February 25, 2010

Desires of the Sinful Nature

Posted in Desires of the Sinful Nature tagged , , , , , , , at 7:14 pm by tclickenger

What are the desires of the sinful nature

spoke of in Galatians 5:16-26? These are desires and cravings of our human nature apart from God. While the world we live in has changed in many ways from the world that existed at the time man was created, the nature of man has not. He is self-gratifying, pleasure seeking, entertainment loving, rebellious of authority, desiring social attraction (popularity), and public applause. These are the desires of a heart that is not of God.

As we read his word, we grow in the knowledge of God’s will and are given the understanding through the Holy Spirit. With this knowledge and understanding we are able to recognize how the sinful nature tries to push us to act against His will. We can then choose to capture those desires, pick up our cross each day and nail those desires to it. We are not supposed to crucify these desires buffet style. Each and every one of them are to be put to death for the life in Christ to be fully effective. Any one of these desire left within will compete with the will of God and the work of the Spirit. If fact they will also compete with others to keep them to a spiritual achievement, blessing and divine favor that is equal to or less than our own. The one who considers himself less superior than others and works to make others superior to himself will be the greater. Words from Jesus himself! We are to complement, complete, lift up each other not to compete with, put down, or step on.

I pray, Lord, for your strength to be poured out into me that I may put those desires to death, that new desires may be renewed in my mind, my life sown into Your will and that Your will might be accomplished in my life. May I lift the ones around me high in Your name. I love you God, all your ways and beauty. Amen


February 17, 2010

Reason for praise

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:23 pm by tclickenger

God’s will has been revealed to us. The way to achieving His will was presented as a living example (Jesus). He then gave us His Spirit to work in us to accomplish His will in our lives. He paid the price for all our failure, so even when we don’t get it right we are still found blameless in His love. We were unworthy of His grace before we were saved. We are unworthy yet now. What an amazing gift grace continues to be each and every moment. How can we not have a heart filled with gratitude for such a gift. Praise Jesus!!

February 4, 2010

I Owe You

Posted in Poetry at 9:05 pm by tclickenger

I owe you,

For the things you now have done

I owe you,

For the vict’ry that you won.

You gave life,

Made it free for everyone.

Lasting life,

I can now be classed a son.

Blessed King,

Make me worthy of your name.

Holy King,

Take away all earthly shame.

Make me whole,

Wholly Holy in thy will.

Fully whole,

Make it something I can feel.

Take my praise,

I now give it from my heart.

Simple praise,

Let it be an early start.

To repay

For things I know you’ve done.

For no pay

Since you came here as the Son.

I owe you,

Without a chance to repay.

I know You

Still can hear me when I say,

“I love you,

Help me try to do my best

To give you,

All my will which I arrest.”

———-Rodney Roberts