Believe the Truth, Not Lies

To Be Like Him
Summary Romans 8:1-30

God the Father, by sending Jesus Christ, God the Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who WALK (in conduct) NOT according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

In other words, Jesus Christ died on that cross to save us from our slavery to sin. He died that we might die with him to sin and that we might live to him and to his righteousness. For if we set our minds on the flesh, it ends in death, but if we set our minds on the Spirit, we have life with Christ and peace in him. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Thus, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if we live according to the flesh we will die in our sins. But if by the Spirit we are putting to death the misdeeds of the flesh, then we will live with Christ for eternity. For it is us who are being led by the Spirit who are the children of God.

This doesn’t mean we are perfect people. No! We daily must die to sin and self and live to Christ and to his righteousness. And the Holy Spirit helps us by giving us counsel, encouragement, strength, and power to say “No!” to ungodliness and fleshly lusts and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives while we wait for Christ’s return (Tit 2:11-14; Lu 9:23-26).

Also, we who believe in Jesus were predestined of God to be conformed to the image (likeness) of Jesus Christ. We are to be like him in all that we are, do, and say. We are not to be like the world and like the ungodly, for Jesus called us out from the world to be holy unto him.

If God is For Us
Romans 8:31-32 ESV

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Who is the “us” in this passage of Scripture? We can’t pull these verses out of context and apply them broadly to everyone who makes a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. The “us” is those who are walking according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. For if we live according to the flesh, we will die in our sins. But if by the Spirit we are putting to death the misdeeds of the flesh, then we will live with Christ for eternity.

God is on our side. He is for us who love (are obeying) him, who have been crucified with Christ in death to sin and who are living to Christ and to his righteousness in the power of God’s Spirit living within us, who are daily dying to sin and self and who are following Jesus according to his ways.

But this is not saying that we won’t have opposition. We will! Satan is our enemy, along with all his hordes. We will have human enemies, too, who are doing the bidding of Satan, some willingly and others not knowingly, but who still know that what they are doing is wrong. Jesus promised us we would be hated like he was.

He’s Interceding for Us
Romans 8:33-36 ESV

“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“’For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’”

So, it isn’t that no one can be against us, but that if God is for us that they will not be able to overpower us unless we let them. For God has given us everything we need in him to live victoriously over our enemy Satan and over anyone who would come against us. God will carry us through every hardship, every heartache, and every trial we will face on this earth.

No matter what we are going through, God is still completely sovereign over all that he has made. He is still on the throne. He is still in charge. He is still in control. Nothing can touch us but what God allows it for his purposes and he will work it out for good in our lives, to prune, purify and mature us.

So, we need to take everything to God in prayer. We need to trust him with the circumstances of our lives and not give way to fear. For, if we belong to Jesus, he is watching over us, and he is interceding for us to the Father. He has not abandoned us. There isn’t anything we are going through that he didn’t tell us in advance that we would experience.

More than Conquerors
Romans 8:37-39 ESV

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Satan is a BIG FAT LIAR. When we go through trials and troubles he will try to convince us that we are helpless against whatever it is that is coming against us. He will try to convince us, too, to worry and to fret, and to take matters into our own hands, rather than to pray and commit it to the Lord.

We must not listen to his lies! God is still on the throne. Jesus is still King of kings and Lord of lords. If we are living according to the Spirit and if we are not living by the flesh, we are more than conquerors through him who loves us, because we are depending upon his strength and power to see us through and we are not relying on our flesh.

So, let me just say this here. This is NOT a promise to everyone who professes the name of Jesus but who are still living for the flesh, and not according to the Spirit, that their sinful lifestyles will not separate them from the love of God. The Scriptures teach the opposite of that. They teach that if you walk according to the flesh you will die in your sins.

So, don’t believe Satan’s lies which say you can be “in Christ” and be on your way to heaven and that you can still live in sin. Read the whole chapter. You will be separated from God for eternity unless you repent of your sins and turn to follow Jesus Christ with your lives. So, stop believing the lies, and believe the truth, for your eternity depends on it.

Pray, Pray, Pray

An Original Work / September 6, 2012
Based off Various Scriptures

Pray that eyes may enlightened be,
So they may know Christ.
Pray that they may Him better know,
Strengthened by His pow’r.
Pray that they may grasp
How wide and long
And high and deep
Is Christ’s love.
Pray that they may be filled
To the fullness of God’s love.
Pray with thanksgiving.

Pray for an open door for me,
So I may share Christ.
Pray when the gospel is proclaimed –
Shared with clarity.
Pray words are given me so
I declare the gospel fearlessly.
I pray for you to be active
Sharing your faith, too.
Pray continually.

We oft not know for what to pray,
So we ask for help.
The Spirit intercedes for us –
Words cannot express.
Just keep on praying for the saints
With all kinds of requests to God.
Pray they may have faith to
Please their God in ev’ry way.
Pray with joyfulness.

5 thoughts on “Believe the Truth, Not Lies

  1. This is solid Scripture, even the clarifications are bang on and it is because of the clarifications that I am encouraged. The more that God reveals of Himself to me, the more that I am aware of the difference between God and myself, because it not only involves our actions, which are always subject to error, but it also involves our thoughts, which can and does open up motives such as selfishness and pride and a wide spectrum of realities that focus on myself. The dying to self is a process and somedays it is one step forward and two steps back. Not every day but enough that one is mindful of how easily one can allow emotions to over ride what we know we ought to do and what we actually do. And with our thoughts, that is where the mind or the heart of man comes into play and very little surprises me in that area. Sometimes it is enough just to say, “not today” and the thought will go away but we cannot and must not entertain anything that is not in accordance with the will and nature of God. It can be patience, acceptance or a host of little things that pop into our minds, some of which I recognize and I would suspect, other times I am not aware. When God says that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways, I don’t think we truly comprehend the reality of that statement. When God says to be Holy because He is Holy, He knows we can’t do that, not even close. Jesus perfectly followed the will of our Father and no one besides Him has ever come close to doing what He did and does.

    We are perfect in Christ because His righteousness is imputed to us, that is the sheer grace and love of God in action. When we endeavour to walk in the Spirit we are in fact staying in the process of aiming towards Jesus bringing us to completion in Him. In other words, we do as best as we can to follow the will of God that we can comprehend, which I suspect is probably minimal when the magnitude of God’s attributes are being taken into consideration. This post of yours Sue speaks of that process and it is ongoing. In other words, we never lose sight of that and we never walk away from that. We do our part, poorly as it is and God does His part. The important part is that Jesus is our continual hope and Jesus is our continual means, even when we mess up. Infrequent sin happens, but as it is brought to light, we confess it, ask for forgiveness and do our part in correcting the wrong that has been done. It can be something as simple as saying I am sorry to my wife if I get hurt by something that she says or does that causes me to over react. I strongly dislike any discord between my wife and myself. I have to get rid of it and if I am the cause of it, I have no problem stating that I over reacted or whatever. If she has said something that is unkind or hurtful, which does happen from time to time, usually very infrequently, I can forgive her because I can and do, the same thing at times. And after I have confessed the sin which is basically doing anything which is contrary to the will and nature of God, I also ask God to do what only He can do to fix it. I do my part and He does His part and the discord is gone. Bruce can be a real idiot at times.

    One of the keys is bringing everything to the Lord in prayer as we become aware of it. Everything means without exception. Short story is that I need all the help I can get. Recently it struck me on how little that I do comprehend about God’s attributes and nature, for lack of better words and the huge difference between He and myself. I marvel that He loves us, knowing us as He does but He does and I am grateful for that. I also know that literally nothing can separate us from God’s love, which also boggles my mind and of course the fact that God so loved us that He sent us His Son. That slays me.

    Perfection is something that we will never achieve in and of ourselves, while we are in these bodies. I am resigned to that. I will never be Holy as God is Holy, in and of my own endeavours. However, because of what Jesus did, who was without blemish, for you and me, we are righteous in God’s sight because of the righteousness of Christ that is given to us, because of our faith and trust in Jesus, God’s Son. And, while on this earth, I am committed to become more and more like Jesus every day, by striving to trust in Jesus in literally everything that I do. That is the hard part because as God makes me aware of a shortfall, I need to ask Him to help me overcome it and sometimes that takes time. Eventually I get there and my thinking changes or my understanding increases, and then, just to make it interesting, He shows me something else. I call it the layers of an onion that He reveals and I suspect there are a lot more layers than I am not aware of.

    It’s the process of learning to walk in the Spirit and achieving perfection may be the aim but it is not the goal because that is not going to happen. It is seeing the difference, at least to the ability that God allows us to see that difference, and trusting in God to get us to where He wants us to be in Christ.

    I know you know God’s Word and you and I have disagreements on some what I call, minor issues. I can live with that, we are all different and yet all the same. I am not really sure why I have taken the time to write this out to you, other than I wanted you to know that in the vast majority of cases I do agree with you. I am a firm believer in letting other Christians know that we all fail, we all fall short, I don’t care how Holy one thinks that they are. The key, at least for me, is to understand myself and my relationship with God, and how that relates to other Christians and non-believers that God puts in front of me. And to keep pressing towards that mark, like the Apostle Paul says. I haven’t achieved but I keep pressing forward. And I believe that being honest about oneself, especially with other sincere Christians, is what God wants us to do and share, within reason. We should be building one another up when at all possible.

    So, I thank you for this post, I loved it, I could identify with all of it and it blessed me. May God’s grace, peace and blessings be poured upon you and yours Sue. Love in Christ – Bruce

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    • Bruce, thank you for sharing your heart with me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the passage of Scripture and on the teaching from the Scripture. All glory to God! I appreciate your encouragement. I appreciate your honesty. Yes, we are not perfect people. Yes, we are all growing, or we should be, by God’s grace into maturity in Christ, and yes, God is not finished with us yet. He’s still working on us, for which I am very thankful. God bless you, Bruce.

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  2. Praying with you sister, that those who are blind will have their eyes opened. I also was touched by what Bruce said in his comment……he shared his heart and in agreement with what he said. Oh how we all are a work in progress. We all are walking that Emmaus road and some are further along in their faith than others. I just find for me, the more I study of GOD, the more I am convicted of all my sins and how much I need my Savior JESUS CHRIST. Blessings sweet sister!

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