“Our enemy is more aware than we are of the spiritual possibilities that depend upon obedience. We should never be surprised that he seeks by assault and, if that fails, by undermining our defenses, to compel us to give way.” ~Amy Carmichael
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
~ Paul, The Least of The Apostles, in 1 Corinthians 15
Oh beloved, it is true.
We are pushed from all sides. So many things vie for our attention. And nearly everything that can catch and hold our glance, really can take us out. We are in a terrible battle for the very survival of our souls.
And so much more…
We are hurting. We feel the falling dark of the world around us, and we hope that things are going to get better. But really, we know that they are are not – absent some sort of powerful change.
And this may be some of the clearest and best news that we have every received.
There is much call to ‘authenticity’ lately. And this can be good. … But, to simply be authentic to our flesh is merely rebellion. Only in being authentic to our new-creation spirit man, do we truly find freedom. And for us to being trying to fight this horrendous battle by ourselves – using the very part of us that got us into trouble in the first place – is just not going to work.
Can we see it?
There is no way to win this war. There is no place to go. We are already defeated. And to keep fighting our flesh, with the flesh, is not going to work. It will, in fact, kill us even more.
And so, the only way for us to really make a difference, is for us to hold on to a very important truth regarding our faith: We are dead to sin (self), and alive to G_d, in Christ Jesus.
So, are you struggling with the fall of the world around you? Are you struggling against the failures in your own life? It is time for you (and this fool of a writer) to hold on to a vital reality. We are only going to have success when we come to realize that flesh always loses, and spirit always wins.
Tonight is your night beloved. Time to walk in the Spirit. There is no need to let go of His hand. Just hold on, as you walk through the dark. The Dawn is coming.
Written by Makala Doulos: Makala Doulos is a child of G_d, a husband to his wife, a father to his children, and a teacher to his students. But mostly, he is a prisoner set free by Jesus. Love has invaded his life, crushed it, and made it new. Now, G_d’s Love is what constrains him to live in full surrender to the freedom The Father and Son and Holy Spirit have bought for us all. Grace and Peace to you all.
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 32; Proverbs 2
Daily Quote: A certain monk had a struggle against defiled lusts. He got up and night and went to the elder and confessed to him the thoughts that were drawing him to defilement. The elder calmed him and the brother, have benefited, returned to his cell. But the struggle rose up against him again, and again he went to the elder. He did this a few times. The elder did not grieve him, but said, “Don’t give up, but it is better that you come to me whenever the demon disturbs you, and repel him by exposing your thoughts. By such a repulsion he will pass you by. For nothing so burns the demon of defilement as the revelation of his deeds [in confession before a spiritual father]. And nothing makes him so happy as the hiding of thoughts.” Thus the brother came to the elder eleven times, repelling his thoughts, and the brother’s temptation ceased.
~Ancient Patericon, 5.16
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7