Thursday, October 27, 2016


It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothingthe words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life (John 6:63).

There is an entire new world wrapped up in this statement of Jesus.  Life.  Life is the drive of every individual.  Furthermore, it is the same goal as God's; to give us life.  All of creation wants the same thing.  We deeply desire to really live.

Conflict is immediate when the flesh wishes to be the boss of our inner spirit.  Inward man houses the Holy Spirit.  God's Spirit works with ours.  Flesh isn't a matter of muscle, sinew, or any other physical attribute.  Rather, it is the focus of the mind.  Basically, we either worship God or else we worship our comfort and preference.  

A key factor within this challenge is the mind; do we trust God or do we rely on our mode of approach to life?  Do we really believe God or do we truly (even secretly) believe that life is up to us?  Shall we go with the Spirit of God or do we hammer out some sort of plan for daily reason or practicality?  

The fleshly mind insists upon explanation.  The inner man thrives upon mystery.  Fleshly thinking is riddled with constant fear.  The inward person operates from the divine code of resurrection power; whatever is dead can live and whatever isn't yet, can become.  

Oh, how we hang our spiritual hats on the fascinating truth of Romans 4; (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.  The exhilarating truth that Jesus did die and did rise again is to be repeated within our actual walk.  The spiritual mind believes this to be true.  The mind bent on the flesh believes it to be a bogus statement.

Proverbs 3:5 comes into play in a very crucial moment.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  Here we have a choice either to trust God or trust our own judgment.  I don't know about you; but my inclination would be to trust God even those times when I can't understand Him rather than trust myself with my own understanding.  Would you have similar inclination?

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