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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 05, 2022
The Spirit Of God Will Not Always Strive With Man

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Genesis 6:3 KJV
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

For a believer to live without the Spirit of God indwelling is impossible feat? Even the devil believes and trembles but has not the Spirit of God in him. God is patient when it comes to warnings from him, that is to be taken serious. Saul lost the presence of God in his life, other have too. Cain being the first. God choose to enable man, to convince man to follow him. Yet there always the one factor one might not understand we die to the desires of the flesh as a believer in God, as one of his children. Our desire of power, greed, wanting, lust, and so forth must be done away with.

Christ Jesus is seen as servant, and yet he was Lord of all. His power given by God. A trust a bond, a leadership quality not compared since the time of Christ. Wrong the power of Spirit has been seen by man since the beginning of time even in todays world. Spirit of God is still striving with man, and yet only because his people called by his name that humble themselves before him, remain on this earth. God's power will leave, no Christ returns and rapture the church up to meet him in the sky, and then God's Spirit will judge the whole world, then God's Spirit is removed off the face of the heaven and earth as it is utterly destroyed.

God's Spirit would not strive with man in the day of the flood water, accept with Noah and His family. Let me explain, God would no longer protect man by his Spirit when the flood came. His Spirit no longer giving mercy to man beyond those in the ark. It hard for us to imagine a place God's Spirit is not, but in the disaster in the days of Noah, God look not back on man. Only eight souls were saved according to scripture, and a vessel provided for that day of destruction to save those souls that obeyed him.

A place where there no hope in God, that hard to imagine, but at the same, did God not warn the world, all these years of a time coming when his Spirit would no longer strive with man? Did he not promise a flood would not come to destroy the entire earth as it did in the days of Noah, yet what would come would be fire from heaven.

Man looks into space for a new heaven and a new earth in which to build more cities and towns on, never realizing this place prepared will be by God's own hand, a place his Word will move his children too. These children are not born of corruptible seed any long but are born again by His Spirit not to walk after the flesh, or their carnal minds, but after the Spirit of God.

There is no condemnation for those that walk not after flesh but after the Spirit. (Romans 8) The law of Spirit is of faith in Christ Jesus that has made the believer free from the from the law of sin and death. Are we free to continue in our sin, the word says no, for to believe in Christ is to longer live in corruption of our actions of sin, but to be free, to be rid of it that caused death. To turn away from that sin that was separating you from God into eternity. We could not remove our sin by our own will. We may be discipline enough that some sin might not strive in our mortal flesh, beyond our brain cells and desires of the heart. Yet this was sin that would lead to death, the first one being unbelief. Upon belief we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus, but our salvation is deeper then belief but a call to action to follow the will of God for our life. To learn to trust and obey God all the days of our life on earth and beyond. Sin once done can only be removed by God.

Take toothpaste and squeeze it all on an object and ask someone to put it all back in the tube without cutting the tube wrapper. You find it is impossible feat, because there will always be a fragment of toothpaste where you squeezed the tube out on, if nothing more in the memories an thoughts of a person. Yet the point being our sin is washed away no longer remember because of the blood of the Lamb that covers our sin. God removes our sin and throws in the sea of forgetfulness. Our sin covered and forgotten. Yet we still dwell on the past, not seeing our sin forgiven but a memory not so easily forgotten, I think not. God is able to take away all our sin, if we receive Christ as Lord. We ourselves may not be able to forget the bondage of sin that had entangles us, but it should also be a reminder of God's grace in our life, for without God's grace we could not be saved by faith in Christ Jesus.

To walk after the spirit is to follow in the footsteps of Christ, and no longer after the sin of our own desire, and the sins of the world. No longer copying our desire. We wrestle not against God, but against our flesh. God no longer seeing our sin, as nothing to correct us about. Yet our desire still unchecked leads to the temptation of sin.

I once heard a minister in the seventies talk about a man who crave alcohol and upon his craving he seen a sign at a convient store that said butter milk for sale. Now he could buy anything he wanted, and all the beer it took to get drunk. The temptation so great, that instead of buying beer, he bought the butter milk that was on sale and began to drink it. His ability to resist the temptation of the beer was overcome with butter milk. His desire to overcome his sin of drunkerness was greater then his desire for alcohol. As a youngester it left me with the thought of how can I replace my temptation. Finding out sometimes my temptation was greater then the ability to replace it. Forgetting I had the key to over come, I had to pray by God's Spirit to overcome the temptation of sin in my life, though it was not alcohol, it maybe trivial as the alcohol, but temptation that was interfering in my walk with God. To replace and indulgents of candy bars with say carrots. What about sin of disobedience to parents, replace with obedience in substitution. The grounding that prevents the school dance, or going outside with friends for a period of time. Replacing it with obedience of helping with household chores. Yet easy to over looked with a lot of homework though there be still time to do some chores.

Our own sin into adulthood, can only be overcome by refusing to allow the desire to win. Early in faith the butter milk theory of replacing the problem with a solution, is not longer a need after years of practice of saying just simply no. Think again you can be plagued with past sin into adulthood, into years of being sin free from the yoke of bondage of past years. The smell of cigar causing one who hasn't smoked in years to suddenly want one. The need to gratify oneself with desires and wants greater then the ability to say no. The ability to gossip and open mouth, instead of closing one mouth and ears to anything not true.

One says no to sin because of the cross of Jesus. The cross having more value to the believer then the desire for sin. Knowing that our sin laying open the wounds of Christ on the cross once more. They to must be turned away from(repentance). Who warns the believer but the Holy Spirit, who help the believers when under temptation? The Holy Spirit warns us like Cain, leads us into repentance like David before he lost his baby. Our chastisement such we do not desire correction by God's Spirit again, instead rather obey him. Our desire no longer after our flesh, but after God's Spirit, in obedience to truth.

Dear Heavenly Father, lead us in the knowledge as a believer your Spirit is still striving with us and keeping us from sinning against you. Enable the lost to know your Spirit will not always be upon this earth, for the hour of judgment to come will come without man ability to repent as in the days of Noah. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Romans 8:1-14 KJV
1 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 hath 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.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

1 Peter 3:18-22 KJV
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.


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