Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals:
ממושׁבתיכם תביאו לחם תנופה שׁתים שׁני עשׂרנים
The passage of Scripture from Romans chapter 7 show the struggle within a Christian.
Read this several times and see how it relates to your inner struggle. The struggle you have is common to all “Born Again” people.
There are some who erroneously say these verses in Romans 7:14 through Romans 7:25 were talking about Paul before he became a Christian. Some even say they no longer ever desire to sin. They can claim sinless perfection if they choose to believe that, but that is certainly never taught in the Word of God. Only Jesus the Son of God was sinless perfect until He took our sins on the cross to redeem us.
A Christian can be “Spiritual Minded”.
As we spend time reading God’s Word, praying, communicating with other believers and making a conscious effort to do what God tells us to do we become “spiritual minded”.
Being “spiritual minded” does not mean you will do weird things and act out of control. It means you will do the following.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26
A Christian can be “Carnal Minded”.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: Galatians 5:9-21
The New Testament gives examples of Christians who are “Carnal”.
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.1 Corinthians 5:1-5
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
It is important to know that all Christians are the same; we have daily struggles, times when we are Spiritual, times when we are carnal. We also have another thing in common, our spirit is alive because God’s Spirit lives within us. The place He lives is in our spirit.We are alive, connected once again with God. Adam was disconnected, separated from God. That is death. Our spirit is the real person. The body is not the person, it is only where we live. Your spirit can never die again. Another way of saying that is; you can never die once you are “Born Again”. This is what Jesus meant when He said: “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26
The following verses from Ecclesiastes shows how the body gets old and starts ceasing to function. We call that death, however it is only moving time for the spirit.
Ecclesiastes 12 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
At the “New Birth” our spirit is rejoined with God and will never be separated again. The rejoining is illustrated in the following video.
Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:7