16 This I say then, Walk in
(live according to)
the spirit (your Spirit controlled reborn spirit), and ye shall not
fulfill the lust (the desires) of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the
spirit (lusteth) against the flesh: and
these are contrary the one to the other : so that
ye cannot do the things that ye would.
THE FLESH AND THE REBORN SPIRIT
One of the key words here in verse 17 is "against". "For
the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against
the flesh". The word "against" as used here means "in opposition to". You
see, you and I are torn between two parts of our makeup, and both want to be
in control. Those two parts are: 1) the flesh (ie. the Adamic nature and
intellect) and 2) our reborn spirit (ie. The new man). Both the flesh and
the spirit want to be in control and both lust for totally different things.
Since we know, according to the Word of God, that we are
to be led and controlled by our reborn spirit and not by our flesh,
we constantly experience a battle between these two parts of our makeup. The
apostle Paul commented about this battle in the seventh chapter of Romans.
Romans 7:15, 24-25
15 For that which I do I allow not (do not approve):
for what I would (want), that do I not; but what I hate, that do
24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from
the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then
with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh (I
myself serve) the law of sin.
TWO TYPES OF BELIEVERS
You and I both know believers who are seldom ill.
Whatever they do always prospers and they usually seem to get their prayers
answered. You know --- everything just seems to be going the right way for
them, at least most of the time.
And then we also know of those who regularly attend
Church and involved in many of its activities, and yet they always seem to
be saddled with some type of illness. Sometimes they donít even have the
necessary finances to adequately pay their bills. No matter what or how
often they pray, it seems as though their prayers are seldom answered.
Well, what's the problem here? This just doesnít seem
right! How can this be? Is God a respecter of persons? No, of course not! If
you are not sure what this is all about, then I would like for you to have
an open mind and strongly consider the contents of this lesson. The
objective of this teaching is to edify the reader - - - not to create
condemnation. So please read he following with that in mind:
Personally, I believe those victorious believers, for the
most part, actively live their lives on a daily basis, according to the
Word of God --- according to spiritual Truth; And those believers
who are not experiencing the abundant life, for the most part, primarily
live their lives on a daily basis, according to the World's ways ---
according to physical Facts. Primarily it comes right down to a
matter of priority and choice for us. It depends on which lifestyle we chose
to give the preeminence.
You see, it's a matter of Truth vs. Fact. Many
times, whether we like to admit it or not, we make the wrong choice because
of ignorance - - - ignorance concerning the meaning of the scriptures.
Sometimes we donít follow His instructions as we should, even though we
might think we do. And sometimes weíre prone to think what we do really
doesnít matter that much. So let's take a look at and consider both of these
areas individually. First of all, letís examine the difference between
Truth and Fact and secondly, letís determine what part each plays
in our every day Christian walk of life?
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUTH AND FACT
To start with, we need to understand that Truth
and Fact are not the same thing. They're totally different. Actually
theyíre worlds apart. Unfortunately many believers experience problems
because they see them as being the same thing. This mistake can sometimes be
First of all, let's take a closer look at FACT.
What is a fact? There are many today who hold to the belief that if some
situation is a proven FACT, it's just the same as being carved in
granite. In other words, it's totally unchangeable, and nothing in this
whole World has the ability to change it in any way, form or fashion! Thatís
just the way it is! Theyíre convinced that it represents the
honest-to-goodness truth, regardless of what else might happen or what
anyone else might say or do. As far as they are concerned, that would even
include the written word of God! In other words, we're stuck with this
particular situation and that's all there is to it! There's no use even
discussing it any further. I think you will agree with me that's the way
most people view a FACT today.
For example, because so many of Godís children are having
physical problems today, letís consider cancer. Assuming that the hospital
lab tests and the doctorís diagnosis of cancer has been made correctly, that
would be considered to be a fact. And we could say the same for high blood
pressure and heart disease and depression and even poverty. We could go on
and on naming those negative type facts.
Pretend for just a moment that your doctor tells you that
his tests reveal that a part of your body is cancerous. Being a child of God
you go to the Bible and you read I Peter 2:24 where the Word of God says, "By
whose (Jesus') stripes we were healed." Woe, wait just a minute! There
must be something wrong here! Looks like weíve got a conflict! One of these
sources must be wrong, don't you think? From what I can see, these two
statements look like direct opposites, don't they? Many of God's children
are currently wrestling with this very dilemma! Do we have a Biblical
problem? Is one of these reports invalid? Weíve been assured that the tests
SOURCES OF TRUTH AND FACT
No, they're both valid and theyíre both
accurate. "Oh, wait a minute. How could that be?", you ask? Well, I'm
glad you asked! For the answer, we'll need to go to and take a look at the
SOURCE of both TRUTH and FACT. In my own personal
opinion, I believe that a fact is a "real and valid physical
manifestation" which is of (and associated with) this PHYSICAL World
in which we live. On the other hand, TRUTH, is the pure spoken
and written Word of God, which has been given to us by the SPIRITUAL
World to set us free from these undesirable and evil facts. In other
words, a FACT has a physical source and TRUTH has a spiritual source.
SPIRITUAL HAS PREEMINENCE
Now if you miss what I'm about to say, you'll miss a
vital key to the basic message of this teaching. Are you ready? Here it is!
"This Physical World in which we now live (including facts) is
subordinate to the Spiritual World to which we have access through God
in Christ. In other words, the Spiritual World has the preeminence over this
We know that statement has to be absolutely correct
because this entire Physical World was created by the Spiritual --- by
Almighty God who is a Spirit! Amen? Question: Can you think of any created
thing or being which has ended up being greater than that which created it?
Absolutely not! The Potter is still greater than the pot and always has the
preeminence over the pot. Amen? So the Spiritual World has the preeminence
and authority over everything associated with this Physical World." It's
TRUTH VS. FACT.
The Bible tells us that if we truly want to worship God,
we "must worship Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH" (John
4:24)! That means that there are two aspects involved with worship - SPIRIT
and TRUTH. Now when SPIRIT and TRUTH connect and come together, that's when
the Heavenly fire falls and good things really begin to happen!
DONíT IGNORE FACTS
Now please understand. I am not saying that we should
ignore FACTS and deny their existence. Not at all! God has given us the
ability to sense pain and heat and cold and body temperature, etc. as
warning signs. But He has also equipped us with everything we need
spiritually (ability and authority to use His name) to deny these
manifestations any right to remain in our presence.
AUTHORITY TO USE THE NAME OF JESUS
We have been given the authority to use the name of Jesus
and to tell them to go. Amen? Why must they leave our presence and go?
Because His name has greater authority than all others (Eph 1:21)! Every
name of undesirable manifestations of this physical World has to bow to His
name! Those manifestations are evil because theyíre initiated by satan and
he has already been completely defeated by Jesus Christ! They must bow to us
because God has given us, the Church, the authority to use the name of Jesus
to command every evil thing to leave our presence. The Creator of the entire
universe Himself has given us this authority. And so the TRUTH is,
"Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the World." (1 John 4:4)
Behold, I give unto you power (authority) to tread
on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing
shall by any means hurt you.
I John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them
(spirits of antichrist): because greater is He that is in you, than
he that is in the World.
WHAT IS TRUTH?
Now what about Truth? "What is Truth?" That's
happens to be the same question Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea,
asked Jesus (John 18:38). Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?" But Jesus
didn't answer. And then, in Chapter 19 and verse 10, Pilate said to Jesus, "Speaketh
thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have POWER to crucify thee,
and have POWER to release thee?" You see, this power that Pilate was
speaking about was a FACT. So what Pilate spoke to Jesus was correct, wasn't
it? It was certainly a Fact that Pilate had the power to crucify or
Now listen closely to what Jesus said next. He answered
Pilate and said, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except
it were given thee from above." Now right here you and I ought to have
enough spiritual maturity to realize and understand that something must
exist which has greater authority and greater power and
greater might than every Earthly FACT! So what is it? It's TRUTH!
And what is truth? Well, we're back to that same question again!
In the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John when Jesus was
praying to the Father about the disciples whom the Father had given Him,
Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them with thy TRUTH: thy WORD is TRUTH."
So one thing that we must understand is this: TRUTH is God's living and
written WORD. It's spiritual in nature. Itís from above, and always
has greater authority and power than any Earthly evil physical FACT the
enemy can create. So Church, if you and I are going to be more than
conquerors, then we're going to have to chose to believe the TRUTH
regardless of what the physical FACTS might indicate! TRUTH VS. FACT.
THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF TRUTH
My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will give us the
revelation that TRUTH has both the authority and the power
to C-H-A-N-G-E the FACTS! We just must believe that "Nothing is too
hard for God." Just as God has greater authority and power than any
human, TRUTH has greater authority and power than any physical FACT.
In John 14:6 Jesus declared, "I am the way, THE TRUTH,
and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." Now since Jesus is
THE LIVING TRUTH, then don't you think maybe we ought to be reading,
believing, and living our lives according to what He says instead of
what the Facts indicate? What do you think? In Matthew 24:35 Jesus
also said, "Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My Words (TRUTH) shall
not pass away."?
BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS OF TRUTH CHANGING FACTS
Almost two-thousand years ago a man named Jesus was born
of a virgin. Many have said, "That's not physically possible - it can't be
done - it's just not possible for a virgin to give birth to a child". Well
that's a physical fact, alright. It isnít physically possible. But guess
what! Spiritual TRUTH took authority over that physical fact and changed it
into a physical reality! Amen? And the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ, the anointed One, actually became a reality and is now one of
the foundational truths of Christianity. I believe this one event alone is
overwhelming proof that TRUTH has the ability to change FACTS. Want
more accounts? What about the parting of the Red Sea, and what about Jesus
turning the water into wine, and what about all the healing Jesus performed?
The Bible speaks of many events where physical facts were altered or
changed by God's Word - - - by His Truth.
TRUTH MUST BE EXPERIENCED
Now here's something else we need to learn and
understand: TRUTH must be "experienced" in order to be effective and
productive in our lives. Godly doctrine, no matter how correct and sound it
may be, is not enough by itself. It must be individually "experienced" in
order for the power to be released and change FACTS. What do I mean by that?
Well, the Scribes and Pharisees certainly saw Jesus as a
FACT. They acknowledged that He was a man, and that He was from Galilee, but
they also believed and therefore said, "Nothing good has ever come out of
Galilee". You see, they met Jesus, they talked with Him and they listened to
His Word. TRUTH was all around them, yet they never really experienced Him
individually and personally. They were filled with unbelief.
Today there are many individuals who have experienced
salvation through Jesus Christ, but they have yet to be yielded to Him to
the extent that they might be baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire. And as
a result, they have never experienced His power. Iíve heard it said, "Not
experiencing the Holy Ghost Baptism is like having the Gospel of
light without sight. You can have light but if you're without sight, you're
still blind." I personally know that to be true because that's the way I
experienced it. On resurrection Sunday evening, the apostles and some other
disciples received the indwelling of the Holy Ghost (John 20:19-23).
However, they were not baptized and filled with the Spirit until 50
days later(Acts 2:1-4)! Now concerning divine power and authority, letís go
to Matthew Chapter 28.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them (the eleven
apostles) saying, 'All power (authority) is given unto me in
Heaven and in Earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach (make disciples of)
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe (to do) all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto
the end of the world (age).
In verse 20 Jesus said, "Teaching them (the new
disciples) to observe (to do) whatsoever I have commanded you (to do)." What
was it that Jesus commanded the apostles to do? For the answer, go to
Matthew, Chapter 10. Verse 8 gives us exactly what He commanded them to do.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
out devils (demons): freely ye have received, freely give.
Are you a disciple (student) of Jesus? Being endued
(clothed, covered, immersed) with power from on high, is available only to
believers through the Holy Spirit baptism. We're all familiar with Acts 1:8
where Jesus said, "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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth."
The word "power" in Acts 1:8 is the Greek word "dunamis" from which we get
our English word "dynamite". After being baptized in the Holy Ghost, a child
of God becomes like dynamite in God's hands.
However, it seems to me the vast majority of the Church,
as we know it today, have not EXPERIENCED the power of TRUTH.
Why? Most likely because a large percentage of believers today have yet to
experience being baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire! They seem to have a
lot of experience concerning FACTS, but very little experience when
it comes to TRUTH.
Some say, "What good does it do to pray? I've prayed and
believed for numerous sick people during my lifetime and most of them died
anyway." Well, I'm sure that's a FACT, but the TRUTH is, Jesus
was badly beaten and suffered tremendously on that cross for the express
purpose of preventing us from ever having to be sick in the first place. I
know that most of you readers know that, but how many of you understand it?
You see, when that TRUTH connects with our reborn spirit, it
will ignite the fire of God in our lives and thatís when we really
become a threat to satan. Again, it's TRUTH VS. FACT.
ANOTHER HINDRANCE TO TRUTH
In addition to unbelief, one of the greatest hindrances
to TRUTH being released in the World is man's intellect. You
have most likely heard someone very intellectually state, "Well, you know,
we need to remember that God has given us a mind and He expects us to use it
and quit bothering Him about every little thing!?" Do you know what that is?
That happens to be an excuse for failing to walk according to their spirit.
That person is simply trying to justify their walking according to their
flesh! Man's spirit and man's flesh are at odds with each other - all of
the time. The flesh is of the old nature and the reborn spirit is of the
"new man" - the new nature.
TROUBLE IS LOCATED ONE INCH BELOW THE NOSE
Most of us have, at one time or another, prayed for
someone who was very ill - - - someone who was dying. What happened? We
called for the elders of the Church, we praised God, we anointed the sick
with oil like the Bible instructs us to do. We prayed, we decreed, we
declared, we bound, we loosed, - - - and they still died. Amen? Have you
ever been there and done that? Sure, most of us have. Well, what happened?
What went wrong? Let's go now to the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 6.
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thy art
taken with the words of thy mouth.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they
that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Now I don't know about every situation like that,
but if we had some way of going back in time ---- if we had access to some
kind of instant replay ---- after we left the sick person's presence we'd
probably hear ourselves saying something like, "Oh me! It looks like if God
doesn't do something pretty soon heís not likely to make the night! Boy
doesnít he look bad!!??" And then we'd probably hear another person agreeing
with us and saying, "Man! Isn't that the truth! It looks to me like he's got
one foot in the grave already. I wonder if his wife has any pawl bearers
lined up yet." Well, what am I saying? I'm saying that we were looking at
and considering the FACTS. And because we were, our speech literally
gave permission for the FACTS to have the preeminence over the
TRUTH. As I said, "It's TRUTH VS FACT!
DIVINE AUTHORITY AND POWER GIVEN TO THE CHURCH
The believers who make up the Body of Christ today (the
Church) have been given both divine authority and divine
power to accomplish everything that God wants to be accomplished here on
Earth. But, up to now, we haven't been very successful at it because we
haven't been placing our trust in the TRUTH and allowing it to
change the FACTS! We've been putting our trust in the FACTS!
The Church, generally speaking, is guilty of being preoccupied and obsessed
with judging Spiritual TRUTH by factual physical evidence and experiences
instead of judging factual physical evidences and experiences by Spiritual
TRUTH (the Word of God)! Weíve had it all backwards. Why? Because most of us
have yet to learn how to walk in the spirit.
Actually we have been guilty of paying heed to the
FACTS while practically ignoring the TRUTH. We've been guilty of
choosing to give the preeminence to the Physical instead of the
Spiritual. We should have been giving the preeminence to the TRUTH.
Amen? We should have been judging physical FACTS and our experiences
by what the Word says - by the TRUTH! While most believers would
say they put the Word first, and give the Word first place in their
lives, their words and actions betray them and reveal what's really in their
We've all heard someone say, "I just don't know why I'm
having all these physical problems, and why I'm not doing any better than I
am." Well, they've either forgotten or maybe they were never taught that "death
and life are in the power of the tongue" (Prov 18:21a). The reason
they're having so many physical problems is because of what they've said in
the past. The words they said in the past actually created their present.
What was it they said in the past? Probably something like, "Well, you
know, my Daddy had heart trouble and old uncle Jake had heart trouble, and
Grandpa had heart trouble too. I guess heart trouble must run in our family,
so I imagine one of these days I'll have heart trouble too."
Then when heart trouble knocked on their door and came
their way, they really weren't too surprised. Why? Because they were
expecting it! Just like you and I expect the mailman to bring the mail,
they expected heart trouble to show up. You see, they believed the FACTS
and doubted the Word of God. They even talked the FACTS,
placed their expectations on the FACTS, and chose to give FACTS the
preeminence over TRUTH, all the while never realizing what they were
doing. And, sure enough, in due time, what they believed and spoke, worked
to create and bring the reality of heart trouble into their life.
A LIE OF THE DEVIL
Now here's something else. One of the biggest lies the
devil has ever promoted and sold to the Church is that people don't
experience divine healing because they don't have enough faith. But that
just doesn't happen to be the TRUTH Brothers and Sisters! Please turn to the
12th Chapter of Romans in your Bibles.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man
that is among you (Christians), not to think of himself more
highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God
hath dealt to every man (among you Christians) the measure of
From this scripture we understand that every child of God
has been given THE measure - the same measure - of
faith. At one point, the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith (Luke
17:5-6). His answer? He said (and this is a paraphrase) - "You don't need
more faith. Itís strictly a matter of you having faith or not having faith
and using it or not using it! All you need to do is release your faith! When
you speak My Word, you release faith. And when you release faith, you can
move mountains." Let's go back again to the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 3
first and then we'll go to Chapter 4.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct
20 My son, attend to my Words (TRUTH); incline
thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them (My Words - TRUTH) not depart from
thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart (spirit).
22 For they (My Words - TRUTH) are life unto those
that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep (guard) thy heart with all diligence; for
out of it (the heart) are the issues of life.
TRUTH CAN CHANGE FACTS
Brothers and sisters, TRUTH can change FACTS! If
sickness and disease attacks our body and the doctor tells us thereís no
hope, assuming heís made no mistake, then we have a FACT. But the TRUTH is,
the stripes that Jesus bore on His body healed us 2000 years ago. And since
the provision for our healing was paid in full back then, we remain healed,
UNLESS we accept the devilís packages of sickness, disease, and poverty.
These are not from God. How do I know? I know because Godís will is that it
be on Earth as it is in Heaven, and those donít exist in Heaven!
1 Peter 2:24
Who (meaning Jesus) His own self bare our sins in
his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes we were healed.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities (sins); Who
healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who
crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies;
You see, these scriptures are the Word of God. Therefore
they are TRUTH. It really boils down to this: If you and I expect to live
above the FACTS of this physical life, then we're going to have to fill
ourselves with the TRUTH of God's WORD, and we're going to have to do it on
a continual basis - - - every day. It's a matter of maturing spiritually and
that won't happen overnight any more than maturing physically happens
overnight. Our problem is a lack of knowledge --- of being Word deficient.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: . . . .
Being Word deficient will cause us problems when it comes
to receiving from God. Many times there are things we might be mature enough
to pray for, but not mature enough to receive. When a believer
is deficient in the Word, then he or she is much more likely to end up
conforming to the World and its ways, which of course, brings much
tribulation. In a case like that, the believer hasn't been transformed far
enough away from his or her old Adamic fleshly nature because the mind
hasn't been sufficiently renewed by the Word of God. Most of us have never
spiritually matured to the point where we can be as successful in this life
as we ought to be.
So what should we do about that? How do we get started,
and where do we begin? Well, now that we KNOW that TRUTH has the ability to
change FACTS, we should be in a good position to make a quality decision to
begin believing the TRUTH regardless of what the FACTS indicate. It's not
too late to begin. The Church desperately needs to mature spiritually and to
increase in strength - - - to be effective in carrying the Gospel to a lost
and dying World.
So if youíre a child of the living God, then you need to
be a good representative of God. Since you legally have power of attorney to
release God's power by using and speaking the name of Jesus over every
undesirable FACT, then do so! We are all His ambassadors, and the World is
out there crying for our help right now.
So remember, TRUTH declares, "Death and life are in the
power of the tongue." TRUTH says, "Guard your heart (your spirit) with all
diligence." TRUTH says, "All things (good or bad) are possible to them who
believe." So diligently consider what you pay heed to, believe, and act
upon. What you hear and believe will get into your spirit, and what you
permit to enter into your spirit will come out of your mouth in the form of
words. TRUTH says, "From the abundance of the heart (your spirit) the mouth
(your mouth)speaks." (Matthew 12:34b). So those things you hear and believe
in your heart, will eventually come forth from your mouth (like it or not).
Then that which comes forth from the mouth will create
and set into motion that very thing which is believed. TRUTH says, "Attend
unto My Word - - - Mediate in My Word day and night, because when you do, it
will cause you to act and speak and create accordingly, and that will cause
you to be healthy, prosperous, and successful. That's My will for you"
You see, TRUTH actually is greater, in both authority and
power, than any ungodly, undesirable, evil physical FACT. And if evil FACTS
are ever to be altered, changed, or destroyed, then our belief and trust in
the TRUTH (in the Word of God) must be utilized, experienced, and given
first place in our hearts on a continual basis. It won't happen overnight,
so don't become discouraged. You can do it because the Lord says you can,
and He happens to know what He's talking about.
Now itís up to you as to how you will respond to this
knowledge. Itís your choice. Which will you choose? - - - Itís TRUTH vs.