Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 330 - What Is It That We Must Do and What Is It That God Will Do For Us?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 105
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Today’s writing covers that age-old question…Jesus gave His answer in John ch.6.  Michael gives us illustration of how the Truth works out in our lives…



DAY 330

What Is It That We Must Do and What Is It That God Will Do For Us?

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” –John 6:27-29


“Are we just to sit around?” This is a typical question from believers just realizing the length to which their self-effort has been involved in their Christian walk. An airplane will not come to my house and get me. I have to purchase the tickets, fight traffic as I drive to the airport, and stand in a long line to get on the plane. However, once I am on, the plane does for me what I cannot do for myself. It is clear in the Bible what is man’s responsibility and what is God’s. Often the two meet. “If a man does not work, let him not eat,” yet, “Why do you worry about what you will eat? Look at the sparrow!” Man is to work, but not for the reason that he thinks. Work is not to secure food but is in obedience to the commandment of God. Work makes us healthy, happy, and content, as well as less anxious and depressed. If man is fed when he does not work, he will be discontented. Man works for different reasons, all good, but it is still God that provides the food. The Bible is replete with teaching that tells us what God does for us. He is the author of salvation. We cannot make someone a Christian. He is the One Who causes all things to work together for the good. Making things “happen” is not our job. He gives us His righteousness, His love, His victory, and His peace. We cannot obtain those things through work. He changes lives; we must rest as we look at others. I could go on. In fact, I find that 95% of what people are working for is already given by Him. Unbelief is what keeps people working for what God has already supplied. 

However, there are things that we must do that God will not do for us. We must call on the Lord, humble ourselves, rest, be content, take the blame, be offended, forgive, cast our fears upon Him, refuse to let our minds dwell on Satan’s lies and accusations, and pray without ceasing.

Then there are things we do and He does at the same time. It looks confusing, but in experience it is not. Imagine you are offended by your mate; you must own your weakness, acknowledge that you have run out of fleshly love, and invite in His love. And you must walk across the room and initiate restoration. What happens next has nothing to do with you; it is His love flowing freely through you. It is Christ in you living through you as though it were you, but you know that it is not you. It may appear to be you to those outside looking on, but you know that it is entirely the Lord!

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


Interesting…almost everyone just realizing how much their self-effort has been involved in their life as a Christian takes the position Michael describes: “Are we just to sit around?”  In fact, in pastoring I have seen some who quit positions they have in the church…”I don’t have to do anything; God will do it all.”  But that is not what the Bible says, and not what Michael illustrates.

Two things that are exciting about learning and living the truths presented by Michael this day:
1.     We start learning and living to watch for God in all things…just what He will do, and what we must do.
2.    We start learning and living in relaxation…knowing God’s way of life for His kids.

It’s almost hilarious, isn’t it…everybody wants a “list” to live by…well, Michael gives us a good start of listing the things God will do for us, the things we must do that God will not do for us, and the things we do and He does at the same time.  Happy list keeping!!!


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NOTICE: a new blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                                 936-559-5696

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 89 - Faith Versus Works in Discipleship

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 104
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Faith versus works…the age-old battle in Christianity.  The spiritual versus the physical.  Michael Wells gives a clear, uncomplicated, direct discourse on how man can choose to position himself against God in the everyday issues of life.


DAY 89

Faith Versus Works in Discipleship


However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? --Luke 18:8

Two ways problems can be approached are from a position of works—as in, “What must I do to improve the situation?”--or from a place of faith: “What must I believe and what must the Lord do to resolve the predicament?” A works position is based on unbelief, and the cause of misery is believed to be a wrong choice, lack of natural love, another person, finances, or a myriad of other natural events. The search for a solution lends itself to thoughts of, “What should I do?” or “What should I do if others are making me miserable?” The person attacking problems from a position of works has not yet come to believe that the nearness of Jesus will cure all of his ills, so he labors with the notion that Jesus will not help his particular circumstance. Since Jesus is not perceived to be the answer, he has moved into unbelief, and it is unbelief that will always ask him to do something.

Often I hear, “I just do not love my wife.” Of course, this statement really means, “I find my mate unlovable, and she must change before she can be lovable to me.” However, it is my experience that once there exists an attitude of, “I do not love you,” no amount of change on the part of the mate or hours of personal discipleship will affect that attitude. “Trouble lies not in the trouble but in the heart’s attitude toward the trouble.” The works person would always rather examine the problem over and over again and skirt the issue of any wrong attitude of his own toward the trouble. Analyzing the problem allows the focus to be on someone or something else; examining the attitude puts the focus squarely on him.

I am not saying that the problem is not significant, but on a scale of one to ten, the problem may be a one to God and a ten in our attitude toward it. The problem and the attitude are two separate issues; the works person wants to make them one to keep attitude and personal responsibility from ever being addressed, while in truth, attitude is the greater issue. During a person’s first discipleship session, I will explore his mindset in detail before addressing the problems. Once his way of thinking has been exposed, the problems become a lesser issue. In subsequent weeks if the person continues to rehash the problems, I know that our first discussion never really sank in. It is only as a person places his confidence in another, in Jesus, that he will move into the problem, through the problem, and out on the other side. 

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


One could easily ask why it is that man (and we are talking particularly Christians here) seems to “always” choose to deal with the physical instead of the spiritual when facing life’s problems.  The answer seems to be very simple:
1.     The person has not yet come to believe that the nearness of Jesus will cure all his ills.
2.    The person chooses to act from unbelief instead of belief
3.    The person does not want to focus on their attitude or their own personal responsibility and allow them to become the greater issue.

Hey…who doesn’t want to put the focus on someone else…or something else?!?  Oh… the person wanting to place his confidence in Jesus.

Actually, it is truth that too many in Christianity have been taught to face the physical, and not the spiritual.  The teaching that “faith” is “what do I believe about God” is a foreign concept is most Christian circles.  The focus is usually “I’ve got to get more faith,” and then immediately one turns to “works.”


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NOTICE: a new blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries
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1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                                 936-559-5696

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 187 - Life Teaches Him

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 103
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner


In today’s writing, Michael has us take a look at something far too many never associate with the “spiritual.”  Life for many is always in the “physical.”  Look carefully at what Michael writes and let God take you into the spiritual realm to gain some keen and mighty insights into daily life.


DAY 187

Life Teaches Him

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today. --Deuteronomy 4:26

As my son prepared for college, I gave him the following admonition. “At the university you will be approached with all manner of sins. I am not asking that you do not participate. I would hope that you would not, but I refuse to play the Holy Spirit hovering above you. However, if you ever find yourself in sin, ask yourself if there is a lift in your spirit. If not, stop what you are doing. All your life I have taught you about Christ, and now life itself will teach you.”

It is true that if something is not Christian, it is not natural. We say the Bible speaks to us with authority because God created it. God also created life, and life speaks just as loudly as Scripture. In fact, I believe that life is the greatest tool for witnessing that we have. We believers possess the only “religion” that the world supports. God created our faith, life, and world. I often let an unbeliever prove Scripture through his own experience of misery.

For just a moment lay aside theological knowledge and let me ask what life has taught you in regard to feeding the flesh, being bitter, hating an enemy, looking within, refusing to love, excusing disrespect, and avoiding God. While participating in these behaviors has life given your spirit a lift? Are you nourished by such behavior, or are you depleted? Stop, question, and think about your direction. What is life telling you? What life is telling you is consistent with Scripture. When I do roofing, I am careful not to let the hammer hit my fingers, as has happened several times in the past. Life has punished me when my fingers were hit. Jesus says to love an enemy. In the past I have chosen slander. Life taught me that slander hurts me. We believers have been taught far more through life than by reading, and why not? God is the Author of life, and for life to run smoothly, it must run in Him. Stop hitting your thumb.



How many of us ever stop to ask the question: “Is there a lift in my Spirit?” when involved in anything?  Perhaps the bigger question is do we ever even think to ask that question!?!  That question alone would eliminate much from Christian’s lives that God desires to be removed.
     You may be asking: “Why did Lee use a capital S in that question?”  Well, when we are Born
      Again our “old man” was crucified with Jesus…dead…no longer.  God gave us His Spirit to be
      our Spirit for all eternity (John 14:26; Romans 8:9-11).  So it is fitting and natural to ask if
      my Spirit has been lifted in any given situation.  By the way, just recognizing and realizing
      that we are primarily a Spiritual person would go a long way toward prompting us to ask that
      question.
Life can easily teach us that sin doesn’t fit us…it is foolish for us.

Therefore it is simple to understand that something not Christian is NOT natural for one of God’s kids!  We who are Spiritual have to do the unnatural to sin.  How does doing anything unnaturally make us feel?  Most times extremely dissatisfied and uncomfortable, as well as “depleted and not nourished.”  Well, amen!

Don’t believe me?  If you are right-handed, try going through a day with your right hand tied behind you and using only your left hand.  (Lefties do the opposite).  How does that feel?  Unnatural.  Uncomfortable.  Dissatisfied.  Need any more???

And when will we recognize and acknowledge that what LIFE is telling us is CONSISTENT with SCRIPTURE?

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www.leemccm.blogspot.com 


NOTICE: a new blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries
leemccm@gmail.com

1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                               936-559-5696

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day 186 - Life Is So Daily!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 102
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 

NOTICE: a new blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Michael draws attention to the most simple part of living life as a Christian: recognizing the truth that God “always leads us in triumph in Christ.”  Makes the thought of being a “defeated Christian” sort of ridiculous, doesn’t it?  Why is it that any Christian could ever go there?  Well, Michael tells us…


DAY 186

Life Is So Daily!

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. –II Corinthians 2:14


A fellow was in my office complaining about his wife’s behavior. When he finished, I began to speak. “Have you done the basics? Are you loving her? Are you bringing every thought captive to Christ? Are you being offended until you cannot be offended?”
“I've tried all that!” was his response.
How can any of us say, “I have tried all of that”? Did we try breathing, did we try going to the bathroom, did we try getting dressed, and did we try stopping at red lights? After trying all of them, did we decide never to try them again? How stupid. Some things are not things that we try, but things that we consistently do. Abiding is not something that we try; it is something that we do every moment of every day. Abiding in Christ, realizing that we are in Him and He is our focus, is not a light switch that is turned on once and stays on. I remember seeing a bicycle hooked up to a generator so that when a person was pedaling he got light, but it quickly extinguished when the pedaling stopped. The person could not stop pedaling and say, “Well, I tried that, but it does not work,” when the problem is that he himself stopped working. There are many things in our lives that are not one-time things but daily. I remember a young woman telling me that she did not like marriage. I pressed her to reveal why. In the end she responded, “I guess it is just so daily.” Well, amen! Abiding is not only daily but, more appropriately, moment by moment.



How you ever stopped to think of how many TRUTHS (God’s truths) are negated by any Christian who:
a.    does not know about the TRUTH
b.    does not believe the TRUTH
c.    does not “do” the TRUTH  (p.s. – we “do” what we “believe”)

Crazy, isn’t it?  God tells us very plainly something vitally important about life as a Christian, and we “negate” His Word by the response we give.  Abiding is abandoning self and acknowledging/accepting that we are in Him & making Him our focus.  Easy to do, isn’t it?  (did you ever see Michael give the old “two-hand focus illustration”?  or the “pencil point toward the eye illustration”?)

But Michael’s point is that it is something we just simply need to continue to do…every moment of every day.  Well, now…how many want to abandon “self” for that long?  Oh…just the ones who want to allow God to lead us in triumph in Christ.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www.leemccm.blogspot.com 


NOTICE: a new blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries
leemccm@gmail.com

1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                               936-559-5696

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day 185 - Life

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 101
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner.


LIFE…oh, what all man will give for life…  Of course, most want an “abundant life”…more, more, and more of whatever man thinks will make him happy (and to most that has something to do with “sin”).  Jesus never promised man an “abundant life,” He promised that man can have “life more abundantly” (John 10:10).  That “life more abundantly” is His life.  Follow Michael’s progression to the truth of this.


DAY 185

Life

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. --James 1:5, 6

We need an absolute way to live, a working religion. Carnal man has fought to have every hindrance to the passing pleasure of sin removed, and the result is a people adrift. Safety in being tied to the dock through moral absolutes was no longer valued; now he is free to drift, tossed back and forth in confusion and chaos, eventually thrown from the boat, groping for a life vest in the form of a system that will give him the freedom to experience pleasure, self-centered living, lack of struggles, and happiness, while at the same time make life make sense.

Does such a system exist? It does not exist in the theory of evolution. Man is an animal and yet higher than animals, for it is said he evolved; but where did conscience come from? Should the strong succeed? Those who count themselves among the strong would say, “Yes,” while, “No” would be the answer from those who know themselves to be weak. It is chaos! Such a system does not exist in government; it does not exist in religion. While I believe the opposite also to be true, religion needs government to exist, for the religious will continue to blame the government for their failures. If only government would be eliminated, then religion would succeed; and yet, where religious systems like Islam take the place of government, the carnal desires of man merely go underground. We can therefore conclude that outward systems that encourage the flesh will cause man to break down and outward systems that attempt to hinder the flesh of man also cause man to fall apart. Only one option is left, and that is an inward system that is an absolute that allows man to thrive. If sin were natural, man would bloom, not rot, under it. The only thing that is natural for man is the absolute of Christ, for He created and holds man together. Hence, He is the Way!

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



God’s wisdom is a marvelous possession, for it turns us from the folly of the thoughts and ways of man to the thoughts and ways of God.  I am reminded of something I heard Michael say years ago: “My IQ is ____ (I think he said 120, or something like that…I don’t remember the specific #), but God’s IQ is 999 ka-zillion and counting (maybe not the exact # Michael gave, but close!)which one do you think is more meaningful?”

Good point, Michael!  So, why does man continue to seek the life he deems so great?  I understand why unregenerate man does…read 1 Corinthians ch.2, especially vs.9-14.  But what I can’t understand is why the regenerated/born again man does so. 

Perhaps one answer is what Michael wrote in Day 187: “It is true that if something is not Christian, it is not natural…God…created life, and life speaks just as loudly as Scripture…For just a moment lay aside theological knowledge and let me ask what life has taught you in regard to feeding the flesh, being bitter, hating an enemy, looking within, refusing to love, excusing disrespect, and avoiding God…What life is telling you is consistent with Scripture…God is the author of life, and for life to run smoothly, it must run in Him.”  YES!  The only thing that is natural for man is the absolute of Christ.  That is “an inward system that is an absolute that allows man to thrive.”  Well, amen.

Man is always looking on the outside…God is always interested about the inside.  Too many Christians are still looking to the outside…


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Lee McDowell Christian Ministries
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1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                               936-559-5696

Monday, August 11, 2014

Day 102 - Forcing Miracles!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 100
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner


I would venture not many have ever read this passage of Scripture and EVER had the thoughts Michael gives us in Day 102’s writing!  But…once again Michael gives us opportunity to see why UNBELIEF is so prevalent in the lives of Christians all over this world…


DAY 102

Forcing Miracles!

Now it came about on one of {those} days, that He and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended upon the lake, and they {began} to be swamped and to be in danger. And they came to Him and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith? --Luke 8:22-25

Jesus is asleep, the storm comes, the disciples are frightened, and they call on Him. Should we not always call on Him in a storm? They do, and they are rebuked with, “Where is your faith?” Why? They only did that in which so many today glory, which is forcing Jesus into performing a miracle. Some have made whole ministries out of forcing Jesus to do things and being applauded for their great faith. Yet, when the disciples force deliverance, they are rebuked for having little faith. Again we ask why. Jesus had permitted the storm for their perfection. The process was interrupted by unbelief, and Jesus stopped the storm. He did a miracle at their bidding, but it was not a positive. They should have crawled next to Him and gone to sleep, resting through the storm that would not have touched them either way. The storm’s effect on them was not the issue. What the storm could perfect in them or expose in them was the issue. Again, in today's Christianity, calling on Jesus and forcing a miracle is often viewed as proof of spirituality, when just the opposite is true. For example, one has a rebellious child. The parent has pleaded and reasoned; he has acknowledged that he is in a storm. Now a choice must be made between panic and calling on Jesus to stop the situation or going to lie down next to Him and resting. Believer, when the next storm comes, and it will come, what will you do?

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Wow!  Who would have thought that?  Better still…where is our faith?  And what miracle are we praying for…perhaps praying so hard for and trying to “force” Jesus to perform, instead of snuggling up next to Jesus and resting?

Would to God we could learn that His tests and storms are all for our perfection.  And learn that many miracles we pray for, and get, are not a positive.  The tests and storms are perfecting us, or revealing something else in us.

Well, amen.


To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www.leemccm.blogspot.com 


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries
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1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                               936-559-5696

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Day 98 - Flesh Is Flesh

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 99
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


Michael discusses what is one of the most misunderstood, or most “forgotten,” or most “ignored” teachings in Scripture.  And the end result is too many Christians missing what is really going on in their lives…leaving them without the knowledge to begin to deal with problems they face each and every day.


DAY 98

Flesh Is Flesh

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. --John 3:6

You have flesh! The flesh, simply defined, is the body, mind, will, and emotions of man under the control of something other than Jesus. Believers and unbelievers alike have flesh. Walking in the flesh is the opposite of abiding in Christ. Have you seriously considered that your flesh will never improve? It is an important point. How can we expect the flesh to be anything other than flesh? Flesh is flesh and can do nothing that is of the Spirit. We have seen bad flesh and are often on a continual quest to find good flesh in ourselves, our mates, our church family, and our children.

Once I was visiting with a couple about the husband’s affair. The wife, legitimately, was quite hurt. But the longer she talked, the more something illegitimate came to the forefront: flesh! This woman wanted her husband to guarantee that his flesh would never again do such a thing. How can he do that? He cannot, for that type of bad flesh does that kind of thing. The flesh's determining to do better will change nothing, for flesh does not control flesh. It is futile to find out what the flesh can do but worthwhile to discover and admit what it cannot do. Good flesh cannot lead a godly life. I wanted the husband to recognize that he is weak and that repeating the same mistake was completely possible. Then I wanted him to move into Christ and discover that His power is manifested in the man’s weakness. Flesh is completely subjugated when a believer is abiding. On the other hand, the wife wanted his flesh to determine to live spiritually. She did not understand what I was saying, which was understandable. She thought I was giving him an excuse. I was not. I just wanted to get to the spider and stop sweeping cobwebs. She had found something good in her own flesh--that she had never had an affair--and was clinging tenaciously to the hope that good flesh could help her husband. “Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God” (Romans 8:7). Why do we always attempt to find good in our flesh? The best of flesh is the worst of it, for it keeps us from humbly seeking Christ. She got the point and released her husband to abide in Christ rather than promising to make bad flesh act nicely.

Finding something good in the flesh is so vexing, consuming, and defeating. Why do we defend ourselves? Because we are holding on to the belief that there is something good in our flesh! Why can others control us by leaving us out? Because there is something good in our flesh that deserves better treatment! Why do we react and not respond to those around us? There is something good in our flesh that must be respected! Agree with God and admit that there is nothing good in your flesh, and then agree with others. When told you are proud, say, “Yes, and you have not see the worst of my flesh!” When told that you are stupid, worthless, inferior, and angry, simply agree! Agree that in your flesh dwells no good thing.  

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Everything has a definition, because words have meaning.  And it is very important to have lots of words in our vocabulary…and to have the CORRECT meanings.  Otherwise we cannot have the correct understanding.  This word “flesh” is one of the most important for Christians to know and understand to get the truths of the N.T. that speak to walking (living) in the “flesh” or in the “Spirit.”  Because God makes it perfectly clear that every moment we are either walking in the “flesh” or walking in the “Spirit.”  We need to get the CONTEXT of the use of the word correct to understand the use and meaning (truth) to be applied.

“sarx” – Greek word translated “flesh” almost 150 times in the N.T.  It means either the “soft substance of the living body of man” or “the body, mind, will, and emotions of man under the control of something other than Jesus.”  If the Scripture is speaking to the latter, but one is using the definition of the former, the understanding is distorted, disguised, or downright incorrect…therefore misunderstood or not understood at all.  This all seems so elementary, but with so many living without any seeming comprehension of that which is contrary to being under the control of Jesus the church finds itself facing all sorts of dilemmas that shouldn’t exist at all.

Almost every sentence in this days’ writing of Michael’s is a lesson unto itself.  And there is no need to list them again…use the highlighted sentences, perhaps, as a focal point of what you need to learn and apply to your life first and foremost.  But, whatever, let me encourage you to “get” all these truths so you can begin to self-examine, self-discipline, and seek the Lord for a change from “feeding” that which is contrary to Jesus’ control.

By the way, how many Christians do you know who live trying to get flesh to control flesh???


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