Photo illustration by Tracey Lewis

Walking in the Spirit not after the flesh is the key to not fulfilling the lust of the flesh. How does that happen, you ask? Romans 7 explains that we are dead to the law and a dead person can’t do anything good or bad because they are dead. Recently I received a revelation of how the law works and what it means. For example, grace means God does something for me. Law means I do something for God. This is how we can tell if we are trying to obey the law instead of living under grace. Are you striving for something, even if it’s a good thing, but doing it in your own strength? I can only guess that you are failing time after time as you continue to do things on your own. We were never meant to do anything on our own. I was told once that we have a will but not the power. Jesus Christ is the power; He is also the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is everything and when we have Him inside us, God sees His perfect son and says “this is my son in whom I am well pleased.”

Paul goes on to explain what it looks like when we are married or bound to the law. He uses a picture of marriage. One wife and two husbands; the first husband is so demanding and expects perfection from the wife, but she can NOT do it. She is so frustrated and wants to get out of the marriage. Her only way of escape is for her husband to die, but he will not die. Her husband represents the law and the law is good. There is nothing wrong with the law; he has a right to demand perfection. What happens is that the law brings forth sin; the power of sin is the law. How is she going to get out of this situation?

She gets out of the marriage to her first husband by way of her own death. She is then released to be married again because she is raised in Christ and is joined to Him who is now her new husband.

Now being married to her second husband, He demands perfection as well. The difference, though, is the second husband does it for her. He doesn’t help her, He does all of it because she has been crucified with Christ nevertheless she lives in order that she/we may bear fruit for God.

If it wasn’t for the law to stir up the sin, we would never see that we need Jesus. It’s true that God knows our heart, but He wants US to see our heart. We will never please God in the flesh with our self efforts. What happens is that we get born again, God, through the Holy Spirit comes to live His life in us, but we think we have to read our bible more, go to church, get more of Jesus, but the problem is we are doing it outside of God without Him. He doesn’t want to help us be better Christians. He wants to do all of it because He is the only one who can live the Christian life. Law looks like we are constantly living by we should, we could, or we would’ve.

I believe that I am Mrs. Lewis so I act like Mrs. Lewis being the wife of Mr. Lewis. But let’s say I went and started acting like Mrs. Brown. Does that change the fact that I am really Mrs. Lewis? No, I will always be Mrs. Lewis even if I act like someone else. We are born again believers because of what Christ did on the cross. We are kept by the promises of God, not by our actions whether good or bad. God is concerned about the dead being made alive in His Son. We agree with God and His promise that we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not oldness of the letter, as is written in Romans 7:6.

We behave because of the things we believe. Since God is the God of right now, you can believe God right now and be changed right now.

Rhema word and Tammy Strader shared in the Holy Spirit ‘s presence in Christian County Jail along with a DVD of Nick Vujicic, the guy with no arms and no legs who believes God made him like that for a purpose.

Written by Tracey



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