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Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Self vs. Spirit

Just as there is a raging war all around us, there’s another war raging between your self vs. spirit. Another look on this may be referred to as soul vs spirit. However, I’ll keep it as self as the scriptures we are going to be breaking down will be referring to the difference between the self and spirit of a man. In this case we’ll take a look at the spirit verses self on display of the apostle Paul.

Supernatural Truth Hidden in Plain Sight

soul-vs-spirit-self-vs-spiritHave you ever noticed that you never needed to be taught how to sin? From as young as you can remember, did you ever need any instruction in that department; doing that which is sinful? Any parents out there find yourself wondering how to teach your kids to sin properly?

If so, you have bigger problems than wondering about the difference between the self vs. spirit issue. Alright just kidding. But it is awfully telling what manner of creature we are from a carnal fleshly point of view by looking at what we need to be broken of, or maybe another way to put it would be to be freed from.

Because of our fallen nature, which came through Adam’s decision making process on whether or not to obey God, the law was eventually established through Moses. You may read the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, to read all about the Laws God established.

The Law in itself was perfect, which meant that nobody could fulfill the law without breaking something in it, as men are never perfect after the law was in place.

Sidebar – My Thought on the Law

My opinion on the Laws, or otherwise called the laws of Moses, is the following:

It was established by God for several reasons, among them would be to give man a guideline how God wants us to live our lives & how to please him (Before Christ specifically) to try to sum it up in one sentence.

apostle-paul-self-vs-spiritMy opinion is, there’s a much larger reason for the establishment of the law, and you don’t hear any mention of it often, which is the following:

As it was impossible for any man except for the Son of God alone to fulfill the law, it was established specifically for Jesus. Perhaps one of the most overlooked prophecies in the entirety of the Bible. The law was established, Jesus the Christ (Messiah) fulfilled it, the law goes away as complete through all that Jesus did, thus closing the book of the law opening up for us a new covenant shared by all who receive Him as the Son of God. To learn more about Salvation, click here.

Breaking from our Sin Nature

After we receive Christ Jesus, we receive a spirit born anew. Now, here is when there is a conflict of interest between our physical nature and our newly birthed spirit, which strives against the flesh to serve God in any way possible. The apostle Paul wrote a very confusing chapter in the book of Romans. It’s the latter half of chapter seven.

In these verses Paul separates the wants and desires between his self vs. spirit. Because it has a tendency to become a tad schizophrenic, I’ve taken liberty to color code the differences between the self and spirit he’s struggling with.

When he is referring to his spirit, I’ve highlighted it as blue. When he’s referring to his carnal self, I’ve highlited it as red.

(Note: This is just my interpretation deciphering between the two, and it is prudent to read it carefully for yourself as I could have messed it up.) 

Book of Romans 7:8-24

But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

In Conclusion

The self serves selfish (sinful) matters, while the spirit serves spiritual. The laws and conditions of this fallen world often collide with the laws discerned by the spirit. Especially once given the Holy Spirit, these things tend to stick out a lot more, as he leads us into all truth.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Where the rubber meets the road is, what to do with this conflict, and what are you following? Are you tending to go by your senses physically or spiritually?

The apostle Paul says later on in Romans chapter 8:

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Apostle James also chimes in on this matter:

4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Remember, with all decisions there are basically these two factors at play. If you want to make the decisions that are right with God, first you need to know what God thinks is right. Get into his word and let the Holy Spirit lead. Pray that he directs you in your situation and opens your eyes to discern what he’s trying to show you. Something that may help with this is this article about Waiting on the Lord.

Choosing God’s way over our own way is most often the more difficult road. But it’s the most rewarding in the end as the Lord knows what’s ahead. We just don’t. However, it does come much easier to be obedient to the Lord by default if we allow ourselves to be lead by the Holy Ghost. He never leads us astray, and constantly works on the heart.

I would venture to say, that a spiritually minded man (Holy Ghost driven, educated, and lead by the Lord), finds himself doing what pleases God, instead of striving not to disobey him. That is one of the reasons that the heart of a man is so important in the eyes of the Lord. So by placing your self into the hands of the Living God through Christ Jesus, your future is certain and you’ll have no greater companion to get you through all of the troubles that this world tries to throw at you.

Bolster and feed your spirit by prayerfully reading the Word of God, always asking the Lord to lead you through it via the Holy Ghost. He’ll lead you into all truth, and provide special insight that only the Author can give!

Isaiah 46:10

self-vs-spirit-self-vs-spiritDeclaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

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30 thoughts on “Self vs. Spirit

  1. Great Post – However – I don’t think the inerrant and infallible Word of God, from the first word in Genesis to the last in Revelations, ever “goes away.” Every word is precious, meaningful, relevant, and timeless – meaning that is not subject to generational changes in culture, values, technology, etc…What Jesus did was provide a path for redemption and salvation through his sacrifice. This is what was missing for humanity and our legacy of sin – before God gave His only begotten Son.

    If we treat the OT as quaint and no longer relevant in these times, the same thing will occur with the NT, when so called new data and evidence and anything really, that intends to minimize, modify, rationalize, explain, and otherwise apostatize the coming of Christ will be so much easier to do. Why? Because a precedent has been set with how Christians treat/treated the OT.

    The war has begun folks. But the war is the Great Apostatsy – or the denying of Christ by and within the Church. In order for that to work and for it to be successful, relativity and life expectancy of portions of the bible must be generally accepted and then entrenched within the flock. That comes with good, but unsuspecting Christians believing that the OT is no longer the infallible and inerrant Word of God. Please do not get ensnared. Satan is exceedingly deceptive. It’s been the slow cooking of naive Christians for a loooong time.

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for the great comment! I understand why you would think that was what I was trying to say, but it wasn’t. I was only pointing out that Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets, making a New Covenant even possible. How can there be a new one unless the old had been fulfilled? I agree with you completely in all honesty! The Word of the Lord will never go away, nor will it fade into the night. I believe that the Lord has personally preserved the Bible in it’s entirety all of these years, and will be around forever. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of the Lord will endure forever!

      Every piece of scripture is important in multiple ways, and not one shred of it should go overlooked. I’m under the belief that the majority of the New Testament can’t be understood without a firm understanding of the Old Testament. The same God of the New Testament is the one who is in the Old. No scripture should be discounted as not mattering in the least.

      Also, I am in complete agreement about war on the Body of Christ. So much I wrote a book about it. Sound knowledge of the Word of God, being lead by the Spirit of Truth, searching the scriptures to determine whether or not what someone is preaching is the truth, being wise as serpents and innocent as doves, taking and putting on God’s Armor, etc., are all ways to keep from being deceived in this world that has been against the Lord and his anointed since the fall.

      Thanks to your comment, I did edit the page a bit to better reflect what I mentioned above. Thank you for your comment and may the Lord bless you in a mighty way in Jesus name!
      Brian

  2. The Bible says that the Law is our tutor and we would not know sin unless the law told us. No man could ever keep the Mosaic Law but Christ. Furthermore if you break one tenet of the law, you violate the entire law. Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. In the New Testament the Bible tells us that we are to love God with our whole being and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. By doing that we fulfill the law and the prophets. As far as the war that rages within us, the flesh is prone to follow our fallen nature so the Spirit wars against the flesh. Paul said the things that I don’t want to do–I do, and the things I will to do I cannot do it. We are to be led by the Spirit and in so doing we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The Bible is awesome to study and God is good. I too have a Christian based website.
    God bless you,
    Edward Mijarez

    • Hi there Edward,

      What a great comment and you are right on! Christ came to fulfill the law, and he certainly did that in his lifetime, which nobody else had the ability to do since there ever was a law. Many people that like to stay in the bondage of the law like to forget what Christ said was part of his mission here on earth. They love to remind us that Jesus said not one jot or one tittle would be removed from the law, but they seem to forget the part where he says till all be fulfilled.

      Matthew 5:

      17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

      18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

      He came to fulfill. When something is fulfilled, that means it’s complete. The Old Covenant is fulfilled, and the New Covenant in Christ Jesus is a better promise, hinged on Christ Jesus and the Father’s grace toward us. And as a gentile, I am forever grateful and thankful for the sacrifice that he made, shedding his love for us, though it’s not deserved by any means, but only by the grace of the Father who loves us who believe in he whom God sent.

      Ephesians 2:

      5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

      Ephesians 2:8-9

      For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

      Reading your comment I know that you understand these things, I’m not trying to teach you, but your comment has provoked that out of me! lol.

      God bless you sir and keep on fighting the good fight of faith in the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ! I tried to find your site through your Gravitar but can’t get there from here. Feel free to comment back with a link to your site & I’ll get it in here so we can come and see what the Lord’s been doing with you!

      Thanks for the great comment and God bless you and may the Lord grant favor in all you set your hand to do in Jesus name!

      Brian

  3. In my own opinion, I see that oneself is more about the material plane that we currently live in, while the spirit is something that’s eternal and can receive the best rewards that life has to offer. If the two comes in harmony, for sure life will be a lot better even when challenges arrive to us from time-to-time, plus we can get the material benefits that we always wanted just by having the best commitment and enough spirit to get what we wish for in this world.

    • Hi Julie,

      I think I’m picking up what you’re putting down. The “material plane” that you referred to would be a way to say what the Bible would reference as the “flesh” or the “world” (being worldly).

      The Bible does teach that we earn heavenly rewards by simply being obedient to the Lord. And of course it does teach (like you pointed out) that the spirit is eternal.

      Where I believe that we would differ in opinion is that the two should live harmoniously. If you re-read what the Apostle Paul had to say. To make short of it… The flesh is always wanting to fulfill the things that pertain to the flesh, and likewise goes with the spirit wanting to fulfill the things of the spirit. The spirit desires to do what is right by God, the flesh is selfish, seeking to carry out it’s own desires. Fleshly desires are worldly, which is why the Word says that to be friends with the world is to be an enemy of God.

      When we get born again, we receive a new spirit birthed inside of us hence the term “Born Again”. This is impossible without Jesus. Without this, Heaven is impossible, which is why Jesus had to come and pay for all of the sins in which you and I and all of mankind are guilty. That new Born Again spirit is an assurance to one day be exactly where you want to be, which is with the Father in Heaven. Rewards are dealt with there.

      Without Jesus, we receive the reward for our sin (for the wages of sin is death). These rewards are given in punishment for all of eternity, having one day to suffer what the book of Revelation calls the second death, being thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity. As humans, we do not have the ability to cover our own sins. God came in the flesh to be that once and for all sacrifice, all we need to do is receive it.

      If anyone reading this would like the benefit of having Jesus personally welcome you to heaven, head over to the Salvation page to receive Jesus and experience the incredible feeling of having a new born spirit inside of you hand crafted by the Father himself!

      Thank you for your comment and God bless you!

  4. I already made my comment, but I had to leave to talk to you Brian, to fine out how to do that code thing. I will then make this short, I have never heard anyone explain the word of God so well, I was not expecting it to be this good, you are a gift from God, and with the gift you received from the Holy Spirit you are so blessed, God bless you in all you do for His church, Jesus Christ Amen

    • Hi Joyce,
      Well that settles it! You got past the Captcha code, so you must be a real human! Lol.

      All good things come from the Father Joyce! Thank you for your encouragement and kind words, it means allot and keeps me going, with confirmation that this is all worthwhile! But all the glory and praise be to the one who has given us all good things to enjoy!
      James 1:17
      Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
      1 Timothy 6:17
      Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
      Without the Lord, and input by the Holy Ghost, All this site would be is ramblings of an idiot. lol
      Thank you again, and may God bless you and keep you in Christ Jesus!
      Brian

  5. Hello Brian, tremendous article added to a great site.

    The battle between self and spirit can be difficult, as we were all born into sin. Some may ask as to why the Lord would allow such travesty to saturate his creation… why he allows Satan to rule over this domain. I see it as a test. We as his children must stay steadfast in faith through many trials and tribulations.

    Of course it is my own opinion, but I see life on Earth as a precursor to the eternal awaiting. He is merely preparing us, much like a child must learn to crawl before he or she walks. It’s a test of love – not love between friends, families, or significant others, but true love in its purity.

    I do have one question you may be able to share your opinion regarding: Do you believe that Satan is invincible?

    My wife and I have debated this on a few occasions, never really coming to a concise answer. As I assess it: Lucifer was an angel – one granted eternal life. When he revolted against the Lord and became fallen, perhaps that gift was not taken away. Whenever Satan is ‘defeated’ he is cast into the bottomless pit, but never truly killed (at least explicitly stated. I believe when the Bible leaves information out, it is just as important as the information being conveyed through words). Implying that he is invincible does not suggest that God cannot take us away from him. Though I’m sure the Lord has the power to do what he will, perhaps there is more reasoning as to why Satan cannot be truly destroyed. Who knows!

    Thanks for the post, keep up the good fight, Brian. I wish you all the best. Blessings.

    CoryZ

    • Hi there Corey, A very important question you’ve got there.

      The answer is Satan is nowhere near invincible. He’s actually a defeated foe. He is a created being just like every other angel. And he has nothing on Christ Jesus. People often compare the two as if there is a contest. There is no contest. In fact, you’ll find that Jesus doesn’t even need to bother with Satan in the battle in the heavens. It’s Michael the Archangel and his angels.

      Now like all angels, and all us people, Lucifer is eternal. So am I, so are you. That’s why it’s so important that we are right with the Father in Christ Jesus while we’re here on the earth. Because we are going to be dead for a really long time. lol. We are eternal in a spiritual sense, and that’s where we’ll be spending all of our time. This life is just a vapor. And even when you read in Revelation about the second death, they’re alive through it all, and will be conscious through it all. Some scary stuff there.

      But when all is said and done, Lucifer will be defeated and viewed by those who he deceived, and they’ll be more underwhelmed if anything else when they actually are able to look upon him in the lake of fire. It’s described in Isaiah 14:

      11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

      13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

      15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

      Back to what you said toward the beginning of your comment… Think about the original plan of God before Adam trashed it. With the way things were before the fall of man, how much power did Satan have? None as far as the world at that time goes. Adam’s sin gave the rights to the world from Adam to Satan. But I believe that the original plan was for us to be tormenting Satan and his fallen cronies, not the other way around.

      So the question,”Why would God have left Satan here on the earth?”, would be simply for his punishment. Originally, a constant reminder of what he will never have. Unfortunately, Adam sinned and turned the tides, which is why we needed the second Adam, in the person of Christ Jesus.

      Thank you for your comment and God bless you and yours!

      • Tremendous response, Brian. You are certainly blessed to have such knowledge on the word! Information like this needs more exposure, today more than ever.

        I’ll be around to check out more of your posts. As a born-again Christian, I’ll be bothering you with a lot of questions! 🙂

        But really, take care and keep inspiring people. You’re doing a great thing.

        CoryZ

        • Hi again Corey,
          Feel free Brother, bother away! lol. I love answering questions (if I can). Because not only does it add content to the site that others may read and find helpful, but it forces me to dig into the Word, often places in the Bible I don’t normally fall back on. So I really do enjoy it. It’s not that I have all the answers, but I know who does and can usually find where he put it in the Word. So bombard away!
          Thanks for your comment and kind words!God bless you in Jesus name!
          Brian

  6. I’m like Paul then because this war continues inside me daily. It’s easy to sin but much harder to do what’s right.

    God gave the Mosaic Law to tell the people how to live. I agree that Jesus fulfilled the law but that’s not the only reason he came.

    I think Christians get caught up in the law and forget that we have been freed.

    • Hi there Rawl,

      I agree. Jesus said:

      Matthew 5:17-18

      17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

      18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

      What people don’t seem to understand is that he said that, because that was what he was going to do. And he did do that and completed it at the cross. The complete fulfillment of the law. Because he was perfect and obeyed the laws perfectly (as no living human ever had before him), he was the perfect sacrifice, an unspotted lamb that was brought to the slaughter.

      So instead of the sacrifices of the law that covers sin, the blood of Jesus wipes away all sin. God has made it so easy to get close to him and to just call upon the name of the Lord to be saved… It is really frustrating to see people think they can do better through works than what Christ has already done.

      Well thank you for your comment! And that battle can be won daily by Staying prayerfully in God’s word, and a good old fashioned renewal of the mind through the washing of the Word strengthens your spirit, giving it ammo so to speak.

      Thanks again and God bless you and yours!

  7. Hi Brian. I like the way you explain the subject of the duality that exist in the world and inside of us — which is not always evident to do.

    I like the way you think about the Law as being guidelines how God wants us to live… and the fact that the Law in itself is perfect, but because we are not — as a result of our fallen nature — we are being shown as sinners as a result.

    That’s why I personally like to think of the Law as a mirror to show me how sinful I am and how doomed I am without a Savior.

    But Christ did it all for me. And now instead of relying on the Law trying to be good by obeying it, I rely and trust in Christ who give me the strength and the will to do what pleases Him.

    But that doesn’t mean that I became perfect and that I am all what God wants me to be just yet. But I keep on walking in that direction.

    Interesting website you have. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you Guy for that great comment and kind words! Encouragement is always welcome! LOL.

      You’re right, none of us are perfect and the Laws of the OT have certainly proven themselves to be that mirror that you spoke about. But fortunately for us, we get to hold on to the coat tails of the one who is perfect and has fulfilled the law without exceptions! Of course I’m referring to Jesus the Messiah, Son of the Living God.

      And the beauty of the whole thing is in Christ Jesus, our hearts are changed so that instead of doing what Jesus said to do in fear of hell and death, we do them because of a willingness to please our Father. In turn, we do what Jesus said to do because we desire it, we want to. I truly believe that this is a good way to determine whether or not we’re saved to begin with. A real change, not just lip service.

      One way or the other, we all need a Saviour, and there’s always been only one who fits the bill, and that’s Jesus. Praise God!

      Guess I’m just rambling Guy! lol. God bless you and thanks again!

  8. It’s an interesting concept to think the 10 Commandments were created for Jesus Christ to follow, but I choose to believe they were created for us sinners. The human being is not perfect and is therefore susceptible to committing sins, we live in a constant battle between the instant gratification of our carnal self and the higher nourishment of our soul/spirit. The question is how aware are we of this co-existence and to which one are we giving more control? I think the laws guide us in this battle.

    • Wonderful comment Ana, I agree that the commandments by God pertain to us as well, giving us insight concerning the best way to live. The cool thing about what Jesus said concerning the greatest commandment in Matthew 22

      37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

      In the Torah (Old Testament) there were tons of Laws given to Moses by God. Way more than the top ten. Jesus fulfilled all of it. That in my mind makes that text from Matthew so much bigger. If we Love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and mind, we won’t be willingly doing the things that the Lord tells us not to do.

      For example if I love the Lord in that way, as a Spirit filled believer in Christ Jesus, I won’t be committing adultery, or to covet, steal or kill, etc.. I’ll be doing the opposite things with the intent on pleasing the Lord, instead of Not doing what’s bad because I’ll go to hell. A whole different mindset. Jesus didn’t do everything perfectly to keep himself out of trouble, but to please the Father, and to glorify Him in all things. Which of course DID get him into trouble with everyone else oddly enough, but not with the One who matters, God.

      Guess I’m rambling, and as you stated about being aware of the two; what God wants vs what man wants. It’s on us to do the study and get into the Word of God to equip ourselves with the truth, lead by the Holy Spirit. Romans seven is a great study on the struggle between carnal flesh and spirit.

      God bless you & thanks again for your comment.

  9. This post makes me want to cry because it’s so true, and I feel as if God directed me here to give me an answer to my question, which you answer in the last bit when you say to basically read the word and immerse yourself in it, and pray that God will guide you.
    This post rings true for me because I am constantly wrestling with my carnal nature (aren’t we all) My pastor imparted this on me when I first started going to church, and really opened my eyes to the ways of the world (run by Satan).

    Ever since i was young I always thought the world was a great place, but growing up and becoming older and wiser, I can see that it isn’t. That’s not to say that there aren’t good people in the world, and good things happen. But by and large, and especially in the last few years, things seem to have gotten out of hand. We can talk about this for days, but you know what I mean.

    As you said, once you become really conscious of God and his teachings, even a little more than your average schmuck, the truth begins to reveal itself through the Lord. It can be a scary thing, and something that I’m constantly grappling with in my day to day life.

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve known what I need to do, and that is spend more time in the Word. And apply it as well. You’ve reinforced this notion through your words and ideas.

    Much appreciated,
    -Stu

    • Hi Stu, thank you for your comment! I praise God that you found this site useful. As far as the world goes, I believe this is happening almost everywhere as a mainstream:
      Hosea 4:1-3
      Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
      3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

  10. Hi Brian,
    I thoroughly agree with your comment on the purpose of the Mosaic Law. Paul himself said In Galatians 3 that the Law was a tutor leading us to Christ. It showed that imperfect mankind, sinners, could not live up to God’s standards, due to inherited sin from Adam. Christ’s perfect example and his death as the Messiah, allowed us a priceless opportunity to be reconciled to God, the one who created everything and created us to be perfect sinless beings.
    The Law’s sacrifices were a symbol of the powerful and once for all time sacrifice of Jesus.
    Such a wonderful gift from God, sending Jesus down here on earth for us – John 3:16.
    Regards,

    Duncan

  11. I believe this entire life is a constant struggle between our spirits and our bodies of fallen state, the natural man in all of us. It just comes down to what part of us we allow to be more in control. Our spirits are celestial and we’d do well to let them guide our actions.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for your comment. I do agree with that but one thing that I’d like to add is that It’s impossible for man to do this without Christ. Only in Him can we gain any type of dominance over the lusts of the flesh completely. For a deeper study concerning this it’d be good to check out the page entitled Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and YOU

      There is victory in Christ Jesus!! Glory! Thanks for your comment.

      Brian

  12. hello, I highlighted and saved your sidebar. I had never thought about the law being created for Jesus to fulfill. I have always felt conflicted about the implications of law vs grace.
    Thanks for sharing that piece in particular. In regards to spirit vs self (flesh), it is definitely a constant battle. The world definitely takes every opportunity to feed the flesh and deny the spirit. What a mess that is.

    • Hi, thanks for your comment!
      Matthew 5:
      17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled..
      I had just finished reading this when that thought hit me. When it comes to Jesus, God the Father has set things up so we know without a shadow of a doubt who Jesus is. I believe that the law’s fulfillment was the indicator that Jesus is the promised Christ. And his return is handled in a similar manner. He’ll be coming back in a way that nobody will be able to duplicate or rightfully anticipate as to create a counterfeit.
      That’s why he tells us if you hear he’s here or there, don’t believe it. Many false Christs have come and gone. There’s a bunch out there right now. But Jesus will be coming in a way that neither man nor beast, demon or angel, can imitate or anticipate. Praise God Almighty!!

  13. Awesome read. Was doing some research on yoga and being spiritual and your post came up. I’m a Roman Catholic and believe in Sin. Everyone Sin’s everyday. It’s pretty hard not to live in Sin. That’s why we go to confession so God can forgive our Sins. I try my hardest not too, but we all slip up. The battle between Self vs Sin is hard indeed. Look forward to reading more of your work.

    • Hi John, Thank you for your comment. One of the best ways to prevent sin or to combat it is to renew your mind. (talk about deep spiritual stuff). Here’s some spirit food on the subject:

      Colossians 3:1-3

      1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

      Romans 12:2

      2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

      There’s some good spiritual meat to start chewing on I think. As you take the course by the renewal of your mind, keeping your affections on the things that are above via studying and meditating on the word of God, it’s much easier to decide not to sin. Completely infusing yourself in this way will without a shadow of a doubt begin to cause for you to change ways. Sin becomes more of a conscious effort, instead of a knee jerk reaction.


  14. Hi Brian, you only have to look around the world now, sin is now being seen as admirable. Children are being taught how to sin n schools as if it’s some kind of badge of honour.

    In my short time on this world, I’ve seen things change drastically and I can feel inside. Time is short, people need to heed your words on this site. Then turn to God.

    God bless you and your site, it’s very informative.

    Jay

    • Hi Jay,

      Thanks for your comment. You are right. Sin is running rampant in this world and is becoming more and more bold in the face of God every day. But remember:

      Isaiah 59:19

      19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

      Paul also says to be ready to contend for the faith in season and out of season. It’s our responsibility as believers to raise the alarm when necessary and stay in close relations with Jesus.

      Thanks again for your comment & kind words.

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