Adapted from Break Free
I apologize for my delay in posting. I have been sick and recovering. But I am feeling much better now. So, I give you…
Understanding Your Supernatural Triune Nature
We come into alignment and begin walking in the Spirit through repentance. Repentance is changing your mind about the direction you are going. It is turning from sin and turning to God. It is death to yourself and your selfish desires to follow the Spirit’s desire.
2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV
10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Repentance is not simply feeling sorry for the consequences of your decisions.
Psalm 51:4 ESV
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Repentance is acknowledging your sin before God
1 Corinthians 15:31 ESV
31I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
The scripture above teaches us that repentance is the consistent act of turning from your way to God’s way. Because of that you die “every day.”
Galatians 5:16-21 ESV
16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
According to Galatians 5:16-21 walking in the Spirit will keep us from committing the works of the flesh.
Look at Galatians 5:22-23. When you walk by the Spirit you will produce the fruit of the Spirit.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
John 15:4-5 ESV
4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine;
you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
In these verses we learn:
Jesus is the vine and; you are the branch.
Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit apart from the vine, you are unable to produce true spiritual fruit apart from Him
Does a branch ever outgrow its need for the vine? In the same way, you never outgrow your need for Jesus.
Read Philippians 4:13 ESV we learn:
I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who STRENGTHENS me
We are unable to accomplish total freedom and to walk in the Spirit in our own strength, but Christ can enable us. Listen to what tube bible teaches us in the following verses about discovering God’s strength in our weakness.
Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV
28Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.30Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;31but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV
7So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9But he said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul found when his own ability was weak, Christ made Him _____.
Living beyond our ability is possible through placing our faith in what Christ has done and will do in and through us. Read the following Scriptures on faith and what they essay about resting in what Christ has done and said.
Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder 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.
Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith.
Our faith originates in Him.
Acts 3:16 ESV
16And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
The faith we have comes through Jesus.
Our faith is not based on our ability to produce faith, but in His faithfulness.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
Living from the life of Christ is accomplished by faith in the Son of God. Our faith is in the character and nature of Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:17 ESV
17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Our faith is in what God has spoken to us.
Based on God’s character and nature, we can rest in what God has said independent of our current circumstances or feelings. Faith responds to what God has said, based on who God is.
Regardless of what you are feeling or what your current circumstances indicate, we need to /believe what God has said about Himself. Read the following Scriptures and trust God’s Word.
Psalm 23:1 ESV
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 27:1 ESV
1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Who is the Lord to you and how should you respond?
Psalm 28:7 ESV
Who is the Lord to you and how should you respond?
Regardless of what you are feeling or what your current circumstances indicate, you need to believe what God has said about His work in you. Read the following Scriptures and trust God’s Word.
Philippians 4:13 ESV
What does this verse say about your ability to accomplish what God has called you to be and do?
1 John 4:4 ESV
When it feels like the word has you defeated, what does God say about you because of your relationship with Him?
We experience God’s ability at work in us-and total freedom in Christ-when we live a life surrendered to God, with Christ at the center of our life, living in the truth and walking in close relationship with Him. Our soul is the hinging point and the battlefield where we learn to walk in the Spirit.
Your Commitment to trust God’s Word. I will admit my weakness and trust Christ to be my strength to live out the Scripture.