Monday, June 13, 2016

Inner Peace or Turmoil?

All weekend I have been pondering the Christian life--
again. It was only ten years ago that I was told how
to live this life that is impossible, so I still run things
through my old grid of "ought and should."

There are only two ways to live the Christian life: We
can strive to live this life out of our flesh--what we do
out of our own resources, ourselves, in order to
perform well--or, we can choose to live the Christian
life out of the Spirit. The former brings confusion,
continuous turmoil inside, and pride. One moment we
are up, the next moment we are down, and it profits

'...those who live according to the flesh set their minds
on things of the flesh, but those who live according to
the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the
mind on the Spirit is life and peace...
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.'
Romans 8:5-8

You see, when we live out of His Life instead of our
own efforts, the result is peace and much fruit. It is
ONLY by the Life of Jesus within that I can be kind,
loving, patient, joyful, content, and have self control.

Reader, ponder this:
Jesus is all these things and He lives in you! The
Christian life can be lived out by the weakest among
us--physically, mentally, emotionally. This has to be
so or God would be unjust. In fact I would venture to
guess that the weakest are better able to live a fruitful
life because they recognize more easily that they can
do nothing on their own.

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