Bible Ballistics: BBs #694 But I Don’t FEEL Like It???
As we celebrate our attitude of “gratitude”, reality is ever present with us—we will invariably encounter those people who push our buttons, who are unkind, who say and do hurtful things—what then? Well, I want you to know, I have those same people in my life and if we’re going to be real here, there are times I just don’t “FEEL” like being nice. But God calls us to a higher plane, and I just want to remind each of us (especially me) that our feelings are to be kept under control by our heart and mind by the Holy Spirit!
“Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit
reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary
in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity,
let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them
who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10
Paul reminds us so clearly, and even as I sit here typing this post, God is reminding me that I have the freedom, and privilege to choose how I will respond to others—even to those who hurt my feelings, wound my heart, or just irritate me seemingly at every turn. Do you have any of those people in your life? Well, God gives us the truth that we are called to live by—regardless of how others choose to behave! We are called to remember—
the principle of sowing and reaping—
the constant conflict of the flesh-vs-the spirit—
the reality of ‘weariness’—
the encouragement to press on—to faint not—
we are called to “do good unto all men”
–as God gives us opportunity—
–especially to the family of faith!
So, as we consider these things, God will help us to function in HIS Spirit and not our flesh. But it is a constant battle, yet a battle that we can prevail in with The Holy Spirit of God within us! Oh, how I praise His name that we don’t have to do it on our own.
“For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points
tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help
in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
We have a God who cares! We have a redeemer who walked where we walk, and yet HE overcame sin and bought our salvation! HE overcame not only death, but the power of sin in our lives; yet we must avail ourselves of the truths of HIS Word that we might fight the good fight of faith. We can only do that when we walk in the power of The Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus/God The Father and feast on The Word!
“This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfil
the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth
against the Spirit,
and the Spirit
against the flesh:
and these are contrary
the one to the other:
so that ye cannot
do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit,
ye are not under the law…
…. 25 If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory,
provoking one another,
envying one another.” Galatians 5:16-18 & 25-26=
We must choose continually whether we will be filled with The Holy Spirit or the spirit of the world! It’s your choice, but choose wisely; remember what we learned above, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”! What are you sowing? Will you join me in committing to seek God’s ways, by HIS Spirit and remember, with me, a verse that I used to have my children quote when they were at odds with their siblings—it was good for them—and it is good for you and me. (Check out Galatians 5:19-24 too)
“And be ye kind one to another,
forgiving one another,
even as God
for Christ’s sake
hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32