Tuesday, November 25, 2014

God Thinking LXVI - The Whole Person Yields 8

The same attributes that make you who we are and make you able to receive from God also make you who you are and can keep you from yielding to God.

1.    Your body the flesh.
your flesh knows that because of the indwelling Holy Spirit, that when you yield, your flesh yields and the flesh doesn’t yield without a fight. 

The flesh knows that when you yield to God you are going to change some things. 

Your flesh is seeking satisfaction and it is going to get it.

And that’s just fine when the flesh is trained to be satisfied with what pleases God, but until then, you are in for the battle of your life. 

Anyone that tells you that this is an easy battle, simply hasn’t been in the battle yet.
There’s the health battle
The weight battle
The habit battle
Not to mention some other unspoken battles
Powerful, long term inhabitants within you, unwilling to yield.

There is a great war going within you between your flesh and the Spirit of God within you.  The Bible speaks to this issue over and over again.  It started with Adam and Eve. 

After they were dispelled from the garden there was a separation between man and God that has continued until this day.  This separation can only be joined together by yielding yourself to the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:5
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

When you yield to the Holy Spirit, God gives you power to overcome and win the battle between the flesh and the Spirit.

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

John 6:63
“It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
When your flesh is in charge, as a Christian, you are most miserable.  You can no more control the flesh than you can stop a freight train, without yielding to the Holy Spirit.

God the Holy Spirit will intervene and fight the battle with you if you yield to Him. 

This isn’t about getting everything straight in your life and then God can have His way with you, it’s about letting God have His way with us and He will straighten out everything in your life."

Excerpt from God Thinking LXVI - The Whole Person Yields by Keith C.                                          Powell Copyright 2014

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