Friday, May 13, 2011

Flesh Woman

"I can anticipate the response that is coming: "I know that all God's commands are spiritual, but I'm not. Isn't this also your experience?" Yes. I'm full of myself—after all, I've spent a long time in sin's prison. What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can't be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God's command is necessary.
 17-20But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
 21-23It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
 24I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question?
 25The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different."
Romans 7:15-25

I was studying these verses today after reading a chapter in the book, "Having A Mary Spirit." I got this book for Mother's day, the chapter I was reading is entitles, "Twisted Sisters." The chapter is about how we have the Holy Spirit inside us that wants to please God but yet we still have the "flesh woman" inside us who only cares about what we want! This book is amazing so far!

Profiling Flesh Woman

1) A prideful spirit
2) A love of praise
3)A touchy temper
4) A willful attitude
5) A fearful heart
6) A jealous mind
7) A dishonest dispistion
8) A lack of faith
9) A wandering eye
10) A spiritual deadness
11) A love of self

Joanna Waever says, "She's that contrary, rebellious, incredibly self-centered version of you who shows up when things don't go the way you planned and life seems habitually unfair."

So true of me!!!

BUT, there is good news!!! Like it says in Romans 7:25, "Jesus Christ can set us free" but "we must give Him the right to absolutely rule our lives." (JW)

"Search me, O God, and know my heart..see if there is 
any wicked way in me, 
and lead me in the way everlasting." 
Psalm 139:23-24

1 comment:

Olga said...

sounds like a great book!

I read the book "Having a Mary heart in a Martha world." and it was a very good book.

I am going to have to look into the one you are reading!

Thanks for sharing =)