Freedom From The Flesh
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Know Saint, that the freedom we have received “In Christ”, is not just forgiveness of Sin, and freedom from its penalty – but freedom to walk in the Spirit; freedom from the power of sin; freedom from bondage to sin.
The temptation of our enemy(ies) (Satan, the Flesh, and the World) – is not to run back to the fullness of the vomit which we were once enslaved to (though many have), but rather, to allow just a little ‘poop in our brownie mix’.
This has been my wife’s famous “a little leaven” analogy. I ask you, if I am making you a nice pan of hot fudge brownies, how much poop in the mix is ‘too much’? An absurd question you say?!? But I am talking about just a little poop… you know, like: a little cussing in the TV show; or a brief sex scene with no frontal nudity in a movie; or “it’s just weed – it’s not hard drugs”; or, “we’re just friends, it’s not like we are having an affair”; or any other seemingly innocent, seemingly justified action, that is guaranteed to be a slippery slope that ends in disaster.
How little of a gamble is too much? How close to the edge can I get? How long is too long to you with sin?
Flee! Flee I say!
How could the Grace that saved you from a life of sin, be the same grace that allows you to participate in that same sin again??
We were, by nature, born as slaves to sin. We had no choice in the matter. But born again, all things have become new! We are now Saints, free from that slavery to sin, and now heirs of the righteousness of Christ our Lord & King. We must live like it.
So what temptation to allow ‘just a little poop’ in your brownies are you facing? Is there an area in your life were you have already allowed (or even, become accustomed to), that is nothing less than poop in your diet? What behaviors are you finding pleasure in that are opposed to the Spirit of God?
Let us ask together… what behaviors, attitudes, and language, have we embraced, that is able to rob us of our inheritance of the Kingdom of God?