DEATH BY THE SPIRIT
So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
If you are a Christian something powerful happened to you that day Christ came into your life. How do I know, one reason is because of what happened to me. I had struggled with alcohol and substance abuse for years. When I was born again, I experienced a freedom from the chains of addiction that held me captive. The shackles that bound me were more than addictions to a natural substance, sin itself was holding me in it’s power. When the Spirit of the Lord began to work in me, I experienced instant freedom. I have known many others over the years that experienced similar deliverance in their lives only to slowly return to their old ways. Why do some stay free and others go back to their former addictions and sometimes worse?
I think the answer to that question is found in today’s scripture verse. Paul talked about putting to death the “deeds of the body” by the Holy Spirit (our protestant forefathers called this mortification). How exactly do I put to death these sinful tendencies by the Spirit? How can I apply this truth in my life in a practical way? The answer to that question comes from learning to value and experience the anointing or the presence of God in your life. The Lord has made His presence available to us, that is what the shedding of His blood was all about. The death of Christ brings us into the presence of God, our sins are no longer blocking us, we have been forgiven. Now that you have access into His presence, take advantage of this benefit, this is how you put to death those natural tendencies in your life. You can access His presence daily through worship. The Lord inhabits our worship. The most potent form of this kind of spiritual worship is the prayer language. As you pray in that language of mystery, you draw near to Him. As the anointing increases upon and within you, you begin to mortify those sinful tendencies in your life. As you continue to practice drawing near to God, you will continue to walk in freedom from your past bondages.
I always thank the Lord for the brothers who discipled me when I was a new Christian. I learned the value of the heavenly language from them. For the last 38 years I have prayed in tongues everyday. I think this is one of the reasons I never wanted to return to those old foolish ways.