Back in 2014 the Lord was relentlessly working on me. I battled with my thoughts trying to understand what the Lord was trying to teach me. I had questions but God had his own agenda – teaching me self-examination. I kept diaries and in them I wrote down all my sorted thoughts. Later, I was able to re-read all and reflect on how the Lord brought me through so much darkness.
Q: Can today’s Christian truly walk in the Spirit?
We live in the world, and our thoughts are ever engrossed in the things of the world. We consume without restraint. If we could count worldly entanglements as we do calories, some of us would be grotesquely obese. We would need a crane to move us.
It’s not that we can’t walk in the Spirit. The Lord equipped us and sealed us with the Holy Spirit.
Just as we have it in us to eat sensibly, we choose not to. We are equipped with all the right tools to live by the Spirit. We choose not to. And we socialize the next generation to do likewise.
As Christians, we are more in tune to the things of this world, to the things that satisfy the flesh, that please the eye and that build us up.
No one wants to be ugly; no one wants to see ugly; no one wants to be made to feel ugly.
The war that rages for our soul is not at the forefront of our mind, just as the war that rages across the world is nowhere near us. We are aware of both, but neither produces fear or compels us to reflect.
What if the war came to my community? Would I then take heed?
As believers how much of our life is bound to the world, to worldly things?
Are you more comfortable watching the latest reality show – than watching the reality of the homeless guy in the corner?
Are you bothered by unkempt people?
Are you more likely to be found discussing topics with someone of great intellect or insight than the guy next door that cannot articulate a simple sentence?
Do you spend more time in the gym, the dept. stores, shopping, investing in the appearance of your flesh than the heavy guy next door that could use a friend?
And how do you handle your thoughts in the worldly interactions? Do you concede to the lustful thoughts…etc.?
What if instead of seeing through our physical eyes – we saw our interactions through the Spirit. Wouldn’t that make it more real, scary perhaps – but indeed more real?
Just what is your thought life? Is it keeping you bound to the things of this world, or separating you from the things of this world?
The flesh – the eyes – and that pride continue to battle for the destruction of this soul.
Lord have mercy on me and save me from my wretched self.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 – NKJV
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Thank you for reading. Be blessed!