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There is every tendency that, no matter the circumstances, and the things that have come to be, in as far as there is God. There is always a good way out of it, unless for the sons of peridtion.
In this volume 2 of this my aticle titled, what the old man and the new man all about, we are going to look at the ways of how we can deal with this stigma call the FLESH. And there must be various ways that will be open for us, but for us to really make use of those ways, we must tell ourselves the truth about ourselves. For what you don't appreciate, you can not apprehend. You must know and agree with yourself, that this way I am going, I don't think is the right way, that is the only way you can be thinking of a turning point. And at that juction, you are prepared waiting for every opportunity to come out of the situation (menes).
There are various ways of dealing with the flesh, but we will just look at the few ones that will really be of imidiate help for us, if only we can be obedient to them.
# BE A CARRIER OF HIS PRESENCE;.
How do we become a carrier of his presence? Is by separating our body from the things that defile it, and make it pure for the Holy Spirit. In the Bible book of first Corinthians charpter number (6:19-20). And it says that. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your Spirit which is God's. The reason is that, when you look at where we read in the scripture, the verse number 18 says. FLEE sexual immorality, Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
You must build a consciousness of God and all Christ has done, to be conscious is to be aware. So we become aware of the fact that, your body is a temple and that you are a carrier of His presence and all He has done through His son Jesus Christ. Therefore you must likened yourself to be dead to sin. In the Bible book of Romans chapter number (6:11-14). And it says that Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in it lust. And do not present members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourself to God as being alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
In the Bible book of second Corinthians charpter number (3:18). The word of God says that, But we all, with unveiled face , BEHOLDING as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. When we engage the word of God, the Holy Spirit begin to work through the word to bring a change. BEHOLDING the Lord involves Meditation and contemplating on the word. This is the way out of addictions. The word of God should dwell richly in you i e in your Spirit . It was stated claerly in the Bible book of Proverbs charpter number (4:20-22). And it says that, My son give attention to my words Incline your ear to my sayings, do not let them depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.
Waiting upon the Lord, means putting our gaze on Him. It is not just coming to the house of God, to fast and pray with out nfocus, when we wait on the Lord, we bridge ourselves with the Lord and our weaknesses are swallowed and His strength becomes our strength.
HOW DO WE WAIT ON THE LORD;
1 BY PRAYER AND FASTING :-Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I we say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guide your heart and your mind through Christ Jesus. When you pray through, your soul is quieted, and then your waiting start, and at this point all you see is Jesus, and not the problems or challenges. When you wait on the Lord in fasting and prayers the flesh is swallowed up. Mathew (17:2).
2 BY WORSHIP :- Worshipping brings you into the team of His presence. In the Bible book of Psalms charpter number (100:4). And it says that, Enter His gate with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. And in His presence the process of transformation begins.
3 BY MEDITATION :- When you look at the Bible book of Joshua charpter number (1:8). And it says that, This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written on it, for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you will have good success. And in Colossians charpter number (3:16). And it says that Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. When you meditate on the word of God, it incubates in you, and with time the reality of the word becomes evident in the life of an individual.
By our own strength we can achieve nothing, we can only make meaningful and advancement and progress on matters of our Spiritual and all round growth, when the Holy Spirit helps us. To grow in fullness and maturity, where the true I'm age of God radiates through us. We must consistently engage ourselves in fellowship with the Holly Spirit. Thank you once again for reading this second version of my aticle, God bless you.