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The Offering of the Natural

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"It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman." (Galatians 4:22)

God’s perfect will was for the natural to be changed into the spiritual through obedience. Sin is what made it necessary for the natural to be sacrificed. Abraham had to offer up Ishmael before he offered up Isaac (see Genesis 21:8-14). Some of us are trying to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God before we have sacrificed the natural. The only way we can offer a spiritual sacrifice to God is to “present [our] bodies a living sacrifice…” (Romans 12:1). Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means the deliberate commitment of myself to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay whatever it may cost. . . We go wrong because we stubbornly refuse to discipline ourselves physically, morally, or mentally. . . God is not actively involved with our natural life as long as we continue to pamper and gratify it. (read more) (purchase)

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The Opposition of the Natural
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