A Man’s Gotta Do What a Man’s Gotta Do, huh?


© Jeanne E Webster  –  All Rights Reserved


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. “

The above verse is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? I would imagine that it holds true for most us. Our bodies are quite hard to control, to rein in, and to subdue. To put it frankly, we’ve got us a full-brewed battlefield. The flesh desires to sin; the Spirit is constrained to obey the things of the Spirit. Every day we face this conundrum of 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, reveling….

Paul adds some powerful drama here with this warning…As I have told you before in time past, that they which do such things (as a lifestyle) 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.


“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.”


As in any war, action must be taken in order to achieve victory. The finger points at each one of us. 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.”

The Other Room

©Jeanne E Webster

 

PSALM 139:11-12

“If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me. Yes, the darkness hides not from You but the night shines as the day.  THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT ARE BOTH ALIKE TO YOU.” KJV

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Throughout the Bible, the Holy Spirit stresses the awesome, absolute presence and power of God. His protective covering preserves us day and night; we need not fear anything, even death.  I have taken these words lightly most of my life and only now in my senior years do I pursue further enlightenment.

I believe David is speaking here of life and death…light and darkness. When a physical body dies, it appears to be dead and gone. Well, it is gone; the living are unable to see it, hear it and interact with it. However, it is not ever dead.  That body now freed from the limitations of physical life has gone from DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT, the presence of God. It remains alive!

Paul wrote in Romans 6:8:  “If we die with Christ, we will also live with Christ.” 

Death merely separates the physical life from the spiritual life. It does not make Life disappear and vanish. Darkness and light are both alike to God and therefore to us also. He dwells in both and is the great “I AM!”

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
~Helen Keller

Oh my!  I love the way Helen Keller describes death but would have to add, along with Paul, because in that other room I shall be able to see Christ!  Amen.

~shalom