Hostile Takeover

June 22, 2007

The other day I came home tired and weary from a long day. Not a bad day, not anything horrible, a pretty normal long day I have a couple of times a week. Much like days you probably have. I felt like I had nothing left in my tank for anything or anyone.  Everything seemed too big to handle, everyone seemed like someone to be avoided.  When these moods hit me, and they can hit with regularity, it doesn’t stop there….it usually then tends to lead to feeling like being disobedient, ungodly, and destructive. It feels like evil is threatening a hostile takeover of my mind.  Does this ever happen to you?  If you said no…you aren’t being honest with yourself.

7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. (Romans 8:7)

This sinful nature….lives in you and me, and will be there with us till we get our new bodies someday.  Sounds depressing…and at times it is isn’t it?

But..here’s the good news…

  9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

   12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

So for now…we live in the tension…between our sinful nature, and the Spirit of Christ living in us.  Thank God He lives in us.  And follow hard after the Spirit today.

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