Flesh or Faith!
Flesh or Faith
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
It takes a lot of effort to live by faith. The flesh is so impulsive. The flesh has set deep roots of actions and reactions that mobilizes its defensive and offensive behavior to enable protection. It rarely gives time for the spirit man to have any Godly input. In fact the flesh has securely guarded the soulish realm – the will and the emotions, and uses its weakness and strength as its conscience. Therefore, the flesh does not and cannot please God, for those who please God are lead by the Spirit of God
King Saul of Israel diverted from following the Living God and overtime became haunted by an evil spirit. Jonathan, his son, was not in agreement with Saul’s behavior. In fact he shielded David from his father’s wrath time and again. However, we were never shown where Jonathan interceded to remove the evil from his father’s life. The sad result, Jonathan died brutally with unfaithful Saul. An entire family was destroyed by the diabolical control of hell that overpowered one man, even though not all were in agreement.
The body of Christ has become divided by accusation and fear. We have become specialists at serving God out of our pain and fear not wanting to be painted with the same brush, or dreading that the shame has the power to inflict on us or bring again the hurt and sadness of our past. So we separate ourselves from the darkness instead of interceding. Flesh or faith?
Who stands in the gap? Whose heart is touched for those trapped by the vices of evil? Who among us have placed the sword of self-righteousness down and vowed to God that we will give Him no rest until He makes the Bride of Christ a praise in the earth?
Is it true that those deceived by the carftiness of the slime of hell can be spared by intercession? Or is the slime so repulsive to us that are spotless and holy that we distance ourselves from it? Could it possibly be that the repulsiveness that separates us from the other members of the body is concocted in the emotions and the soul, and after close examination of its actions and motives we would find that it is just the mirror of the same vice of evil the accuser brought to our brother? So the enemy uses the brother to sin against us or covers the brother in the gall and bitterness of sin, and then works on our minds with rejection, accusation, the pointing of the finger, and of course, just a little gossip. (Gossip is really translated, ‘I needed help and guidance to bear this burden.’ But it actually gave enough lips authority to speak death into the already deadly situation.) Crafty, very crafty. Obvious evil imposed on our brother, and the sin of separation and judgment on me.
Humility, where are you when I need you? Patience where are you hiding? Faith, the gift of faith, the spirit of faith, contagious faith, help! Yes I believe God will deliver, but that is a lot of work to put into my brother. Holy Ghost, it will take serious fasting and prayer – forgiveness to the point of washing my brother’s feet – dedicating my life to seeing that this one soul escapes the hordes of hell that drown out the sweetness of life from him daily. Lord, if it is thy will let this cup pass from me; but nevertheless, not my will or emotions, but thy will be done.
Now, let us arise for the real spiritual warfare is at hand, the fight for my brother has begun.