|'Let the Word become flesh in you'
"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us"(Jn. 1:14-Niv). Let the Word of God become flesh in
you. Until the Word becomes resident in our inner most personal being, all proclamation of God's presence in
our lives is academic at best. Until we receive Christ Jesus and invite Him to enter in through the door of our
heart and until we give the inner most place to His Holy Spirit to indwell, we are merely parroting the chords
and notes of a religious-type Muzak. For the believer must pray: "... early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for
thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land ... "(1) and "My soul longeth, yea, ... my heart and my
flesh crieth out for the living God"(2). Christ will answer: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of
flesh"(Ezk. 36:26) ... the heart and mind of Christ.
The apostle Paul addressed the question of controlling the flesh in 1 Corinthians, "But I keep under my body,
and bring it into subjection ...so that ... I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."(1 Cor. 9:27).
"Flesh-driven people are the children of wrath (see Eph. 2:3). They cannot inherit the kingdom of God"(3) (see 1
Cor. 6:9b). Our flesh must be placed on the 'altar of sacrifice' and our body given as a temple in which the Holy
Spirit may indwell (see 1 Cor. 6:19). "The flesh serves as a base of operation for sin (Rom. 7:8, 11) and thus
enslaves a person to sin (Rom. 6:15-23; 7:25). Christ came in the 'likeness' of sinful flesh (John 1:14; Rom. 8:3;
Heb. 4:15) to redeem those who are in sinful flesh. That is, Christ became a flesh and blood person but did not
give into the desires of the flesh. Instead, perfect in life and death"(3).
In these days the accuser of the brethren(4) is working overtime against the flesh and mind of man as never
before; he will deceive many that are without the Spirit of truth (Jn. 14:17) in them, the covering of the blood of
the Lamb (Rev. 12:11) and a living testimony of Christ's saving grace. Seek the Lord to replace the appetite of
'your flesh' with a thirst for 'His righteousness'. Further, be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Eph. 4:23) and
be cleansed with the washing of water by the word (Eph. 5:26). "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit"(Jn. 3.6). Bottom-line, your flesh without Christ as the center in your
live requires constant and continual cleansing ... with Him as the center and focal point of your living He will
continually sanctify and perfect you into His image and likeness. Let Him become you and thus His Word
becomes your spiritual flesh.
If you have not already yielded and surrendered your life to Christ let Him now give you a new birth (see Jn. 3:3)
with living hope (see 1 Pet. 1:3). Announce to all who have ears to hear that you are a covenant son adopted into
the family of God 'through the righteousness of His Son'. Proclaim that you have surrendered your flesh, soul,
mind, spirit and life into the hand of Christ for His care and safe keeping ... until that day of reckoning (see 2
Tim. 1:12). We cannot deliver ourselves(5) from the weakness and ravages of the flesh ... for if we could, we
would not need a deliverer! Place all your flesh on the sacrificial altar of His all consuming fire ... and serve
your living God (Heb. 9:14) with great joy and heartfelt thanksgiving!
(1) [Ps. 63:1] (2) [Ps. 84:2] (3) [see Holman-Flesh Article] (4) [Rev. 12:10] (5) [2 Cor. 1:9-10, Gal. 1:4, 2 Tim. 4:18, 2 Pet. 2:9]
With great sadness we know there are apostate religious systems and movements throughout the world; even
some 'quasi-christian' sects that teach you can "work your way to salvation" or "you don't need to believe in
the Trinity" and/or there are "Mediators" (1 Tim. 2:5) between God and man other than Christ. The flesh these
entities place on your spiritual bones will rot in Gehenna on that day judgment and there will be no place for
repentance. Know 'the flesh' you are allowing to grow (be placed) on your 'bones of faith' ... for it will either
bring life or guarantee eternal death!
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin