Being human means having thoughts and feelings we like and thoughts and feelings we don’t like. The good news is we aren’t our thoughts and feelings.
The Word of God divides our soul and spirit for us and shows us how our souls (thoughts and feelings) fluctuate and are meant to. Therefore, in our soul we can think or feel anger, fear, jealousy, etc. and not be ruled by them. The Word of God reveals to us that we are joined to the Lord spirit to Spirit and we can simply let the thoughts and feelings pass through without having to engage them at all. We stand fast in who He says we are and that’s one spirit with Him.
We simply walk in the Spirit and we won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. It’s the same answer for everyone no matter what the temptation or pull is. If you’re feeling jealous, walk in the Spirit. If you’re feeling angry, walk in the Spirit. If you’re feeling offended, walk in the Spirit. It doesn’t matter what the flavor the temptation is the solution is always to walk in the Spirit!
“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9).
Did you catch that?
If you “belong to Christ” and the Spirit of God dwells in you, the real you, who you are, is not “IN” the flesh! You are joined spirit to Spirit with God! (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Many folks think they have to “die to self” but I think it’s because they don’t really know who they are in Christ. The self is not the flesh. The self, who you are, is who you are in union with; in Christ therefore there is no need to “die” to the self.
I can see why some might say, “You have to die to the flesh.” If by that they mean I have to die to the pulls or lusts of the flesh. But check this out:
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).
This is why we are told to “reckon” ourselves dead to sin!
Because we are! The old self has been crucified with Christ, buried and raised to walk in new life as a brand new self in Him!
Being a “NEW” self doesn’t mean temptations stop but it does mean we now have the means to combat them. We see ourselves as having already died to sin and that we have already crucified the flesh with its lusts!
We wrestle not against “flesh”, not even our own.
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