Exactly......man tries to fix things from the outside in, God fixes things from the inside out, and He's the only one who can do it.....
If God is the only one who can do it... fix things from the inside out, why should we struggle to fix things ourselves?
If we are in Christ and it is God who works in us to will and to do of his good pleasure, why do we try to improve on the works that God is doing. Can't he do a much better job than us? If we are sitting in the heavenlies in Christ, we are dead to sin. If we are dead how can we work?
I guess I just feel that my life is in his hands and however things are, is because that is the way he wants it to be. I don't worry about whether I am doing something God isn't pleased with, because he's got the reigns in his hands. There is nothing I can do on my own as far as becoming more righteous. I can't make myself perfect, or righteous, that is his job. Like Paul said "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling but in the very next verse he tells how that is done. "For it is God that works in us to will and to do of his good pleasure".
If I question my self as to whether I am living and doing all the right things concerning the flesh, Isn't that questioning God? Isn't that not having the faith that Christ took care of all sin and why should we even be concerned about the flesh? Aren't we suppose to be living in the Spirit and not the flesh? How can we do that if our mind is always on our flesh, and what the flesh accomplishes? Isn't the flesh all about the law anyway, and the spirit about grace? These are the things I ask myself.
If you're dead, who is it then that does any works thru you?
Faith without works is dead, and works without faith is dead. Let me reword that a little for clarity. Faith (apart from the Spirit-given faith) without works (apart from the Spirit, ie. the HG does the works) is dead (or produces death) and works (apart from the Spirit, ie. the HG does the works) without faith (apart from the Spirit-given faith) is dead (produces death).
It all begins and ends with Him. The struggle is from trying to do things in our flesh, ie. out of season, out of order, not according to pattern, INDEPENDENT of the working of the Spirit in us and thru us. What does the pattern of the Tabernacle show us, is where I begin.
The priests had to trim the wicks daily or else the place would smoke up and visibility was nil. This speaks of circumcising our hearts so that we can perceive more of Him, and therefore receive, more of Him, since we have to "see" Him to be changed to be as He is, from glory (terrestrial/fleshly) to glory (celestial/spiritual).
Putting the animal (carnal beastly natures) to death for sins was another repeat pattern given to us to show the necessity of making of ourselves a living sacrifice. The people who brought the animal laid their hands on it with the idea of transferrence of sins to the animal; Himself bore our sins.
The High Priest's offering took away the sins of the people once a year, but during that year they were STILL expected to bring forth the animals for their sins. Our High Priest took away the power of sin offering a permanent cleansing from it, BUT we are still expected to appropriate it by COOPERATING with the HG who DOES the works. If it were all done, then death the last enemy would be defeated, yet look around us, death still reigns from Adam to Moses because we are still under the law and it's effects SPIRITUALLY until it is all accomplished in us and thru us BY THE SPIRIT.
This is why He said today and tomorrow (2000 years) I will DO CURES AND CAST OUT DEVILS, but the third day, I will be perfected (completed). Who does the works? HE does. Do we have to do our part in cooperation by pressing in gaining wisdom and knowledge, growing to maturity, and that including appropriating deliverance? YES. Under the law if a man did not work, he did not eat.
The churches are full of people that are starving to death, because they've been taught by the Jezebel spirit that rules over them, not to work, living lives of "leisure" letting another man get their bread for them, which is against the commandment given for every man to get gather his own manna for his house, and TWICE that amount on the 6th day (which is NOW).
Herein lies the main problem, and that is that the churches taught that the law is not in effect because we are under grace, BUT Jesus said that not one jot or tittle would pass away till all be fulfilled. It has to be fulfilled in us spiritually, else God is a liar. Passover, was part of the law. Pentecost, was part of the law.
Do we "observe" these feasts spiritually, or no? Yes, we do, so then all the law means something to us spiritually, because you can't take one part of the law, or you're a debtor to the whole law. Well, He "set us up" because from the beginning of the NT covenant, He made us a debtor to the law, BUT the difference is that now we have a SPIRITUAL High Priest and a spiritually mediated and ENFORCED, covenant. The Spirit IS grace, grace is not something separate that excludes the law, it FULFILLS it. My