For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:13-14). That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Mortify means to put to death; to make a corpse of; to make dead. When we have become regenerated, or re-created, when we have been born again of the water and of the spirit, there should be a daily deadening of the old man which is the fleshly nature. The Scripture that tells us to mortify our members which are upon the earth is instructing us, to not use our bodies “as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.” In us dwelleth a body of sin and that indwelling sin, if not mortified will lead to spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. We once sought to, and desired to please the flesh. The Bible tells us in II Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Sometimes that means separating ourselves from our old friends and no longer dwelling in sin laden environments. There must now be a difference between clean and unclean, between holy and unholy, because we now walk no more after the flesh but after the spirit. Colossians 3:8 says, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” We must now strive to please the spiritual man, our souls. Now that we have begun our Christian journeys, our desires should change. We must put off the deeds, or the “habits of acting” of the old man, the unregenerate man. We must utterly denounce those things that please the flesh if they are contrary to the Word of God. Now feeding and building up the spiritual man should be our focus. How does one build up the spiritual man? We build up the spiritual man by reading and meditating on the Word of God, and hiding the Word in our hearts that we might not sin against the Lord; by developing a prayer life which consists of talking to and listening to the Lord; by repenting and laying aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us; by taking heed unto God’s Word!
Holiness is right! The Word of God tells us to be holy, for holiness without which no man shall see the Lord! I Peter 1:15 says, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Holiness is not a religion, it is a way of life! We must purpose in our hearts to please the Lord! There is a peace that surpasses all understanding when living this kind of life! There is joy unspeakable, and full of glory! Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Not only is there joy in serving the Lord now but an old song says, “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory!” I praise God, for the efficacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Romans 1:16-17 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For there in is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” Let us strive to be filled with the Holy Ghost, that we might share our testimonies of salvation boldly. God gives us the power to walk in newness of life, when we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit! Let us strive to be spiritually minded, and not carnally minded. Let us strive to show forth the joy that comes with serving the Lord, that others might want to taste and see, that the Lord He is good!
Philippians 4:4-8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, and it is vitally important, that we leave no place for the devil. So, it behooves us to keep our minds steadfast and centered on the Lord. Keep a song of praise in your heart. Purpose in your heart, to make heaven your eternal home. If you have a question or comment, feel free to share your thoughts! God bless!
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