Jun. 6, 2022

The man in the mirror...

Galatians 5:19-26 (CEV)
 People's desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God's kingdom.
22 God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these way.24 And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25 God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 26 But don't be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.

Although we have to contend with the enemy of our souls, satan, our biggest adversary is ourselves. It's from within ourselves that lust, envy, hatred, immortality and every vice originates. We have to follow Paul's advice in verse 24, Crucify the flesh with it's lusts therof. We have to wilfully mortify our carnal nature and let our regenerated spirit win. God's Holy Spirit imparts to us His nature. We are created in His image in holiness and righteousness. However,  our carnal nature wants to dominate our lives and dictate our behavior. We have to make a choice based on God's written word to follow the Spirit and reject our inherent propensity to sin and disobedience. We have to contend with and conquer the enemy within. Although it seems like the odds are stacked against us because of our inherent carnality, God's Spirit residing within us, enables us to be more than conquerors. Jesus said "I have overcome the world and deprived it of it's power to harm you " (paraphrased) We have to appropriate God's power to overcome our carnal natures and walk in the spirit so we don't fulfill the lust of the flesh. We have to choose to serve God and obey His commandments. The ball is in our court. Do we decide to walk on the strait and narrow despite our selves, or do we choose the broadway to destruction. Joshua said choose this day whom you serve, as for me and my household we shall serve the Lord. Elijah said,  if Baal be god follow him, if the Lord be God follow Him  God said I have set before you life and death,  choose life and you shall live.  Jesus said if you love me obey my commandments. God wants to be our walking companion. He walked with Adam in the cool of the day, prior to the fall. Christ restored the broken relationship between God and man. He walks with us and He talks with us and tells us we are His own. Keep the fire of the Spirit burning in the embers of your heart. Amen