Romans 8:10-12 – “If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 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. 12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh….” NASU
We are the “Living Dead” and I’m not talking about Zombies as Hollywood seems to be obsessed with these days. When I say the “Living Dead” I am talking about people who have “died to sin” and “risen to life” in Jesus Christ through the Power of the Blood. It is a beautiful place to be – LIVING DEAD!
Paul informs the Roman believers that IF the Spirit of God, that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us that same Spirit will give us LIFE in our mortal bodies. We are then DEAD but ALIVE and that is because we are not controlled by the “flesh” but the “spirit.” As a result, we are no longer under OBLIGATION to Live According to the Flesh. That leads me to my next question – “Why do we?” Why do we allow the FLESH to have so much power in our daily lives? Why do we allow the FLESH to be such a dominant force in our lives? WHY? There can only be one of a few possibilities.
- We are uninformed as to our position and condition in Christ.
- We are willing participants with the FLESH.
- We are so underdeveloped spiritually that the devil easily sways and overcomes us.
None of those are conditions that are required. We are not OBLIGATED to live according to the flesh. The result of Jesus coming, living a sinless life, dying sacrificially on the Cross, rising again on the third day, and ascending to the Right Hand of the Father – is the defeat of the devil. That is not a maybe or someday, somehow when we all get to heaven he will be – HE IS DEFEATED NOW! Jesus said that ALL POWER or AUTHORITY in heaven was given to Him and He gave that to us. Therefore, we have authority and power over the devil which would mean that the FLESH is to be subject to the Spirit of God, not vice versa. We are under NO OBLIGATION to succumb to the temptations or whims of the flesh. We are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Jesus and We CAN do all things through Christ! That is our Covenant, Heritage, and Promise from the Lord Himself so why not employ it and enjoy it?
As you go forth today go in the strength of the Power of the Spirit of God and walk in Victory! God bless you richly is my prayer!