Walking in The Holy Spirit

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

During our times of Public Discourse, let us be mindful of our partnership with The Holy Spirit:

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: … hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy… 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… 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 ‭5:19-26‬ )

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It’s Our Blood On Our Hands

Our own personal sin does extreme violence to our soul, causing an unrecoverable wound that develops an incurable infection, destroying our soul’s immune system that makes us susceptible to the viruses of Satan’s temptations, deceptions, and lies. Without a Divine intervention, the end result of our own personal sin is an existence of suffering in this world, followed by an eternity in a hell, a final separation from God that the human mind cannot comprehend.

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things.”

~ Isaiah 59:1-3

We have our own blood upon our own hands due to our own sin. No other tragedy, suffering, and sorrow that may come our way in this lifetime is ever really comparable to what we have done to ourselves.

And yet we have this human propensity to rage against God when extreme violence, illness, or tragedy comes our way as a result of others’ sins against us, or just seemingly random events. Our being stabbed, raped, robbed, divorced, falsely accused, exposed to HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, abused physically and emotionally, widowed by a murderer, laced with cancer, gripped by organ failure, bankrupted by medical bills… the list can be long. However, whatever might happen to us in this lifetime is never as big and tragic as what our own personal sin has done to our own body and soul.

Perhaps you beg to differ because you have suffered some very heinous and totally reprehensible things in your life that are not a direct result of your own sin. I won’t begin to compare scars with you, but I do make the point out of some personal experience, not callous ignorance.

Please understand, I am not diminishing what we have suffered. In fact, it is the largeness of what we have suffered to which I am drawing our attention. Our own personal sin has done more violence and tragedy to our own body and soul than what anyone else (human or demon) or anything else has possibly done to us.

We may not physically die for a few years or even for several decades, but the violence perpetrated by our sin upon our own body and soul still results in the biggest, most traumatic thing that can ever be done to us. So, the next time something bad happens in our life and we are tempted to rage at God, let’s stop and reconsider how much more we have done to ourselves than what anyone else or anything else has done.

In either case, God desperately wants to hear from us. He has a plan for us that will change everything that we have done to ourselves, and that others have done to us.

“They will say of Me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.

All who have raged against Him will come to Him and be put to shame. But all the descendants of Israel will find deliverance in the Lord and will make their boast in Him.”

~ ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:24-25‬

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Reinstalling Our Factory Parameters

When God created Adam & Eve, He encoded into the man and the woman’s “operating system” a moral code with godly parameters within which desires were to be fulfilled.

Male and Female were designed to enjoy life, liberty, and to love God and each other.

When Adam and Eve abused their liberty by seeking the fulfillment of tempting desires by going outside of the parameters of their God-given operating system, a sin-virus was introduced to their system which corrupted many aspects of their hearts and minds.

Through Jesus Christ we can begin to reinstall the factory parameters of our operating system, thus diminishing the self destructive patterns of our corrupted souls.

This requires a conscious deletion of the corrupted patterns, and a conscious return to godly patterns and parameters.

“Put to death… whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”‭‭

( Colossians‬ ‭3:5-10‬ )

Let’s Reformat, Reinstall, and Reboot our lives in accordance with God’s operating manual, the Scriptures.

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The Beast of Sin

When God commands us to do something, it means we can do it successfully, He will provide what is necessary for us to win!

In the following passage, we are commanded to rule over sin:

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

( Genesis 4:7 )

Sin is characterized as a wild animal that is crouching and waiting for the best moment to pounce; like a beast that desires us as prey, and it wants to use its claws and teeth to bleed us dry of our life’s blood and to suck out the very breath of life that God Himself breathed into our being.

When the Beast of Sin tries to lure us with temptation to walk within its pouncing distance, let’s be keenly aware of the dangers that lurk in the darkness of sin’s realm. Let’s recognize temptation for what it really is: A Trap of the Beast of Sin!

God has called us to rule over that beast, not to play with it.

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The Jesus-Kind of Tolerance

A woman who was caught having a sexually immoral relationship was dragged before Jesus. The people wanted Him to help stone her to death.  After dialogues with them for a while, each one of them started to walk away.

Finally, it was just Jesus and the woman standing there:

“Jesus… asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’
‘No one, sir,’ she said.
‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared.
‘Go now and leave your life of sin.'”

( John 8:10-11 )

Jesus offered her grace and not condemnation, two qualities that we ALL appreciate when we have sinned.

Notice too that Jesus’ tolerance did not go so far as to condone or approve of the ongoing practice of her sin.  His tolerance included His admonition and His warning to discontinue engaging in the sin.

In our society’s current climate of various groups asking for (and some are outright demanding) “tolerance” for their lifestyle by Christians and Pastors, they define tolerance differently. The society-kind of tolerance is where many want not just non-condemnation, and not just silence, but outright approval of their chosen lifestyle by the Church in both word and in action.

The Jesus-kind of tolerance does not condemn the wrong doer, but it DOES still define “sin” as being wrong, it DOES admonish and encourage a discontinuation of the sin by the wrong doer.

We have ALL been the wrong doer at some point (ok, at MANY points) in our lives, and many of us have experienced the incredible love, grace, and non-condemning response of Jesus as we have stood before Him. We also have taken to heart very seriously His admonition and encouragement that followed us as we went back to our daily life: “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Fellow believers, let’s be gracious in our relationships and encounters with others.  Let’s definitely speak the truth, but let’s do so in love.

And finally, a verse that my wife and I really love because we ourselves have each received the kindness of the Jesus-kind of tolerance:

“… realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance (a change of the mind and heart that results in a changed lifestyle)”

( Romans 2:4 )

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