Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The fight of you life!

Have you ever wondered "Why can't I go one day without having sinful thoughts, words, actions, etc."? Well, I believe you can!

But, it will take effort on your part, and even more, SUBMISSION. Here's the deal... in Galations chapter 6, we are taught about sowing to please our flesh (worldly sinful nature) or sowing to the spirit.

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

There is the reward, do you want a harvest of destruction, or of eternal life. See, if we will keep our eyes on the goal (eternal life with the Lord), we will desire to sow to the spirit daily. However, if we choose to let our short term "wants" to get in the way of our long term "goal", we will please ourselves now, and eventually reap destruction.

Back up a chapter to Galations 5, and you will see the difference in the Spiritual Nature (fruits of the spirit) and the Sinful Nature.

16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and 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.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other

So I encourage you today, spend time with God, ask Him to make His Spirit more prevelant in you today. Let's just see if we can do a day without the sinful thoughts, words, and actions. Let's try to replace thses things with thoughts, words, and actions that would yield a harvest of eternal life. Like it or not, you are a farmer, and every thought, word, and action you yield is a seed to be planted. Let's plant only worthwhile seeds.

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