Today as I was preparing my Valentine’s post I was struggling. Truly, I just didn’t feel loving. Instead, I felt aggravated. See, things seemed to be going in the opposite direction of what I wanted.
It would have been easy for me to give in to my aggravation and turn on a movie. Or, go to the fridge and pig out. That is truly what my flesh wanted to do. I wanted to shut out the world and binge on junk food and TV.
Instead, I text my accountability partner and asked her to link in faith with me. Then I grabbed my phone. Not to vent my latest aggravations on social media. No, to lean into the Word of God. I knew I had a choice to make. I could crucify my flesh and avoid the fallout of what would have been. Or, I could rant and rave which would inevitably end in guilt and remorse.
I chose to crucify my flesh. The Bible tells us, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—” Romans 6:6 NIV
Although we are no longer slaves to sin, sin can still overtake us if we allow it to. Sinning is a choice; one that we must be diligent and purposeful to avoid.
The truth is, crucifying our flesh is one of the hardest things we will ever have to do. Our flesh wants to be satisfied with revenge, gluttony, obsession, and so many things of this world. It feels good when we give in to those desires, even if but for a moment.
When we give in to our flesh, consequences inevitably follow. Now, you may say, I’ve sinned before and not received consequences. Maybe you don’t see those consequences right away, but the Bible tells us in Romans 14:12 NIV, “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”
I want to stop here and thank God for His grace. Without it I know I would not be here. That being said, we cannot take this grace for granted. We have to realize our actions affect more than just us. Even if we don’t see the consequences of our actions, someone else may be feeling them, but that is another post.
So, today I ask you to crucify your flesh. Don’t give in to those fleshly desires that bring you only momentary relief. Instead, lean into God. He is the only way we will have true satisfaction in this life.
We come to you today and humble ourselves. We know that we are not worthy of your Grace, yet you give it so freely. We pray we never abuse that Grace, but instead give it freely to others. We ask that you help us to turn from the desires of this world, crucify our flesh, and turn into you. Amen
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