I really felt blah reading the Bible this morning. But I give it time and tonight get on top of it, if that is the right expression when one reads the Bible. The prophets are especially hard to read in the morning. But never give up is what I think.
I love this verse. “In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently from those you judge.” (Romans 2:1, Jerusalem Bible). That verse is a great leveler for me because I am doing the same things that I judge others for. It goes on: “We know that God condemns that sort of behavior impartially: and when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing exactly the same, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or are you abusing his abundant goodness, patience and toleration, not realizing that this goodness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:2-4). Humbling.
Strengthen all weary hands,
steady all trembling knees
and say to all faint hearts,
Courage! Do not be afraid.
‘Look, your God is coming,
vengeance is coming,
the retribution of God;
he is coming to save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed,
then the lame shall leap up like a deer
and the tongues of dumb sing for joy;
for water gushes in the desert,
streams in the wasteland,
the scorched earth becomes a lake,
the parched land brings springs of water.
The lairs where he jackals used to live
become thickets of reed and papyrus….– a picture of God’s judgement and also salvation.
From the Bible, in the book Isaiah, chapter 35:3-7 .
For some in the Bible, after the judgment, salvation
So, how can I sum up this thing called the flesh?
This way: Any sin committed (read: disobedience of God’s command) starts with a desire in the flesh (the flesh is like the insides of a gutted organism, darkened, and covered in iniquity–iniquitous desires, some latent, some buried, some alive, are those that cause one to sin a particular way and can come down through family) At this point, one can subdue the desire, by calling on Jesus for help–the advocate for people in need who is willing to help to those that call. Having his Spirit with us can help us then.
However, desires of the flesh may grow inside the flesh and as one gets along with the walk of life, certain actions, behaviors and thoughts can come from the desires of the flesh, until they give birth to a sin.
What has one done? Although one sins, God has given Jesus as an advocate for those who have believed in him. The sin can be forgiven, forgotten, and one can get on with Jesus in their lives, an ever present help in times of need. The ability to be saved from the flesh and the sin comes from the Lord Jesus’s salvation–when we put out faith and trust in him.
The desires of the flesh can deceive the host, the person in which lives the flesh. The flesh can go unnoticed. But God is good, as God can illuminate one’s condition, then seek God’s help for this condition inside everyone.
In my previous post I wrote about the flesh, I explained that the flesh is the vessel in which ‘lives’ that thing called sin. I likened sin to a worm in the flesh, where that worm can climatize if we let it. After I wrote that, I was thinking about the origins of the flesh. Here is what I think.Continue reading