From the Kitchen Table
Victorious Living Day 7
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:16-26
It’s not how we start but how we finish, it’s not how we dress but how we do, it’s not where we’re from but where we’re headed. There’s no need for excuses anymore, the mature Christian burns hot for God. He burns so hot for God that his fleshly desires are burned up in the process. He/She doesn’t need a name tag, bumper sticker or cross neckless to be recognized as a follower of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t just want to belong; he wants to be. The maturing Christian walks with the Spirit, from the Spirit, in the Spirit and overcomes the skin (fleshly desires). It’s all motivated by love for God, man and self. Love licks our lips for living life. What we love will wet our lips for how we live. It’s not how we start but how we finish that matters. We can’t fool anyone. Maturity looks like the Savior and immaturity looks like the skin. We will live where our love is and with what our love wants. Mature Christians doesn’t just put on their big boy pants, it lives a big boy life with a big boy heart, and it’s shows. Want a greater love? Get a greater longing!