I used to walk, talk, look just like You
And You were the one before trouble came,
Always kept praying.
Now I was going places I wasn’t sent,
Was going through some changes,
Staying away from You, to distraction I was true,
My thoughts of you were few.
I love listening to uplifting music.I can put a song that ministers to my heart on replay for the entire day because it speaks to me and the season am in.So this morning,I decided to listen to one of my old time favourites by Chevelle Franklyn called Kill my Flesh and that is exactly where the above excerpt came from.
Paul says in Romans 7:15-24, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?…So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
We can have every intention to serve God,but we are at war;The war between the flesh and the spirit.Paul says,He delights in the law of God in his inner being but he sees in his members another law making him captive to the law of sin that dwells in his members.Look at that!Do you know how frustrating it is to pull a heavy load up a hill without wheels?…Who can deliver us from this body of death?…*Sigh*
Yes I want to give my everything to God,but see my career,my title,my addictions and cravings…standing in the way…
I long to fulfill Gods’ word in terms of my marriage relationship,business relationship…but oh the green grass on the other side!!Wooooooo…The War is real!
As promised last week let us delve deeper into the last two points.Remember we had four hindrances to giving God our all?…Pride was one…then,the walls we build inside us.The other two are:
- Earthly crowns &
- Earthly desires
Follow through with me….
Our accomplishments,our titles…get in the way of what God wants for us.We do not fully give of ourselves to God because there is a part of us that just does not seem to give.For instance,if you work in an organization where you can do your own business within The business and earn a couple of bucks no sweat…your boss not knowing whats’ going on,why should you comply with what the scripture says about stealing and being faithful and giving your best as unto the Lord?(See 1 Timothy 6:10,Psalm 62:10,Proverbs 10:2)…In any case you are very comfortable…Sexually,you compromise for the sake of promotion,which you get without strain,you just got a well-paying job…before that you were always at church presenting your request to Him and finally you got it and forget the giver of that particular job…SAD!…no one knows not even those in church,where you lift ‘Holy hands’every Sunday.
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.(Proverbs 20:17)
It is quite interesting how we can play God without blinking and eye and really fear or dread to play our friends or spouses.I find it quite ironical…Yes…you and I are always willing to give our everything but there is that part of us that needs redemption…THE FLESH.
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.(Romans 13:7)
There is so much to admire around us.So much.The money,the shiny cars,the diamond and gold jewellery…I cannot forget the curvy,light-skinned long-haired women and my goodness those men,tall,dark and handsome…The internet has it all!You want quick and easy pleasure?…Just click away and enjoy!…It is very easy to throw away our ‘married and happy’ titles,when we open the doors of our hearts to such heavy destructions.Marriages have been broken,Intimacy destroyed,lives have been crushed simply because we traded our values for cheap,sold our souls to the enemy and broke our relationship with the Creator.The Bible says,guard your heart with all dilligence for out of it are the issues of life(Proverbs 4:23).Guard it with your life!
You want to know how serious God is with things that get in the way of your relationship with him?…Here goes… “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30)
A preacher once quoted, “What the heart most wants,the mind finds reasonable,the emotions finds valuable and the will finds doable”….It all starts from the heart…
The mind reasons what the heart picks,the emotions put value to it and the will goes for it!Good or bad my dear friends,this is the way it is!Guard your heart.When you and I open the door of our hearts to receive destructive information from around us then we slowly fade into oblivion,we trade our values for cheap,sell our souls to the enemy and burn the bridge between us and God our creator.Earthly crowns and desires hinder us greatly from giving our all to God because we burn the bridge that helps us get to God our creator.Our bodies,the scripture says are the temple of the Holy Spirit…light and darkness cannot coexist.Switch off the light and voila!It’s dark…the Holy Spirit just left and without His help how can we serve God wholly?!
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
You want to give God your all?…Give Him all of you including your crowns and desires,lay them down at the foot of the cross.Do not withhold a single thing.Meditate on the Word day and night(Joshua 1:8) and above all else Guard your heart with all dilligence for out of it are the issues of life.
“What the heart most wants,the mind finds reasonable,the emotions finds valuable and the will finds doable”
Pray this prayer with me,
Kill my flesh, break my desires.
Lord help me thirst after your righteousness.Kill flesh now…here I am,
I don’t want to be the same,
I thank You I’m not that girl/boy/man/woman again.This I pray In Jesus Name.
Who can deliver us from this body of death?…Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Have an amazing week ahead!
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