Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
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This module explores the area of spiritual warfare. The Bible is very clear about this. We are in a cosmic-size conflict between God and Satan. Paul writes directly and convincingly about this matter: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). The church of the 21st century appears to be confused about the spiritual warfare and many Christians are victims of various forms of bondage and strongholds caused by the enemy.
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Satan is a defeated foe. This is true. However, he is a real being and a present danger for the church. Spiritual battle is a serious business, otherwise, Paul would not have warned believers in the 1st century to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Therefore we must know about the enemy’s schemes and modus of operandi. Module VII is designed exactly for the purpose of exposing the enemy’s tactics, using the devils’ lies, (see John 8:44) and equipping the disciples of Jesus Christ with the weapons of righteousness, based on God’s truth, (see 2 Corinthians 6:7).
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 Modus of Operandi (Lat.): A method of procedure; especially: a distinct pattern or method of operation that indicates or suggests the work of a single criminal in more than one crime. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modus%20operandi (Accessed on August 13, 2012).Type your paragraph here.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?”
Spiritual Life Coaching and Discipleship Training for Healing of the Wounded Heart and Restoration of the Broken Soul by Experiencing Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit
I love the entire Bible but some books and chapters are particularly amazing: specifically, Romans 8. I love it; I love it, I love it! Recently I preached from the first eleven verses of this chapter. The experience was phenomenal! Fresh ideas and concepts between this chapter and other parts of Scripture came to life as if for the first time. For sure the Holy Spirit wanted to communicate something new to my audience and me on that particular Sunday morning.
Most of Paul’s letters were written to the churches or individuals previously known by Paul but not the letter to Romans. This epistle was written before the apostle had the opportunity to visit the church in Rome. The apostle sensed the responsibility to impart some spiritual gifts (1:12) to the Christians in Italy, to fellowship, and to be encouraged together with them. He was very eager to preach the gospel (1:15) to those living in Rome. He earnestly prayed, “if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you” (1:10). Since this opportunity did not happen until many years later, Paul wrote one of the most essential theological letters in the entire New Testament. Many books and commentaries have been written on this phenomenal epistle. One pastor shared that at the beginning of his discipleship journey his mentor asked him to read the letter to Romans fifty times. In my customized mentorship session I urge my mentees to read at least chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8 three times. Their encounter with the Word of God was memorable!
In this teaching letter, I am not even claiming to scratch the surface of the book of Romans. Its teachings are profound and require a careful study of the entire book. I will share, however, some of the ideas and connections I sensed the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart.
For a proper understanding of chapter eight, we need to be quite familiar with the concepts and ideas introduced in the previous chapters, especially chapter five, six and, seven. In a sense, chapter eight is the culmination of what Paul wrote about in these chapters. Among the key phrases found in chapter seven are: the Law (referring to the Law of Moses) (7:14), sin as a principle (7:21), inner man (7:22), law in the members of my body (7:23), law of my mind (7:23), body of death (7:25), law of sin (7:25). Towards the end of chapter seven, on behalf of all of us, Paul cried out of desperation: “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (7:24). There is only one solution to this cry for help—Christ.
Romans 8:1: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” is a logical continuation of 7:25, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Verse one of chapter eight serves as a summary statement of the thoughts already expressed previously. Verse two: “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” In this verse, Paul contrasts the law of sin and death with the law of the Spirit. The last one is superior in action and results. I sensed in my spirit that these two laws are directly connected with the two special trees in the Garden of Eden: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9). In that garden Satan deceived Eve, but Adam chose to disobey God by willingly eating from the forbidden fruit. Immediately their direct spiritual connection with God ceased. After that incident, Adam and Eve lived only at the level of their soul. The human spirit withered. The real spiritual life could only come from the tree of life, which symbolizes Jesus Christ. With the fall of Adam, the principle of sin entered into the human race, and with it death. From that point forward, death became a constant for all human beings, as it is written “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). But, thanks be to God for another Garden and the second Adam! In the Garden of Gethsemane the Son of God, fully divine and fully human, decided to obey the will of the Father—to die a horrible death by crucifixion, and to pay in full the penalty for the disobedience of all human beings. In a different epistle, Paul writes: “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).
In chapter seven Paul uses the word—law (which does not refer to the Law of Moses) about ten times. What is he talking about? What is the law? Very simply put, a law is a universal principle, which states that when the same conditions are met the effects are the same regardless of location.
The law of Gravity vs. the law of Aerodynamics
To explain how the two laws operate, I used two examples from the physical world:
(1) The law of gravity, and
(2) The law of aerodynamics.
Gravity is a force. Isaac Newton’s law of gravitation, states that any particle of matter in the universe attracts any other with a force varying directly as the product of the masses and inversely as the square of the distance between them. The law of gravity is vitally essential to our existence. Without the law of gravity, we could not live on this planet. The gravity of the Earth draws all objects to its center. That is why we can walk on our planet instead of floating around. Because of the law of gravity, all objects fall on the ground. If I drop a book or a stone, they will fall down straight down not in zig-zag, or flying, or floating. The acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 m/s², it never changes, regardless of the mass of the object, or the location on the Earth.
How about the law of aerodynamics? This explanation requires a little bit more background. People wanted to fly for a long time. Many centuries ago well-intended scientists considered flying impossible for humans. However, courageous men, full of curiosity were not afraid to challenge the status quo and never stopped trying to fly. After many trials and errors, and many crucial scientific discoveries, finally, the man was able to fly. How is this possible? Let me address this question without getting too deep into this topic. All things that fly, from birds to airplanes, need air. The atmosphere is a mixture of different gases. Its molecules are constantly moving. This constant motion creates air pressure. The movement of air around specific objects generates a force that lifts them up into the air.
In summary, air has the power to push and pull on the birds and other objects, including planes. Airplanes have wings that are specially shaped to make air move faster over the top of the wing. When air moves faster, the pressure of the air decreases, so the pressure on the top of the wing is less than the pressure on the bottom of the wing. The difference in pressure creates a force on the wing that lifts the plane up into the air. The plane's engines are designed to generate power that moves it forward at high speed. As a result of the air flowing rapidly over the wings, combined with the aerodynamic shape of the wings the air is pushed toward the ground, thus generating an upward force called lift. It is the lift that overcomes the plane's weight and holds it in the sky. This is why flying is possible. We can say that the law of aerodynamics is higher than the law of gravity making flying possible. The law of gravity is still at work when I am in the plane but because I am on the plane, I can fly. If I get the crazy idea that I can fly by myself and open the emergency door of the aircraft to prove it, I will fall to the ground. Please don’t ever try that! Also, don’t try to jump from the roof of your house. You will immediately experience the effect of the law of gravity—falling flat on your face.
The law of sin and death vs. the law of the Spirit of Life
Similarly, in the spiritual realm, . . .
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With love in Christ,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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August 1, 2018
Dear Partners in Ministry,
We stepped into the last day of summer—August. Elena and I wish you and your family a restful and enjoyable time this season. We know that God is our Provider of all of our needs! However, we also know that the summer months are difficult months for any nonprofit organization. URFM needs your assistance. We thank you in advance for your partnership, prayers and financial support during this period. May God continue to bless you all!
As we communicated last month, we have several important projects on our desk. Let me share with your where we are with these projects. I also would like to present some of the pressing financial needs we need during this period.
1. Fullness of Christ. The book I just finished writing.
Quick update: I am still working with WestBow Press, a Division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. Praise God! The cover design is ready for my approval. The interior design is almost ready. I should be able to approve it in the next few days. In the long run, I may have to work with Amazon using their Print on Demand and Kindle services.
Project costs: My cost estimation for this project is about $10,000. We still seeking God’s favor and His resources. The Lord always comes through! So we continue to trust God for all the funds we need.
2. Platforms for Transformation. This project is near and dear to our hearts.
Quick update: At the beginning of 2018, we started with (A) Renewal of the Mind. Our workbook for this platform is The Search for Significance, by Robert McGee (another book that we feel strongly needs to be translated into the Romanian language). Renewal of the mind (cf. Romans 12:2) is fundamental to the process of discipleship. This generation needs spiritual mentors. We firmly believe that these platforms will be beneficial to all God's children, especially those who desire to make a more profound impact on the lives of others.
Project cost: Building these platforms requires countless hours, energy, creativity, and focus. Elena and I are committed to doing our part in facilitating an environment where healing of the wounded heart and restoration of the broken soul may be experienced. As a result, people may be gradually transformed by the Holy Spirit (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18) and walk in the spiritual freedom (John 8:32, 36) Christ promises to all of us.
3. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS). We are about to publish the Romanian version of this book.
EHS, by Peter Scazzero, is such a good book! It was one of the books required during my Master's program in Spiritual Formation and Leadership (2008-2011) at Spring Arbor University. It challenged my thinking about discipleship and spiritual growth. I highly encourage you to read and apply its principles as you consider fitting for your life.
Quick update: We completed the translation phase of both books. I am currently in the process of finding an editor to complete content and line editing. I will work with a Publisher to get the books ready for print and then promote and distribute the books.
Project cost: Praise the Lord! God provided the means for the copyrights and for the translation phase. We trust that God is more than capable of providing the necessary funds to bring these books to completion. I am estimating that the entire project will cost approximately $10,000.
Please consider donating during this period as the Holy Spirit leads you. Any funds received will be used for the projects mentioned above. If you prefer to send a check, please mail to this ADRESS, or you can click DONATE and send your contribution via PayPal.
Thank you for partnering with us to advance the Kingdom of God. We appreciate your prayers and donations to URFM during the second half of 2018.
With much appreciation and deep respect,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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