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Born Again - From Sinners to Saints Part 2

Born Again - From Sinners to Saints - Part 2
Two Dogs, Two Natures Fighting For Control

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. Romans 8:26 (NKJV)

We are looking at a two-part devotional titled, Born again -  from Sinners to Saints.  In Part One we discussed how we were once sinners separated from God and dead in our trespasses, but once we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and repented of our sin, we have been spiritually born again and we are a new creation in Christ Jesus.  

Q:    Does this mean if we become a Christian we won't sin, or if we do sin then are we not truly a Christian?

As Christian believers we will stumble and sin occasionally, but it will only be the exception where it was once the rule.  We will still have a sin nature in our flesh but we will have been given a new nature from God as well.  This new nature comes to us as the Holy Spirit begins His residency inside our physical bodies.  He begins to pull us toward God's righteous ways to those things bringing us peace and joy.  

It is at this time where Satan begins to pick up the tempo of his attacks through a series of lies and by firing thoughts into our head.  If he can get us to first think and then believe these lies then we will begin to look to the things of this world in an attempt to find our contentment, joy happiness and sense of worth.  There is a popular analogy about these two natures fighting for control over our lives, and it goes like this.  There are two dogs, both looking to be fed.  Whichever dog we feed the most, this is the dog that will grow the biggest.

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that ones' slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:16 (NKJV)

And so it is with our two natures.  Our old nature desires to please the flesh by whatever means necessary and will seek anything to stimulate and fulfill these desires.  Whereas our new nature desires to please God and to seek His will.  We must remember, we are no longer slaves to sin, but have chosen to be slaves to righteousness (Rom. 6:18). 

Q:    What does this mean to us practically today?

We have a responsibility to walk in newness and as such, we need to choose to be obedient choosing to put off the old man and our old nature and choosing each morning to put on the new man, which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:22-32).  As we choose to do this we can seek God's power (Eph. 5:18) and guidance (John 16:13) to keep us from obeying the lust of our flesh.  This is called walking in the Spirit and it is our only way to be successful in our Christian walk (John 15:5).

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to accept your new identity in Christ Jesus.  Let's not allow the enemy to slip in his lie accusing us of being what we once were apart from the work of the cross.  We have been delivered and should seek God daily for His strength to walk in freedom in Christ.  When it comes to our identity, we are no longer sinners under God's wrath we are saints under God's grace.   

STUDY QUESTION: According to Galatians 5:16-17 how can we keep from fulfilling the lust of our flesh?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you getting up each morning and seeking God in prayer asking Him for His protective armor and His strength to obey His word?

APPLICATION: Take time every day to start with reading your Bible and praying to God.  Put on your protective armor (Eph. 6:12-17), and be filled with God's Spirit (Eph. 5:18).  

Father, thank You for Your truth as contained within the Bible.  Help me to remember I am no longer a sinner, but I am now a saint.  Thank You for my new identity, nature and place within Your family.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit today Lord, and lead me in Your ways.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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