Resisting Spiritual Corrosion
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. ~ from John 7
Oh beloved, it is true. Every religious bone in our body tries to keep ourselves clean. We listen to the messages in our head and soul. And we let the bogus voices of the world influence our thinking as well.
Lean into life!
Just say no!
Look inside yourself!
You can do it!
Believe in yourself!
Have faith in your abilities!
Be all you can be!
Self-confidence is everything!
Yet the wretched man we know we are, knows – simply and profoundly knows – that all of these messages are both powerless and meaningless. They are attractive to the flesh and soulish mind of a man. However, just as many poisons are sweet, the “positive” messages the world deals out only bring corruption and corrosion to our spirit.
And yet again, we know something is true. The beauty within us wants to fade. We can go stale so very quickly, as roots of bitterness and shades of dullness manifest in our lives. We know we need strength from somewhere. We know we are always on the edge of falling apart. However, this knowledge is the best news we know about ourselves. For, in knowing that we cannot keep ourselves from being corrupted by the world, we can then look for the Answer.
In making us new, Jesus creates a new center within us. This new inner man (potentially) grows and matures all the way out from the inside. But, it is no longer me trying to improve myself, it is actually and really and truly the very Person of G_d living and working within me to make me like Himself. And being G_d, there is no end to His strength at work.
Can we see it? Instead of me trying to build some thin shell of protection against the corrosive effects of the world, He places an inexhaustible headwaters within us. And these Living Waters flush the junk out and away from us – from the inside. This effect goes even further, in that we no longer have to “protect” our own selves from the world. We can live in it, but not be of it, or live off its bitter dregs. Our lives can even have a healing effect on the world around us!
So. How about you beloved? Tired of trying to keep yourself free from the corrosion of the world? How about trying it the way that works? Let those rivers flow. They are real, and they are free! – Makala Doulos is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is a regular Freedom Fighter blogger
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 9-12
Think About This: When in his mercy God leads a soul in the higher path of sanctification, he begins by stripping it of all self-confidence, and to this end he allows our own schemes to fail, our judgment to mislead us. We grope and totter and make countless mistakes until we learn wholly to mistrust ourselves and to put all our confidence in him. ~Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803)
Verses to Memorize: Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 (New Living Translation)