TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
While you are surrounded by your flesh, I through the Holy Spirit, indwell you. Focus on your core, the deepest part of you and find Me. I have put eternity in your heart. Search it out. I Am there.
THE WAY OF THE FLESH
To walk in the flesh literally means to go the way that your flesh dictates. You have all these genes that work against you and, in your mind, you have reasons to oppose God. Things have happened that shouldn’t have and there are been things that didn’t happen but should have.
All those things are the way of the flesh. The way of the flesh has to do with your rights – what is right to you according to your survival and how your world has been dictated to you. You feel like you have a right to rebel against God and act a fool.
One of the things that drives me crazy about some of the characters in superhero films, like Harvey Dent who is Two Face in the Batman comics, is they’re good people until something bad happens. Then they become monsters. Why? Because everybody knows that’s what you do when you’re wronged.
No! You don’t have to be a slave to that one incident and let it mess you up. “But Pastor Troy, you don’t understand. I’ve had my face burnt.” My best friend Jamie has third degree burns over 40 percent of his body and he doesn’t stomp around mad and blaming God or people. Jamie is a hero, but he chooses to be because he is filled with the Holy Spirit.
If you don’t have the way of the Spirit and you’re not able to walk in the newness of life, you are a slave to every event that ever happens. You’re walking in the way of the flesh. Walking in the way of the flesh versus walking in the newness of life is this: God Almighty has offered you freedom, but you reject freedom because you reject Him.
Newness doesn’t come from knowing the secret handshake, learning Scriptures or going to the right church. It comes from following the Lord Jesus Christ and if you reject Jesus, you reject your chance for freedom.
Walk at the Spirit dictates. While your flesh is a huge part of you, when the Spirit lives in you, you have access to its power. Choose the Spirit and defeat the flesh. It’s your choice.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20
FROM MY SERMON SERIES PRAY FOR RAIN – NEWNESS