Charge!

 

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Galatians 5:16-17This 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.”

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“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.”

(author unknown)

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The above verse is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? I would imagine that it holds true for most of us. The body is quite hard to control, rein in and subdue. To put it frankly, the Christian life is a battlefield. The flesh desires to sin; the Spirit is constrained to obey the things of the Spirit. Each day of our lives a constant war between these natures presents itself anew.

Paul describes to the Galatians a stark comparison:

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

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 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.”

© Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved and observed.

Heavenly Lullabies

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Heavenly Lullabies

 

© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

 

“Happy New Year!” is on its way; it’s knocking at the door.  Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . .these objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . by His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!

 

Soul Fodder

 

© Jeanne E Webster

 

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Consider the situation:

Which pain is greater to bear-

A body in degradation

Or a spirit in disrepair?

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Are you bruised, dear one,

Your grief too much to bear?

Call the name of the Son;

Cast on Him all your cares.

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The body moans and groans;

Fails us more each day;

We wear it to the bone;

To dust it does decay.

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Bodily pain soon passes;

Spiritual pain is forever.

The body rises from ashes,

The rejected spirit never.

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Reject His love and grace

You bring forth His wrath

From you He turns His face

As you head down hell’s path.

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For the spirit is eternal

Lives on and on and on

Mark it in your journal…

To God your soul belongs.

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For you His heart did bleed

Lean hard into His word:

“My grace is all you need.”

Peace carols like a bird.

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Turn your spirit to God

Hold to His love and grace

Uplifting as you plod

Towards His heavenly place.

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Thank Him for His love

His forgiveness of sins

Spirit descends like a dove

New life in heaven begins.

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The Body in the Word

©Jeanne E. Webster

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tongue is so little

But boasts great things.

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A rope in your nose

Can lead you anywhere.

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A mote in your brother’s eye

Is less than a beam in yours.

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The ear hears words

But heeds not wisdom.

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The mouth chews food

But not healthy fare.

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Renew the mind;

Prove what is good.

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The heart beats sure

But holds deceit.

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Fill the stomach

With food and water.

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Wash your hands;

Don’t throw stones.

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Beautiful feet

Has the preacher.

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God’s fingers shaped the world,

The earth, moon and stars.

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The body of Christ redeemed

Sinners like you and me.