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With God, We Can Soar

We live in an age where we witness lives spiraling out of control. Even as the individual spirals into repetitive destructive behavior, God’s mercy is still evident. The evidence is these people are still here with us, and the sinful act they committed that has destroyed many took another bite off the person’s soul by weakening them, but it did not destroy them. Why do we, like stars, shine so bright yet fall?

 

 The Bible explains how a part of you is attempting to get you to self-destruct. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Gal. 5:17). We have one body, and the Spirit of God wants you to use it to glorify God in it by shining for him and others. In contrast, the flesh wants you to use your body to self-destruct and destroy others in the process.

 

 For the child of God, there is a part of you that wants to read Scripture and a side of you that does not, a part of you want to pray and a side of you that does not, and a part of that that wants to get along with people and a side of you that does not. This explains why someone can tell you that they are going to worship God yet back out at the last minute. They allowed the other side win (the flesh), which aided them in becoming less spiritual.

 

 The flesh is like that person you ended the relationship with; for some reason, they do not believe you. They keep trying to present you with gifts they think you would like to win you back. Perhaps the flesh lingers too often because we are sending it mixed messages.

 

 God would have us to stop spirally, and He has provided a way that we can fly straight. “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). To avoid the ungodly nature from taking the wheel, pray longer and harder, read more and in-depth, and use your resources in more godly and productive ways. Sometimes we can honestly say we do not have time for certain people or things; in our godly pursuits, we can honestly say we do not have time for something trying to destroy us.

 

© August 20, 2022 Courtney Henderson

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