Hostile Roots!

“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:7,8 NIV)

We are three part beings–mind, body, spirit. Our spirits live in our natural bodies and our minds (our soulish realm) is either going to be controlled by our spirits or our flesh (carnal realm). There is a war between our spirits–given by God–and our flesh–flesh wants what it wants and our spirits want what God wants.

We eat when we are hungry because our flesh dictates that need and all other fleshly desires–thirst, emotions, behavior. Our spirits line up with The Word and we are able to hear God when He speaks–allowing Him to determine how we respond to situations–sometimes. At other times, we allow the enemy’s spirit to influence what we do and say, which ignites fleshly reactions.

Notice what Paul says, the mind governed (ruled) by the flesh is hostile to God and when we allow our flesh to govern us, we cannot please God.

Now, I realize not everyone is concerned about pleasing God, but rather they are more concerned with pleasing the dictates of their flesh. God is not pleased, but they are and their pleasure is temporary at best.

For those who desire to please God, we must not allow flesh (that carnal nature) to govern us, but rather we allow our spirits, led by Holy Spirit to direct us in all we say and do. When we allow Holy Spirit to lead us, we cannot do what is wrong or hostile to God and therefore, we please Him.  

When we are hostile to people (and to God), it is because we have allowed our flesh to reign and flesh desires to do what flesh desires. If we get angry, we want revenge. If we are fearful, we want others to be afraid. If we are jealous, we want others to hurt. If we are insecure, we want to blame others for every downfall in our lives. If we have low self-esteem, we misinterpret everything someone else says or does. This is how we react to situations when we allow our flesh to reign and whenever flesh reigns, we end up with regrets. 

We choose (God always gives us choice) what happens to us on a daily basis and it is all determined by whether we want to please God or flesh. Are you trying to please God or flesh today?

Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding!

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.” (Proverbs 2:6-8 NKJV)

Wisdom comes from God,

Not opinions of man,

But Spiritual Insight,

Understanding and Knowledge

Of God’s Ways

For His Way of doing things

Is not our way, if we have not

The Mind of Christ, To Know

Know What He knows, To

See what He sees in us,

For us, To Understand

The Path He walks us to walk

Is not the path of destruction

But the path of righteousness.

The wisdom that He shares,

Man cannot comprehend, without

A sound relationship with Him,

Else they would think more highly

Of themselves than they ought,

And miss great opportunities to do

Great things in the name of Our Lord,

Rather than seeking fame for themselves.

The wisdom of God in the minds of Those

Who truly Love Him, finds the answers to

All riddles that have confused and blinded

Those who walk after the flesh, rather than

The spirit of God–seeking to please self

Rather than He who gives all wisdom,

To all who ask, in faith, understanding

How wisdom and knowledge work

To promote Godliness in all people.

Wisdom–coming from the throne of Righteousness,

Knowledge–knowing how to use what is given,

Understanding–acknowledging the insight and teaching others,

So that all might come into the unity of faith,

And God’s wisdom that surpasses man’s limited knowledge.