Sure wish I was perfect, but I am not
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
What does it mean to walk after the Spirit? Some would say it means you must be perfect. Others may say it means that
you are a robot who has no say and still others would say it guarantees riches and wealth. So just what does it mean?
I. What it does not mean:
A. That you will have an easy time doing right
Romans 7: 14-15 – 14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
B. That you will know all the answers
C. That you will never worry
D. That you will never be afraid
E. Does not mean you will have lots of material things – Philippians 4: 10-13– 10 ¶ But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly,
that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
II. So what does it mean?
A. That you are not the same person you used to be – II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1. there will be a new desire to do right
2. there will be a struggle that you have never had before
3. you will have a new family – with God Himself as your father
B. You will have a new hope
1. you will be given a new power – Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
2. you will not have to ever be alone – – Hebrews 13:5-6 – 5 Let your conversation be without
covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say, The Lordis my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
3. you will not have to carry your burdens alone – 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
4. all your sin is forgiven – Psalms 32:1-5 – 1. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
C. It is a once for all thing – Romans 8:34-39 – 34 – Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is
risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. It is God’s responsibility to keep me, NOT MINE – Jude 24,25 – 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
1. I cannot keep myself from falling (I would have to be perfect to do that)
2. I still sin as His child
3. I actually control the level of fellowship I have with Him – I John 1:6-9 – 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.