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Let’s Do Some Teaching Today

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Friday, March 25, 2016, by Glynn Adams

Let’s do some teaching today.  If you are like me, these politicians have worn me out and I need a break from it.

Also, we all need a rest from warning the church to wake up to the fact that our nation is in danger of destruction from evil. I fear only a catastrophic event will bring us to our senses.  Like the Prodigal Son, only pain will cause us to return to the Father and obedience to Him.

If you are a Christian, you will sin.  “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”(I John 1:8)  God made a provision on the cross for our sin and for dealing with sin. Therefore, sin is no problem for the Christian if we confess it (I John 1:9), deal with it, and not hide, or ignore it.  In Galatians 5:16-25, the Bible lists the fruit of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.  Your flesh (your old carnal nature at birth) brings forth Satan’s fruit and your spirit (God’s nature given to you when you receive Christ.) brings forth God’s fruit.  Your flesh and spirit are constantly at war with one another.  Satan is always saying to your flesh, “come alive.”   God says, “flesh die.” So in this war, any fruit that comes forth from the flesh must die, and you must be faithful to let God develop His fruit in you. This is a lifelong process.

Let’s say something happens, suddenly you lose your temper.   Temper in Galatians 5 is bad fruit and is not good for your Christian testimony. Our flesh wants us to lose our temper, throw a fit and act like a fool, scare the wife and kids, etc. You must obey I John 1:9.  After confessing and cleansing, you must now deal with your temper.  The way you deal with your temper is to put your temper on the cross to be crucified and die. You do this by repenting and coming into agreement with God that a temper is bad fruit and it must die.  Only there on the cross can it die in your life. It is a process that will be repeated over and over until your temper dies and is under control.  This process has many names such as walking as Jesus walked, walking in the Spirit, crucifying the flesh or taking up your cross daily moment by moment. However, by any name, it is simply choosing your spirit man over your flesh. The Word says that in the flesh we cannot please God.

In this process, when you choose to obey your spirit (not lose your temper) over your flesh (losing your temper), this causes your flesh to suffer. The way our flesh suffers is it never wants to give in, it always wants its way, it wants to ignore or not deal with this bad fruit.  I Peter 4:1-2 says, “Therefore since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourself with the same purpose because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” Jesus was a man in the flesh as we are, but he lived a life without sin. But when He was tempted to sin, I Peter 4:1 says His flesh suffered; for He did not sin. It is good for your flesh to suffer because that means your spirit man is prevailing and you are walking in the Spirit. You did not lose your temper.

As I have said before, and as many have said, there is a lot more to Christianity than going to a church building. Being a Christian is about personal responsibility and obedience. It is about changing your life to walk in the Spirit and no longer in the flesh.  It’s about a war, but in that war we Christians will always triumph in Jesus’ Name and walk in His peace if we are faithful in His process. To ignore your flesh and its fruit will guarantee you a life of frustration and defeat.  Instead of being under the rule of God, you will continuously be under the rule and temptation of Satan. Unlike your old nature and flesh, God wants you to succeed.  But most Christians need to develop a new attitude and new way of thinking about the cross. The cross not only takes care of our sin problem but it gives us the power to change our lives and to walk in the spirit, bringing forth His good fruit and putting our bad fruit on the cross to die. That is how Christian lives are changed.  It just does not happen; you have to work God’s process.  As Paul said, “Faith without works is dead.”

God bless, I remain His servant and watchman, glynnadams@sbcglobal.net

About the Author

Glynn Adams is a retired minister with 40 years in the ministry of Jesus Christ. He has a masters degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his ministry these days is to wake up a sleeping giant – the New Testament Church in America.

Glynn Adams

2 Responses to Let’s Do Some Teaching Today

  1. Stanley Davis

    March 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    An excellent teaching as always. The church in America today is either asleep or so unconcerned with our good life that apostasy and deception has filtered in and dulled our senses. We, unlike the Bereans, do not study the Scriptures or even take time to commune daily with the Lord as we should. It may indeed take a national calamity to awaken the church. Keep up the good work Brother Glynn.

  2. Tired Taxpayer

    March 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for the words of wisdom.

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