My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Are we trying to live the Christian life in our own strength? If so, we will lose out for the flesh is weak!
“Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
(Mark 14:38 NASB)
The disciples had really good intentions. They had just finished
supper with Jesus and now He wanted to go to one of His favorite places
to pray. Jesus had been trying to tell them about what was coming but
they really didn't understand. While Jesus is praying for His very
life, the disciples are falling asleep. They just don't comprehend the
urgency of the situation. In their hearts they truly believed that they
would do anything to support Jesus. Peter had even declared that he
would be willing to die for Jesus, and yet, within just a few hours he
would deny Christ three times. The flesh won the day.
How often do we become excited about spiritual things and we take
off believing that everything is going to be different. Within our own
power and strength we believe that we are going to live for Christ.
Things are going to be different in the home, in school, in our
relationships with others. However, if we try to do all of this on our
own power, we will fail, for the flesh is truly weak. In our hearts, in
our spirits, we are willing, but our humanity tends to win out.
But what happens when our spirits combine with His Spirit? This is
where something supernatural happens. The weakness of humanity becomes
grafted into the power of the Holy Trinity and we step into the movement
or the stream of the Holy Spirit. This is what happened to the
disciples on the day of Pentecost and Peter who denied Christ three
times on the night of his weakness in the flesh, becomes the great
preacher of the day. This promise of the Spirit was not only for Peter
or the early followers of Christ, but for us as well. We are invited to
take our human weaknesses, mixed with our genuine desire to follow Him,
and unite ourselves with our Holy God. When this happens the formula
changes. The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak, but the flesh in the
life of the Spirit is world changing.
Lord, may every day of life be a journey with You, and in the stream of Your Holy Spirit! Amen.