In last week’s blog I showed how the key to sowing to the Spirit is in choosing to give Jesus control of our will daily. I also explained the reason for this daily surrender is because our will is under the control of our sinful flesh which is under control of the prince of this world: Satan (see Ephesians 2:1-3). Therefore, in order to do the will of God we must give Jesus permission to crucify our flesh so we can live and walk in the power and control of the Holy Spirit instead of the power and control of our sinful flesh (see Luke 9:23&24; Galatians 2:20). I also used this powerful quote from page 47 of the book Steps to Christ, to show what happens when we choose to give Jesus control of our will. It reads as follows:
You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him. (Emphasis supplied).
This quote states 2 very important things:
- How to surrender all to Jesus daily by choosing to give Him our will.
- When we make that choice our whole sinful human nature (the flesh) comes under the control of the Holy Spirit.
I have chosen to take time to deal with point #2 because many, if not the vast majority, have a false concept of what happens when our whole nature is brought under the control of the Holy Spirit. In essence, in some form or another we believe that when the Holy Spirit takes control of our whole nature we will no longer feel and/or be controlled by the power of the flesh. I wish that was true but such is not the case because it defies the law of sowing and reaping expressed in Galatians 6:7-9 which says:
6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Emphasis supplied).
The fact that we begin sowing to the Spirit does not negate the fact that we have been sowing to the flesh for years and that we will continue to reap from that sowing even though we have begun to sow to the Spirit. However, the question is this:
How does the fact that we have begun sowing to the Spirit affect the fact that we are still reaping from years of sowing to the flesh?
The answer to that question is found in Romans 8:1&2 which reads as follows:
8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
This tells us that as long as we continue to sow to/walk in the Spirit through daily surrender of our will to Jesus we are free from the condemnation that comes as a result of our previous years of sowing to/walking in the flesh. Why, because it is guaranteed by the law of the Spirit that as long as we continue to sow to/walk in the Spirit and not the flesh that the righteousness that the law requires will be fulfilled in us.
In my next blog I am going to deal with how the law of the Spirit of life works to fulfill the law in us and how fulfilling the law in us perfects our oneness in marriage and in all other relationships. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I John 1:5-7 (Emphasis supplied).