Bible Study: Week # 3

War in the Mind/Walking in the Spirit:

Subject: (Put to death the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit)

Scripture Reading: (Romans 8:13; 7:23).

a) Don’t Waste Today:

Sadly, very few people know how to live each day to the fullest. But you can be one of them! Don’t spend today worrying about tomorrow. You have enough things going on today; it needs all your attention. God’s grace is on you to handle whatever you need for today, but tomorrow’s grace will not come until tomorrow comes – so don’t waste today!

Scripture Reading:

Therefore, do not worry and be anxious, saying, what are we going to have to eat? or, what are we going to have to drink? or, what are we going to have to wear? Matthew 6:31

I don’t know yet what I am going to do in my situation, but God does know and that is good enough for me. He will give me direction at the right time.

Why do we worry? It sure doesn’t get us anywhere! You can cast your cares on the One who cares for you.

b). Want to do What is Right?

Doing the right thing starts by thinking the right thing. When we are just walking through life allowing any old thought to enter our mind, we will undoubtedly find that our actions are not what we want them to be. However, when we intentionally begin to “take every thought captive” and think good thoughts on purpose, it won’t take long for our behavior to get in line too.

Scripture Reading:

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals
and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Romans 12:2

It is impossible to get from wrong behavior to right behavior without first changing our thoughts.

Are you trapped in a cycle of negative thinking? Learn how to kick this bad habit and enjoy the freedom God has for you.

c). Think Thankful:

When do we offer thanksgiving? At all times—in every situation, in all things—and by so doing we enter a victorious life where the devil cannot control us!

Give Thanks:

Scripture Reading:

Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name. [Lev. 7:12; Isa. 57:19; Hos. 14:2.] Hebrews 13:15

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Think about the things you must be thankful for every day. Thank the Lord for them in prayer, and as you do you will find your heart filling up with life and light.

Thankfulness: The Key to Having the Life You Really Want

If you want victory in your life, all you must do is adopt good attitude, and mortify the flesh.

I Man’s Carnal Nature:

(Roman 7:18; 25; 8:8; 13, Galatians 5:17; 6:18, I John 2:16)

II Mortify the flesh by subduing fleshly lust:

(Matthew 5:29, Romans 6:6; 13:14, Galatians 5:16, Colossians 3:5, I Peter 2:11; 4:2)

III Self-Denial:

(Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:26; 27, Romans 8:13; 15:1, Galatians 5:24)

Let’s Walk in the Spirit:

Walking in the Spirit you must mortify the deeds of the flesh. Fasting is a good way to bring the flesh under subjection to the Holy Spirit and be led by Him, so you can be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will warn you concerning these deeds that are operating in your flesh. The Holy Spirit will guide you to walk in the fruits of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22-26)

Romans 8:13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die—in the sense of Ro 6:21, but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live—in the sense of Ro 6:22. The apostle is not satisfied with assuring them that they are under no obligation and he uses the word “mortify” (put to death) as a kind of play upon the word “die” just before. “If ye do not kill sin, it will kill you.” But he tempers this by the bright alternative that if they do, through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body, such a course will infallibly terminate in “life” everlasting. And this leads the apostle into a new line of thought, opening into his final subject, the “glory” awaiting the justified believer.


Note:

(1) “There can be no safety, no holiness, no happiness, to those who are out of Christ: No “safety,” because all such are under the condemnation of the law (Ro 8:1); no holiness, because such only as are united to Christ have the spirit of Christ (Ro 8:9); no happiness, because to be “carnally minded is death” (Ro 8:6)” [Hodge].

(2) The sanctification of believers, as it has its whole foundation in the atoning death, so it has its living spring in the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ (Ro 8:2-4).

(3) “The bent of the thoughts, affections, and pursuits is the only decisive test of character (Ro 8:5)” [Hodge].

(4) No human refinement of the carnal mind will make it spiritual or compensate for the absence of spirituality. “Flesh” and “spirit” are essentially and unchangeably opposed; nor can the carnal mind, as such, be brought into real subjection to the law of God (Ro 8:5-7). Hence

(5) the estrangement of God and the sinner is mutual. For as the sinner’s state of mind is “enmity against God” (Ro 8:7), so in this state he “cannot please God” (Ro 8:8).

(6) Since the Holy Ghost is, in the same breath, called indiscriminately “the Spirit of God,” “the Spirit of Christ,” and “Christ” Himself (as an indwelling life in believers), the essential unity and yet Personal distinctness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, m the one adorable Godhead must be believed, as the only consistent explanation of such language (Ro 8:9-11).

(7) The consciousness of spiritual life in our renewed souls is a glorious assurance of resurrection life in the body also, in virtue of the same quickening Spirit whose inhabitation we already enjoy (Ro 8:11).

(8) Whatever professions of spiritual life men may make, it remains eternally true that “if we live after the flesh we shall die,” and only “if we through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body we shall live” (Ro 8:13, and compare Ga 6:7, 8; Eph 5:6; Php 3:18, 19; 1Jo 3:7, 8).

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Romans 8:12-13)

In Romans 8:13, we come to one of those seemingly paradoxical statements in Scripture. Right at the tail end of a passage informing us of what the Spirit of God can do through us, we are instructed to mortify the deeds of the body. How can this be? The Apostle Paul has already lamented in the last chapter over the ongoing struggle between the believer’s New Nature, with its desire to obey God and do that which is good, and the Old Nature that remains within us, with its animosity toward the things of God and inclination to gratify its own lusts. We have already been shown that self-effort is utterly worthless in bringing our flesh into subjection so that we might fully obey the Lord. Yet now we are being admonished to mortify the deeds of the flesh?

Herein lies the element of co-operation in the ongoing process of Sanctification. Sanctification, like Salvation, is wholly the work of God in us; but unlike Salvation, Sanctification requires a certain amount of effort on our part. No, it is not our effort which accomplishes Sanctification (we can in no way make ourselves holy), but we are called to mortify, literally to put to death, the sin that we practice.

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” (Colossians 3:5)

In a similar passage, Paul again describes the mortifying of sin which we lived and walked in before we knew God (Col. 3:7). He implores the believers in Colossi to “put off” anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication (v. 8), in short, to put off the Old Man with his deeds (v.9). Instead, we are told to “put on” the New Man (v. 10). The way the language is used here, the “putting on” alludes to the putting on of clothes. We are told that we have changed outfits, so to speak, and are now wearing a brand-new set of clothing.

It is the Holy Spirit Who provides the new clothes that we are to put on, and walk in, yet it is up to us whether we choose to wear them. God has graciously provided that which we never could, in that He has not only saved us from the penalty of sin, but from the power of it. He has given us the ability to choose to obey Him and, by the indwelling Holy Spirit, overcome the temptations that ensnare us. He has given us the ability to choose but choose we must. We are empowered to say no to sin’s temptation, but never forced to do so. It is up to us which suit of clothes we are going to wear.

Therefore, we are called to put to death, to lay aside, to put away the sinful deeds that we practiced before we came to Christ and commit them no more. The Greek verb in Romans 8:13 translated mortify is written in the present tense. It is something that must be done continually, not something that is done once and for all. So often we get the idea that we can pray for deliverance from temptation occasionally and that should carry us through. We feel that the hour or two we spend in worship each Sunday morning will keep us sanctified all week long. But the decision as to which nature we are going to actually walk in is one that we must make daily, if not more often. Will we follow the Holy Spirit and obey Him, mortifying the deeds of the flesh and walking according to the New Nature? Or will we continue to live as debtors to the Old Nature, having come to faith in Jesus Christ yet living as if we hadn’t? God has given every believer the power to obey, but we must continually choose to do so.

Scripture Reference:

Romans 12:2, Leviticus 7:12, Isaiah 57:19, Hosea 14:2, Hebrews 13:15, Galatians 5:17, Luke 14:26;27.

Questions: Week # 3

1). How do we put the flesh to its death?

2). Speaking spiritually, how can we not waste the day?

3). Read Matthew 6:31.

4). Why do we worry?

5). How do we do what is right?

6). Read Romans 12:2.

7). How do we get to right behavior?

8). Read Philippians 4:8.

9). How do we practice an attitude of gratitude?

10). Read Leviticus 7:12, Isaiah 57:19, Hosea 14:2, Hebrews 13:15

11). Our victory comes from a good attitude, and what?

12). Explain walking in the Spirit and walking in flesh.

13). Read Romans 8:13; 6:21; 6:22, Galatians 5:24.

14). What is sanctification?

15). If you are carnally minded, what happen?

16). Read (Ro 8:13, and compare Ga 6:7, 8; Eph 5:6; Php 3:18, 19; 1 Jo 3:7, 8).
17). Name the things we are told to mortify.

18). What set of clothes are you wearing now?

19). Explain the new and old nature.

20). Read again Romans 12:2.

Weekly Reading: WEEK #3 Romans 7-9 Monday-Wednesday-Friday

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