by Norman P. Grubb
Now with our renewed mind knowing that all humanity (flesh), created ‘very good’ by God, has no negative or positive inherent pull in it, but responds without condemnation to what draws it, we by infinite grace have been drawn to God – John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Equally, we often are drawn in our present life in the world by the lusting Satan-spirit, but the vital point is that we take no condemnation for such negative sin-drawings. We live in the no-condemnation reality of Romans 8:1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
If satan can get us into taking condemnation for temptations or get us to believe again that we are independent selves, then what we believe holds us.
But if instead of being tricked into such negative believings we accept temptation as satan’s right by all his emissaries of people and things (for we are within his camp to rescue his captives), we then do not deny or oppose any forms of temptation. We recognize that they do not issue from our flesh, but from the sin-tempter of our flesh, and then we take no condemnation.
By this we are able to pull satan’s teeth, and he becomes a roaring but toothless lion – 1 Peter 5:9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Unless we give him teeth by responding by fear or condemnation. We ‘agree with our adversary quickly’ as Jesus said in Matthew 5:25 or he will imprison us.
If we agree with his right to attack us, we have well blunted his sword. By thus freeing satan to exercise his rights, we are equally now free to exercise our own. We answer his assaults by affirming Who we are, Christ in us / as us, which really is practicing the daily death-resurrection process of 2 Corinthians 4:10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
Simple as This by Norman Grubb