Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life.
Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!
Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.
Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God.
Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God.
That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
Romans 8:5-8 MSG
Wisemen still seek Him.
Let’s face it, it is our human nature to desire to feed our flesh, our carnal nature. When I say feed, I don’t just mean food. We feed all kinds of appetites, we feed greed, sex, ego and more.
As earth dwelling creatures we follow instincts just like everything else in nature; however, because we are human we tend to do things other created beings (animals) don’t do and that is, we some how become so wrapped up in what we can do that we tend to forget about what God does. If we stay on that road we eventually reach a point of no longer thanking Him, acknowledge Him & communicating with Him, let alone let him commune with us. We may find it easy to even sit down for a meal & not even hesitate for one moment to reflect His provision for us. We tend to take Him for granted.
God’s word describes this perfectly & explains why this is not healthy. God also explains what setting our mind on Him can do for our relationship with Him.:
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:5-8 KJV
As I look at these verses & consider God’s Word as a whole I hear Him telling me a few things and for most of us those are things we tend to fight rather surrender to Him.
Here is what God is saying to me:
- You need me. You can’t live, let alone get the most out of life without me.
- The flesh, everything you see with your eyes is destine to die but the Spirit & Spiritual things life forever.
- Pleasing God’s Spirit pleases God. Pleasing my flesh may bring physical pleasure & satisfaction but if my focus is on me it only leads to ignoring God.
Here are the verses 1 more time to feast on: For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever–because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God–both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot, and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.
ROMANS 8:5-8 AMP
The now classic Christian Rock band Petra sang a song called, “God Pleaser”. When they did it live they took just a few minutes to consider what it means to please God and offer eveyone there or listening now the opportunity to let God be God & put into perspective our lives in submission to Him.
The first video below is just the song, which says a lot; however, in the second video the lead singer (Greg X. Volz) goes a li’l deeper. May we dig deep today as we consider who we are pleasing, ourselves or God. Chasing selfish desires only leads to temporary pleasures but seeking, finding & walking with God in a relationship will allow us to dance freely as we put our dependence on Him.
Greg shares God’s word & what’s on his heart:
I’ve shared a lot on how important it is to fully rely on God. I have several li’l frogs I’ve drawn to remind me to F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God) but none of that means anything if I don’t apply it to my everyday life.
How good it is to walk & talk & listen to God’s guidance. Although sometimes things try to distract me I still go to His Word and know that there I can get the tall, deep refreshing drink & feast I need to sustain me.
I write this blog for me but I share it for anyone else who wants to read it.
God is the source for our soul. In Him we find help, peace & eternal life but in order to have that we need to depend on God, acknowledge & trust Him, not follow someone elses rules or our own desires that only satisfy our flesh & lead our souls down a path of self importance. That road only leads to death.
It is my desire to take Christ into my soul & share Him with others.
For more go to “Living in Dependanceville“
May God richly bless you as you seek Him & depend on Him.