“ But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:” Galatians 1:11-16.
When the Living Word, Jesus Christ, reveals the written Word the response is one of love in which hearts are changed. When the written Word is revealed by the traditions or schemes of man, the response is one of works which provokes self efforts. Preaching anything other than Jesus Christ and Him Crucified (positive confession – “I’m not claiming it”, 21 days, 40 days, pythons, shemitahs, rituals, traditions, etc.) engages our flesh not our faith.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 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: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4.
Victory is found in the Cross of Jesus. The promises of the written Word are given to us by the Living Word, Jesus, and our faith in Him is what allows us access to those promises…not our self efforts.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5.
Carnal Christians walk after the flesh teaching traditions of men with an appearance of godliness but deny God’s power, not by their words but by their actions. Their words are their “godliness” but their actions deny His power. They walk after schemes of man provoking flesh not faith, lifting up every name other than the name of Jesus Christ for victory over sin…from such turn away. – Donna Clark Warren