For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:6-10 KJV)
If you are “all in” Christ ‘s spirit is “all in” you. You are no longer required to flesh controlled because a change has occurred on the inside of you which should be visible or evident on the outside. Something in you wants and yearns to serve God. You don’t want to disappoint him because you finally see the other side.
You recognize that the old you could not comply with God’s law of love because you hated (had enmity against) it. You stayed angry, couldn’t forgive, lusted, wanted what other people had, and never were at peace on the inside because the Spirit of God was not “all in” you. You couldn’t help preferring the gym, sports event, tv show, Internet, music and books emphasizing things that tingled your flesh. Inside you yearned for the things that would continue your lifeless life where you were constantly seeking the next thing to give you a temporary sensation of being alive instead of the ongoing sense of death you felt because things always seem to be crashing in on you!
However, the compassion you feel, the forgiveness you freely give, the rejoicing at the blessings of others, the calmness you now possess in the midst of every thing going crazy and your consistent need to be in the midst of other believers to worship and praise God through your time, generosity in giving, and willingness to share the gifts God has given to you make clear you are alive in Christ and no longer the walking dead. Praise God for the peace that comes once Christ comes in. You know you have all you need and for the first time in your life you know you are complete.
Condemnation can’t and will not work on you anymore. You now walk in the Spirit daily.
YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.