Power of Agreement

Power of Agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippians 2:1-2 (NKJV) Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

How many churches have you attended in your lifetime? Can you count the number of places you have attended? I posted something on social media. A friend liked the post. Another friend inquired how the person knew me. We had attended church together many years ago. I have had this happen more than a few times. I do it myself. I have a high school friend who teaches another friend’s children. The Body of Christ is to be just that a living, breathing, working, communicating complete unit. It seems like just when a ministry is growing and strengthening into a fully functioning body something happens and it falls apart. It is time to out the enemy and his assault against unity to become the Body of Christ – a strong source to be reckoned with in the world today.

After years of tearing apart Christians, how ironic that Paul would give the rest of his life after coming to Jesus Christ to rebuild the ruins of wreckage left behind. In an almost pleading fashion, He says, “If there is any consolation (comfort, solace) in Christ…if there is any comfort in His Love…if there is any fellowship in His Spirit…if there is any affection or mercy for one another…fulfill my joy…do it for me if no one else…be like-minded…have the same love…be of one accord…be of one mind.” (paraphrased) The tone reminds me of trying to deal with our teenagers. We teach, instruct, discipline, and finally exasperated in effort plead with them.

It’s funny how families work together. Dysfunction is a key trait in families. Our children fuss, fight, pick and disagree on just about everything UNTIL someone dares mess with a sibling. Suddenly there is complete agreement that that person is about to get hurt as they rally together. The church isn’t much different. Rather than walking in love and commitment together, it only happens in the midst of opposition or tragedy. God desires unity in the Body of Christ. He purposed it for us. Jesus even prayed for us to be one. The Holy Spirit identifies us as one family. How do we overcome the natural sense of family to become one as God’s Family? To stop fussing and fighting all the time and begin to function as Christ intended. It may be harder than you think.

Genesis 11:4-6 (NKJV) And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 

After the flood, Noah and his family replenished the people of the earth. The whole earth had one language and one speech. Unity. They decided to build a tower all the way to heaven. “Let us make a name for ourselves. Lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Self-preservation and pride decided to make a “name” for itself. The Lord came down to see the city and tower. Immediately, He interrupted the building of such idolatry by confusing their language and ability to communicate ending the unity and stopping their downfall. I wonder sometimes if church communities built on the wrong foundation fall apart for the same reason. False prophets who create a community built on foundations other than faith in God’s Word and an introduction to Jesus Christ.

The point of opportunity in this passage and promise rising from another’s misguidance is that when people become one “nothing they propose will be withheld from them”. The power of agreement works naturally and spiritually. Natural agreement produces favorable results in the world. Supernatural agreement builds a Kingdom. It creates a living, breathing body that will become the Bride who Christ is coming for. We have a long way to go!

Acts 2:42-47 (NKJV) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

The early church set the precedent of fellowship. Thinking of fellowship today, I smell fried chicken and a desert table piled high on a special day at church. In the South, there is homecoming or maybe it’s a “Friends and Family Day” to invite or entice new members. This is not the concept set forth in the New Testament. The church broke bread together and prayed together daily. Every day. Not Sunday’s and Wednesdays. Not small groups. Not via texting. No, every single day. The word “fellowship” or koinonia means sharing, unity, close association, partnership, participation, a society or contributory help. Every member was a valuable asset to the group. They sold all their possessions and goods dividing up the proceeds evenly among everyone and giving to those in need. They lived in one accord. The early followers who were baptized by the Holy Spirit literally devoted their whole life to unity with God and each other.

John 17:20-21 (NKJV)  “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

This was the prayer of Jesus Christ for all of us just before going to the Cross. He desired that those who will believe in Him through the message of the disciples and apostles “that they all may be one” like Jesus and God are one. To abide in love and fellowship together in one accord. One heart. One mind. One body. How are we doing?

Ephesians 4:1-6 (NKJV) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

I wonder if the Lord allows confusion and discord to set in to the church so it doesn’t become built of pride and self-preservation. Is it possible that it is the heart of His People causing the issue and not the enemy to blame? Pride is a human trait overcome by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit produces the spiritual fruit that feeds our soul. As our soul prospers, it overflows those same gifts and characteristics into our natural life. We must live lowly and gently lives. Patient. Bearing one another with love. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit who binds us together in peace. There is one body. There is one Spirit. In 2016, there were estimated to be over 300,000 Christian churches in America. Where is the impact and influence of such mass numbers?

We have been called together in one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all and through all and in us all. We must work on the Body before we take on the world. What is lacking?

Philippians 2:3-5 (NKJV) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about us united with Christ in full fellowship together according to His Spirit. It is not about building new buildings and erecting new walls – physically, structurally, emotionally, congregationally, or corporately. It is about tearing down every barrier between us and God and everyone else. God doesn’t desire one person over another. Our God doesn’t have favorites. He loves us all. His Love is for us all. His Kingdom has a place for us all. His Body has a function specifically for us and no one else. We cannot fulfill our purpose without the other members of the Body no more than my hand can function apart from my arm if detached from my body. We must learn to live in fellowship. We must figure out how it all works. We must strive to live in harmony and unity with all mankind. It is the Will of God for us and the Way to the Father’s Heart. It is to achieve the Mind of Christ.

John 13:34-35 (NLT) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

 

 

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Finding My Soul

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Psalm 63:1 (NLT) O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

My soul thirsts for you. Thirsts implies more than a basic need or indulgent want but an urgency far more complex than natural sustenance. How do I feed my soul? A part of my being unseen and untouched by human senses. My dad called yesterday. After running some tests, the cardiologist has concluded that my mom’s heart is not functioning as it should. She will have a heart catheterization on Monday to evaluate her aortic valve. I remember when my grandad was diagnosed many years ago with complete heart blockage undergoing a quadruple bypass. The doctor warned us that whenever the heart is operated on it can cause changes in emotions. It’s crazy because the heart is just a muscle. Yet, there must be something in there that is different from animals and the like or why would an invasive operation release such a flood.

According to the American Heart Association, emotional upheaval is common after heart surgery, heart attack or stroke. Survivors can feel a variety of emotions all at one time including fear, loneliness, depression, anger and heightened sensitization. Those not given to emotionalism are suddenly tearful. Could it be that there really is truth to a broken heart? I am certain that there is. Could it be that hidden beneath its obvious need and necessity to keep us breathing hides our soul? My soul thirsts for you, Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (NLT) “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”

We are to love the Lord three ways. We love Him with all of our heart which I believe is our mind, will and emotions. We love Him with our strength which is our physical being or our body. We are to love God with all our soul. What is that? I believe that is our forever love. The commitment that reaches past this life into forever. It is foreign to us. Could it be that it is hidden in our heart? Could it be that is why our heart must be broken to discover real love and our soul hidden within? When our heart is broken – we seek the Lord. When our body is sick – we seek the Lord. Our soul needs Jesus just as much as our heart and body. In fact, dare I say, even more because it is our soul that crosses from this life to eternity. The Lord uses our natural means of heart, mind and body to give way to prosper our soul in this life so that when all else fails it endures to the end reaching eternity.

Psalm 84:1-2 (NLT) How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Would we ever discover the vast depths of God’s Love for us outside of physical and emotional hardship? I don’t know if it’s possible. Only when death becomes a possibility and the next day uncertain do we reach beyond this life to feel for something more. Faith maintains itself in the comfort of a rocking boat until the storm comes. Only then do we test it decide maybe it’s time to step out of our comfort zone and test the water. Trusting God is easy when nothing of true value is at stake. But when there is a need for sacrifice, it’s time to pick up the knife, wood for the fire and head to the mountain of sacrifice praying that the Lord will meet you there with a ram in the thicket. My heart loves God. My body loves Him, too. I strive to show the Lord my love for Him in the natural. However, without a prospering soul – I will miss the mark. So my heart must be broken and my body limited. God’s Presence will never be a place arrived at by pride, self-preservation and the strong. It is reserved for those who decide He is life.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Could it be? Is it possible? People try to draw God into their natural circumstances and change the condition of this life when all along the secret is to find rest in our souls. Confidence that no matter what we face today that our forever is secure. Complete trust that the God in us is greater than anything we face around us. Jesus invites us to come to Him when we are weary and carry heavy burdens and He will give us rest. Are you still tired despite a relationship with the Lord? Do you still get overwhelmed with life? Are you weary of well-doing because there do not seem to be results? Maybe just maybe – we forgot to read the next verse.

“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your…souls.” Jesus wants to teach us to have confidence in His Strength found in His Grace so that when our heart, mind and body are challenged in the natural that we can find supernatural peace in a satisfied soul. This world is not going to change for the better. I must be made better. I cannot do it so my own natural ability and strength are not important. I cannot figure it all out so therefore what good is my mind. My heart is fickle and wavering most days so it cannot be the guide for my life. It is my soul secure in Jesus Christ that will allow me to endure to the end and find rest even on the most uncertain days of this life.

Matthew 16:25-26 (NLT) If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

I have tried to hang on to this life. There are days that I have invested way more in this life then I should have. The only thing of worth on this planet is the human soul. Every human soul that ever was created is important to God. Love is our primary objective though it is human nature to make it about other things. I tried to hang on to our son’s life during his battle with cancer. I did. But somewhere around the third relapse, I realized that I could not make him live. I could not sustain his life. The reality of life and death played out before me. It is humbling to realize that no matter how strong you are today all that can change in an instant. The ordeal of three years broke my heart completely. I never expected to find peace in the midst of our life being turned upside down and radically shaken. Could it be that was the moment I discovered my soul? Is that why the human heart experiences new feelings and emotions when it is afflicted? Our soul is the only thing we have to completely connect with the Lord. We must pay attention to it. Feed it God’s Word. Allow His Spirit to prosper it. We must be ever conscious and aware that our body may pass away. Our flesh will fail. Our soul can prosper from now into forever.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

We make worshipping the Lord so many things. Jesus wants us to find rest, confidence, completeness in Him alone. He promises rest to our souls. The Word of God is alive and powerful. It cuts between the soul and spirit. Could this mean that we need God’s Word to discern between what we feel and what we know? My soul thrives on the knowledge of God’s Saving Power and Amazing Grace demonstrated in His Son, Jesus. It is the center of my soul’s reality and the place where I can find true rest. However, people can get caught up in emotionalism. We must feel something for it to be real. We must touch it to be genuine. We must walk by faith and not by sight. Only our soul can truly know and understand this precept. It is how it moves, lives and breathes.

When Jesus came to the disciples eight days after His Resurrection, He went to Thomas. Thomas had to place his fingers in the nail-scarred hands of His Lord to believe. Jesus said, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” Our soul believes without seeing Jesus. In the natural, we look for signs and wonders. In our heart, we seek His Consolation. But it is within the human soul that we find confidence that allows us to rest in His Presence until He comes.

Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT) So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

Lord Jesus, hope is the anchor for my soul today. Do not let me drift. Do not let me be shaken by a trembling heart on the verge of breaking but welcome brokenness if that is what it takes to prosper my soul. Jesus, don’t let me become discouraged if I am fighting a physical battle especially if it makes me let go of this life to hang on to You. I want your promise. I depend on your oath. I rely on the fact that you do not change. It is where I find rest today. You are my confidence in all things Jesus. Today Lord make my soul prosper no matter what it takes as I find my way to You!

3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

You Are A Soul

You Are A Soul

I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. (C.S. Lewis) I love words. The difference in just a single three-letter word changes everything. You are a soul. I know, I know really what’s the difference? It makes all the difference in the world. Our body is dying. We are born with time ticking off the clock from the first breath that is ever taken outside the womb. No one wants to think about that when handed a tiny, perfect, precious being but it’s true. In the same regard, that same infant is filled with purpose and potential bulging within their soul. Every need already met. Enough grace sufficiently provided. They are more than conquerors deep within them. All that power wrapped in flesh. Therein lies the problem. We are born in bondage to our body. Overpowered by our feelings, gripped by emotion, and with an underdeveloped mind in need of knowledge. It is such as state that the Lord provides Eternity deep within us – to drive us, motivate us to reach for something more than our five senses. Our heart longs for more because our soul is connected to it.

You are a soul. You have a body. If you are a soul and have a body, it means that your soul should be in complete control of your body because it is superior while flesh is superficial. What or who you are can never be taken from you. What you have can be by that which is stronger, mightier or more powerful. Sometimes when the Lord shares a deeply philosophical truth, I feel like a cow standing in a field slowly chewing cud. I know it is not glamourous but as I read the statement by C.S. Lewis today, I felt compelled to let it marinate in my mind. I am not a body, I am a soul. My soul should be the driving force of motivation and the head of my life rather than my physical or emotional being which is dying as we speak.

Natural death is unavoidable (Hebrews 9:27) but not terminal for those who choose to nourish and grow their soul, empowering it with the Word of God and His Holy Spirit to overcome every obstacle of the natural man puts up to self-preserve and maintain control. Our soul must find the strength in Jesus Christ to take over before it is too late.

James 2:26 (NKJV)

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Does this verse back up the claim of C.S. Lewis? Maybe. For me it definitely does, as I think of the struggle within me. (Romans 7:22-25) I can identify with Paul who loved God’s Law and desired to maintain it, yet fell short in his humanness. I do, too. It is frustrating. Yet, as I learn recognize and utilize that Christ lives within me and His Grace is enough, I also am discovering that my soul is not as strong as it needs to be. Tests, trials, and troubles all force my flesh out in the open as it objects to its discomfort and imminent death. Our body is dead when our spirit or soul leaves us making it inferior. Our soul is saved by faith in God through Jesus Christ alone. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. I want to please God. He is not looking at what I do because my arms and hands “do”. He doesn’t necessarily dictate where I go, my feet carry me. He doesn’t even really care about how I feel as that is an emotional state driven by one’s mental state. He looks to see if my soul is prospering in faith. As my soul prospers…

3 John 1:2 (NKJV)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Oh how I wish God’s Whispers were His Shouts. I wonder if I would hear Him more distinctly and see Him more clearly in my life. Religion is the action of those who wish to prosper of their own accord. I am not at all criticizing the church just making a point that our body “does” but it is our soul that “is”. If we do not prosper in our soul, nothing else matters. We will not prosper in God’s Blessings and Promises in all things and be in health until our soul becomes more powerful and unaffected by what we see, hear and feel. It must be firm and confident in faith to grow, develop and mature impacting our natural life and physical body.

Romans 4:16-20 (NKJV)

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God…”

Abraham is the father of many nations. He had only one son. How is this even possible? By faith. Faith is the salvation of our soul. Abraham demonstrated the utmost faith in God. How? Abraham believed in the God who gives life to the dead and who calls those things which do not exist as though they did. God it. Abraham believed God. (Period) Yes, but there was more to it. Contrary to hope which means the impossible. He still had hope. His faith was not weakened by his own body which was considered already dead. He did not waver. A prospering soul that is greater than our physical being is not moved by natural things. Unbelief keeps our soul in bondage to what our feelings and physical limitations not allowing us to move our life into the Presence of God completely so that we can prosper as our soul prospers.

Matthew 6:25-30 (NKJV)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

I ashamed to admit that on the day our son was diagnosed with cancer, I burst into God’s Presence with a long list of “things” that I had done “for” the Lord as my reasoning as to why He could not allow our son to die. I was mad. I was crushed. My physical body completely overwhelmed by physical outbursts from sobbing to shortness of breath to nausea. It was as though my brain stopped working and every part of my natural body went into immediate distress. My emotions ran the gambit, too. I have never felt so out of control in my life and my flesh reacted to it. I will never forget that day. It was the day I changed forever. It was the death of me. I will forever be thankful for that moment.

Obviously, I am not thankful for the terrible ordeal our child suffered due to a horrible disease. I will forever be thankful for the moment that began the process of my complete and total undoing. I lost control that I never really had. My faith in God was not based on total trust but my ability to perform up until that moment. When rendered utterly and completely helpless, I had one choice give up or trust God. Now as a parent, what option did I have but to pick up that sword of faith and fight even unto death? Statistically, we spent three years on the wrong side of odds. However, God is faithful and healed our son just as promised.

It is human nature to worry and stress over life. We worry about money. We worry about bills. We worry about other people. We stress about all these things that do not really matter driven by our physical needs. We allow that which is a have to control who we are. We do not have a soul. We have a body. We are a soul. The Peace of God may look like insanity if you do not have the faith to perceive it, but those who live by faith are at peace with the Living God so as their soul prospers it will be the same in real life. The problem is that our life, like our soul, becomes so wrapped up in the flesh it forsakes our freedom to live.

I Corinthians 9:26-27 (NKJV)

Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

I must discipline my body to remain subject to my soul. The prosperity of our soul must be our priority. We have God’s Word. He has filled us with His Spirit. Not to make this life better or save our body from death, but to grow, develop and mature our soul to take over. It is a fight. You will do battle every day as your flesh fights back. Your mind rallies for logic when faith becomes illogical. There are days that I think maybe, for a moment, that I have lost my mind. When this pursuit of God makes me act irrationally or do crazy things, when it really is not that at all just one step of faith successfully achieved. When we make radical steps of obedience, it seems a little crazy especially when accomplished with perfect peace. But rest assured, God’s Plan is working in us to achieve all that He has set forth to do just keep walking by faith and not by sight. God’s got you!

Philippians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

By reconciling our life to Christ, including how we feeling and emotion, it comes at the price of self. The soul is judged according to its actions “in the body”. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10) Our soul is not free to engage in a relationship with Christ if in bondage to the body. We cannot give freely what is not our own. (I Corinthians 12:12-14) To be one heart and one mind is a relationship; not a religion. Our flesh must be put to death to allow our soul to be free. (Romans 6:11-13) We were created to be the Temples of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 6:19-20) All things are lawful under God’s Dispensation of Grace but not all things are helpful.

If I decide to plant a garden, I will head to Lowe’s or maybe Home Depot to gather supplies from the Garden Center making a monetary investment. Once back home, I will till the ground and do the laborious part of clearing the area for my garden meticulously removing all the rocks and weeds until there is nothing but fine rich soil. Taking each seed, I will carefully push it into a neat and perfect row. Fertilizer will follow with lots of fresh water to saturate the ground as I nurture what I hope will produce something. After all my hard work is done, I must wait for God to give the increase. Too many times, when we do not see immediate results in the natural, it is human nature to give up what the Lord is supernaturally doing in our soul to complete our life. If I do not continue to tend my little garden as the seed dies in the ground and is resurrected to new life, I will never reap the harvest of all my hard work or return on my investment. What if I do not continue to care for it? I will never see the maturation process complete or purpose fulfilled. How many gardens have we abandoned because our flesh is weary or tired of waiting?

Colossians 1:19-23 (NKJV)

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard…

I am challenged today to release my soul from any control my flesh may have on it. I am the one who allows it when I do not allow faith in God to dictate my attitude and actions but rely on my physical feelings to dictate my reaction when God calls for a response. Are you responding to God’s Promises today by engaging in faith and confident hope? Am I? We react in our flesh to its complaints, groanings and impatience. We must look to great men of God such as Abraham who did not allow his faith in God to be weakened by his body and never wavered in belief. Lord, I ask you to help my unbelief. Holy Spirit, make me conscious of all areas of my life controlled by my flesh and not by You! Jesus give me the Grace to overcome my flesh and live freely in You in all things today that I may prosper as my soul does reconciled to You!

I Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NKJV)

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.