I doubt that we need to review examples of living according to the flesh. It’s sad to see people get caught up in fast living, only to crash and burn in the end – sometimes literally. Why does God want us to kill fleshly desires when they seem so attractive sometimes? The answer is simple: HE LOVES US! He loves you and me so much – and He knows that those temptations are dangerous to our bodies and souls. God wants to protect us – body, mind and soul. We can’t overcome these things alone. It’s only through God’s precious Holy Spirit that we can turn tail and run away from harm’s way. He’s not trying to keep us from having fun! He’s trying to show us a better way to live – and if we belong to Christ, we need to run into His arms and ask Him to show us His way of life. Only with the Spirit’s help can we make wise choices.A relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit means that we have everything we need to avoid sin and win. Of course, we have a free will to choose either way – right or wrong. Nobody has always chosen the right – nobody that I know, anyway. We’re not perfect all the time, but we know that if we choose badly, we can turn from that bad choice and ask our loving Heavenly Father, through Christ, to forgive us and forget our transgression.
One day I was driving home from work in a terrible rain storm. I took an unfamiliar route because I was sure the regular route was flooded. As I drove, I prayed aloud in the car, asking the Lord to protect me. I was frightened, but confident that God would get me home safely.
There were not many cars on the road I took, which I thought was strange, but I forged ahead. When there is water on the road, it’s difficult to gage how deep it is – or the condition of the street below.
The next intersection was full of water – the flash flooding was catching up with me… I felt led to make a left hand turn and go to the street just south of the one I was on. I made the turn and ended up on a street that was a bit elevated and the water was running off. I had a straight shot home. I sang praise & worship songs and thanked the Lord for helping me get home.
I was curious about the flooded intersection where I made the turn. I went back to look at it, and found there was a very large pot hole – and had I kept going straight, I would have gone in the hole and would probably have water in the car.
When we live life waiting for the next big thrill with no regard for the God who just wants to protect us, we end up being a slave to the very thing we thought was such fun at first. I don’t understand why some folks think that Christians don’t have fun. We have such fun – it’s just a different kind of fun. God protects us and His Spirit helps us stay away from sin because all sin does is cause harm. God doesn’t want us to be harmed – He wants us to be free! And so we are.
Free from the law… oh happy condition. Jesus is mine, oh precious redemption.
A LIFE OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST… it can be yours! 🙂