Heart Check Tuesday 26 November 2019
It is written that through faith, Moses ESTEEMED the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; he CHOSE rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; hence, he REFUSED to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
In every case, he had option available in the flesh, but he walked by faith to preserve his identity in Christ.
_But at the heart of carnality is a subtle love for the world and the things in it that far exceeds a man’s love for God and, in fact, sets him against God whom he claims to worship._ “Do not love the world.” wrote the beloved apostle, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him” (I John 2:15, NKJV).
By their adventure in carnality, many Christians resist the work of the Spirit to help them access the fulness of life available in Christ Jesus. And knowing that in God lies man’s ultimate help, it is clear that carnal men are the chief enemies of their destinies.
“Can a man oppose his own destiny?” curious believers may ask. And the answer is YES. This incredible truth is validated throughout scriptures by those who walked in the flesh and brought corruption upon themselves; from Achan to Samson, Saul to Gehazi, and Ananias and Sapphira.
Perhaps, no one embodied this truth more than Jacob in whose life was written the depth of man’s carnality and the unrelenting nature of God’s mercy. By skillfully walking the flesh, Jacob deceived both his brother and father to secure the birthright and blessing of the firstborn but none of these brought him the satisfaction he craved in his soul.
Carnality also drove him to 14 years of labour only to reap 2 women after he was 40, ensuring that most of the ‘useful’ years of his life were spent in unprofitable ventures. In each case, he struggled with God’s will and managed to escape.
Not until God cornered him in the wilderness of Peniel was he broken and made to submit to God so that the blessing promised to his progenitor Abraham could come upon him.
_Because of God’s covenant with Abraham, He persisted with Jacob. And because of Christ’s eternal sacrifice, He will surely not relent in pursuing you, O carnal believer. But whether you yield yourself and enter into your inheritance or continue wandering in the wilderness of fleshly corruption is your choice to make._
To the carnal Christian, the Bible has one admonition and one instruction. The admonition is “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7, 8, NKJV).
The Bible’s instruction therefore is repent. And that could be further expatiated thus: “Rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:13) “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7, 8). We pray that you choose life early.
It’s time for a thorough #HeartCheck … Psalm 139:23, 24.
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