Setting aside comfort for a dynamic life.
Galatians 5:16-17 : 16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. (New International Version)
The other night something absolutely extraordinary happened to me. I was chatting to a friend, discussing some of the challenges in their life when suddenly I felt this very strong lead from God to share some very specific things. As I attempted to share, waves of emotion swept across me, filling me with God’s love as I was touched by the Holy Spirit. This is not normal for me, and yet I absolutely loved it! And the words I shared in the midst of that experience were spot on for my friend.
I so yearn to be in God’s will, and being open to the Holy Spirit offers support and advice in my walk towards this happening (John 15:26). How wonderful! And in this Galatians reading we see the opposite as gratifying the desires of the sinful nature. This means to fix my heart, my attention on me, to make my focus the accumulation of possessions, to allow myself to get angry often, to be caught up in lust, or whatever it is where my needs become most important (see: Galatians 5:19-21 for a list). But perhaps the one that I struggle with most is the pursuit of comfort. The desire for comfort for me is my greatest challenge.
So I seek to set aside my desire for comfort, for all those things that focus on me, and I commit to yearning after God, to opening myself up to the Holy Spirit so that I can have more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Oh yes!
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