The Masters Indwelling – Worldly Christians – Andrew Murray
You get worldly vs spiritual christians
But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. (1 Corinthians 3:1-4 MSG)
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NIV)
Spiritual – Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit;
“There are two classes of Christians. Some have lived many years as believers, and yet always remain babes; others are spiritual men, because they have given themselves up to the power, the leading and to the entire rule of the Holy Ghost”
1. Signs of the worldly state – “A condition of drawn-out infancy”
“Three years later still no growth” “There must be some terrible disease;” “They are converted; they know what it is to have assurance and faith; they believe in pardon for sin; they begin to work for God; and yet, somehow, there is very little growth in spirituality, in the real heavenly life” “We come into contact with them, and we feel at once there is something wanting; there is none of the beauty of holiness or of the power of God’s Spirit in them”
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! (Hebrews 5:12 NIV)
“No growth, and no strength, and no joy of holiness”
Q.“What are the marks of a little child?”
a. “A little child cannot help himself,” If i am not serving people but myself i am still an infant. Emotional blackmail other people to serve them.
b. “Always keeping others occupied to serve him”
c. “It needs to be cared for constantly” Constant attention. Always want help. Bug you for help.
d. “He can do nothing to help his fellow-man” vs “Contribute something to the welfare of society;”
Q. What am i contributing to the community?
These are signs of spiritual infancy.
“No, instead of having gone forward, I have gone backward, and the joy of conversion and the first love is gone.” The excitement and awe is gone.
2. Signs of the worldly state – Continually struggling with sin
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV)
I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. (1 Corinthians 1:10 MSG)
1. Heated, often violent dissension; bitter conflict, discord.
2. A struggle, fight, or quarrel.
3. Contention or competition between rivals.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 NIV)
Signs of immaturity
Divisions – Comes from selfishness and following personalities
Bitterness – Your needs were not met or heard
The root of sin is spiritual immaturity – Not being filled with God’s Spirit
“It is because you have been fighting with the temper, and you have not been fighting with the root of the temper.”
“When the Holy Spirit comes not only with His power for service as a gift, but when He comes in Divine grace to fill the heart, there is victory over sin; power not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh”
“There is a difference between gifts and graces. The graces of the Spirit are humility and love, like the humility and love of Christ.”
“The graces of the Spirit are to make a man free from self; the gifts of the Spirit are to fit a man for work”
I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— (1 Corinthians 1:4, 5 NIV)
For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (1 Corinthians 1:19, 20 NIV)
“The gifts of prophecy and of working miracles were in great power among them (The Corinthians); but the graces of the Spirit were noticeably absent”
Religious but not righteous
“I may teach God’s Word beautifully; I may have influence, and gather a large congregation, and yet, alas! I may be a carnal man a man who may be used by God, and may be a blessing to others, and yet the carnal life may still mark me”
“Now, in these carnal Corinthians there was a little of God’s Spirit, but the flesh predominated; the Spirit had not the rule of their whole life”
A spiritual man, the Spirit in them has obtained dominance, and when you meet them and have intercourse with them, you feel that the Spirit of God has sanctified them.
“God may give us gifts that we use, and yet our lives may not be wholly in the power of the Holy Ghost”
“3. Signs of the worldly state – It makes a man unfit for receiving spiritual truths”
“I could not preach to you as unto spiritual; you are not fit for spiritual truth after being Christians so long; you can not yet bear it; I have to feed you with milk.”
“We give these men spiritual teaching, and they admire it, understand it, and rejoice in such ministry; yet their lives are not practically affected” “They work for Christ in a certain way, but we can scarce recognize the true sanctification of the Spirit”
“When he gets into trouble with some friend, or Christian worker, or worldly man, the carnal root is bearing its terrible fruit, and the spiritual food has failed to enter his heart”
“The Corinthians prided themselves on their wisdom, and sought it above everything”
Knowledge does not make you righteous
“I thank God that you are enriched in utterance, in knowledge, and in wisdom; nevertheless, you are yet carnal, your life is not holy; your life is not sanctified unto the humility of the life of the Lamb of God, you can not yet take in real spiritual truth.”
“What is the reason there is so much feebleness in the Church?”
“There is a carnal root ruling in believers; they are living more after the flesh than the Spirit; they are yet carnal Christians.”
Q. Am i living according to the flesh or the spirit?
Q. What am I focussing on?
Q. What do I spend most of my time on?
Q. Where does most of my money go to?
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 NIV)
Is the way open and can I enter into a spiritual state ?
1. The spiritual state – Know that there is such a spiritual life to be lived by men on earth
“Nothing cuts the roots of the Christian life so much as unbelief.” “People do not believe what God has said about what He is willing to do for His children” “Men do not believe that when God says”
Be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 NIV)
He means it for every Christian !
“Be filled with the Spirit, and do not be drunk with wine.” “Just as little as you may be drunk without wine, so little may you live without being filled with the Spirit”
“Now, if God means that for believers, the first thing that we need is to study, and to take home God’s Word, to our belief until our hearts are filled with the assurance that there is such a life possible which it is our duty to live; that we can be spiritual men”
“God’s Word teaches us that God does not expect a man to live as he ought for one minute unless the Holy Spirit is in him to enable him to do it.”
“We do not want the Holy Spirit only when we go to preach, or when we have some special temptation of the devil to meet, or some great burden to bear”
“My child can not live a right life unless he is guided by my Spirit every minute.”
“That is the mark of the child of God”
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Romans 8:14 NIV)
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV)
“Did ever a father or mother think, “For to-day I want my child to love me?” “No, they expect the love every day” “And so God wants His child every moment to have a heart filled with love of the Spirit”
“It is most unnatural to expect a man to love as he should if he is not filled with the Spirit”
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18 NIV)
“Lord, I know it is my duty, my solemn obligation to be filled by the Spirit, for without it I can not live in perfect peace with Thee all the day; without it I can not glorify Thee, and do the work Thou wouldst have me do.”
“My first step from carnal to spiritual,—is to recognize a spiritual life, a walk in the Spirit, is within my reach”
“How can we ask God to guide us into spiritual life, if we have not a clear, confident conviction that there is such a life to be had?”
“My second step — a man must see the shame and guilt of his having lived such a life without the Spirit”
“Some people admit there is a spiritual life to live, and that they have not lived it, and they are sorry for themselves, and pity themselves” “How sad that I am too feeble for it! How sad that God gives it to others, but has not given it to me!”
“Alas! it has been our unfaithfulness, our unbelief, our disobedience, that has kept us from giving ourselves utterly to God. We have to blush and to be ashamed before God that we do not live as spiritual men.”
“A man does not get converted without having conviction of sin”
“When that conviction of sin comes, and his eyes are opened, he learns to be afraid of his sin, and to flee from it to Christ, and to accept Christ as a mighty deliverer. But a man needs a second conviction of sin; a believer must be convicted of his peculiar sin.”
“The believer is in quite a different condition. His sins are far more blamable, for he has had the light and the love and the Spirit of God given to him”
“He has striven to conquer them and he has grown to see that his nature is utterly corrupt, that the carnal mind, the flesh, within him, is making his whole state utterly wretched”
“When a believer is thus convicted by the Holy Spirit, it is specially his life of unbelief that condemns him, because he sees that the great guilt connected with this has kept him from receiving the full gift of God’s Holy Spirit”
“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:4-6 NIV)
“Until this conviction of the wrongness of our carnal state as believers comes to each one of us; until we are willing to get this conviction from God, to take time before God to be humbled and convicted, we never can become spiritual men.”
“My third step — Out of the carnal state into the spiritual is only one step”
“But was not conversion only one step? So it is when a man passes from carnal to spiritual”
“Does that come in one day? Is there no growth in holiness?”
“It takes growth, until the whole beauty of the image of Christ is formed in a man”
“It is when a man utterly breaks with the flesh; when he gives up the flesh into the crucifixion death of Christ; when he sees that everything about it is accursed and that he can not deliver himself from it; and then claims the slaying power of Christ’s cross within him”
“This spiritual life prepared for me is the free gift of my God in Christ Jesus,”
“Spiritual life is not perfect; but the predominant characteristic will be spiritual. When a man has given himself up to the real, living, acting, ruling power of God’s Spirit, he has got into the right position in which he can grow”
“There are Christians who think that they must grow out of the carnal state into the spiritual state”
“What could help those carnal Corinthians?”
“To give them milk could not help them, for milk was a proof they were in the wrong state. To give them meat would not help them, for they were unfit to eat it”
“What they needed was the knife of the surgeon”
“Paul says that the carnal life must be cut out”
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24 NIV)
“One simple act of faith in the power of Christ’s death, one act of surrender to the fellowship of Christ’s death as the Holy Spirit can make it ours, will make it ours, will bring deliverance from the power of your efforts”
“The condemned thief on the cross. He felt he could do nothing good of himself. What did he do?”
“He saw set before him the almighty Saviour and he cast himself into His arms; he trusted himself to that omnipotent love and cried”
“Lord, have mercy upon me.”
“It marks me; I am a religious man, an earnest man, a friend of missions; I work for Christ in my church, but, alas! temper and sin and worldliness have still the mastery over my soul,”
If sin still masters you, it means that you haven’t crucified self and I am living as a worldly Christian.
“I have struggled, I have prayed, I have wept, and it has not helped me,”
The problem normally is that I have tried and it is not God working
“You must see that the living Christ is God’s provision for your holy, spiritual life”
God has to be the all in all.
“You must believe that that Christ who accepted you once, at conversion, in His wonderful love is now waiting to say to you that you may become a spiritual man, entirely given up to God”
“If you will believe that, your fear will vanish and you will say”
“It can be done; if Christ will accept and take charge, it shall be done.”
“My fourth step — A man must take that step, a solemn but blessed step”
“It cost some of you five or ten years before you took the step of conversion”
“Tell me about the spiritual life, the baptism of the Spirit, and holiness,” “Many of us would love to have sin taken away”
“Who loves to have a hasty temper? Who loves to have a proud disposition? Who loves to have a worldly heart? No one.”
“Why will he not do it? I have prayed very earnestly” “It is because you wanted Him to take away the ugly fruits while the poisonous root was to stay in you”
“You did not ask Him that the flesh should be nailed to His cross, and that you should henceforth give up self entirely to the power of His Spirit”
“There is deliverance, but not in the way we seek it.”
“Suppose a painter had a piece of canvas, on which he desired to work out some beautiful picture. Suppose that piece of canvas does not belong to him, and any one has a right to take it and to use it for any other purpose; do you think the painter would bestow much work on that? Noooo”
“Their hearts they have not yielded themselves utterly to His command and His keeping”
“But if you will come and give your whole life into His charge, Christ Jesus is mighty to save; Christ Jesus waits to be gracious; Christ Jesus waits to fill you with His Spirit”
Will I take that step? “God grant that we may be led by His Spirit to a yielding up of ourselves to Him as never before”
“It is the Holy Spirit alone who by His indwelling can make a spiritual man”
“Come then and cast yourself at God’s feet, with this one thought”
“Lord, I give myself an empty vessel to be filled with Thy Spirit.”
“Each one of you sees every day at the tea table an empty cup set there, waiting to be filled with tea when the proper time comes”
“Say to Christ that you desire from this hour to be a vessel set apart to be filled with His Spirit, given up to be a spiritual man”
“My God will fulfill His promise! I claim from Him the filling of the Holy Spirit to make me, instead of a carnal, a spiritual Christian.”
“If you place yourself at His feet, and tarry there; if you abide in that humble surrender and that childlike trust, as sure as God lives the blessing will come”
“Then let us bow in great faith in God’s mercy. Deliverance is nigh, deliverance is coming, deliverance is waiting, deliverance is sure. Let us trust; God will give it”