Mortify The Deeds Of The Body

Romans 8:13: “If you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.”

We are to mortify the deeds of the body: We are to put to death the deeds of the body causing them to be inactive in our lives. This includes the misuse of our eyes, ears, hands, feet, mouth, mind, etc., and all the desires in our old nature. This is a spiritual warfare and cannot be won in the flesh. It must be won through our spirit and the Holy Spirit that dwells in our spirit. It requires a deliberate yielding to the Spirit and not to the flesh. The more we put to death the deeds of the body the more our bodies become the Spirit’s temple.

We shall live: When we put to death the deeds of the body we shall live out the spiritual life we possess while we are in this world and will be transported into the heavenly world upon death.

Love Without Dissimulation

Romans 12:9: “Let love be without dissimulation.”

Let love be without dissimulation: As Christians, our love is to be without hypocrisy. Our love is not to be a superficial display of acts, but is to be an expression from our heart. The deeds that we do are not to be done for show or to gain the respect or goodwill of others. Our love is to be a pure love with no ulterior motives. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Fellowship and Cleansing

1 John 1:7: “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light: The word “if” expresses the possibility that some might not walk in this light. Some Christians walk in the flesh and not in the Spirit. To walk in the light is to walk in the Spirit and in the light of God’s word which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. To walk is to live our lives according to the Spirit and God’s word. Then we can experience the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). To walk in the light is to follow Jesus who is not only in the light but is THELight.

We have fellowship one with another: The Bible says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). If we are to have fellowship we have to be in agreement with each other in the way we believe and live. If one is walking in the flesh and the other is walking in the Spirit there can be no fellowship “for the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other” (Galatians 5:17). Therefore these two people will be contrary the one to the other and not able to have fellowship.

And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin: As the hymn says, “What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus”. It cleanses us from ALL sin and brings us into fellowship with God and with one another. Walking in the light brings us to the cleansing blood of Jesus.

Loving Life and Seeing Good Days

1 Peter 3:10-12: “He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

He that will love life and see good days: We are not to love “the world nor the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15). However, we can love our life in this world because of our relationship and fellowship with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can have the “joy of the Lord that is unspeakable and full of glory”. We can have the peace of God that passes all understanding. These are just two of the blessings we receive from God. We can see good days in a world that is filled with evil and turmoil.

The path to loving life and seeing good days:

  • 1. Refrain our tongues from evil: We are to have our tongues under control. Let us use our tongues for blessing and not cursing. Let us use our tongues as instruments of righteousness in the hands of God.
  • 2. Refrain from speaking guile: We must keep our tongues from uttering deceit and laying traps for people.
  • 3. Eschew evil and do good: We are to keep away from all evil and do good to all men.
  • 4. Seek peace and ensue it: We are to seek peace and pursue it out of a genuine love and desire to live at peace.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, watching over the righteous to teach them, lead them, protect them, and to supply their needs. “The Lord knows them that are his” (2 Timothy 2:19).

For the ears of the Lord are open to the prayers of the righteous that He might hear them and answer them.

The face of the Lord is against them that do evil: The Lord sees all. He sees the evil as well as the good. “The Lord sets them in slippery places: He casts them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors” (Psalms 73:18-19)

“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9).

Be Swift To Hear, Slow To Speak, and Slow To Wrath

James 1:19-20: “My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.”

My beloved brethren: This is one Christian (James) speaking for God to other Christians. What he shares is directed toward the behavior of Christians and is wisdom that he has received from God for the welfare of God’s children.

Let every man be swift to hear: Every Christian should practice this in their life. We need to be swift to hear what the other person is saying. We need to hear not only what they say, but how they say it and why they say it. This is hearing not just with our ears, but with our minds and our hearts. This goes beyond passive hearing to the level of active hearing.

  1. What they say: What is the content and meaning of what they are saying?
  2. How they say it: What emotions are being expressed as they speak. What facial expressions and body language do you see?
  3. Why are they saying it: Is there a reason they are saying this? Where are they coming from? What is behind it?

Let every man be slow to speak: “In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). We need to think before we speak. Having processed the what, the how, and the why as mentioned above we are more capable of giving a proper response. Too many times people speak without giving proper thought about what they are about to say. And this can cause problems and lead to the next point in this scripture (wrath).

Let every man be slow to wrath: “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly” (Proverbs 14:29). Many times if we understand what a person is saying, how they are saying it, and why they are saying it, we will not be offended and become angry. Anger is mostly a self-defensive response that we make in order to protect ourselves. Anger and wrath do not produce or lead to the righteousness of God. You don’t find these along the paths of righteousness where God leads us for His name sake. (Psalms 23:3).


A Continuing City

Hebrews 13:14: “Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”

Here we have no continuing city: Nothing in this physical world continues. Everything is temporal. Even our physical life is as “a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). People move from city to city and again we have no continuing city.

But we seek one to come: ”For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). The Greek word for conversation here speaks of our citizenship. Our citizenship is in heaven. Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). This is the city that we seek and is to come. “God has prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16). The city we are seeking is in heaven whose builder and maker is God. John said, “I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). John saw this city, the holy Jerusalem and it was gloriously beautiful, decked out in all of its splendor. This is the city that we seek. It is the eternal city of God filled with all the glory of God Himself.

Walk Worthy Of God

1 Thessalonians 2:12: “Walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”

Walk worthy of God: We are to live our Christian life to the fullest extent of our ability. We are to live a life of importance. Through the Spirit and power of God we are to make a difference in this world. We are different from those of this world. Jesus said that we are in the world but we are not of the world, for He has called us out of this world. We have become partakers of the divine nature and God dwells in us in all of His fullness. Our lives are to be lived in a way that we bring honor, respect and fame to God.

Who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory: God has called us unto His kingdom. He saw us, desired for us to come into His kingdom and then called us unto it. “Come my children and enter in and inherit the kingdom of God”. He has not only called us unto His kingdom but He has called us unto His glory. We will experience and share His glory. He will give us a glorious body like unto His own and a glorious mansion and glorious city.

After all that God has done, is doing and will do for us we should indeed walk worthy of God.

Let The Peace Of God Rule In Your Heart

Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

Let the peace of God rule in your hearts: Let it. This is God’s desire for us. That His peace would rule in our hearts. He wants His peace to exert control, power and influence in our lives. That His peace will influence our decisions and that our actions will be the fruit that issues from that peace. He wants His peace that passes all understanding to conquer and put down our anxiety and fear. However it is up to us. God will not force His peace upon us. We must actively allow this. We must be still before God, rest in His presence and pray.

To the which also ye are called in one body: God calls us to Himself and to this peace. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink”. Jesus said, “Come unto me and drink”. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and our source of peace. Our thirst for this peace can be satisfied. We can drink from this fountain as much as we desire. Our thirst can be quenched. We are called in one body. We don’t face this world alone. There are many members in this body. We are to be at peace with each other and help each other abide in this peace.

And be ye thankful: When we experience God’s peace conquering our anxiety and fear and ruling in our hearts and minds, we will experience a thankfulness that we are obligated to express to God.

Filled With The Fruits Of Righteousness

Philippians 1:11: “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness: We are to be continually in the process of being filled with these fruits. Being filled, there is to be no mixture with the unfruitful works of darkness. “The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).

Which are by Jesus Christ: Jesus produces these fruits of righteousness in us and our lives through His Spirit.

These are the manifestation of the Spirit of Christ as He reveals the character of God that dwells within us.

Unto the glory and praise of God: Our lives are to be lived in such a way that God will be glorified and praised. Jesus said, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit” (John 15:8). “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). May God be praised and glorified because of us and the way we live. May our lives be a living sacrifice holy and accepted unto God which is our reasonable service unto Him. AMEN.

We Are God’s Workmanship

Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

We are His workmanship: We are what God has made us by His grace. “It is He that has made us and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100:3). As some have said, “He doesn’t make any junk”. He made us a new creature in Christ Jesus.

Created in Christ Jesus: We were created in union with Jesus Christ. He is in us and we are in Him. He is our life and power.

Created unto good works: These good works are according to God’s judgment and not that superficial judgment of mankind. These consist of the thoughts, words, and deeds that originate from the new life we have received. They have the fruit of the Spirit and the word of God as their foundation. They spring forth from the Spirit as we walk in obedience to God’s word. They manifest the righteousness and holiness that exist in this new life in Christ.

God has ordained that we should walk in them: He has prepared us for this, set us aside for this, and decreed or commanded that we should walk in these good works. Let us not be weary in well doing and we will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).