Living in the Spirit
Flesh or Spirit?
The Spirit quickly listens - the Flesh of course will not,
One hates grieving God -The Other just being caught.
The Spirit is humble - the Flesh flaunts selfish pride,
One lives life quite open - The Other always hides.
The Spirit loves all others - the Flesh cares for itself.
One is very useful - The Other often shelved.
The Spirit is obedient - the Flesh loves to rebel.
One leads to eternal life - The Other a living hell.
The Spirit is mostly willing - the Flesh is mostly weak.
One serves God's kingdom purpose - The Other pleasure seeks.
The Spirit chooses rightly - the Flesh always the wrong.
One sings often of great joy - The Other a woeful song.
The Spirit gives up every "right" - the Flesh holds on to all.
One easily yields itself to God - The Other builds a wall.
How will I determine which One is ruling in me?
Thats'r right I know what Your word says
Submit to God and the devil will flee.
So in the fight between the Two - Just look at where you are.
Remember truth, when our God reigns - Seeking your own way you don't get far.
When you let the Spirit have its way - The Flesh will soon subside
And you can walk in righteousness - And that's a glorious ride!
Making Good Choices
Ever notice, how so many times, we have good intentions but act differently than we intend? It can be the slightest thing that sets us off on a rabbit trail from the good behavior we so try to exhibit.
Let someone cut us off in traffic, or worse, drive the speed limit and we get our feathers ruffled. "I'll show them", we think internally, and then shortly find ourselves acting out like the two year old throwing a temper tantrum.
What is buried in our heart is sure to express itself in some way, either subtle or blatant. If we can't work it out with the person(s) that "offend" us, we find ourselves being short with every other poor soul who happens to be destined to walk through our world shortly thereafter.
Think about it. How easy is it for you to stop yourself from "going there"? If you are anything like me, I fail miserably most of the time. Then I return, being a Christian to the place where I have to confess it to God and do a 180 degree turn (repentance - which requires humility deep enough and conviction strong enough) to admit my sin toward my fellow man, and go in the opposite direction. That may require me to go to the person, admit my wrong (regardless of their actions by the way) and ask them to forgive me. Doesn't really matter if they were wrong too, that is God's business.
When I do what is necessary to clear my conscience and soul, something begins to shift and I feel an overwhelming love and concern, and I get peace that calms me. When the Holy Spirit brings that peace, then I have goodwill towards those same people that come my way.
It is amazing how self-absorbed I become when I don't exercise humility and choose to nurse the grudge that I "should have" toward them. I don't feel any better, that's for sure, and I add to my list, anything else they have done that doesn't seem good, or right, and then I can cut them off from my life entirely. Really? HOW DO YOU THINK THAT IS WORKING FOR YOU?
Well, if you like isolation, go a head and put yourself into that place. Fortunately we have a God who is so much bigger than our petty little pride and prejudice. He seeks us and brings us to a place where we are so desperate from being ugly and calls us back to fellowship. First with Him and then to others.
What an amazing God we have! He just plain loves us too much to leave us where we are. Like the prodigal, He brings us back to His side and speaks to us gently and convinces us to give up the pride that is seperating from the rest of the world. He wants us to take this love to a hurting and dying world, mostly by our actions rather than our words.
Will you follow His example today? His Holy Spirit will be your guide. This poem is a personal check list for me. Feel free to use it as often as I do.
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