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Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Operating in the flesh means doing anything outside the will of God. The will of God is the Word of God. Operating in the flesh includes, having a bad attitude, being emotionally unstable, sex outside of marriage, being intoxicated, and more.

Nothing good happens when we operate in the flesh. We can’t honor God operating in the flesh and it doesn’t benefit us in the end. It may feel good for the time being, but it’s not beneficial.

If we continue to operate in the flesh, our hearts become callus to the Word of God. We see no benefit in complying with God’s Word because we don’t have immediate gratification. Eventually, we’ll experience the consequences of operating in the flesh which could be sickness and disease, poverty, unnecessary difficulties, and an early death.

Let God show you the areas where you’re operating in the flesh and let Him guide you into overcoming those areas.

Deuteronomy 6:6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

As parents, we teach our children so many things including: the alphabet, numbers, shapes, reading, and even the latest dances. Along with that, and more importantly, we should teach our children God’s Word.

The Word of God is the most important thing to a believer. It keeps us in faith, it empowers us, it keeps us in peace, it destroys the assignment of Satan, and so much more. If it does all of these great things, why would we keep it from our children or wait until they become “older” to teach it to them?

When they’re babies, start reading a verse a day to them. Have them read a verse or more as they learn how to read. Have them memorize the location of certain scriptures. Have them contextually explain a passage of scripture. All of this will benefit them as they become young adults.

Let’s do a service to our children and obey the commandment of God and teach them the Word of God.

Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

I obey the Ten Commandments, I pray every night, I attend church every week, I read my Bible, I don’t eat pork, I fast every month therefore, I’m righteous. Wrong!!! This is self-righteousness and it’s filth in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6).

The righteousness of faith says, “I know I don’t have it all together and I know I’ve sinned but, through the blood of Jesus, He has made me righteous.” This is the righteousness that is God-approved. This is righteousness we should live by.

Does this mean we can do whatever we want to do and claim we’re righteous? Of course not. What this means is we make a valiant effort to honor God with our lives because He’s been so good to us but, at the end of the day, we know it’s ONLY His (Jesus’) blood that makes us righteous.

We should never look at our actions as a point of righteousness or to point out someone else’s unrighteousness. Realize we all need and have grace available to us and that’s how we’re righteous.

Matthew 9:23 When Jesus entered the ruler’s house, He saw the flute players and the noisy crowd. 24 “Go away, He told them. “The girl is not dead, but asleep.” And they laughed at Him.

Satan attacks us in our thoughts. If he can get us to doubt God’s ability or God’s willingness to help us in our current situation, he can stop our promises from coming to pass.

That’s why it’s so important to do certain things that will keep us in faith. Those things usually appear foolish to the world or even to some believers, but it’s important to stay in faith. Some of those things consist of confessing what we desire to see instead of talking about what we’re actually facing. With our nose stopped up and as we’re coughing, we declare we’re healed. We can periodically confess the Word of God over our situation under our breath throughout the day. Read our Bibles during lunch instead of watching TV. Visibly praise God in our cars for the things we want to come to pass.

Anyone of these things may get us strange looks or laughed at by some but, we’ll get the last laugh when what we’ve confessed and praised God about manifests in our lives.

Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

The devil is good at highlighting the things we don’t have in the effort to make us feel bad about our lives. We can have all that we actually need, but he can make us feel unfulfilled because we don’t have a certain thing.

Fulfilment doesn’t come through the abundance of things. There will always be things we want and if we keep chasing the things, we’ll never be fulfilled. Fulfillment is found in God. Whatever God tells us to do, that’s what’s going to fulfill us.

One of the first things He commanded all of us to do, through Abraham, was to be a blessing (Gen. 12:2). When we’re spreading the love of God towards everyone, giving of ourselves, and being a blessing, we will be fulfilled.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the fragrance of his knowledge by us in every place.

Praise God He always causes us to triumph but in order to triumph, there has to be opposition. Many new and mature believers have a misconception that when we become sold out for God, we’re exempt from problems. That may happen in heaven but because of sin; problems will continue to exist here on this current earth.

Don’t be discouraged, problems are a part of life. Once again, we have a God-guarantee that we will triumph over every situation we face. Disease, divorce, layoffs, and wayward children are all things we have the ability to overcome. We simply have to believe that through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have the victory. No matter how it looks or feels, we must stare that problem in the face and declare victory.

Praise God for our triumph but as we continue to live life, be prepared to fight.

1 Corinthians 12:24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Somehow, some believers have convinced themselves that being the pastor or one of the ministers at the church is more significant than anyone else in the body of Christ. All areas are important in the body of Christ because in the body of Christ we’re all equally important.

Being a pastor is no better than the person who’s assigned to clean the church bathrooms. The only difference is the pastor has a different calling than the janitor and they are seen by all. In God’s eyes, both responsibilities are just as important.

We may have been called to work behind the stage in the body of Christ. Even though we’re not receiving applause or shaking hands with the congregation for the work that we do doesn’t mean the role God has called us to is unimportant.

Whatever role God has called you to in the body of Christ, do it unto the Lord and expect a reward openly.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:

To humble means we’ve released our authority, plans, and ideas and followed the plan of God. A lot of us have humbled ourselves to God. We’ve changed our behavior and we’ve stopped doing certain things. Sure, we need to grow in other areas, but dying to the flesh is a lifelong process.

Because we’ve humbled ourselves, it’s time to collect. We can expect God to fulfill His end of the bargain and exalt us. Be in expectation to be promoted or to receive a financial increase. Expect to be surrounded by influential people who can provide us with wisdom. Expect to make a bigger impact on individuals surrounding us.

It’s exaltation time. This is not exaltation that we can do ourselves. This is a God kind of exalting, so we know it’s going to be spectacular. Let’s continue to humble ourselves to experience more and more exaltation.

Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

Abram was in a comfortable place. Everything he knew and needed was in that place. God had great things for Abram, but it was outside of that comfortable place. Once Abram obeyed God, he was rewarded with the promises of God.

What place has you so comfortable until you don’t want to step out on faith? Is it your job? Is it that relationship you know won’t work, but you stay anyway? Is it that beat up car you keep trying to fix instead of stepping out and releasing your faith for a new car?

We don’t want to leave our comfort zone because we don’t want to be disappointed, we don’t want to leave the known, or we don’t want to put in the work to be elevated. However, when we obey God and get out, we too will experience the promises of God.

Let’s evaluate our lives to see if we’re in an area where God is pushing us to leave. It’s time to step out on faith and get out.

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Every evil work, which consists of every negative thing a person can experience, has a portion of envy and strife. A person is more susceptible to be sick if they have strife in their lives. A person is more likely to commit a criminal act that lands them in jail if they have envy and strife in their lives. A person is more likely to cheat on their spouse if they have strife in their lives. A person is more likely to experience poverty if they have envy and strife in their lives. Every evil work is associated with envy and strife.

Got bad things going in your life? Check your heart to see if you have envy and/or strife in an area of your life. Ask God to help you overcome that envy and/or strife, that way you can minimize the trials you face.

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March 2018
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