“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Galatians 5:16-23 NKJV
Chaos reigns. The world we are living in at this certain time is devolving. Through most of my life, it always seemed as if there was a normal, a ususal pattern where everything fit and and came together. Even in times of extreme upheaval, there seemed to be a time beyond the storm when all went back to that normal. I do not see that today. I sense that our country and world is in the middle of a seismic shift that will forever change how we live and determine our futures.
In the midst of these times, I have seen all of humanity itself devolve into a moral abyss. All common sense has been lost. I watched a video in which a protestor saw a man sitting in his truck. He went up to the truck and opened the door, the man inside stepped out and grabbed the protestor and slammed him on the ground. I suspect the man in the truck was unmarked law enforcement, because his moves showed precision and training. What amazed me was the audacity of the protestor who had ignored all the conventions of living in a world with others, such as boundaries etc, and opened the man’s truck door. I was further amazed at the protestor’s response to the person in the truck defending himself. It was like he was expecting the person to recoil in passive fear.
In watching the protests/riots around the country, I am reminded of the evidences in Galations 5 where it talks about the works of the flesh. Outbursts of wrath, jealousies, envy, murders and so many more. People have become base, and given to their urges. I have an increasing sense that we are in the last days.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
If ever there was a time for those who call upon the name of the Lord, to walk in the Spirit, it is now. Our world is sliding into complete chaos, and there will be no fixing, as there is a increasing divide, with no sign of reconciliation in sight.
I have learned to maintain peace in my heart by staying above the fray. I seek the Lord early, and through my morning. My best mornings start with spiritual thoughts and prayers. I seek to push aside the things that can pollute my heart and mind, and focus on the good things.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 NKJV
By walking in the Spirit, I am able to be about the Father’s business and tell others of the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. When the flesh is king, I view people as my enemy, and I am likely to not care if they go to hell. As an ambassodor of Jesus, I am called to love my neighbor. I do not have the option to decide who my neighbor is and whether I love them. It is a commandment.
Believers, walk in the Spirit. You might think that you cannot, that you don’t have enough of God in you to love those who hate you. God gave you all that you need when you said yes to Jesus.
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,”
II Peter 1:2-3 NKJV
Pray and ask the Lord to change your heart, and take the step of faith to love and share.
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