“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
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:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:1-8
Experience oriented theology based in emotionalism is not walking after the Spirit of God. Philosophies and intellectualism from supposed “Christian” pastors in an attempt to overthrow the dominion of sin in the Believer’s life by any means other than faith in the Cross of Christ, in effect claims the Cross of Christ was in vain. Somebody said, “A Believer should not be dominated by sin.” and they are correct. However, the sad reality is many Believer’s, who truly love the Lord, are dominated by sin. Whether it be depression, self righteousness, nicotine, alcohol, homosexuality, so on and so forth; they hate their sin but have no power in their own self effort to have dominion over that sin.
“ 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.” Romans 7:18.
The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolate our sin nature when our faith is in our emotions, 40 days of purpose, feasts, festivals, ceremonies or 21 days of fasting for victory over sin…and make no mistake, sin is the problem. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus requires faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, to free us from the law of sin and death. Nothing we can do except simple faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ will free us from the law of sin and death. “Our part” IS faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified to lead us out of this pilgrim land!
They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Prayerfully consider “your part”. Are you in effect saying the Cross of Christ was in vain with your part? I do not say this disparagingly. At one point in my life, I zealously tried doing my part. However, praise be to God, I found that in which I was seeking when I quit trying to earn victory and believed the Word of God to be true in spite of my circumstances.
“The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
-Donna Clark Warren