Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thought of the Day !!

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.
                                                                  Galatians 5:16 (NLT)

When we're not guided by God's Holy Spirit, we're guided by our own sinful nature.  Often times we justify our sinful actions by claiming that "it's only human nature".  We get mad or refuse to forgive and blame it on being human.  That's a much nicer way of telling the truth, which is that it's just our "Sinful Nature" controlling us.  So yes, it may be human nature to do some things, but that doesn't make them any less sinful.  And the reason we live that way is because we're listening to our sinful nature instead of the Holy Spirit.

Then we also use the excuse that it's too hard to be a good Christian when so many out there are against us.  Or it's too hard to do what Jesus wants me to do with all the pressures in my life.  Or it's too hard to...(you fill in the blanks).

Being "too hard" is just another excuse.  Jesus never promised us a rose garden.  He used words like "take up your cross" and "deny yourself".  Of course he also told us that when things got too hard that we could bring those things to him for help.  That's part of what it means to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

So lets quit making excuses today.  Be guided by the Holy Spirit in what you say and do.  And see what a difference it makes when God is guiding us instead of our own selfish sinful nature.

In the love of Christ,


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