Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Jesus’ physical flesh was crucified on the cross. When we bring the victory of His cross into our trial, it will crucify our fleshly reactions.
Our flesh resists all manner of suffering. Our hearts need to echo Paul’s words. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
We sin in our flesh not our spirit man. Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
We walk in the victory of the cross when we yield to the Holy Spirit. Verse 6 says, “…to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Verse 10 says, “And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
Romans 6:1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Verse 4 explained it really well. When we accepted the Lord as our Savior, “…we were buried with Him through baptism into death…” Dead things have no response.
Verse 11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Verse 12 is a great key for us. It says, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”
What lusts? Our flesh. When we say, ‘If only…” we are lusting. Carrying on a mind conversation with the ‘if only’ requires ignoring the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:17 says, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish.”
I like to picture the word ‘contrary’ this way. An attempt to put two magnets together sets up a field of resistance. Our flesh likes to revile and get even. 1 Peter 3:10 says, “Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
Revile means to criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner. How did Jesus handle reviling? 1 Peter 2:23 says, “Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”
I want you to picture a dot drawn on the left side of a chalkboard. Now there is another dot on the right hand side. There is a slight difference in position. To look at it face on, it is not noticeable. However, if we were to draw a line with a ruler from the left to the right, the deviation would be clearly seen. We will continue this tomorrow.