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Discover the Book - October 3, 2011

  • 2011 Oct 03


How to Empty Self

Sometimes sin makes us feel like we are forever bound to this wicked and sinful planet by unbreakable chains. But like gravity can be overcome by the law of lift in flight—so the law of sin and death that spiritually ties us down can be overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit.

the miraculous spiritual power of god

WALKINGIN THE SPIRIT is living in the conscious presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, letting His mind, through the Word, dominate everything that is thought and done. Being filled with the Spirit is the same as walking LIKE Jesus did on earth!

Here are six practical action items to begin the MORTIFICATION process in your life. That word means, to throttle sin and crush it in our lives, sapping it of its strength, rooting it out, and depriving it of its influence. ...Mortification involves the cultivation of new habits of godliness, combined with the elimination of old sinful habits from our behavior.

1.       Stop the pattern today:Abstain from fleshly lusts. 1 Peter 2:11Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, Concerning the first command Abstain from fleshly lusts, Look at I Peter 2:11 with me. Pretty straight forward isn’t it? Listen to the great preacher of last generation, D. Martin Lloyd Jones:

I do not know of a single scripture - and I speak advisedly - which tells me to take my sin, the particular thing that gets me down, to God in prayer and ask Him to deliver me from it and them trust in faith that He will.

Now that teaching is often put like this: you must say to {one} who is constantly defeated by a particular sin, “I think your only hope is to take it to Christ and Christ will take it from you.” But what does the Scripture say in Ephesians 4:28 to the {one} who finds himself constantly guilty of stealing, to {one} who sees something {they} like and [they] take it? What am I to tell to such a {one}? Am I to say, “Take that sin to Christ and ask Him to deliver you?” No, what the Apostle Paul tells him to do is this: “Let him that stole, steal no more.” Just that. STOP DOING IT. And if it is fornication or adultery or lustful thoughts, again: STOP DOING IT, says Paul. He does not say, “Go and pray to Christ to deliver you.” No. You stop doing that, he says, as becomes children of God.

2.      Starve the flesh: Make no provision for the flesh. Romans 13:14“”But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Simply put,

ü  If you struggle with gluttony, don’t pile your basket with junk food at the super market.

ü  If you are prone to gossip walk away from the conversation that goes into gossip. Become a keeper at home and invest in your family which was Paul’s solution for gossiping women.

ü  If you struggle with materialism stop drooling over the ads for what you want.

ü  If you have struggle with sexual desires, stop putting more pictures in your mind. Cancel cable, change to internet with blocks, ask someone to check up on you.

ü  Yes, stop the sin where it is fed and breeds starve it!

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