The Christian's Daily Conflict (8-17-16)

During our service last night we discussed the great conflict of every Christian, that we "do not do what [we] want" because there is an ongoing, internal battle between the "flesh" (σαρκός; the carnal or mortal nature) and the indwelling Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit, we would always side with the flesh! But according to Galatians 5:17, "the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other,..." Thank God for his faithfulness in this conflict! Because the Spirit is at work in us, we can "reckon ourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 6:11). This reckoning is a conscious decision on our part. The greek word λογίζομαι means to use our mental faculties to reason to a logical conclusion (decision) and come to a "bottom-line". That bottom line is this: I'm dead to sin, dead to the sin-nature, dead to sin's mastery over me, so that I no longer have to live by it, but instead I can live for God! So how is it that we can make such a radical decision and come to such a conclusion? Romans 8:12, "Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live." Oh praise be to God who has given us the new life of his Spirit's presence, who has imparted to us a new nature and new spiritual life (a new creation!), who daily transforms us into the image of Jesus Christ!

-- Pastor Roy