(Jay talked about the importance of having a word recorded, because the person giving the word will not remember it, and because it is beneficial for the receiver to listen to it over and over.)
Sermon message: Text: Galatians 5:16-26. We have to live over our flesh. When you fast, some things manifest, and some things of the flesh come out.
When we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians5:16). The flesh is your will. Most people get verse 16 backward. They think if they control the flesh, then they will get closer to God. We need God’s power to live above the flesh. The flesh and the Spirit conflict with each other (Galatians 5:17). If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:18). We are under the law if we try to make something happen and by trying to work it out. Galatians 5:19-21 tell about those things that are the works of the flesh. Not inheriting the kingdom of God does not mean that they are going to hell. You are only responsible for the light that you have been given, and you are to seek more light.
Those who are Christ’s crucify the flesh. Galatians 5:24 says that those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh. Take an honest look at your life. What is coming out of you? Is it the work of the Spirit or the work of the flesh? You may find areas you need to work on, when you answer that question. The book of James says that we are not to deceive ourselves. Not everything that you deal with is a demon or from the devil. Sometimes it is just our flesh.
Walk in the Spirit, and you will not do the works of the flesh. Choose to walk in the Spirit. Whatever you are feeding on, is what you will get- the Spirit or the flesh.
What do you do when you sin? Do you keep focusing on the sin, or do you repent immediately? Look to Jesus and what He did rather than focusing on your mess-up. We are made worthy through Christ Jesus. Do not beat yourself up with what you have done.
If we are born-again, we are crucified and resurrected with Christ. Our flesh died at the cross. We see flesh everyday. We are reminded of it by what we do and do not do. It will tell you that it is not crucified, but our flesh is crucified by Jesus. We have to believe by faith that our flesh is crucified.
We can choose how we will react to other people. We are crucified and resurrected with Christ. Focus on walking in the Spirit and some of those flesh things will take care of themselves. We have been trained to put the flesh under. We are not to bear our cross. Jesus told His Old Covenant men to bear their crosses, but nothing of that is mentioned in the New Testament after that. We do not have to bear our crosses. Believe by faith that you are dead.
Romans 8:14 says that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Romans 6:4 states that we are buried with Him through baptism. Romans 7 is about Paul’s struggle in himself, but do not let that define you. That is about what he used to be. It is about the law, but is followed by chapter 8, which is about the Christ who delivers us. We do not have to dress up (fix up) the flesh because it is dead. We must consider that we are dead because of what we believe. Fasting may clarify things, but there must be a balance in that, so we do not get into a ditch on the other side of it. Focus of the fact that we have been crucified and resurrected with Him.
In the beginning God gave Adam dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). When Adam and Eve sinned they turned there rights over to the devil. Jesus came to this earth to die and take back the earth from satan. When Jesus died He stripped satan of his authority over the earth. Luke 10:18,19 Jesus gave us dominion over the enemy. Ephesians 1:17-22 All things are under the feet of Jesus. We need to understand who we are and what we are and the authority we have in Jesus. Satan is like a roaring lion, he isn’t one but he likes to make people think that he is strong and mighty, but since God made us one with Jesus we have the power over him. When we walk in authority, we are walking in what God gave us.
There are four confessions that we as Christians need to use: 1.) The confession of salvation. 2.) The confession of forgiveness. 3.) The confession of the Word. 4.) The confession of rebuke. We are designed to rebuke things that come against us. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Isaiah 54:17 is a verse that we can quote when things come against us. Jesus rebuked the devil, a fever, the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and the fig tree. Jesus transferred the authority to us to rebuke sickness, lack or anything that comes against God’s will. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 3:1-6. Our tongue is the wheel of our life. It is important that we are speaking the correct things so that God’s Word can work for us. If our words do not line up with the Word of God then we will have disaster. Mark 11:23 says that we are to speak unto our mountain. It doesn’t say to think it but to speak it. Sometimes we may have to change some of our programs and the way that we think so that we speak correctly according to the Word. It doesn’t matter what circumstance we are in, whether good or bad, we need to speak consistently and correctly.
James 4:6,7. Submit means to rank or arrange under. Submission comes before authority. Submission is not: 1.)easy – it involves suffering, not getting my way (1 Peter 2:13). 2.) agreement. 3.) weakness – meekness is not weakness. 4.) forced. Submission to God starts in children. Proverbs 23: 13, 14 ; Proverbs 22:15; Ephesians 6:4. Humility is knowing who you are in Christ. The more humble you become the more grace you will receive and the more grace you receive the more God will use you.
James 4:7. You need to submit to God first, then you will be able to resist the devil. You cannot resist the devil without being in submission to God. You cannot make someone submit to you. A person has to submit themselves. Submission is not when two people agree. Submission is when you do not agree with everything the person in authority does but you respect the place. If you disrespect the place of authority then you disrespect God. When God chooses that is all the qualification that you need.
Text: James 3:2 & Proverbs 18:21. What comes out of the mouth comes from the heart and has a root in the mind. What will come out of your mouth is what is in you. It is important that in pressure situations we only speak the Word of God. The only thing that is Truth is the Word of God, not other people’s opinions. Our tongue guides our body through space and affects our thought life. We need to love the principle in Proverbs 18:21. If we do not like where we are at in life we need to change our thinking. 1.) Negative thinking produces negative words which produce negative actions. 2.) The Word of God produces positive thinking which produces positive words which produces positive actions.