We have all probably heard the words of 2 Corinthians 5:17 many times. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new”.
We know that verse, but many struggle to live in the reality of the new creation. The reason for this is very simple, Paul explains this in Romans; the nature of the flesh is always battling against our spirit, this is why Paul said, I die daily.
In Romans six Paul talks about how our old nature has been crucified and that we who are dead to sin should not continue to live in sin. Chapter six, however, is not what we will be looking at today. We will be looking at the eighth chapter. I would ask though, before you continue reading that you would get your Bible and read the sixth and seventh chapter to understand where Paul is coming from in chapter eight.
In chapter eight Paul differentiates between the carnal Christian and the spiritual Christian and in this post we will be looking at the differences between the two.
We won’t be looking at every verse in the chapter, just those that highlight the differences between the two ways of living.
Romans 8:5-7 KJV “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.”
This is precisely why we must be renewed in the spirit of our mind. If we live our lives focused on the things of this world we will not be spiritually minded, but carnally minded.
Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing comes by the Word of God. Conversely; fear cometh by hearing, and hearing comes by the words of doubt and unbelief. Now that last one is not a Bible verse but the principle is true.
Twelve spies were sent to Canaan, two had a faith report and ten had a fear report. They went with what they heard the most of, what we hear we believe.
The great Old Testament chapter of what Christ will accomplish on the cross begins with these words, “Who hath believed our report, and to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed.” Believing requires hearing.
In order to be a spiritual Christian instead of a carnal Christian we must first look at what we are hearing. Take some time and take inventory of your life, what are you being filled with?
This ultimately leads us to the second area, the words we speak. Mark 11:23 says, we can have what we say, instead, many of us say what we have.
We must renew our minds and change the words of our mouths.
I know this sound over simplistic but this is how we walk in the new creation, we renew our minds and our mouths to the Word of God.
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.”
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and they that love to talk will eat its fruit”.
Abraham’s faith was confirmed by the words he spoke and without faith it is impossible to please God.
Each of us need to take our lives moment by moment and day by day and choose to change our thinking and our mouths.
We start by praying and asking for the help of Holy Spirit, then we take the next step and get in the Word and renew our minds with it. It’s not enough just to go to Church, we must be in the Word daily for ourselves.
None of us will be able to see the Word work on our behalf if we aren’t in it and applying it.
Being in the Word changes our thinking and applying it changes our speaking.
That’s it, that’s how we walk in the new creation, we renew our minds and change our mouths.
Resources for renewing your mind and changing your mouth:
New Creation Realities: E.W. Kenyon
Easy steps to help start the process:
1. Cut out one thirty minute TV show and spend that time in prayer and Bible study.
2. Listen to a Bible teacher on your way to work (invest in CD’s, the radio is not the place to start).
3. Find a friend to help you keep your words lined up with The Word.
The truth is many of our minds and mouths don’t line up with the Word because we knowingly fill them with negative thoughts and talk. ReThink Your Life is an excellent resource that is broken into weekly segments to help you change the way you think. If you will give yourself thirty days, you will be a different person.
If you choose to get the book and do the four week plan, I recommend reading The Power of Your Words after you finish reading week two. That way you can incorporate your new way of speaking with your new way of thinking.
Also if you do the plan, let me know so I can be praying with you. keep me up to date with how you’re doing and let me hear your story at the end.
May the Lord richly bless the start of your life change and encourage and empower you to walk in victory.