Are You Your Own Distraction?
You know, we’ve all been focusing on the wrong enemy; sin is nothing but a pawn in the hands of the enemy…
Bible Text: “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.”-1 Peter 4:1 (NKJV)
How I hear you ask? He has successfully found an ally in someone closer to you than you could even imagine.
And guess who that is?
YourSELF. I came unto this understanding while discussing with a colleague of mine, which led me into sharing the same at my church some few weeks ago. Let’s go back to the beginning of all things, Genesis. In Gen.3 v 3-6a, you would come to realize that it was the enemy who was able to convince Eve to eat the fruit of disobedience in the sight of God.
James 1 v 14 says that we are tempted, drawn away by our “fleshy” desires that lead to sin and if, after much divine correction it is not handled rightly would eventually lead to death (Prov.1 v 24-25; 31). It was Ananias and Sapphire (Acts 5 v 1-11) who although contributed to the needs of the church, yielded to their fleshy desires (self) to hide some money for themselves. Probably, they sought for people’s praise, which eventually led to their downfall and death (Prov.16 v 18).
Until we yield to the Holy Spirit of submitting our flesh, only then can sin cease to exist in our lives. This is the beginning of our constant, continual living, not just as “Christians” but rather one, who sought to experience the same power that sustained Christ Jesus in suffering to His flesh daily. Gal.5 v 16 helps to understand that our yielding to the Holy Spirit would ensure that we feed the flesh no more.Luke 9 v 23 further reinstates that if truly we desire to follow Him, we must, first of all, deny ourselves.
We cannot truly delight in the will of our Lord through our lives if we haven’t dealt with the primary issue of our flesh and its desires. Look at yourself as the root and the ‘fruits of the flesh or of the spirit’. Sometimes being distracted; dealing with our battles with sin, no matter how many fruits you pluck, if the issue of self is still rooted in your life and not submitted wholeheartedly unto God, you would find yourself having a continual rise and fall in your Christian faith.
Although the Bible speaks of no matter how many times one falls (Prov.24 v 16), the moment he rises up is a victory of its own, it is God’s sincere hope and desire is that we live a daily victory over self and its fleshy lusts and desires(1Pet.4 v 1).
In conclusion, John 1:12 (NKJV) says
“But as many, as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
Also 1 John 3 v 9 helps us to further understand that we have the seed of God within us. We must encourage ourselves to experience the power of Christ in His word, that is made available to us in dying daily to our flesh as we sojourn on this pilgrim journey.
Reflection: John 12:24 (NKJV) says
“Most assuredly, I say to you unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
Our productivity as a Christian is directly dependent on our daily strife and willingness to die to our selfish desires, attractions, idols, and lusts.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.
– Excerpts from the traditional hymn: Standing on the promises by Russell K. Carter
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I sincerely desire your help in fighting the good fight of faith. Help me Lord to live victoriously, yielding unto your spirit, deny and suffer my fleshy desires that I may truly carry your cross, not my cross, to follow your will, not my will in Jesus name, Amen (Rom.6 v 13-14).