July 24, 2016

What do we do with our flesh?

So much talk is out "there" concerning the body.

So many ways to lose weight.

So many ways to physically look good are touted here, there, and yonder.

What to do?

What are we taught in Scripture about the flesh?

I have never been able to find any passage that would allow me to think that I can do as I "feel" to do, be it get angry, hold a grudge, or scream, or be lazy, or silly, or .... anything.

Feelings are not mentioned as far as I can see except for one in particular.

In Judges 21:25, we see that in the last days every man did as he saw fit.

We see that in abundance these days.

To hear even professing Christians talk you will hear words like "I feel that God would do this and that," and it is said with conviction, and the speaker does not know the Word, they just "feel" certain ways about God, and life, and love.

We are told what to do concerning the flesh.

The flesh is that part of us that wants to balk at all things godly.

That part of us that wants to do what it wants when it wants, and how it wants.

Philippians 3:3-4 says,
"For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more."

Paul says that we are to put NO confidence in the flesh.

NONE.

Don't go to thinking that if you eat this way, and not that, and if you exercise this way, and never do "x, y, and z" that it will bring you closer to God. It doesn't. There is no holiness found there.

Do you think that you can trust your body to behave better if you do some things and not others?

Please. Don't start in with, "Well, I'll just sit around drinking wine all day if it does not matter!"

First of all, that is off topic.

Paul says that we are to put no confidence in the flesh.

That is different that thinking that it is okay to get drunk.

Do you put confidence in your flesh?

What does that look like?

It means that you would believe that your body will function better for you, and that your body would be loyal to you, and not break down, if you treat it a certain way.

EVERYONE is DYING.

Galatians 5:24 says that those who belong to Christ Jesus have put their flesh to death.

The physical body, for the truly redeemed, is neither here nor there.

Their physical body is of no consequence in the scheme of things.

IT'S DYING. That's why the redeemed will get a new body upon passing from this life.

Sin is still in the body, but not the soul or spirit, of the redeemed.

Sin is evident in the body because it is constantly decaying.

God does not say to tend to the body. He says to love yourself. So then what constitutes YOU?

It is not your physical body.

That is subject to constant change.

You, the part that is alive, and is made new upon repentance, and conversion, is your soul, and spirit.

Concentrate on that, and never your body.

Put no confidence in your body Scripture says.

Confidence is trust.

Where is our trust to lie?

Only in God. Never in our bodies. Never in any man (Psalm 118:8).

Don't you find it a bit disconcerting to hear of a "perfectly" healthy person dropping dead?

It happens.

And don't you find it odd that an overweight person can live to be 100 years old?

It happens.

Trust only in the Lord, and love God with ALL your heart.

That is the command.

Is that what you are doing?

And what are you doing with your flesh?

What do we do with it?

Ignore it. Crucify it. Feed it to keep going to tell others of the Lord, and to love others.

And remember that physical exercise profits us little (I Timothy 4:8).

Don't elevate it. Don't let it rule. Die to self.

Come alive to Christ. God either has your life in his hands, or he does not.

The state of your physical self is of little importance.

IT'S DYING.

Yet those who know God have passed from death to life because they love (I John 3:14).

They will simply, joyfully pass from this life to the next some day soon.

And if you are redeemed, then that thought, even though your physical body may be sick, paralyzed, or in some way impaired will nevertheless set the feet of your heart to dancing.

Do you say that you love God?

Then you will be obedient.

You will serve, and love, and put no confidence in the flesh.


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