Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
Once born again we now belong to God, we are not our own, we have been bought with a price. Because we are His we should no longer look like, sound like, nor act like the world. We should bear godly fruit. You are in the world but no longer of the world. We don’t become born again to keep living the way we have always lived, but to now follow in the Lord’s example for our life.
To do so we see in scripture that Jesus did not come to do His will, but the will of the Father who sent Him. Jesus said that He only did that which pleased the Father. We are to walk in His example, no longer fulfilling our own will, but the Fathers will for us, and in doing so we will bear fruit unto Him, shinning as a light in a dark world. Jesus purchased our lives with His shed blood so we should no longer be calling the shots, but instead should be fully yielded to God.
As John Osteen once said, “At all costs, and at all times obey God. One thing I have learned is that God knows more than John.” God has your best interests in mind, so remember Who you belong to. He purchased you, so stop choosing what you want, yield to His revealed will in the Word of God. His ways are not our ways, they are a much better way to live life. You will be glad you did.
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.
As stated in this verse, circumcision means a cutting away, and in this reference it refers to a cutting away of the old sinful nature that used to reside on the inside. When you truly become born again, the old dead spirit man was taken away and a brand new spirit with the life of God is birthed in you. The Lord removed the old sinful man on the inside so we can be transformed on the outside as well.
As Romans 12:1-2 tells us, we are to now present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is our reasonable response of worship unto Him. And we are to be transformed by the renewal of our mind, so that we can prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. This renewal of the mind is the key to seeing this new man change the way we live outwardly.
The key becomes what we renew our minds to. We are to be renewed in our thinking to think in line with who we now are, what we now have, and what we can now do in Christ Jesus. Renewing of the mind means to change our thinking and then change our actions to the new you. This is how we walk in this new nature, the very nature of God Himself that now resides in every born again believer.
In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).
Through Christ we now once again can approach God without fear. Our Father has provided for us the privilege of fellowship with Him. It is the very reason why Christ died. When Adam sinned his fellowship with God was broken, and he became estranged from God. This brought a fear in the heart of man in approaching God, for after Adam sinned he hid himself from the Father.
Because of what Christ did in bearing our sin and the punishment our sin deserved, we no longer need to live fearful of approaching our heavenly Father. The sin that separated us is gone, and we can now approach God with complete confidence. So as a believer we should daily draw near to Him, and He will draw near to us. Don’t ever run from God, run to Him. If you have sinned repent, and run back to the Father for He awaits with arms open wide to help you get back on your feet again.
It is the devil who tries to keep us from approaching God by making us afraid to do so through wrong thoughts. Scripture teaches us to come boldly to the throne of grace, to find grace and help in our time of need. God is waiting to help us overcome whatever we may be dealing with in life, but we must draw near to Him to get that help. The door is open, so don’t ever run from the Father. He is your answer, He is your deliverer, He wants to help you, and most importantly He wants you to know Him.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
Jesus said in Mark 11:24 when you pray believe in your heart you receive what you have asked for and you shall have it. To do so you must get God’s Word, His Truth, settled in your heart, even when things around you may look contrary. What many believers do not realize is that when they choose to live by their own opinion of the Word of God, this will hinder their ability to get God’s Word settled in their hearts.
God’s thoughts are not the same as ours, and if you want to walk by faith you will have to change your thoughts to think like God. But when we choose to have our own opinion about things in the Bible that are clearly stated, this will also hinder us in taking God at His Word concerning His promises. As a believer you are not to have your own opinion about the Word of God, following after your own thoughts instead of what God says. To choose your own opinion, living they way you want to, is going to rob your faith.
When you become born again you have been bought with a price and you now belong to God. Your opinions are only going to hinder you from walking in God’s best. For example, scripture clearly teaches us we are to have a pastor, and to be connected with a church body, yet many believers do not obey this truth. Choosing our own opinion over the Word hinders having that Word settled in our hearts. You should live by the following truth; if God’s Word says it, I believe it, and that settles it. When you choose to honor God’s ways, your faith will become stronger.
Romans 8:14, 16
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
When we receive Christ we receive the Holy Spirit to come and live in us. One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit is to be our guide, leading us in the will of God for our life. Believers often look for guidance every other way instead of the way God said it would come. God does not guide us through outward circumstances, but through His Word, and through the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:16 tells us that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit, the inner man, the real you. For you are a spirit who has a soul and lives in a body. Jesus said that we would have a Helper in the Holy Spirit, and the way we would know if we are going in the right or wrong direction would be revealed by an inner peace or a lack of peace. When we are making decisions in line with His will, there will be this inner peace that lets us know we are headed the right direction. But when we miss it with God then we will have an agitation or a check in our spirit, which reveals we are not in the will of God.
The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Truth. The Bible tells us that the Spirit and the Word agree. We know when we are being led by the Holy Spirit because it will always be in line with His Word, for God’s Word is Truth. The Holy Spirit will never lead us contrary to God’s Word, for He will guide us into all Truth. So learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who has been sent to guide you in this life and you can walk in the plan God has for you.
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In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,…
Every child of God has obtained an inheritance. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus. The children of Israel were given an inheritance in the promise land, but they had to go in and possess that inheritance, even though it was already theirs. They did not enter into their promise land because of unbelief. You possess your inheritance living by faith, believing in God’s Word, speaking in line with God’s Word, and acting as if God’s Word is true because it is. You begin by developing faith in your inheritance.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. You must listen to and meditate on God’s Word until it becomes real to you. As you do you gain understanding of what is rightfully yours. Faith is present tense, for Hebrews 11:1 says now faith is. Faith is not past tense, nor future tense, but present tense. When someone says I believe God will heal me that is not faith for that is future tense. God’s Word says by His strips you are healed, so you must believe it is so in your heart now.
Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things which be not as though they were. Once you have faith from God’s Word as to what is yours, you imitate your heavenly Father by saying what God’s Word says, not what your circumstances say. This is where action comes in. Abraham did not consider his natural circumstances. For faith to work you must not consider your circumstances, but instead consider Jesus. You do so by focusing on the Word alone, nothing else. When you do, you will obtain your inheritance.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,…
The very moment you are born again you receive a new spirit man within, the new you. That new spirit man does not have any fear, because fear leads to bondage. Bondage is exactly what the devil wants. His desire is to keep you bound by fear. In doing so he can mislead you and take advantage of your life through deception. This is the path he desires for you to walk on, and one of the ways he leads you down that path is through fear.
It begins by getting you to make a decision based on fear. Whenever you begin to make choices based on fear, you are now going down a deceptive path. You may think you are doing the right thing because of what you are being told or have heard, but if the decision you make is because you are afraid, this will open you up to further deception. Now you are more easily deceived by what you are hearing, even common sense is no longer applied, for you are walking in deception.
When you are deceived you don’t know it or you wouldn’t be deceived. You may think you are making wise choices but don’t realize you are being mislead. This is why you must make your decisions in life based on God’s Word. Many think they are, but if you have any fear working in you, those decisions are not based on the Word. God’s Word brings a confident assurance, for His Word is Truth. Never base your decisions on fear, no matter what man may say. Always base your decisions on the Word, and you will not be lead down this deceptive path.
One of the redemptive names of God is Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there for me. When we became born again He came by His Spirit to live in us, and to be available for us. The key is we need to be aware of His presence to experience what He has provided. Find out more in this important teaching.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Absolute – “Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection.” In this world we live in there is only one thing that is absolute, our God. When you refer to our God you are also referring to His Word, for God and His Word are one. When you look to Psalm 18:30 and see that God’s Word is perfect, that it is proven, meaning it has been tested again and again, and every time proven true, you can see that the definition of absolute would refer to His Word.
If you want to go down the perfect path in life, if you desire to have a life that is complete, you will have to make God’s Word your “absolute”. It is one thing to make decisions in life based on your own desires, which apart from God’s Word isn’t good, but it becomes very deceptive and dangerous when we start making choices saying the Lord told us to do something when in fact what we think He has told us goes contrary to His Word. Because God and His Word are one, He never leads us contrary to His Word.
For anyone to live their life believing God is leading them contrary to scripture, they are headed down a dangerous path. This can certainly lead to even more bad decisions. Such choices are usually the result of us not liking what God’s Word tells us at the time. Jesus said in Luke 11:28 that those who hear the Word of God and keep it are blessed. So choose to make God’s Word your absolute, and you will see Him prove His Word to be the perfect path for your life.