Sunday, March 29, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it. But Paul said, "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" ( Galatians 5:16 ). In other words, carnality will disappear.
Are you quarrelsome and easily upset over small things? Do you think that no one who is a Christian is ever like that? Paul said they are, and he connected these attitudes with carnality. Is there a truth in the Bible that instantly awakens a spirit of malice or resentment in you? If so, that is proof that you are still carnal. If the process of sanctification is continuing in your life, there will be no trace of that kind of spirit remaining.
If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He doesn’t ask you to make it right; He only asks you to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right. A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God. But a child of the darkness will say, "Oh, I can explain that." When the light shines and the Spirit brings conviction of sin, be a child of the light. Confess your wrongdoing, and God will deal with it. If, however, you try to vindicate yourself, you prove yourself to be a child of the darkness.
What is the proof that carnality has gone? Never deceive yourself; when carnality is gone you will know it-it is the most real thing you can imagine. And God will see to it that you have a number of opportunities to prove to yourself the miracle of His grace. The proof is in a very practical test. You will find yourself saying, "If this had happened before, I would have had the spirit of resentment!" And you will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I saw someone come in today who had a certain type of traumatic accident a few years ago that left them in a basically unresponsive state. Body shriveling up and eyes staring into nowhere. It was a traumatic head injury and made me think maybe it is better that Caleb died then live like that. He was so active and that would have killed him more than anything. I wonder if people in that state can understand what they are missing or if the Lord blesses them with a 5 second memory, amnesia of their lives before and no ambitions beyond the next minute. I mean that may sound cruel but think of it: it would be a blessing. If I, with my mind the way it is now, were to be in that state my brain would be the thing that would kill me. I would rather my brain be gone and me not be myself than anything else. I know Caleb would have felt the same so it is a comfort. Instead of having a feeding tube he is dancing unrestrained before his Creator whom he lived to serve.
In other news...
I am trying to find health insurance for Michael and I. I realized yesterday that we do need it. You see the thing about accidents and emergencies is that you really don't know when they are coming. I hear stories of people who were doing the most unlikely things when they got hurt and landed in the ER. I mean things like gathering wood for the fire, walking to the car, climbing the stairs. And I'm not talking old and decrepid people either. I don't want to get stuck being afraid of coming to the Doctor if we need it because we can't afford it. So if you would pray that we find good rates and get well insured, I would appreciate it.