I am a free-lance singer and writer trying to practice "saying what I mean, meaning what I say, and not saying it mean." My goal on this blog is to provoke conversations in which we can be real in sharing with one another -- free to express our points of view, even when we differ. Just today, I posted MY CYBER LINKS under that label (see adjacent list). I am available, and I love it when we get to encourage one another!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and
death (Romans 8:2).
Let any of
our old man, whether of our old temper, our old way of judging, our old
disposition, any of it come up at all, if we are children of God, we know quite
well that at that point a barrier is set up and we cannot get past, we are held
up in our spiritual life and we have to go back and have that thing cleared up.
It is as real as any other thing in the universe to us. At that moment we stand
still spiritually, and the flaming sword is across our path. There is no way
for that here. Bring that here and you will be judged. You will meet the
judgment of God. You will be broken. It is coming up against the fact that God
finished with all that long ago and we have to accept God’s standpoint. When we
have accepted it then the thing works out, it continually works out. We take
that position, we accept the truth.
bring an actual end to the old creation ourselves, but we say in a positive
way: "I reckon as God reckons." Well then we shall find as we go on
that God, having put all that under death, death rests upon it and if ever it
shows its head again, the sentence of death is met. If we begin to work for the
Lord with our own natural strength we meet death and before long our natural
strength will come under death. If we begin to use our natural judgment in the
things of God we shall meet an arrest and before long we shall come to a
deadlock, unable to get through. Anything which we bring of nature into the
things of God will bring us up against – not some new issue, but the old issue
– death which was made to rest upon the old creation. In so far as we move in
the newness of Life, work by the Spirit of God, and walk after the Spirit, death
is done away and we are in Life and we can go on and can get through, no matter
how much there may be of handicap and weakness in nature, we can get through as
we go on in the Spirit. "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
made me free from the law of sin and death." We are free!
By T. Austin- Sparks This photograph is by Liz Burnell.