situation, you will never enter into the reality of your flesh having been crucified on the cross. Disregard your feelings and experience.
In order to possess such death we must not give too large a place to discovering how or to noticing our experience; we should instead believe God’s Word.
“God says my flesh has been crucified so I believe it is crucified.
I acknowledge that what God says is true.” By responding in this fashion we shall soon encounter the reality of it. If we look at God’s fact first our experience will follow next.
The first step towards deliverance is to treat the flesh according to God’s viewpoint.
In order to practically experience co-crucifixion we first must set aside our current situation and simply trust the Word of God. What does that mean?
Colossians 3:3-5 tells us that : “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you.”
The only reason why I dare put to death what is earthly in me is because of what God did: in Christ, I died.
Our union with Christ in His death signifies that it is an accomplished fact in our spirits. What a believer must do now is to bring this sure death out of his spirit and apply it to his members each time his wicked lusts may be aroused.
Such spiritual death is not a once for all proposition. Whenever the believer is not watchful or loses his faith, the flesh will certainly go on a rampage.
If he desires to be conformed completely to the Lord’s death, he must unceasingly put to nought the deeds of his members so that what is real in the spirit may be executed in the body.
But where does the power to apply the crucifixion of the Lord to our members comes? It is “by the Spirit,” insists Paul, that “you put to death the deeds of the body” (Rom 8:13), To put away these deeds the believer must rely upon the Holy Spirit to translate his cocrucifixion with Christ into personal experience. He must believe that the Holy Spirit will administer the death of the cross on whatever needs to die.
The second step towards deliverance is to look unto Jesus:
Therefore seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such hostility of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Weight : whatever is prominent, protuberance(Something sticking out from a surface; a swelling), bulk, a burden, encumbrance(a burden that must be carried)
LOOKING unto Jesus (APHORAO = to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something).
The reason so many Christians have trouble with sin, is that they never “lay aside the weight” of temptation. They think they can play with fire and not get burned.
A good example of this is the person who is struggling with the sin of lust, yet still thinks he can dabble in pornography without getting into bondage to it. He keeps the pressure (weight) on his flesh. That pressure always results in slavery to sin.
What many don't know is that a bondage doesn't start as a habit. It begins with you totally in control. But as you continue in that sin, ultimately it comes to control you.
So the solution is to throw away the every encumbrance and then run. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
The thing that dominates your attention is going to be the thing that has power in your life. If you spend your day thinking about food, food is going to control you. But if you spend your day focusing on Jesus, His desires are going to dominate the desires of your flesh.
How do you look unto Jesus? One way is to give attention to His Word. Jesus is "the Word made flesh." (John 1:14) When you read and meditate upon God's Word, you are "looking unto Jesus."
This is why it is so vital that you give your attention to Jesus and His Word. Looking unto Jesus focuses your mind on the light of God's Word and keeps you free from deception. Then and only then will you be able to realize God's destiny for your life.
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:2 KJ2000)
Do not let anything non-Christian determine how you should act. Instead, let God change your way of life by making your way of thinking new, in order that you may know what he wants you to do. That is, you will know what is good, and you will know what pleases God, and you will know how to be all that he wants you to be. (Rom 12:2 T4T).
"Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; " is one of the most powerful things you can do in your battle against any circumstance or habit in which you feel trapped. Why? Because it feeds and strengthens your spirit.
Looking unto Jesus is like a farmer who has decided to harvest a different type of crop. So what does he do? He has to plant a different type of seed.
The slaving habit we have found ourselves in is as a result of seeds we've been planting consciously or unconsciously for years, a habit is just a harvest of thoughts and actions.
There is an unchangeable law of the universe, it is the law of *seed time and Harvest. (Genesis 8:22)
As long as the earth remains, planting seeds will result in a harvest. That not only applies to natural plant seeds, but also to spiritual seed as well. Actions plant seeds.
Those seeds always result in a harvest. No person is ever born a homosexual. Actions plant the seeds. You don't emerge from the womb a glutton, alcoholic or lazy. Those lifestyles represent a harvest of seeds planted in the past. Scripture is very clear on this point. (Galatians 6:7,8)
Pastor Oscar Tankeu