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Decoding The Mystery Of Iniquity

Romans 7:14-23, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am un-spiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.  Apostle Paul in the above passage captured the origin of the mystery of iniquity. This mystery according to the scriptures is embedded in the flesh of man and operates through his will. While the will is the greatest gift God gave to man, it has also turned out to be the most dangerous as Satan has capitalized on it across ages to turn many away from God and thwart the destinies of many. This is why we must tell ourselves the truth and recognize that there is a law of sin and death in our flesh fighting the will and purposes of God. Galatians 5:17-18, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” The Bible lets us know that there is a war going on inside of us and this war is championed by our flesh. It does not matter your title in church or the anointing you carry, as long as you are in the flesh this battle is raging inside you. This is what Apostle Paul discovered in Romans 7 that many ministers have failed to acknowledge. The average person in church (assisted by some ministers) prefer to blame everyone else for their failure rather than understand that there is a sentence of death in their flesh that can only lead to failure if left unattended to. The truth is that if you blame others (parents, friends, siblings, etc) for your misfortunes you will never succeed.  The summary of what we are saying is that the fallen man encapsulated in our flesh is saturated with Satan and can easily become the very embodiment and expression of Satan. Peter experienced this in Matthew 16:21-23 when in a matter of seconds he switched from the spirit to the flesh. The flesh can never please God no matter how much it tries. 1 Corinthians 5:47 tells us that “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” We must therefore stand against our flesh and natural temperament in order to maintain an unbroken fellowship with the Lord and remain in His presence. Galatians 5:16, “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. To walk in the Spirit is to hook up to the divine source of power and go wherever he leads. To hook up with the divine source means that the flesh must be completely subdued and put under. To do this, we must die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31b)

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