In our study of self-worth and significance in God, we want to now turn to the issue of why we struggle. Why is basing our identity upon what God says about us SO difficult? The reason is because of the flesh.
But here we get into trouble. What is the “flesh” that the Bible talks about? Is it really a “sin nature” or what? We begin discussing this issue as a preliminary look into renewing the mind.
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“Flesh” Show Notes
In this episode, I share on the following topics:
- A Review of Last Week
- Flesh – The Problem
- Sin Nature?
- Types of Flesh
When God considers you, does He deceive Himself in some way or does He know who you truly are?
If He knows who we truly are, then why do we preface His understanding of us with phrases such as “in God’s eyes we are righteous” or “forgiven” or “loved” or “pleasing” and so on? Are we trying to say that God is not living in reality? That He is somehow involved in self-deception? Is He just some old grandparent type who wants to overlook the faults of His grandchildren? Either He really knows who you are or He doesn’t. Playing with words this way keeps us from experiencing the reality of who we are. It also dishonors who God is.
The second question is, If you think of yourself differently than God thinks of you, who is mistaken, you or God? How often do we allow our minds to overrule what God says is true? Keep in mind, you were made by and for God. He has placed within you needs that only He can meet. If we try to have these needs met by another person or persons, we will end up frustrated, angry, and unfulfilled.
A new mindset: I have great worth apart from my performance because Christ gave His life for me. I am in covenant with Him. I am of great value because He made me, He loves me, and simply because I am His. I am deeply loved, fully pleasing, totally forgiven, accepted, and complete in Christ.
“Flesh” Episode Resources
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