Sept. 24, 2016
Good day followers. We had a very productive and spiritually enlightening day with our first day of Vocalized. We went live today with all of those who connected with us on our conference call at 12:00 noon. If you missed it..don’t fret. We’ll be meeting every Saturday at 12:00 noon. Contact information will be given again at the end of our post.
Carlos met us on line today and asked the question of How to do good.
Some of you may have the very same question and would like insight as well. Follow our topic and you just may find your answer.
Carlos what a very good question. This question answered in all simplicity is: Walk with God. Now I will elaborate if I may on my answer. Because Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the Knowledge of both good and evil; both good and evil reside in us. Sinner and saint can do both. The evilest man or woman in the world can do good things. The deed of the good things or the good they can and may do may not stem from a pure heart but from what is in our nature. When man and woman fell in the garden through the act of disobedience sin entered into the spirit of man. Therefore every individual born on the face of the earth except Jesus was and is a sinner. We were all sinners who were and are able to do good however, maintaining the good is the problem.
Apostle Paul faced this dilemma Carlos and pretty much asked the same question that you have. Let me take you to the bible for a few minutes. In the 7th chapter of the book of Romans apostle Paul talks about the law and how the law is a binding force. The analogy that he gave was that of marriage. He said to the Romans..”according to your law roman citizens, a woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If she leaves her husband and dwells with another man she becomes an adulteress because her husband is still alive. According to your law roman citizens, the only way the woman can be free of the binding contract is that her husband dies. Then she is free.
Paul continues: Let me take your law and show you a truth in Christ. You have died to the law through the body of Christ so that you may belong to another: HIM. Him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear FRUIT FOR GOD. While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held up captive so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Holy Spirit.
Paul continues: Am I saying that the law is evil. Of course not. The law is good and righteous, the law points out what is sin. I wouldn’t have known that covetousness was sin if it wasn’t for the Law. The commandment said “Thou shalt not covet.” Well let me tell you how sin used the commandment to work havoc for me. Because the law pointed out the sin of covetousness my sinful nature, my lust kicked up and desired to do what the law said that I shouldn’t do. My sinful nature and your sinful nature wars against what is right. The law itself didn’t bring havoc to me the sin within me brought havoc.
The law is spiritual and I am carnal sold under sin. I don’t understand my own actions. You see I don’t do the things that I want to do. I do the very things that I hate. Now if I do what I do not want I agree that the law is good. So then it is no longer I that do it but sin which dwells with in me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is…in my flesh. I can will what is right, think what is right and know in my mind what is right to do but I cannot do it. For I do not the good I want but the evil I do not want is what I do. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil is always present or lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am!!! Who will deliver me from this body of death. Wait…..I have the answer. Thanks be to God it is through Jesus Christ our Lord that I am set free from the turmoil of sin. I of myself serve the law of God with my mind only but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. Yet walking in Christ and in the Spirit of Christ I am able to serve God in mind, body and spirit..Whew!!!
Apostle Paul says to the Galatian Believers: Galatians 5:16-18
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. But if you be led of the Spirit you are not under the law.
I believe the law that Paul is referring to here is the law of sin that indwells us. What many believers fail to realize is this: as believers having accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ, we possess two natures whereas the unbeliever has one nature. The unbeliever doesn’t struggle not to sin…he sins freely and effortlessly whereas the believer who hasn’t yielded to the Spirit of God has to fight to not sin. As Paul stated in the above passages…the flesh and the Spirit war one against the other.
I believe Carlos your concern is one of consistency; how to be consistent in doing what is right. The Holy Spirit and the instructions in the word of God as well as the knowledge of the word of God is very vital to consistency in doing good. As you so eloquently simplified; man is very much operable like a mechanical mechanism. We retain information..store information and access it at will at opportune moments. We use what is stored for purpose. Well so does God by His Spirit. As we program our minds and spirits with His instructions and retain the word of God in both spirit and mind the Holy Spirit accesses what is stored to help us walked successfully in Christ Jesus.
Because the mind is the intellectual control agent of the body then the mind must be reprogrammed. In Romans 12:1-2 Apostle Paul says; “I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And (in addition to)be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove (demonstrate) what is that good and acceptable will of God.
In other words what Paul is saying is: Now that you are in Christ give your mind, body and spirit over to the care of the Holy Spirit that He can change your mindset and lifestyle. Consistency in doing good begins with a renewed mind. Transformation takes place with a renewed mind. Paul says we’re no longer to function under the many thought patterns we had in the former way of life, we are no longer to live the former life but to live differently. Practice doing things differently.
The Holy Spirit just dropped a simple yet powerful nugget in my spirit. The nugget is “Play the opposite game!” Everything has an opposite. The opposite of wrong is right. The opposite of up is down. The opposite of lie is truth. The opposite of steal is pay. There are so many other things in your life that you can probably find the opposite of. Practice the opposite until it becomes a way of life for you.
There are still yet other passages of scriptures and much elaborations that can take place walking through these passages Carlos yet I would rather think that more than enough has been said to point you in the direction of functioning successfully in your “How to do good” question. We’re always here to give you more information and insight as needed. Thank you so much for the question and allowing us to assist. Go praising God.
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