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Romans 7:5 (KJV) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
We saw yesterday that fleshly man is ruled by his mind and his mind is governed by the knowledge of good and evil. He does what he thinks is good for him and avoids what he believes is evil for him.
Beasts are ruled by their fleshly impulses. They do not have the ability to retrain themselves from doing things their flesh wants even though they may know it’s not the right thing to do. Drug and substance addictions reduce people to the level of beasts- that’s a sorry state for a man to find himself.
The problem with the law is that it appeals to our fallen weakness of living according to the principles of good and evil. Living that way is not good for man because man in himself does not have the ability to objectively ascertain good or evil. Man was designed to depend on God for His existence since we were created to be proxies of God in the material world. Acquiring the knowledge of God and evil was rebellion against the government of God and this meant disconnection from the life and glory of God–it meant death.
Even after you have accepted the Lordship of Christ, the biggest battle you will face is to live in rebellion to that Lordship. You see, Jesus rules our lives by His living word and by His Spirit. Walking contrary to His leading is an act of rebellion to His Lordship. A good example is sin. We know sin to be anything God says not to do. If we tell lies, for example, we are sinning and that is an act of rebellion to the Lordship of Christ we have received.
The problem with not submitting to the Lordship of Christ is that it limits our ability to resist the devil. For it is if we submit ourselves to the Lord that will resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Go into today remembering that living according to the impulses of the flesh hinders us from living the victorious life in Christ.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi
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