The Mess of the Flesh

Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Ephesians 3:3

Some of us have been blessed to be able to do and accomplish a lot of things. However, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (I John 2:15-16) make us think that we are good – “what I want is good because I work hard for it” – “I am good because I’m such a wonderful person” – “I’m involved in ministry, I look out for others” –”I say the right things, I do the right things” – but we have to be careful that we don’t as Paul said, “exalt ourselves above measure” Paul was given a thorn in the flesh because he had been privileged to see Paradise. He knew that the purpose of the thorn was so he wouldn’t be exalted above measure – he wouldn’t be uppity, he wouldn’t like my husband says, think he was all that ,a bag of chips, a Pepsi and some change – he also didn’t want to be put on a pedestal by others – three times he desired that the Lord take the thorn from him but the Lord said ‘My grace is sufficient”. Romans 12:3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

We, too, have been privileged with gifts and ministries, abilities and talents, but we have a distortion of those abilities and their place when we place those abilities in the wrong perspective – when we don’t look at them as things that we do only because of God and that we can’t do without God!  Galatians 3:3 says, “Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?”  This means that we can start out doing for God in the Spirit and end up totally in our flesh – When the things that God has allowed us to do end up being boastings of our flesh!

Remind yourself constantly that the gifts God has endowed you with are truly from HIM! Remind yourself daily to be an instrument and vessel that God gets honor out of, taking no praise for yourself and discouraging others from placing you on a pedestal. Be led by the Spirit, used by the Spirit and be humbled by the Spirit and most of all continue to walk in the Spirit! It is really all about Him!

c/Candie A. Price

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