snickers of the spirit

all glory be to God.  did you ever want a life that was entirely blessed and favored?   do you hear stories about people who never seem to hit hard times?  or rather, they hit hard times and then some miracle always happens and they gently skim rock bottom never quite touching it?  do you know people who seem to flow from one blessing to the next – always in the right place at the right time? 

peace was on the run.  i was recently feeling twitchy and unfinished.  i started looking in the world for the human equivalent of a snickers bar.  my sleep was troubled and yet my thoughts found everything material to be lacking.  i had a taste for something that i could not identify.  i could not find what my body was looking for.  i did not know for sure what my body was looking for …

and then as i push myself to understand romans (it’s in the bible towards the end) i realize i am simply once again in the age-old struggle between flesh and spirit.  oh, the flesh was calling out … i was struggling to understand romans because i recently bought a new bible and purposefully (in my impulsive way) bought the kind with that old english which is hard to understand even when it’s not biblical wording.  so, i find myself reading it like i read foreign languages – half understading and intuiting meaning rather than really knowing what is truly going on.  i had to go online and read the new translations and compare verses etc. etc. …. now i see.

romans is a lovely piece of the bible that helps me to understand the ramifications and the workings of Christ’s sacrifice.  and it helps me to understand my flesh and my sins.  the other divine part of this story is that i had been praying for a deeper understanding of Christ’s cruxifiction.  God delivers.  i knew he would restore my peace but … God still blows my mind when he ties in other loose ends that have been dangling in my psyche … for years.

the greatest evidence of God is when he reveals the answers to your own secret questions.  because you didn’t tell anybody your secrets … you’ve never said certain things out loud … and then you discover some one, some thing, some force, knows your innermost thoughts.   once i turn my thoughts to the desires of the spirit i have peace.

paul begins romans with something like … for i am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (romans 1:16) … neither am i.  so, i wanted to leave you with this today:

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”  romans 8:5

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