Article by Ray Ashmore
"DOING WHAT COMES
Do you make decisions in life by what feels right and
natural? Are your relationships based on natural
compatibilities? Do you discount what you hear from teachers
of the Word because those things feel wrong and
discomforting? Then guess what? Your lifestyle and choices
are all “flesh,” and not of God.
Walking in the flesh, for those who are double-minded and
not fully surrendered to Jesus Christ, feels like it’s the
right thing to do. And the whispers of the Spirit are a
warfare with the flesh; irritating, disrupting, and making
you feel unsettled with a lack of peace. So you ignore them
and avoid any contexts where what you hear might interfere
with your life choices. And your choices of church
attendance and those with whom you fellowship are, at best,
Laodicean in nature. Your family choices, your friendships,
your material provisions and what you share of them, and
your life goals; all of them reflect the compromising
attitudes of your heart.
But God is determined, for all who truly belong to him, to
bring His true children into full fellowship with Himself.
That means He allows the consequences of a lifetime of
choices to come upon His children and His childrens’
families, in order for them to learn to walk in obedience to
Him. Those “children” who have a façade of Christianity,
without a covenant relationship with Christ, are free to go
on their merry ways, enjoying the pleasures of life, the
accumulations of wealth, and the praise of men.
What happens, though, when one is fully surrendered to
Christ and filled with the Spirit? A warfare to win the
heart. Those things that felt natural and good and proper
before now bring guilt and shame. When the Spirit wins, the
desire to please God rules and peace is the result.
One other serious consideration: The spirits sent by the
evil one to draw believers away from God all feel normal and
natural, reinforcing the flesh. We think the demonic always
presents itself the way we see them in horror movies. Not
so. The most deceptive of the demonic are deceptive because
they counterfeit feelings which feel good to the flesh. They
seek to fill the desires of our flesh and minds with
feel-good substitutes for the real thing.
So, for all who seek to walk in the ways of the world, be
assured. The consequences of those ways bring eventual
severe disappointment and death. Just because things seem to
be going OK now, be assured, your world and all that’s in it
are under the judgment of God. Only One brings true life.
And that One demands repentance, a turning around, and an
embracing of the Lordship of Christ. That’s all God wants.
It’s all God demands. And it’s all God will accept.
Remember: When flesh rules one’s life, most life
decisions feel morally acceptable. When the Spirit rules
one’s life, decisions that previously felt OK now feel
morally unacceptable. And that which pleases God feels right
Raymond E. Ashmore
Imparting Life Ministries
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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