FAITH WORKS THROUGH LOVE
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love" (Gal. 5:6).
Why doesn't my faith
seem to work all the time? Perhaps there are not clear answers to
prayer or things do not seem to be changed. There are answers
and changes in the Spirit, when it is by the Spirit and
Paul says, "neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything"
(Gal. 5:6). Circumcision has to do with the flesh. When
you sow to the flesh, you always get flesh by-products.
When you sow to the Spirit, you always get Spirit results
(Gal. 6:8). As a Christian, we cannot do or accomplish anything
Spiritual by way of the flesh. You cannot even in your own flesh, put
to death your flesh. That is merely asceticism and wrong, but
spiritualized flesh action. You cannot control your own flesh in or with
your own flesh. You are saved and Spirit
Christ already fully dealt with your flesh in Adam on the cross. When
he was put to death, that old flesh nature was put to death. Our
trouble is that we don't have a Holy Spirit renewed mind to that great
liberating truth. We have to continually know and operate in the
truth, that our old man was once then co-crucified with
Christ (Rom. 6:6a).
Paul said this is so that the body of sin might once then be rendered
powerless, that we might no longer serve sin (Rom. 6:6b). If
my faith is operating out of my flesh as
the source, you can expect that those things won't work. Sometimes God
may let flesh work for a season by His sovereign grace. After a while
He expects us to move to only Spirit.
Written by Dwight Davis
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