Sunday, October 29, 2017
Romans 8:5-8 "
The process of temptation: Thought > Imagination > Meditation > Will > Choice > Consent > Sin." [intouch.org] Temptation has a snowball effect that lures us in with temporary satisfaction but also comes with devastating consequences. "We can blame our failure to resist temptation on others, Satan, or God Himself, but in reality, we are the ones who choose to indulge." [intouch.org]
Therefore, acceptance of temptation is a choice between a mind of the flesh and a mind of the Spirit. How do we know what kind of mindset we ourselves have? A mind of the flesh seeks physical pleasures, worldly gain and honor, and temporary satisfactions.. that are all beyond God-set boundaries. The mind of the Spirit concerns itself with "the favor of God, the welfare of the soul, the aspects of eternity. The man is as the mind is. " [M.Henry]
How can we summarize the struggle in our bodies? Galatians 5:17 "For the flesh desires s contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit s contrary to the flesh. They are n conflict with each other, so that you are to ever you ." You are NOT to do whatever you want! The mind of the flesh is "death to the soul, an alienation from God and an opposition of the soul against God. It rebels against his authority, thwarts his design, opposes his interest, spits in his face, spurns at his bowels." [M.Henry]
As for myself, I am also a temptation recovery story. I've been led astray by my worldly weaknesses and wants that weren't in a mindset of the Spirit. God's divine grace transformed my mind into one that has a focus on Christ and an eternity praising Him.