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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Mortify Your Members


“5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5 King James Version).

Mortify. Reminds me of mortuary, death, the place of the dead. And that’s pretty much what the word means, to put to death or to treat as though dead. Yet, the even more interesting word is members. We would think of members as our arms, legs, hands, etc. And that is one meaning of the word, but that is not the main connotation in this case. Look at the context in which Paul is using the word.

He says to mortify our members which are upon the earth, so he’s not talking about something spiritual, but earthly and carnal, that has to do with earthly matters as opposed to what he said a few verses back when he told us to set our minds on things above because our lives are hidden with Christ Who is above and seated in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father.

After he tells us to mortify our members, he goes on to list them. Paul says our members are fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Well, those aren’t body parts at all, but ideas, desires, lusts, affections, things that occur in our minds. So, the verse could read, mortify your desires which are upon the earth. Kill, or treat them as though they are dead. Don’t let these lusts affect us.

Now, it can definitely include the members of our bodies that we would use to satisfy these desires as well. We should also bring those body parts under control and not allow them to control us. Proverbs tells us that gluttony and drunkenness will lead us to poverty. The desire to eat and drink being so strong that it drives us to spend massive amounts of money eating out and buying liquor until we have exhausted our funds (Proverbs 23:21). It would do us well to bring our appetites under submission.

In the same way, we incur the wrath of GOD due to the disobedience associated with indulging in the above acts, as verse six explains. “6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.” (Colossians 3:6 KJV).

So, how do we control our lustful thoughts which spur us to action? How do we treat them and the body parts that would commit the acts as though they were dead? First of all, Paul tells us that they are already dead, that in fact we are dead to the things of this world.

In one place he tells us, “20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances.” (Colossians 2:20 KJV). And in another he says, “3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3 KJV). Also, “12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12 KJV).

The idea, which is truth for believers, is that when Christ died our sinful selves died with Him, and when He was raised the new us was raised with Him. This new us being people with a different way of looking at life and the world (repentant). We no longer want to sin (though some of us may still struggle with sin), but we want to live for Christ and do what He wants us to do. We love Him because He saved us from hell and showed us how to live the abundant life here on earth. He gave us the Holy Spirit which empowers us to obey His commands, fill the earth with His teachings and miracles, and carry out the individual assignment that was given to each of us.

But, even with all of this wonderful truth, some still have a problem with sin. So, Paul writes these verses as a reminder that the old way we used to live and think is dead, and we are no longer bound by it. We can let it go and stop going back and indulging in the things that we were delivered from. The prison door has been unlocked and opened. We are free to get up and go at any time, leaving the old sinful life behind. But how, you ask?

Paul tells us. “9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” (Colossians 3:9-10 KJV).

When we confessed Christ and were saved, and the Holy Spirit came to live in us, our transformation process began. As Paul says above, we have put off the old sinful man with his deeds, the worldly way that we used to live and the carnal way that we carried ourselves in rebellion to GOD. He tells us that we have put on the new man, we are a new creature, and this new person has the knowledge of GOD’s way of doing things instead of the world’s way so that we look like the LORD in everything we do, just like Jesus.

Because of this, believers look different than the rest of the world. We love when we are told we should hate. We forgive when we are told to get revenge. We give when we want to receive, but most of all we love GOD with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. We allow GOD to fight our battles, and we pray when we want to see our circumstances change.

This is the new man that walks out of the prison house of sin because their mind has been renewed. “2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2 KJV).

In addition to being the new person that we have become because of Christ’s salvation and the Holy Spirit’s transforming power, we also have authority over our minds, and we can control what happens with the thoughts that enter.

“4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.)” (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV). We have weapons at our disposal that are able to destroy those thoughts, desires, lusts, and cravings that have a hold on us causing us to do things that are rebellious to GOD. What are these weapons?

“5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV). Weapons such as: the Holy Spirit Who lives inside us guiding us every step of the way, the bible which is our handbook, our guidebook, prayer which releases GOD’s power into our circumstances, dominion authority, and being blessed by GOD HIMSELF. These are just several examples of arms in our arsenal designed to give us victory in every situation.We have the authority to take any thought that comes into our minds and force it to line up with Christ’s teachings.

Some of us have thoughts of fornication, GOD says we can have all the sex we want inside of marriage. Some of us covet, and want things that are not ours to have. GOD says to ask and we shall receive as long as it lines up with HIS will for us. GOD is saying let ME be your source. Stop trying to get things on your own and come to ME for all of your needs. This is how the new person thinks that has been renewed with the knowledge of GOD. We are made in GOD’s image and are to look like HIM in all that we do. Jesus is our model. In every situation, we should ask ourselves what would Jesus do. WWJD, just like the bracelets that were popular years ago. That acronym is still relevant today.

Allow yourself to be renewed, Family. Accept the change that occurred when you got saved. Take any rebellious thought captive and do things according to GOD’s commands. Listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides us to the LORD’s way of doing things. Read the bible and pray. Jesus came so that we could have the abundant life. Let’s live how He intended us to. Be blessed.

“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 KJV). GOD is able!

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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