Friday, May 11, 2018

"The Flesh Versus the Spirit"

“The Flesh Versus the Spirit”


Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.   At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit.  It is the same now.   Galatians 4:28-29


The Children of Promise are those who have been REDEEMED by the BLOOD of Christ Jesus and ADOPTED into God’s Holy Family.  They are the ones who are born by the power of the Spirit, like Isaac, they are the Children of Promise. 


Those who are living by the FLESH are likened to Ishmael.  Ishmael was NOT the child of promise, he was NOT the one God promised to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac was.  But Abraham and Sarah sinned against God, by moving ahead of Him and taking matters into their own hands.  And by doing that they set the TENSIONS between Ishmael and Isaac into motion, and from the days of Abraham and Sarah, the descendants of Ishmael, which are the Arabs, and the descendants of Isaac, the Jews, STILL live with TENSIONS and WARRING among themselves. 


Ephesians 6:12, tells us:  Our struggle is not against FLESH and BLOOD, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Two brothers, Ishmael, born NOT of the PROMISE from God, but by the SINFUL plans of SARAH and ABRAHAM.  Ishmael, born to Hagar, the maidservant of Sarah, and Abraham.  Ishmael, born according to the FLESH.  Isaac, born of the PROMISE, from God, the son of ABRAHAM and SARAH and born by the power of the SPIRIT of God, to this VERY DAY  are STILL FIGHTING with each other, and ALL because of ABRAHAM and SARAH’S sin.  The sin of NOT TRUSTING the PERFECT WILL of the LIVING GOD in their life.  They tried to USURP the will of God, and look what SIN has done to the relationship between the ARABS and the JEWS. 


When we move on our OWN without the LEADERSHIP of God’s HOLY SPIRIT, we are vulnerable to the POWERS of this DARK WORLD and the SPIRITUAL FORCES of EVIL, and we MUST PAY the CONSEQUENCES for our OWN SINFUL  DOINGS.  Just like ABRAHAM and SARAH, with two sons who were and STILL are at each other’s throats.  Are you going down the SAME road as ABRAHAM and SARAH, by NOT TRUSTING GOD’S leadership in YOUR LIFE?


If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are LIVING by the FLESH and NOT by the Spirit.  You are destined for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, that is NOT God’s plan for YOU.  He is offering you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be ADOPTED into His Family, by the POWER of His Holy Spirit, and TRUST His WILL and LEADERSHIP in your life.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON   




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