Fundamentals Of Victorious Christian Living Part 21

I believe most people are unable to receive healing as a result of an unrenewed mind to their position in Christ Jesus. If you see yourself as nothing more than a sinner saved by grace, you will never be positioned to receive God’s promises.

People believe that God can heal. This is usually without debate. The question is usually not whether He can but instead whether He will. 

Christians struggle with receiving from God. They do not renew their minds to His promises and then become discouraged when their hopes are not fulfilled.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Ephesians 8:11

Christians have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead abiding in their spirit. We would not struggle the way most Christians do if we had a revelation of this truth.

Many people put up with aches and pains and accept them as part of the human experience. Jesus allowed His body to be broken for our healing (1 Corinthians 11:24) and we do not have to put up with anything the devil sends our way!

We need to realize that even though we are human this does not mean we have to suffer the way non-Christians do. The Holy Spirit has sealed us into Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:13) and filled us with His presence and power. Our redeemed spirit will dominate our physical bodies if we will turn our attention inward and develop an awareness of our position in Christ Jesus.

Christians do not have to put up with poor eyesight, decreased mobility resulting from aging, or any other physical ailment! Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13-14) and we are complete in Him.

And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

Deuteronomy 34:7

Moses lived in an inferior covenant. He did not have God living inside of his spirit and he was not redeemed. Christians should expect no less from God than what Moses experienced!

You can walk in supernatural health, prosperity, and joy! The key that unlocks the fullness of all God has provided is a revelation of our position in Christ.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 6:6

If our old man has been crucified, why do we still struggle with sin? This is a question many people have asked. I believe the answer is found in this verse. Paul tells us that the old man (i.e., sin nature) was crucified so that the body of sin “might be destroyed”.

We are spirit, have a soul, and live in a body. At death, we leave our bodies behind and transition to heaven if we’ve made Jesus the Lord of our life. The body is left behind. In the same sense, our sin nature is dead but it left behind the “body of sin”.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:26

The body cannot live without our spirit. It is like a spacesuit that enables astronauts to operate in space. We are spirit first, created in God’s image. Our spirit leaves the body at death and it may take time for the body to decay.

The sin nature dies when a person asks Jesus to become their Savior. Paul tells us that the Christian is a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our nature is changed but the old has left behind a body that must be dealt with! This is the reason a Christian will struggle with sin after conversion.

The “body of sin” is rooted in our souls. It is an entire way of thinking that must be dealt with. Our old nature taught us how to sin, fear, and hate. Our soul consists of the mind, will, intellect, and emotions. It is similar to a computer that produces output commensurate with the input that is entered into it.

Your old nature is gone if you have invited Jesus into your heart. It has been crucified with Christ and is dead and buried. It will no longer compel us to sin but it did leave behind a body that is the unrenewed mind.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1-2

Freedom from the old way of thinking will not come without us spending time meditating on the truths of God’s Word. We must spend time allowing it to wash our minds (Ephesians 5:26). Paul calls this process “the renewing” of our minds.

Our spirits have been made new. They are identical to Jesus (1 John 4:17) but our souls are not not. This is the reason so many Christians struggle with sin and it will not change until we give the Word of God proper place in our daily lives.

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