Monday, May 25, 2015

God Thinking XCIII - Questions From Within 2

"You talk about going deeper with God.  How can I go deeper, when I can’t even change a simple habit?

You can change your habits, but now you are having to deal with the flesh keeping you from your desired spiritual goal.
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”    Matthew 26:41

 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”  John 6:63

We put too much stock in our body.  The habits that bind you support the flesh, not the spirit.  To overcome and succeed at reducing the influence of a degenerative habit, so that at some point you can again take control, we need each other.

Under the best of circumstances, you can overcome on your own, but you risk that time will run out before you succeed.

Not one of us came to Christ perfect.  Not one of us has gained ground in our walk with Christ on our own.  We need each other.  If we had any idea of how much prayer has gone up on our behalf for us to have the success we already have.

It is not a blot or a mark against you to reach out and get help to overcome difficult and seemingly impossible habits, but it is a blot and mark against you to attempt to ride out the storm alone.

Even Jesus sought prayer support and fellowship and Jesus is the Son of God. 

There will be no success for those who attempt to war against the flesh on their own. 

Only through unity, agreement, education, faithfulness, hard work and determination, bathed in prayer - do we stand a chance to get the victory over habits that have attached themselves to you like a barnacle on the bottom of a boat.

Most degenerative habits didn’t come over night and won’t go away over night, but if we are willing to yield our flesh to God, the Holy Spirit will make it possible to overcome and ease the transition. 

Even when you are going to continue to feed a degenerative habit, you should pray - to get your mind to begin to mediate between the flesh and the Spirit of God.  In so doing your habit will lose its holding power, and our ability to overcome  will increase until you regain control."
    Excerpt from God Thinking XCIII - Questions from within by Keith C.                                              Powell Copyright 2015

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