I believe I have said it before that I love the morning. Just something about being up while it is still dark and seeing the peaking of light. Especially, having a view of Pikes Peak, it’s absolutely phenomenal. I also know this won’t always be my view and I really want to soak it up and have it etched into my memory.
But this morning, and throughout most of the night, I couldn’t help but realize how often I speak about the flesh. This is because the Spirit is dealing with me in this area. The moment I believe I have made strides, I see how far I have yet to go. Here lately it has been evident with the many challenges that I have faced.
Have you ever just felt like it is one thing after another? Perhaps you set a budget to get out of debt or to accomplish something, and then like clockwork, one thing after another happens. Or you decide, to really let go of material possessions that have just cluttered your life, taking up a lot time to maintain. Yet, it seems like you can’t carve out time to do what you know needs to be done. There will always be resistance when crucifying the flesh, there will always be resistance when your prayer is “Thy Kingdom come”. Before the fall of man our nature was that which was reflective of the glory of God. Until we put to death ALL flesh, we are operating in the nature of the fallen man, sin becomes our king. Our first response will be that of flesh, not of the Spirit. How then do we move forward having the nature of the fallen man?
“For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” If it were impossible to put to death the man of flesh, why then does Paul urge us to do so? If we were confined to live life as a slave to sin, then why does Paul lay out hope of the perfected man? With the filling of the Holy Spirit we are then of no excuse to continue walking in the workings of the flesh, this merely means that the Spirit has no work in us.
Once we realize that we are no longer slaves, it is then we can move towards accepting our freedom and not willingly (whether unconscious or not) go back into bondage. This message is for me most all. To finally stop the cycle of continual bondage I find myself in, not because of the enemy but because of flesh. It is a conscious decision to follow the Spirit instead of bowing down to the things which exalt themselves against the Lord.
-Just my morning thoughts 2/12/17