Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Decomposition of Our Spiritual Life

Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Romans 8:8

Thoughts for Today:

Many people mistakenly believe that living for the flesh is the same as willfully sinning. In reality, it can simply mean to give high priority to the cravings of the material world. In Matthew 6:31-32, Jesus said, "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them." For us that might be: "Where do you want to go for lunch?" or "What new toy should we buy?" or "Where will we go on vacation this year?" Let's be honest, we all think about those kinds of things -- however, the real question is: What priority do they represent in our lives?

Truly, if my body controls my thoughts, then I am fleshly minded and cannot please God. In the Garden of Eden, Adam gave in to his fleshly desires and ate of the forbidden fruit. He allowed his body to pervert and dominate his spirit which severed his direct communion with God's Spirit. As a result death entered the world. We do the same thing when we allow our fleshly desires to take precedent over our spirit. If you want to experience the decay and decomposition of your spiritual life, all you need to do is live for your flesh -- allow your worldly priorities to get out of order with God's.

Questions to Ponder:

Is your spiritual life producing fruit or is it in the process of decay? What are your priorities? Are they God's or your own? What's important to you? Do your priorities need to be reordered?

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