Friday, October 23, 2015

BIBLE STUDY: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: WEEK # 2 10/23/15

Prayer:


Father God, You are our Creator. You have fashioned us after Your own-self. Your Word teaches us to be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and to do the work according to Your pleasing.  Lord, sometimes the flesh want allow us to do this, so we come to You in humble hearts asking You to help us walk in the Spirit, so we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. We desire to learn more about the flesh and the Spirit, so we can work a good work for Your glory. Help us to do this work in the Spirit so others will see our good works and turn to Jesus. Help us to do the work of an evangelist for the up-building of Your Kingdom. Bless us to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit in Jesus' name, AMEN.

 

Let's Walk……………………..

Scripture Reading:     (Mark 16: 20) (I Corinthians 2:14-15)

Study 2            Working in the Spirit:

 

First let's look at the works of the flesh:        Read……………

I           Man's Carnal Nature:

(Roman7:18; 25; 8:8; 13, Galatians 5:176:18, I John2:16)

II         Mortify the flesh by subduing fleshly lust:

(Matthew 5:29, Romans 6:6; 13:14, Galatians 5:16, Colossians 3:5, I Peter 2:11; 4:2)

III        Self-Denial:

(Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:26; 27, Romans 8:13; 15:1, Galatians 5:24)

 

Walking in the Spirit you must mortify the deeds of the flesh. Fasting is a good way to bring the flesh under subjection to the Holy Spirit and be led by Him, so you can be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will warn you concerning these deeds that are operating in your flesh. The Holy Spirit will guide you to walk in the fruits of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22-26)

(Romans 8:13). For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die—in the sense of (Romans 6:21), but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live—in the sense of (Romans 6:22). The apostle is not satisfied with assuring them that they are under no obligation and he uses the word "mortify" (put to death) as a kind of play upon the word "die" just before. "If ye do not kill sin, it will kill you." But he tempers this by the bright alternative that if they do, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body, such a course will infallibly terminate in "life" everlasting. And this leads the apostle into a new line of thought, opening into his final subject, the "glory" awaiting the justified believer.

Note, (1) "There can be no safety, no holiness, no happiness, to those who are out of Christ: No "safety," because all such are under the condemnation of the law (Romans 8:1); no holiness, because such only as are united to Christ have the spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9); no happiness, because to be "carnally minded is death" (Romans 8:6)."  (2) The sanctification of believers, as it has its whole foundation in the atoning death, so it has its living spring in the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:2-4). (3) "The bent of the thoughts, affections, and pursuits, is the only decisive test of character (Romans 8:5)."  (4) No human refinement of the carnal mind will make it spiritual, or compensate for the absence of spirituality. "Flesh" and "spirit" are essentially and unchangeably opposed; nor can the carnal mind, as such, be brought into real subjection to the law of God (Romans 8:5-7). Hence (5) the estrangement of God and the sinner is mutual. For as the sinner's state of mind is "enmity against God" (Romans 8:7), so in this state he "cannot please God" (Romans 8:8). (6) Since the Holy Ghost is, in the same breath, called indiscriminately "the Spirit of God," "the Spirit of Christ," and "Christ" Himself (as an indwelling life in believers), the essential unity and yet Personal distinctness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, m the one adorable Godhead must be believed, as the only consistent explanation of such language (Romans 8:9-11). (7) The consciousness of spiritual life in our renewed souls is a glorious assurance of resurrection life in the body also, in virtue of the same quickening Spirit whose inhabitation we already enjoy (Romans8:11). (8) Whatever professions of spiritual life men may make, it remains eternally true that "if we live after the flesh we shall die," and only "if we through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body we shall live" (Romans 8:13, and compare Ga 6:7, 8; Ephesians 5:6; Philippians 3:18, 19; 1John 3:7, 8).

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." (Romans 8:12-13)

 

In Romans 8:13, we come to one of those seemingly paradoxical statements in Scripture. Right at the tail end of a passage informing us of what the Spirit of God can do through us, we are instructed to mortify the deeds of the body. How can this be? The Apostle Paul has already lamented in the last chapter over the ongoing struggle between the believer's New Nature, with its desire to obey God and do that which is good, and the Old Nature that remains within us, with its animosity toward the things of God and inclination to gratify its own lusts. We have already been shown that self-effort is utterly worthless in bringing our flesh into subjection so that we might fully obey the Lord. Yet now we are being admonished to mortify the deeds of the flesh? Herein lies the element of co-operation in the ongoing process of Sanctification. Sanctification, like Salvation, is wholly the work of God in us; but unlike Salvation, Sanctification requires a certain amount of effort on our part. No, it is not our effort which accomplishes Sanctification (we can in no way make ourselves holy), but we are called to mortify, literally to put to death, the sin that we practice. "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry" (Colossians 3:5).  In a similar passage, Paul again describes the mortifying of sin which we lived and walked in before we knew God (Col. 3:7). He implores the believers in Colosse to "put off" anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication (v. 8), in short, to put off the Old Man with his deeds (v.9). Instead, we are told to "put on" the New Man (v. 10). The way the language is used here, the "putting on" alludes to the putting on of clothes. We are told that we have changed outfits, so to speak, and are now wearing a brand new set of clothing.

It is the Holy Spirit Who provides the new clothes that we are to put on and walk in, yet it is up to us whether or not we choose to wear them. God has graciously provided that which we never possibly could in that He has not only saved us from the penalty of sin, but from the power of it. He has given us the ability to choose to obey Him and, by the indwelling Holy Spirit, overcome the temptations that ensnare us. He has given us the ability to choose, but choose we must. We are empowered to say no to sin's temptation, but never forced to do so. It is up to us which suit of clothes we are going to wear.  Therefore, we are called to put to death, to lay aside, to put away the sinful deeds that we practiced before we came to Christ and commit them no more. The Greek verb in Romans 8:13 translated mortify is written in the present tense. It is something that must be done continually, not something that is done once and for all. So often we get the idea that we can pray for deliverance from temptation occasionally and that should carry us through. We feel that the hour or two we spend in worship each Sunday morning will keep us sanctified all week long. But the decision as to which nature we are going to actually walk in is one that we must make daily, if not more often. Will we follow the Holy Spirit and obey Him, mortifying the deeds of the flesh and walking according to the New Nature? Or will we continue to live as debtors to the Old Nature, having come to faith in Jesus Christ yet living as if we hadn't? God has given every believer the power to obey, but we must continually choose to do so. Our faith is works, so we must release our faith with our words. When we believe the Word, it becomes real. "That's our works!"

 

Now let's look at Spiritual Service:   

Exodus 23:25

"And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Deuteronomy 10:12

"And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Joshua 24:14

"Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

I Chronicles 28:9

"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.

Psalm 2:11

"Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 100:2

"Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

I Corinthians 15:58

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

Ephesians 6:7

"With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Hebrews 12:28

"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Haggai 2:4-Working with God

"Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts:

 

To sum it up we can see evidence of whether or not we are walking in the flesh or walking the Spirit as follows:

1          Those who have the Spirit of God produce fruits that reveal whether they are a child of God or not.  If there are no Spiritual fruits, then God is not their Father.

2          Those who walk in the Spirit have crucified the flesh and do not submit themselves to the desires of the flesh but those who don't walk in the Spirit grieve the Spirit and their works producing nothing more than the wages that they have earned and that is death (Rom 6:23).

3          Those who walk in the flesh live according to the flesh prove that they do by their works but those with the Spirit of God prove that they are Christ's by producing a Christ-like life.

4          Those who walk in the flesh produce the fruits of the flesh like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these" (Gal 5:20-21a) but those who walk in the Spirit "will not gratify the desires of the flesh" (Gal 5:16).

5          Those who "put to death the deeds of the body (or flesh)" (Rom 8:13) are truly walking in the Spirit but those who do not have the Spirit of Christ assuredly do "not belong to him" (Romans 8:9).


Questions:

1).        What is man's carnal nature?

2).        What do mortify means

3).        How do discipline and self-denial work?

4).        Explain Romans 8:13

5).        How do we mortify the deeds of the flesh?   

6).        Explain the flesh and the spirit.        

7).        Name some scriptures that instruct us to mortify the deeds of the flesh.

8).        In detail describe the sin nature we had before we knew God.

9).        Spiritually speaking, who provide our new clothes we put on?

10).      Who is responsible for putting on these new clothes?

11).      Explain our works.

12).      After reading the scriptures on spiritual service, explain spiritual service.

13).      Explain walking in the Spirit.

14).      Explain walking in the flesh.

15).      What have you learn from reading Romans chapters 1-8?

 

Exercise:         Week #2 Walking in the Spirit today:

What did you do to know you were walking in the Spirit today?

Extra: Joy

I choose Joy. . .I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. . .the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

Personal Prayer:

Lord, thank You for all You have given me. Thank You for the gift of the Salvation. Help me to see all the wonderful things in my life and not focus on the negative. Help me to have a positive attitude during difficult seasons in my life. Help me to develop joy in my life and to attract others to You through the joy that overflows from my heart. Thank You.  In Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen.

 

Weekly Reading:        Week # 2         (Romans 8-15) Monday through Sunday.

Prayer Time

Prayer Time
Praying for Peace