Have you ever wondered, in the real sense, why people continue to sin after they receive Christ?Â
This is a question I have asked myself for many years.Â
I was raised in a Christian home.Â I went to church every Sunday, and I participated in my Youth Groups as a kid.Â I was taught that once I became a Christian, all things become new, and the old passes away.
Growing up, I found temptations, just like anyone else, and I gave into them, and reaped what I sowed in the process.
After years of folly, I began to search the Lord to find out why I still continued to struggle with a sinful nature, even after being accepted by our Lord into His Kingdom.
This is what scripture tells us.
Galatians Five, Verses 19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkeness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Many religious leaders would use this scripture to bash and control the masses with fear that because they walk in these things, they will not inherit the Kingdom.
The way the scripture is written, or translated into our English, we may miss vital revelation.
These actions are works.Â They are what is produced by flesh.Â If you are living in a flesh covered body, raise your hand.Â Yep, mine is raised also.
What this scripture is telling us is that these items on this list are alive, present, and ruling in every human vessel created, whether they believe in God or not.Â Walking in the flesh is walking and being led by a human will.Â Just the very fact that we are living in a fleshly vessel, this list is our spiritual DNA.
We see it on a daily basis through media and television, the works of the flesh being manifested on this earth, and we always ask why?Â It is the condition of mankind, and the very definite need for a Savior.Â
If you read further, Galatians, Chapter Five, Verses 21-24, we see that the Father, indeed, also manifests Himself through a human vessel.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, and self-control."
Anytime you see any of these things being manifested in our realm, you can bank that it is the Holy Spirit doing it through a human vessel.Â None of this fruit can exist in a human without Him doing it through them.
Let's talk application.
What if you had trees planted outside in your orchard, and each year you could choose the fruit it produced.Â That would be really cool.Â One year, you could have cherries, the next, oranges.Â The list goes on, and on.Â
In the real world, that is impossible, but in our own walk, it is very possible.
God put a design in place to undo the works of the flesh.Â His design is perfect in every way, because He is perfect.
It is called "The Cross."Â
The design of repentance is the perfect design to put these sinful natures listed in Galatians Five to death.
Paul says, "I am crucified with Christ, never the less I live.Â But the life I now live in the flesh, I no longer live unto myself, but unto the One who loved me and gave Himself up for me."Â
This is how you can live in this realm without sin.Â Too good to be true?Â Let's find out.
My tree, or vessel produces the list found in Galatians, chapter five, verses 19-21.Â God said it was so, and He doesn't lie.Â Therefore, according to the design of repentance, the first thing I must do is admit it.Â It is my confession before the Father that this list is me.Â It is just like my human DNA, but this DNA belongs to my Soul/Self/Flesh/Will.
Each year, in season, my flesh produces the only works that it can, and the list is ugly.
Each year, I go before the Father and I say, "Lord forgive me for producing these works..." and the next year it is the same all over again.Â A tree is known by its fruit, and a tree can only produce the fruit assigned to it.Â An apple tree will forever produce apples.
But let's continue with the design of repentance, shall we?
Now the tree, or vessel is aware, and admits that what it is producing is an abomination before the Father, even as I believe and worship Him. So now, the tree can go before the Father, In Jesus Name, not repenting for the works it produces, but FOR BEING THE TREE, OR VESSEL THAT PRODUCED IT.
There is a very big difference there.
"Lord, I admit that I am this list.Â I am flesh, and this is the only thing my flesh can produce on its own.Â I repent for being this tree, and producing these works.Â I admit that because I am this list, I have been led and ruled by these natures listed, and I have reaped the folly of them.Â In Jesus Name, would you crucify these natures living and ruling inside of me, according to Your Word, and ressurrect in me, the Nature of The Christ to live and rule in my vessel, so that I am no longer ruled by these things."
See, we can't change the tree's fruit, but He can change the tree.Â Change the Tree...change the Tree's fruit.
I am all for losing my Fleshly Nature to receive the Nature of the Christ to rule my vessel in this realm.Â Truly, it will be, "On earth, as it is in heaven," when this transformation occurs.