I Do the Things I Dont Wanna Do

Are you struggling with sin or in a spiritual battle?
Everytime you mess up, do you find yourself going back to these verses saying, “well im just doing what Paul said,
Im doing the things I know I shouldnt be doing”?

In Romans chapter 7:14 Paul says the trouble is not with the law, it is with me. He says he doesnt really understand himself, I want to do what is right, but I dont do it. He says I know what I am doing is wrong…In vs 18 he says And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. So why does Paul say here he has a sinful nature when back in Romans chapter 6:6 that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ? He also says in 7:5 that we WERE controlled by our old nature. When Paul said, ” I do the things I dont want to do”, he was writting in a ‘historical present voice’. Meaning that he was thinking about when he was under the law. When we are living under the law it is miserable because we cant live by it. Paul said in vs 24 ” oh what a miserable man I am, who will free from this life of sin and death. The answer is Jesus Christ. There is total freedom in Jesus Christ and I am talking about freedom from sin and the spiritual battle. Colossians 3 says that we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Guess what? there is no sin there and there is no spiritual battle there. We are seated high above the dark principalities and powers of the world. The bible says to think on the things that are above, the good things, things of a good report and the God of peace will be with us! How can you be in a spiritual battle and be in peace with God?

Now, the key to understanding this is to go back to the very beginning of the chapter. Paul says Brothers and sisters -you who are familiar with the law – Back then and believers today tend to slide back under the law causing us to become slaves to sin again. Read Galatians 3. Christians were sliding back into the law. We need to keep I mind that our sinful nature has been crucified and that we are not under the law anymore. We are under Grace now. The law was given to point out sin and grace was given to point out that Jesus took your sin. God is no longer dealing with sin. We are no longer slaves to sin , but slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:16

Living by the law empowers sin to have control over you. Living under grace empowers you to have self – control over sin and the spiritual battle.

Dont fall back under the law!

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Today I am Struggling with Worship Music

Written 7/12/2012

Today I am struggling with worship music. Last Sunday I was thinking about the invitation song. Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts… I mean don’t we already have clean hands and hearts. As I listen to more worship music, Oh the blood of Jesus WASHES me. Shouldn’t it be washed me?? Or What can make us whole AGAIN..Nothing but the blood of Jesus…Unless these songs are for the unbeliever, Great..But if they are for the Christian, whoa, how many times do I need to be born again… how many times do I need to ask Christ into my heart… He died for me once. My sinful self and lustful desires were crucified on the cross. I mean yeah I mess up. Some days I have a bad day. But am I a constant sinner?.. No way I don’t think so. I definitely don’t wanna be the one who willfully sins after receiving the knowledge of the truth and there  no more remains a sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:26) 

I choose to be the Christian in Ephesians 4:24 – be that new person who was made to be like God. Or the Christian in 1 John 3:5-10

And you know that He was manifest to take away my sins. Whoever sins has neither seen Him or known HIM. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. The purpose of Jesus manifest was to destroy the works of the devil. Whoever is born of God does not sin: for His seed remains in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God! 

Besides, I am not under the law anymore. Galatians Chapter 3 says that the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But after the faith came, we are no longer under the schoolmaster. Jesus said in Matthew 9:17 to not put new wine into old wine skins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. Meaning, don’t mix the old law with the new law. I am under grace by faith in Christ. Hebrews chapter 10 says that my heart has been set free from a sin conscience and I can enter boldly where Jesus is seated at the right hand of God with full assurance. I can enter now in a new living way not when I die! Thank you Jesus!

What About Job?

For Job said, “ It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly. Job 1:5 

Who took away all that Job had? The devil

And the Lord said to satan, “ Look all that Job has is in your power.” Job 1:12

Somewhere down the line Job had given power to the devil!

For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me and what I dreaded has happened to me. Job 3:25

Did God allow it? No. I believe Job allowed fear causing satan to have power

What did Job fear? Maybe everything that he had would be taken from him

What happens when we Greatly fear something? Do we lose faith?

What happens when we blame God? 

Did Job blame God?

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Job 1:21 

God does not give a spirit of fear. He gives a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. 2Tim 1:7 

I believe that fear is the opposite of faith. I believe that Job was afraid that he was gonna lose what God had given him. Then Job started to lose his faith and this gave power to satan. Then Job started blaming God as some of us do when bad things happen. i believe that God doesn’t allow bad things to happen. Only good things come from God.

Don’t be deceived believers, every good gift and perfect gift comes from above. James 1:16-17…I believe that once Job got his theology right, God gave him back more than he had in the beginning!

Job 42:1-6

Job answered the Lord saying,

“I know you can do everything. You make plans, and nothing can change or stop them.
 You asked, ‘Who is this ignorant person saying these foolish things?’

    I talked about things I did not understand.
    I talked about things too amazing for me to know.

 “You said to me, ‘Listen, and I will speak.
    I will ask you questions, and you will answer me.’
 In the past I heard about you,
    but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
 And I am ashamed of myself.    I am so sorry.
As I sit in the dust and ashes   I promise to change my heart and my life.”

The Safest Place To Be

Is the enemy at Jesus’ footstool?
Is the enemy at our footstool?
 
Ephesians 1:20-23  – which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated at His right hand in the heavenly, far above principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all under His feet, and gave Him head over all to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. 

Jesus is Lord and all principalities and powers, which is the enemy, is His footstool right now. Jesus is at the right hand now way up in heaven and He has given the church, His body, all power and dominion over the enemy! His body, us, the church, is seated with Christ far above the powers of the ruler of this world. He has raised us up together with Him and made us sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Therefore, our enemy is at our feet. The safest place to be for a believer in Christ is at the Throne of Grace seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. We are seated with Him NOW and the devil CANNOT touch us. We need to believe we are there and abide there because the bible says we are. Ephesians 2:7

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Col. 3:1 NASB

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Col 3:1 NLT

The safest place to be is knowing that you are seated with Christ in heaven far above the dark powers of this world!

Ambassadors for Christ

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ. 2 Cor. 5:20 The Greek word for ambassador is presbueo which means to act as a representative.

Ambassador – a diplomat of the HIGHEST RANK; accredited as a representative from one country to another

Represent – take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to Representation – the act of representing; standing in for someone and speaking with authority

We are created in the IMAGE of God. Created in HIS IMAGE Image – a visual REPRESENTATION of a person

Jesus came as a MAN (just like us) on this earth doing signs and wonders and miracles. Even though He is 100% God. He was a HUMAN (just like us) in a right relationship with God doing all these miracles

And I believe that is how we are supposed to act here on this earth!

Here is why:

Adam and Eve had the authority on earth until they sinned. This gave satan the authority, which is why Jesus came. Luke 19:10 says that Jesus came to “seek and save that which was lost”. We became slaves to satan. Paul says that we are a slave to what you obey. Romans 6:16… We had the authority and gave it to satan by sin. This is why satan told Jesus in the 40day fast temptation “all this authority I will give You” if You will just bow down and worship me. Read Luke 4:6-7 Satan told Jesus that he would give Him all the power that has been delivered to him. All that power and authority was delivered to satan by Adam and Eve’s sin. Jesus came and gave us this power back. The Father wanted satan defeated by a man and that is what happened. All authority was given back to Jesus and He has given that back to us when we accept Him as our savior. And NOW we are ambassadors FOR Christ. This is my opinion of what Jesus is telling Christians in Matthew 28:18. I got the power back and now I give it to you. YOU use this power and reclaim mankind!

Even though we have been given back this authority, it is important to remember that satan can still get empowered by us obeying him. But it doesn’t change the fact that NOW we are ambassadors FOR Christ on this earth! We are supposed to be an exact visual physical IMAGE of God here on this earth.I am fully convinced that, WE WHILE ON EARTH, can receive EVERTHING heaven has to offer EXCEPT the glorified body. Luke 12:32 says the Father is pleased to give us the KINGDOM!

The Realm of Grace

I am blessed in this realm of grace having full access to the tree of life that Adam and Eve were unable to partake of because of their disobedience. That cherubim with the flaming sword surrounds me and the tree of life and keeps the enemy away. Thank you Jesus for Your blood which gives me back my freedom and to eat of this wonderful tree of life. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Thank You Jesus!

Adam and Eve, because of their sin, gave up their access to the tree of life. Because of their disobedience, first came sickness, then came disease, then came death. Sickness, disease and death are the consequence of sin or you could say sickness, disease, and death is a curse of the law. Jesus Christ came to give us access to the tree of life. He has freed us from the consequences of sin or the curse of the law. (Gal. 3:13). Jesus has freed us from sickness, disease, and death.Cancer is a consequence of sin or you could say cancer is a curse of the law. Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Jesus has redeemed us from cancer!
Jesus took cancer and placed it upon His body on the cross. Matthew 8:17 He bore our sicknesses!