Are You Just Going to Sit There?

 Galatians 5:16-17 “This I say then:  Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.  And these are contrary the one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you would. “

 

 

©Jeanne E Webster

 

“Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd;

There’s one of us that’s humble, one that’s proud;

There’s one that’s brokenhearted for his sins

And one who, unrepentant, sits and grins;

There’s one who loves his neighbor as himself

And one who cares for naught but fame and pelf.

From such corroding care I would be free

If once I could determine which is me.”

 

The above verse is quite a mouthful, isn’t it?  I would imagine that it holds true for most us.   This body, for a Christian, is quite hard to control, to rein in, and to subdue.  To put it frankly, the Christian is a battlefield.  The flesh desires to sin; the Spirit is constrained to obey the things of the Spirit.  Every day we are made aware of the constant battle between the two natures. 

Paul continues with a stark comparison of the two natures: 

The works of the flesh are these:  Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, sexual excesses, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings….

[Paul adds some powerful drama here with this warning…”As I have told you before in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”]

But the fruit of the Spirit is:  Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance….

The differences are startling. 

As in any war, action must be taken in order to achieve victory.  The finger points at each one of us, dear Christians.  Will we remain passive and continue to tolerate the works of the flesh within us?  Or shall we rear up off our sanctified haunches and give way to the power of the Spirit to crucify this flesh?  The victory has already been won; we merely have to give the “Charge!” 

“Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Amen.”

8 comments on “Are You Just Going to Sit There?

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  2. Abby Kelly says:

    I am so anxious to walk side by side with Jesus in heaven for eternity and to have pure motives and a simple, unadulterated walk with the Holy Spirit.

    thanks for sharing
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  3. Carolyn says:

    Jeanne, thank you for this challenge. Your writing is lovely and laden with truth; may we answer this call to be more like Christ!

    • Hello, Carolyn! Good to hear from you again. Am loving your poetry and thoughts.

      Yes, this on-going battle with the flesh requires our upmost attention. Paul couldn’t stress the importance of living in the Spirit enough, could he? He even wrote that the fleshly habits will keep us from heaven! I really needed that reminder. Some things we look at as minor quirks, but NO! Totally wicked. I guess I’m going to have to do some more sparring. How about you?

  4. Your opening scripture is a great reminder Jeanne ~ thank you. I’ve shared this post as much as I could 🙂 I also LOVE the poem! It is so beautiful and very well written ~ is it yours? I only ask, because I’m wondering if I may have your permission to repost it sometime, giving you the credit and a link, of course?

    I hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays and many blessings and prayers for you, my friend!

    • Thanks, Jessie! The poem is an anonymous one. I appreciate your concern though. You are a gracious young lady.

      Our holidays were blessed, yes. Praying yours were also. Give God the glory.

      Shalom

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