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Yet, if you already know this, why are you living like you don't?
As many as desire to make a fair shew in flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. Galatians 6:12-13
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from rudiments of world, why, as though living in world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with using;) after commandments and doctrines of men? Col. 2:20-22
Are ye so foolish? having begun in Spirit, are ye now made perfect by flesh? Galatians 3:3
Knowing that a man is not justified by works of law, but by faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by faith of Christ, and not by works of law: for by works of law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13
For what law could not do, in that it was weak through flesh, God sending his own Son in likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in flesh: That righteousness of law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after flesh, but after Spirit. For they that are after flesh do mind things of flesh; but they that are after Spirit things of Spirit. Romans 8:3-5
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in flesh, arm yourselves likewise with same mind: for he that hath suffered in flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live rest of his time in flesh to lusts of men, but to will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
So then they that are in flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in flesh, but in Spirit, if so be that Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:8-9
This I say then, Walk in Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil lust of flesh. For flesh lusteth against Spirit, and Spirit against flesh: and these are contrary one to other: so that ye cannot do things that ye would. Galatians 5:16-17
When we judge according to flesh, we pitch our own into fire ...
And others save with fear, pulling them out of fire; hating even garment spotted by flesh. Jude 1:23
and kill all day long; counting them as sheep for slaughter ...
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:21-22
causing us to lose our Spiritual connection.
For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. Ezekiel 20:31
Wounding God's children comes with a price ...
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in image of God made he man. Genesis 9:6
and not even Jesus can prevent such consequences, as God will not be mocked.
Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid uttermost farthing. Matthew 5:26
You cannot touch God's children, perfect or not, without it touching heart of God ...
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear guilty; visiting iniquity of fathers upon children, and upon children's children, unto third and to fourth generation. Exodus 34:7
and, except judgment begin with us, God would have to apologize to rest of world.
For time is come that judgment must begin at house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall end be of them that obey not gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
© 2005 by Joyce C. Lock http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.
Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ and "Share a Smile" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.