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Monday, September 14, 2015

THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH –by Guest David D. Needham



Walk in the Spirit
 
When someone says it so much better than you can then it is time to repeat what they have said and become silent yourself on the subject. This is what I have chosen to do by repeating what David C. Needham has written.

For the non-Christian the combined will to live - - to discover meaning finds expression in what Paul calls “the deeds of the flesh.

Galatians 5:19-21The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The first three “deeds” immorality, impurity, and sensuality, obviously relate to man’s attempts to get meaning through his body, his glands and senses, his fantasies.

Idolatry is very broad. An idolater is one who has made up his mind on where and how he will find life. And whatever it is, he will work feverishly to get it, guard it, sacrifice to it and worship it. To lose it is to lose life

Sorcery focuses on the search for meaning in the occult.

Enmities, strife, jealousy, and outbursts of anger reflect the standard reactions of one who is frustrated with a given set of circumstances. Either some supposed meaning in life has been taken from him, or threatened, or kept just beyond his reach.

Disputes, dissensions, and factions point to conflicting ideologies as to where life really is.  Where the values are.

Envying - is clear enough. Someone else has made it and I want it.

The final two deeds drunkenness and carousing evidence the fact I have given up. I have no will to seek meaning anymore. I have tried to make some sense out of life but now I’m through trying. I want out.

Needham’s book Birthright is very enlightening on self-awareness.

The deeds of the flesh are symptoms of being “Caught in a trap and can’t walk out”.  We find this conundrum expressed in Romans 7   So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Still struggling with the “Flesh Malady? Its time to stop struggling and accept your deliverance in Christ.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you Robert for sharing your inspiring post with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  2. Very truthful! Worldwide much of the idols are expanded and used significantly. I'm a heart-breaker...and a daily, momentary worshiper of and for our Lord. Thank you.

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