Crucifixion of the Flesh (A Work of our God’s Grace)

Galatians 2:19-21 (Disciples’ Literal New Testament) 19 For through the Law I died to the Law in order that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ! 20 And I no longer am living, but Christ is living in me. And what I am now living in the flesh, I am living by faith in the Son of God; the One having loved me and handed Himself over for me. 21 I am not setting aside the grace of God! For if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died without a reason!

Watchmen all over the world, do not be deceived through any doctrine that justifies entertaining carnal thought, speech, or behavior (ourselves or anyone else’s).  Carnality is the activity of the flesh or fallen nature of humanity.  It is the sinful (rebellious, contrary) nature used by satan to taint the nature of the first Adam (male and female man: Genesis 5).  It is the nature that thinks, speaks, and behaves in opposition to God; it is influenced by the spirit of the anti-Christ, who is obsessed with jealousy that humanity is made in the image and likeness of our God, Master of All.  Flesh or carnality must die; it must be crucified, and we must use the tools of the kingdom to crucify it!

Don’t Entertain nor Justify the Flesh/Carnality; Crucify It!

Watchmen, the operation of the flesh or carnality is satan’s well-thought out plan against the manifestation and success of the sons of the Most-High, Holy, Sovereign God. The purpose of carnal thought, speech, and behavior is thinking, speaking, and behavior in ways and characteristics that fall short of who we truly are.  Carnality causes us to live beneath God’s original design, privilege, and entitlement for our lives. 

The Story Behind Carnality

Believers all over the world, we must understand that jealousy and hatred fuels satan, as he relentlessly waits for an opportunity to influence and deceive us into using our faith, thoughts, words, and deeds for his purposes.  Entertaining and justifying carnality provides the open door for satan to gain access to our lives; it is entertaining, justifying, identifying with, or agreeing with satan!  It must die; WE must crucify it!

Watchmen, we must understand that satan seeks to influence our thoughts and beliefs, so that WE use our faith, confession, and deeds to create and promote confusion, hatred, disappointment, discouragement, depression, oppression, sickness, disease… in our lives, the lives of others, and the world around us.  Ultimately, his goal is murder, theft, and destruction to all that looks like our God; he still wants to be god, even though he is a completely defeated foe and servant of our God and His Christ (in whom we live with power and authority)!

The Operation of Carnality

What happens when we entertain carnality? 

(1) To give our attention to (We allow our focus to be moved, drifting away from the mind, nature, and things of our God)

(2) To allow ourselves to be amused by (We choose to find unChrist-like thought, speech, and behavior funny, rather than being repulsed by immorality)

(3)  To be attracted to (We allow our emotions and appetites to be ministered to by immorality)

(4)  To be tempted or consider agreement with (We imagine what it would look like, sound like, feel like, smell like or taste like and lust is birthed.)

 What happens when we justify carnality?

(1) To give reason for (We make excuses for unChrist-likeness.)

(2) To adjust (We choose Scripture that “fit” our personal agenda, authorizing thinking, speech, and behavior unbecoming to God.)

(3) To declare right (We use human intellect and understanding as the measuring standard to determine that our thinking, speech, and behavior is acceptable to God.)

Believers, when we entertain and justify immorality (anything contrary to the Person, character, heart, mind, nature, authority and power of the only Good and Holy Living God), we leave His protection and give place to satan.

Ephesians 4:27 (AMPC) Leave no such room or foothold for the devil; give no opportunity to him.

Let us ask our God to anoint us to be open and sensitive to His Holy Spirit alone, so that we sense His loving conviction and close the door to carnality.

The Operation of Crucifixion

Crucifixion of the flesh (the carnal nature) is the process of overruling or overpowering (making as dead or nonexistent) the part of our being that thinks, speaks, and behavior contrary to, or in rebellion to the image and likeness of our God. 

To crucify means:

(1) To destroy the power of (We conquer that lower nature rule and tendency to arise and express itself, through the authority, power, and love of our God’s Word and Holy Spirit.)

Romans 8:12-14 (NLT) 12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

(2) To mortify (We destroy the strength, vitality, or functioning of the lower nature that opposes the nature of our God.)

Colossians 3:5 (AMPC) 5 So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members (those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin): sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).

(3) To treat cruelly (We have no respect, regard, or patient for or with carnality.)

1 Corinthians:26-27 (AMPC) 26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. 27 But like a boxer. I buffet my body (handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships) and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit (not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit).

(4) To put to death by nailing or binding the wrists or hands and feet to a cross (We agree with our God by reckoning the sin nature to have been crucified and fully conquered by Jesus The Christ, who thoroughly, completely, once and for all conquered sin and rebellion against God, through the death of His flesh.)

The murder of the innocent Jesus The Christ, created a debt that satan cannot repay; he cannot give life.  We must understand that satan is nothing but darkness and death; we must understand that he uses deception and trickery to influence our thinking, speaking, and behavior.  This type of rebellious thinking, speaking and behaving is sin working through flesh/carnality:

Galatians 5:19-21 (ICB) 19 The result of sin’s control in our lives is clear. It includes sexual immorality, impurity and wild living, 20 worshiping false gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, 21 having envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not be in God’s kingdom.

The Tools of Crucifixion

(1)   Acknowledge sin

(2)  Confess sin

(3)  Repent of sin

(4)  Give and receive forgive

(5)  Embrace our God’s Word and will concerning the matter

(6)  Depend on His promise and power; press in to trust and obey until victory manifests and carnality is conquered.

(7)  Stay diligent to deal with it harshly unto death, every time it shows itself

 Our God has graced us; He has given us the tools we need to live a life crucified in and with Jesus The Christ.  Faith, true repentance and renewing our minds and beliefs with our God’s Word is our sure anchor, that keeps us safely hidden, yet empowered in our Savior, Lord, Messiah, and coming King!  We crucify carnality with our faith, by and through our God’s grace (His Loving help to be and do the impossible). 

We are fully capable of crucifying the fallen carnal nature, while living a life filled with love, joy and peace.  Living the crucified life in The Christ, is living the kingdom life of our God’s righteousness (morality), peace (wholeness), and joy (supernatural well-being); it is living a Holy Spirit led life!  Hallelujah!

We are the offspring of the Only True and Living God; He made us in His own image and likeness.  He established our inheritance through the sacrificial life of His Living Word made human, Jesus The Christ.  Through Jesus, our God has provided keys to the doors of His kingdom’s storehouses, which are never, ever empty, nor unable to meet a valid need.  We have access to all our Heavenly Father is, to all He has and will do, because of Jesus The Christ. 

The Tables Turned Where Turned on Calvary’s Cross!

Watchmen all over the world, the mightiest threat and weapon satan had to use against we was death, or eternal separation from our God.  Jesus has made open shew of satan in his own domain (bowels of hell). The power vested in Jesus, because of His obedience, consumed the power of death; He lead every demonic captor into captivity and now death is our God’s usher who leads His beloved from this dimension into His presence! Hallelujah!

To the Pure in Heart, Nothing is Refused

Matthew 5:8 (AMP) “Blessed (anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature) are the pure in heart, those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character, for they will see God.

Psalm 84:11 (KJV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

As the opening Scripture declares, we live out our lives in authority and power because we fully believe the Gospel of our God and His Christ (Anointed One and His anointing).  We are able to do all things through Him; that includes crucifying the flesh/carnal/fallen nature.  It IS necessary that we crucify the carnal nature and abide in our God’s Holy Spirit, as He tells us:

 John 15:6-8 (AMPC) 6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a broken-off branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. 8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

Watchmen all over the world, let us crucify the carnal nature/flesh and abide in the nature of our God.  In this He uses us to transform the kingdoms of this world into the kingdoms of our God and His Christ.   

Hallelujah!

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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