Influences on our life

John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'

Influences that affect our lives and our behaviour.

There are several reasons why Christians behave the way they do.

Parent ( law)
1) Their conditioning by parents.
2) Their culture.
3) Their childhood memories of hurts, and sinful responses to them.
4) Their granting the devil freedom to interfere in their life.

Romans 7:4.
So, my brothers,
you also died to the law through the body of Christ,
that you might belong to another,
to him who was raised from the dead,
in order that we might bear fruit to God.
(Union with Christ frees from Bondage of the Law)

Culture

Luke 14:33. In the same way any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

The Devil

James 4:7. Submit yourself to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.

Child (Flesh)
Galatians 5:24
Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the sinful nature
with its passions and desires.

THE HOLY SPIRIT of God

Sanctification leads us to only one result: DEATH and RESURRECTION. If we try to listen to, and obey, the Holy Spirit, then these other voices of parent, culture, child and the devil, will also be heard. Thus influencing our decisions and our behaviour regarding the will of God for our lives.

Freedom to do the will of God comes from obeying the Holy Spirits voice. Through love and humble submission toward our powerful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

As the Lord Jesus promises anyone who loves and obeys Him. John 14:26 'But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.'

Our mind must be continually renewed (in the Spirit), until we can say with Paul, Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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