24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. NLT
I love the way this Scripture describes “dying to self” as the phrase goes. Perhaps the only one I like better could be the version found in The Message…
24 Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
Everything connected with getting our own way…is killed off. How hard it can seem to deny our flesh. I cannot speak for others, but I know for myself my spiritual and fleshly battle is something like this: Flesh: Don’t do it! Don’t kill yourself when there’s nothing wrong with your life! Spirit: Please, let me help you. This flesh is like a cancer slowly eating away at your soul and the only way I can heal you is if you let me cut it out.
I will not deny that this “spiritual operation” as it were is not painful. Who wants to admit to themselves that they need a desperate, drastic change? But that is exactly what must happen. As I told my husband earlier today in an email, I have an ongoing affair with my snooze button. I know God has told me to start my day around 5:30 am. This will give me time to get up and have my alone time with Him, get organized for the day, and just have a general quite before the chaos of life takes over. School….Facebook….a 4 year old….an upcoming move across the country….Netflix….all these things and more are such a distraction. I must KILL my flesh on a daily basis so that my SPIRIT can survive and thrive.
I am so thankful that, through a friend, He lead me to an online accountability community Hello Mornings. I have decided to join their challenge, which officially starts 1 week from today, and have a team to help me deny this flesh.
I hear my son in his room playing and having a grand old time, so I will end for now. However, I want to end with one more Scripture. In my readings today on Youversion ~ Teach me to Pray I was given the passage Luke 12:17-20. I went on to read one additional Scripture, Luke 12:21 which reads…
Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God. NLT
I read this passage and had this question, which I shall leave you with for today. Are you best friends with God, familiar acquaintances, or strangers?