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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WHO ME?


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Who Me?
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This is a question most everyone to ask themselves at one time or another.

It may be provoked by a good event or a bad one. You may say I don't deserve this while thinking "Maybe I do" or some calamity may surface to do you harm.

Looking back do you wonder how much of your life was programmed by someone else.  Many others beside your parents influence your decisions on which path to take.

Broadly speaking every decision is a fork in the road to some degree and affects your future. As we travel through this life we garner what is often referred to as "Street smarts," and while they may help our decisions in the future they are gained by the past which in some cases are mistakes that are virtually controlling your present today.

Gaining wisdom, controlling emotions, and being able to trust your decisions is a large task and carries responsibilities that are your own. It does no good to try to blame someone else for the state you are in, unless you were held captive.

2 Timothy1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

If you are subject to the opposite of what GOD has given you then it has been acquired from some other source. As you evaluate yourself and find that it is true then it is time to get back to the original plan.

Romans 8:14 The true children of God are those who let God's Spirit lead them.

Being led by the Spirit can be complex because in part it is simply following the scriptures. Beyond that it is an inner leading that is not controlled by the soul (mind, will and emotions) but by the inner man, the part of you that became saved or born again.

When you look into the mirror you view the physical person you are - - then your soul evaluates what you see. But beyond that is the part of you where

GOD communicates and that is your spirit, an inward knowing.  Too often we try to use the mind to accomplish what the spirit must do.

1 Corinthians 6:17 But the person who unites himself with the Lord becomes one spirit \with him.
 
Ephesians 2:5-6 Even when we were dead through our sins, (GOD) gave us life together with Christ by grace you have salvation, So that we came back from death with him, and are seated with him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus.

If we would dare to see our soul and body as tools that the spirit uses perhaps this would help us in our quest to become more spiritual. It is the misuse of these tools that keep us in bondage to them. It is easy to understand how the soul and body work together.
 
The needs of the body sends messages to the soul that it tries to supply, and then the body demands more than it needs, using gluttony for an example.

Some have called this being “Body ruled.”

Before you were saved your spirit went along with the soul and body desires but once you were saved you were changed;

2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.

This new you is designed to walk after the Spirit but there is a need for our soul to be saved;

James 1:21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Though our bodies may protest it will fall in line as we walk after the Spirit. Just as you were trained from a babe to grow to be the person you are, as a babe in Christ you must be trained to become the person you now are IN Christ..

It may not be for me to see
The meaning and the mystery
Of all that God has planned for me
Till “afterward”! —Anon.


 

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