Profile Of An Enemy

PROFILE OF AN ENEMY

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  Romans 8:7-8

         Sometimes it’s helpful for me to take a spiritual truth and flesh it out inside an earthly illustration.  Then, I can see it.  Through the night, I’ve been asking God for a good analogy regarding these verses.

         Suppose that there is a righteous man in my community.  Many are employed by him, respect him, and he is rich in friends.  Wanting to be associated with someone upstanding, I brag to my family and friends that I am also his friend.  Continue reading “Profile Of An Enemy”

THE LIVING DEAD

THE LIVING DEAD

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  Romans 8:6

         So many emails came yesterday that it wasn’t possible to respond to each of you.  I was so touched and encouraged that yesterday’s devotional hit a nerve.  I am so impressed by the spiritual depth and maturity of this devotional family.  You truly are eager for solid spiritual food.  Some of your notes were challenging; asking me questions to further clarify what I believe I’m learning.  Thank you!

I’ve got my feet set in this new direction.  Those who live according to the flesh are unbelievers.  Those who live according to the Spirit are God’s children.  The reason I believe God led me to this conclusion is through the phrase “setting your mind”. Continue reading “THE LIVING DEAD”

Carnal Christian or Unbeliever?

CARNAL CHRISTIAN OR UNBELIEVER?

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  Romans 8:5

         Bear with me.  There is no way to interact with Romans and not engage with the deeper things of the faith.  Today’s scripture is a prime example.  Many days, I track the number of people who open these devotionals and read them.  The days the numbers are high tend to be connected to catchy emotional titles; ones that deal with fear, anger, abandonment, etc.  The days the numbers are low are usually ones where a title is more intellectual than heart-oriented.  I contend that we need both.  Material that causes us to think will lead to an emotional response if we ask God to let it penetrate our heart.

         This section of Romans 8 is controversial.  Many believe that there are three categories of people; the unsaved, the carnal Christian, and the committed follower of Christ. Continue reading “Carnal Christian or Unbeliever?”

Defeated Or Hopeful

DEFEATED OR HOPEFUL?

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.  By sending His own Son in the likeness for sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Romans 8:3-4

Ever feel like you can’t do anything right?  If you live with this nagging sense of defeat, most likely you’ve lived in an environment where there were too many unreasonable rules.

I grew up in a home where there were many expectations.  Children weren’t really children but were expected to be little adults.  While the rules weren’t written and posted, they were communicated clearly even though unspoken.  No running in the house.  Continue reading “Defeated Or Hopeful”