flesh vs spirit
Understanding We’ve Already Died:
Judgment was the result of the sin of one man (Romans 5:15-19). This judgment came to all men. Judgment is upon all flesh whether you are “good people” or bad in the eyes of the world or self. It took only one sin to defile all. But, praise God, since it only took one man to bring condemnation; it took only one act of righteousness through One Man for all to be justified! One act of disobedience equals condemnation for all. One act of pure obedience equals justification to all who receive.
Although we have no choice in being born into condemnation, we must choose to receive justification. In other words, your biological mother could not choose for you at natural birth to be born into righteousness. It is a conscious act that has to come from the individual. You must seek it. It is always available, but still you must accept and receive it of our own free will. Since you were naturally born into condemnation, you now must be born (a separate birth) into supernatural justification and sanctification.
Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection brought into the earthly realm the Blood Covenant; it is a better covenant than the covenant made to Abraham. The awesome thing is that you get the better covenant plus all the promises given to Abraham and his descendants. God has provided more than you can ever think or imagine. You must seek death in order for His promises to be revealed and to be accessible.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:2-3, NAS).”
As an aside, I love what this Scripture reads: “God did.” What the Law could not accomplish, what man could not accomplish, God did! He did not leave you without hope in your condemned state. He fulfilled willingly what could not be fulfilled through ordinary man.
This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part IV of, Enter the Blood Covenant.
Peace and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf
As I mentioned in the last chapter, I had consigned myself back to Christ in February of 2000, after seven years of angry rebellion. However, too quickly I found myself right back in my fleshly ways resembling that of my rebellion. The result was becoming pregnant by a man that was not my husband. Our relationship was brief because I was quickly convicted (not quickly enough) of my sinful conduct. However, my covenant covering (Holy Spirit) was removed by my own actions of broken covenant.
Although God’s love for me never moved, as a result of my blatant disobedience, His covenant protection was. I was no longer living according to the Spirit but dead flesh. My soul was reactivated in an instant through lustful thinking allowing it to override the voice of Holy Spirit speaking into my spirit. I liken the flesh of mankind as unto a zombie we see in sci-fi movies. Though the person they once were is dead, as a zombie, the body moves at will all the while destroying everything in its wake.
It is of the utmost urgency to know, accept, and understand that one cannot enter into the blood covenant that Christ has freely offered until we choose death to the fleshly nature. Death activates God’s covenant. Disobedience, an act of the flesh, nullifies it.
“For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives (Hebrews 9:16-17, NAS).”
Man’s flesh cannot enter into a covenant because of its cursed condition. Nothing cursed can come into covenant with the pure and holy God. This is why Christ took the flesh of all mankind into the grave with Him –He crucified mankind – so as to allow us free access to the Kingdom of God. As we take up our own cross, we accept death as the only source of entrance into holy covenant. Although we’re technically already dead, it requires our acknowledgment. Because Jesus is the last sacrifice and He shed His own blood, we cannot receive the new blood of Christ until we are purged of the old blood of Adam.
We must, spiritually speaking, give up our old condemned blood (Adam’s) in order to receive the new pure blood (Christ’s). His blood was shed for us so that we may receive it. We are not obligated and we all have the right to keep our own. But, in doing so, we keep death eternal. God says in Deuteronomy that we “choose” life or death, blessing or curse. If we choose to keep our own blood, we choose a curse. We choose life only when we choose His life-giving blood, His covenant of blessing.
It is of the utmost importance to understand “dying to the flesh” so to validate and activate covenant with God. Merely saying the “sinner’s prayer” may grant access to heaven upon death of the physical body, but if the individual does not accept that he or she must die to his or her natural man and the desires thereof while here on earth, that person will never truly enter into covenant with Yahweh as intended. To reiterate, Christ crucified the flesh of all of mankind at His death, therefore it is dead. When we live according to the flesh (death), we give false-life to a dead thing causing much destruction.
This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part II of, Enter the Blood Covenant.
Peace and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf
The Natural Becomes Unnatural:
I once heard it said at a Chuck Pierce/Dutch Sheets conference, we should all desire and pray that “the natural will become unnatural and the supernatural of God become natural.” Translation: you should be so in tune with and led by Holy Spirit that acting worldly (fleshly) becomes unnatural, and operating supernaturally, like God, becomes everyday life.
Let’s recall Galatians 5:16-21. First, it reads, “the desire of the flesh,” not “desires” plural. The flesh has one ultimate goal, one single desire: to do everything contrary to God and holiness. Satan destroys man by the lures of this world; it is the fleshly nature that is drawn by the devil. This whole battle mankind experiences is Satan against God. Man is merely a pawn Satan utilizes to defeat God. You know that ultimately God wins, but, Satan is overcome by God through man. You are crucial in this war!
Each one of us are guilty of at least one sin led by fleshly desire, even the nicest, kindest, most moral person. Just because a person does nice things does not mean they are led by Holy Spirit. Scads of “moral” people are without Christ and sentenced to hell. When Holy Spirit is in control, all attributes of Holy Spirit, the entire nature of God, will come from you: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, compassion, mercy, humility, mercy and compassion. These describe the very essence and nature of God. When God has been allowed to consume you, this is what the world will witness and they will be drawn to God in you us, not you the person.
When you give all over to Christ, automatically the desire of the flesh will begin to fall away; not that it is necessarily easy as one thinks of easy, but Holy Spirit will override the fleshly desire. Only one can be in control – Holy Spirit or the flesh. By inserting the Light within and then allowing Holy Spirit to commune with your spirit, He begins to show you every wicked way in you, whether on the surface or buried deeply within. In doing so, you may confess and repent and be made whole. No one knows what to confess until it is revealed. The majority of Christians flounder in their faith because they have no idea of the root of their problem in life. You do not know where to begin the cleaning unless you allow Him to reveal it.
The Human Race:
The human race as a whole is a disaster. Each generation is worse than the last. Remember the law of increase instituted by God back in the Garden? That law is still in motion. Because of the curse sentenced to man, the law works against you instead of for you. You need to buckle down, stop running around doing, doing, doing all the time and begin to focus on developing a truly personal relationship with God.
After the cleansing, blessings that have been hindered from your grasp and your family for generations can now begin to flow into and through you. How marvelous is God’s unfailing compassion and mercy!
Romans 8:10-13: If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part VI of, Dead Flesh, Living Spirit.
Peace and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf
Abstinence from the Flesh:
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wished to come after Me, he must deny himself…(Matthew 16:24-25, NAS).’”
I Thessalonians 4:3-8 (NAS): For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
We in our flesh do not have the capacity to abstain from anything of the world for very long, just like how I was when I first came back to Christ. Your flesh is weak. Once you choose through Holy Spirit that you no longer want your flesh to rule, you can then resign your flesh to death so that you may receive Holy Spirit anointing; that He may overtake your very way of thinking and operation in day to day life.
His light, The Light, is now in you and He separates (discerns) good from evil for and through you. His completed work at the cross is active through you. His light reveals the mess that is inside you just as He revealed of the condition of the earth in Genesis 1:2 – now deep cleansing can begin. Cleansing is for the purpose of making room for Him to live. Once clean, you must daily keep yourself clean.
The natural mind focuses on the things of the flesh, aka lustful passion. Once Holy Spirit is able to move in and take over, then you can begin to think with the mind of Christ, which is God’s desire. Because Christ crucified sinful flesh of all mankind, it is crucified permanently from God’s perspective. However, we are instructed to daily crucify the flesh consigning it to the death Christ enacted. You must consciously, every day, pray that He show you how to allow His life to overrule the old man. Then you can transition from praying and asking to declaring and decreeing His promises!
Because you still live in this earthen vessel, you must constantly pull down the natural ways. If the prophet Elijah and King David could find themselves in the situations they did after many years led by Holy Spirit, who are you or I to think we can allow our flesh to override the Spirit, even for a moment, and be blessed? You cannot neglect Holy Spirit for a millisecond. You cannot be carnal in any form and think it is okay with God just because He is the God of love. Your foolishness of lack of obedience is wasting God’s precious time. Align every moment of every hour so that you will be effective for God’s Kingdom expansion.
This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next week we’ll continue with part IV of, Dead Flesh, Living Spirit.
Peace and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf
Galatians 6:17 (NAS): For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
II Corinthians 4:7-12 (NAS): But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.
The Physical Body:
The purpose of the physical body of man is to bring honor and glory to God always and in everything; to become the living, breathing physical manifestation of Jesus Christ. The physical man is not brought back to life since it was cursed with death at The Fall and buried in death with Jesus. The physical man will ultimately die and go back to its original form of dust and ash. The spirit within, however, is awakened to new life. It is of the utmost importance to understand that the physical is not what Christ saves, but the spirit within man.
Many say incorrectly, “Christ-followers have two natures: that of the flesh and that of the Spirit.” Once a person is in Christ, they have one nature – the supernatural nature of Christ. The second nature is that of the flesh, the natural man, but it does not belong to us – it is no longer who we are. It is merely a temporary dwelling place; a “tent” as Paul calls it. It’s likened unto living in a hotel. No matter how long you live there, you do not own it; it is external from the “you” who dwells there. The things of the hotel, though you utilize the stuff, aren’t yours. We have to take care of the living quarters no matter how rundown or how ritzy. Basically, our spirit (merged with Holy Spirit) only lives temporarily in the shell – the human body – but neither the body itself or the nature of the body is your identity.
When I first rededicated my life to Christ in February 2000 after seven years of rebellion, I once again had awareness of my sinful state. It was my first encounter with Holy Spirit revealing things to me that had to be relinquished such as pride, control, rebellion, perversion, anger, unforgiveness, judgment, etc. For me, the most difficult thing to give up was sex outside of marriage. I smoked randomly and had never been drawn to alcohol. I had a gutter mouth after divorce and miscarriages but I had given that up. Once I dove into the Word and was convicted of fornication, I also willingly submitted it.
I did well for almost a year. The problem was that I did not understand this crucifixion of self. I strived in the natural to do what I had perceived was pleasing to Christ. I knew and even understood that premarital sex was an act of rebellion against God because the Bible plainly stated that as fact. Unfortunately, the drive of the flesh overtook me after eight or nine months and I found myself right back where I started. I could not understand what went wrong. I wanted to please God and I did not want to displease Him. Despite that, I still sinned willingly.
We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with, Dead Flesh, Living Spirit, subtitle “What Went Wrong?” If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. This writing is from chapter 6 of the revised version of, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die.” Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf