2018-07-11 - Leave It Behind
The phrase “no one ever said it would be easy” was used often as I grew up, and as time has rolled on I am finding out from where such thoughts emanated. We did some much-needed decluttering in our storage shed and garage, then my husband and I made a box planter for some vegetable plants our daughter brought from a greenhouse at the High School where she teaches. The two of us accomplished this in a couple of days. Our bodies were a bit angry, and I then thought of that household phrase as aforementioned. The results were pleasing, so it was a manageable tired and sore, yet not all days bring such gratification. I have a friend who is still awaiting information to learn why she has not been feeling her best for several months, and it’s adding to her feeling of being worn out.
Looking at these verses, below, in Galatians, it is clear to me that the problem with remaining in the spirit is how the flesh has several tools in its belt to take us “off our game” on any given day. If we can find an innovative approach, leading us into the spirit, there can be relief. A couple days ago, I was struggling with a migraine that seemed to be leaving, yet just would not quite let go of me. Remembering I had a book study based on the different fruits of the spirit led me to begin focusing on a one of the nine. I needed peace before I went to sleep, and rest has been a major stumbling block.
After focusing on the reading in the book about peace, the verses in Galatians, and some other subsequent verses that I found in a few other places related to peace, I was better prepared for some prayer and sleep. There was grace given for better and more peaceful rest, and I was very thankful to be taken out of my own way. God is so very gracious and good to me. I hope you feel the blessing of God’s peace right tonight.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galatians 5:13-25 NIV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.