How is your thought life? How are your emotions? What drives you – your will or God’s will? The human soul is priceless. There is no price that can be put on it. Jesus Christ is the only One who could pay the price, He paid the price for our souls with His own blood. He was sinless, yet, He took all our sins upon Himself. He carried everything on our behalf.
Jesus, being God, humbled Himself and was born man. He walked on earth and experienced everything we experience. Yet, even though sinless, and knowing that He did no wrong, people hated Him to the point of crucifixion. They hated Him yet He never did wrong. That goes to show the condition of the human heart, it is evil, who can understand it? However, irrespective of what He went through, He still loves us with an everlasting love; He died for us.
God is love and He demonstrated His love for us by offering His Son Jesus as a sacrifice. Jesus defeated Satan on that cross; at the cross, Christ paid the price for our souls.
How is your thought life? The human mind is a battlefield. It is where all our thoughts originate from, then, those thoughts are translated into words and actions. The Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Satan attacks the mind, he introduces thoughts into the human mind that do not align with the Word of God. That is the source of all evil in this world.
When Satan attacks, people start saying and doing all kinds of evil things; there are a lot of crimes, lots of hatred, lots of lies, lots of people exalting themselves, lots of ugly vulgar words spoken. Who can really understand the human mind? That is why the Bible tells us we shall know them by their fruits. A person can put on a show for so long but eventually, their thoughts come out through their words and actions. Be sober! That is what the Bible tells us. The enemy, the devil, is out there looking for souls to devour. Satan turns people into his toys, he makes our minds his playground, he is the father of all lies, his language is deception.
We are told to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. We are not automatic machines, we are not robots to follow every thought or to follow what everyone is saying and doing. We are to come to a point where we know who we really are, we should know whose we are, we should know where we are headed. We have to come to a point where we realize that the enemy, the accuser of the brethren, is out there day and night with the aim of causing us to fall. We should feed our minds with the Word of God.
The Word of God is food for the mind. We have to know what the truth is first, and truth is only found in the Word of God.
The battles we fight are spiritual and not against flesh and blood. The enemy is cunning and crafty, he knows what the Word says but he twists everything to his advantage. That is what caused the fall of man; the serpent told Eve that God had said that they should not eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil because He knew that the moment they ate their eyes would be opened and they would become like God. The enemy twisted the Word to attack Eve, he cunningly told Eve what she wanted to hear; he blinded her with lies.
The Word of God is the sword by which we fight spiritual battles. We are not to be controlled by every thought that comes to mind. We take every thought captive and run it through the truth, through the Word of God. That goes to show that we have to know the truth for ourselves, we have to invest in spending time with God, studying His Word, and seeking His guidance. We are to ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for us and teach us the truths of the Kingdom of God. Storms will always be there, but it is how we handle them that is most important. Do we conform like the world or do we trust God enough to surrender to Him?
The Mind! Guard it at all times! The Bible tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence for out of it flow the springs of life. Everything we do flows out from the heart.
How are your emotions? Are they out of control? Are you controlled by your emotions? We should not be controlled by emotions. Emotions come and go, they are usually triggered by fear or uncertainty. When the flesh is in control, we will become people who react instead of responding appropriately. One moment we will be happy then the next we are sad, one moment we will be calm then the next moment angry, one moment we want to do good then the next moment we are following the crowd.
Emotions are unstable, they lie, we are not to be controlled by them. A person controlled by the flesh is out of control, they say what they want and do what they want. They have outbursts. It is hard to trust a person who seems unstable. It is hard to trust a person who says one thing today then tomorrow says something else. It is hard to trust someone who is happy now then the next minute they are low. Out of control emotions easily make you the devil’s puppet, you know, he does what he wants and the person will follow.
The Bible tells us to die to the flesh. The fleshly desires have to die. The desire for instant gratification has to die, the desire for pleasures of this world has to die, the desire for people-pleasing has to die. We have to reach a point where we are in a place of constant inner peace; in a place where what happens in our surroundings, what happens within or outside our bodies, what people say or do not say, what people do or do not do; we have to reach a point where such things do not destabilize us. The Bible says the flesh and Spirit are hostile to each other; we are either controlled by the flesh or by the Spirit of God.
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissension, divisions, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21.
We are to put the flesh under subjection to the Word of God. We are not to be controlled by the flesh, we are not to be controlled by emotions. We should pray for the Holy Spirit to mature His fruit in us. We should pray that God makes our bodies His abiding place. Those controlled by the Spirit of God do not satisfy the works of the flesh.
With time God will mature His fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruit of the Spirit helps us to live a grounded firmly rooted life that is not shaken by life’s storms. With time, God imparts in us the gifts of His Spirit as He sees fit for His honor and glory: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, power to do miracles, prophesy, ability to tell the spirits apart, ability to speak in different kinds of languages and to others, ability to explain what was said in those languages. Everything is for the glory of God.
What drives you – your will or God’s will? Have you aligned your will to God’s sovereign will? Or, do you do what you want to do and say what you want to say? We have free will. We have the ability to choose. We can either choose the wide path or the narrow path, but we should never forget that there are consequences to our choices. God does not force Himself on us and neither does He force His will upon us. He leaves us to choose.
God will do His part, He shows us the right way, the Holy Spirit convicts us, yet, after all is said and done, it is ours to choose. We can choose to ignore God but we will reap the consequences and there will be no one to blame. The devil is out there, he is looking to devour souls, he wants people to go to hell with him, he knows he is already defeated and therefore has come up with all sorts of deception to trap people. The way of the world leads to death.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23.
The human soul is eternal. We should never trade our souls with passing things of this world; there is nothing in this world worth the human soul. We should take care of our souls. Our spiritual life should be our first priority. God should be first in our lives, always. When the time comes, will Jesus find us ready? Or will He find us consumed with the pleasures and worries of this world? We are God’s bride, He wants us to be ready, at every moment of every day. May we be like the five prudent virgins in the Bible who took oil in flasks along with their lamps, and when the bridegroom came, they were ready and went with him to the wedding feast; and then, the door was shut.
Later the other virgins came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:11-13.
Jesus Christ died for us so that we do not have to live in condemnation, He set us free from the law of sin and death. God revealed His love for us, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God gave His sinless Son to die on our behalf, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
“I Am the Resurrection and the Life, whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” John 11:25-26.
We are to live our life for God.
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