Galatians 5: 16-17
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.
Paul told his listeners that they would never be really free as long as the flesh controlled their lives. In the verses following these he said that it is easy to tell when someone is controlled by the flesh because they exhibit certain characteristics that are easy to see. Likewise it is also easy to spot a person who consistently lives each day controlled by the Holy Spirit.
It is amazing that many people think that giving God total control over their life would keep them in bondage, when the reality is exactly the opposite. It is so liberating to know that you don’t have to make all the major decisions and wonder what would have happened if you had chosen another option that may have looked enticing at the time. Just about all of us can look back on something that looked like it would be an awesome opportunity but didn’t turn out to be nearly as awesome as we thought.
God always wants the best for you even though what He tells you to do might not be easy; but when you walk in obedience you will know that you are at the center of God’s will each day, and there is no better feeling when you lay your head on the pillow each night to sleep.
It is one thing to be busy, but another entirely to be busy doing work that will advance the Kingdom of God. It pleases Satan immensely if he can keep you tied up doing things that make you feel productive, but are of no benefit whatsoever to the Kingdom.
Checking off a long to-do list and feeling productive does not mean that you actually have been productive for God.
When I really started listening to and walking in obedience to what the Holy Spirit told me to do each day, I realized that many times in the past I had filled my days with things that kept me busy but did absolutely nothing to advance the Kingdom of God. I also realized that I had taken pride in staying busy each day to the point that I hardly had time to break for lunch. It made me feel great when I saw my calendar completely filled.
I believe that during the three years of ministry Jesus had on earth, he was probably a very busy person. The Bible speaks of Him climbing a mountain alone to pray, rest, and get refreshed, so He definitely had to get tired and exhausted just like you and me. The human body can only take so much before it lets you know it must have rest.
In Jesus’ three years of ministry He used many parables for teaching and also used Himself as a unique pattern to show the Israelite people that He had come to show them a new way that was much better than the way they had been doing things for centuries. He also opened the door for the Gentiles to participate in this New Kingdom way of life even though they had never been allowed to do so before.
Each day it was critical that Jesus be totally in tune with God to carry out His plans. Three years is a short period of time when you think of all that was at stake where Christianity was concerned. Jesus would start with 12 rough and unlearned men, train them in His unique way of doing things, and put His trust in them to go out and turn the world upside down for Christ.
They were so passionate about things that they were willing to die for their beliefs.
You never know what God has in store for your life, so be open to what He wants you to do. He has a different plan for each person, but it will always be a great one and will be tailor-made for you exactly.
WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE HAVE!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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