August 1st


"But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him" (I Cor. 6:17).

At our Spirit rebirthing, we were made one spirit with the Lord (I Cor. 6:17).  However, we will be making a lot of decisions on how we choose to live life.  Since we are now joined to the Lord in a joined Spirit relationship at salvation, we should plan to maintain that union in Spirit with the Lord in all our decisions of life.  Paul tells that, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.  All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any" (I Cor. 6:12).  We have a considerable liberty in this shared life relationship that we have with the Lord, but we are not to give a license to flesh, sin, and abuse.  We are not to make choices that give us a separate expression from the Christ that lives within us.  Paul warns us about sowing to the flesh (Gal. 6:8).   John warns us about walking in sin (I John 1:5-10).

Paul encourages us to endeavor "to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3).  No one should do anything that would hurt themselves or hurt someone else. Along with these considerations, no one should do anything that would hurt the Father or the Son, who lives within us.  We are Christ's body in this temporal earthly environment. We are Christ's vessel for Him to manifest and express Himself in and through for the Father's will and desire.  Maintaining unity with the Spirit of Christ within us is not an easy task.  The proportion that the mind in us is renewed by the Holy Spirit to Christ in us, is the proportion of mind operational that can be in unity with the Spirit of Christ.  We still make the decisions.  We still make the choices.  Our Father has left it up to us to make the proper obedient love choices in this temporal walk in Him.  Our Father trusts Christ within us to remind us along with the Holy Spirit when we stray, or deliberately attempt to live a separated life from Christ in some manner.  That is not the Father's intention, and we can no longer fully accomplish that on our own.  It is contrary to the Spirit and the divine nature now resident in Christ is us.  His divine nature in us makes us very uncomfortable with flesh and sickened by sin.

Since we have been  born of God, we don't continually practice sin, for Christ's seed remains within us to keep the children of God from sin (I John 3:9).  Does that mean the born again can never sin?   No!  By an overcoming decision of our will, we can choose to sin.  However, the born again child of God does not continually practice sin, nor is comfortable with sin.  Sin is contrary to our one spirit and our joined union with the Lord (I Cor. 6:17).  Christ the overcomer of the world now lives in us (John 16:33).  We are simply born again by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We have His overcoming power within us (I John 5:4-5).  Simply, because we are now one spirit with the Lord! V

Written by Dwight Davis


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