Thursday, March 3, 2011

Life Is Beautiful

Life is beautiful. God has given us life and wants us to have the fullness of life.

At times life seems pretty difficult but anyone can make it if they want to. God has allowed us to go through trials and tribulations to help us, we become stronger and we learn we need God.

Romans 8:6; "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace".

Have you ever thought about the different kinds of people? There are two classes of people. The ones that choose to live by the flesh and those who prefer to live according to the Spirit. Flesh is the sinful aspect of human nature. To live after the flesh is to need, taking pleasure, be busy with, and delight in the corrupt desires of one's nature. Galatians 5:19-21; "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, v.20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred. variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, v.21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God".

Each of these things are against God. It is impossible to live for God and to follow the fleshly desires. If a person fails to resist the flesh by the Holy Spirit and lives according to the flesh he will become an enemy of God. Being an enemy of God one can expect spiritual and eternal death; Romans 8:13; "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:...".

The sinful nature of a person stays with the Christian even after they accept the Lord as their Savior. This is a deadly enemy to a Christian and is something that has to be dealt with. When we were born we were born with a sinful nature. Satan will try, say, and do anything to trick us into doing what we know is wrong. He will give us excuses for doing them, it will feel so good, he will tell us just one time won't hurt us, God loves us to much, God won't know, and the list just goes on and on.

The second class of people are the ones that prefer to live according to the Spirit. If a person decides to follow after the Spirit making the things of God their most important love and concern they can expect eternal life and communion with God. These are the ones that want to follow after righteousness or after God. They have what is called 'The Fruit Of The Spirit'. Galatians 5:22-23; "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law".
As we follow the Spirit, this fruit influences our lives and we will be able to destroy the power of sin. This includes the works of the flesh. We need to continually walk in fellowship with the Lord. Philippians 4:13; "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me". What more could we ask for? The Lord will never leave me where I can do nothing, He is with me to give me strength.

So, we can truthfully say life is beautiful. God gave us life and He will help us through our life, He will give us strength, guide us, care for us, and keep us safe from all things if we abide in Him and He in us. Our life will always be beautiful as the Lord is in the center of our lives and we walk continually with Him.

This has been a nice visit and thank you for stopping by. May you know and enjoy the peace of the Lord. Blessings to each of you.


Debi said...

I appreciate this post today. I sometimes struggle with a positive attitude. I think I am positive most of the time, but when I really think about it, I believe that my attitude leans not so much towards positive but perhaps, dare I say, fleshly. Now, I don't go around doing horrible, sinful things...but to God a sin is a sin. While I may not be lusting or being drunk...having a bad attitude is just as fleshly as those things. So, thank you for this reminder to check my attitude more often. I want and need to have a positive attitude that reflects the Lord!

Jenifer said...

Thank you for this post. I want to live according to the Spirit. I want to follow after Him, have a Godly attitude and do His works.

Lisa said...

Life is beautiful when we walk by the Spirit and not the flesh. I want to live a Spirit-filled life.