What we "want" is the primary concern of our flesh. What we "need" is the primary concern of The Holy Spirit. A happy and blessed person is one who gives priority to the Spirit of God by resisting temporal sinful "pleasures," in order to be divinely "pleasing" to our Creator, who knows what's best. When we forsake His Word and instead heed the temptations and pursue sin, we are giving our flesh priority and exchanging the good life for the good lie! We are trading His joy for sorrow, His peace for unrest, His contentment for contempt. The result of a life lived with this priority is a life without spiritual harmony or communion with God. Friends, a life out of harmony with God is a miserable existence! It is a life in despair, often a life shackled in addiction, and full of regret and shame. Do you want to know what the travesty is? That it all starts with the "natural" promptings of our own flesh! When our own bodies cry out and say: " I want it now!" "Give it to me!" Or "I can't live without it!" When we give in for what we perceive will make us happy, all the while knowing it is in direct opposition to The Holy Spirit! Ready for some hope? Right now you can put things back in His order and experience harmony and His peace and joy! How? The Apostle Paul says in Galations 5:16 "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh" The real question is who or what are we listening to? Where are we tonight? Pray with me tonight, "Father, please forgive us when we ignore your Spirit who faithfully guides us and instead run off after our own fleshly pleasures that lead to misery and despair." We need you, and are desperate for you! Thank you Jesus for paying the price for me on that cross so that I can have a life in victory through you! Amen!
God bless you and thanks for letting me share tonight, Randy Young
The pain of feeling misunderstood, rejected and outcast (because of our new ministry in Christ) by family and friends can be among the worst pain we can experience. Perhaps it's because when we get right down to it, we really do want acceptance, approval and validation from those we care about the most. We want to share our triumphs, our lessons, our new life, etc. with those we love. The painful truth is that as much as we might desire that, more often than not that acceptance, approval and validation is not being offered! Instead we get met with reminders of our past, failures, shortcomings, etc. These close "friends" and "family" are being confronted by a new you! The "new you" has a moral compass! The new you has peace, has confidence and boldness! Don't lose heart friends! When we make a stand for Christ it comes with a price! The enemy is the accuser and he knows that if he can interject doubt and shame into the equation, he will created paralysis! We must remember that we are made a new creation, the old is gone, behold all things are new! Another words, Stand up and be bold for Jesus and leave the rest to God. Do not be discouraged or surprised when you are not invited to the next big party, or if you are tested, accused, or insulted by loved ones, etc. Don't lose heart, stay strong in The Lord and follow him. When we are walking in the Spirit, we should seek validation and approval from the Holy Spirit of God, not man. Our validation, approval and rewards come later! Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home." Thanks for letting me share tonight. Randy Young