2017-Make Room for the Spirit

Fifth Sunday in Lent

2017-Make Room for the Spirit

Galatians 5:17

For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.” –Galatians 5:17

Lent is a time to appreciate the great sacrifice offered for our salvation. We know that we cannot save ourselves any other way than to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Why is this truth difficult for many to understand? Furthermore, once we have accepted this truth according to God’s Holy Word, why do we struggle to keep from sliding into complacency and desiring things of the flesh more than things of the Spirit? Thankfully, the Bible is full of commandments and examples to help us deal with these challenges.

For example, we sometimes partake of snack food that has little nutritional value. The answer to why we do this is not a deep mystery; it is because we enjoy the satisfaction the snack gives us. Some of us prefer salty snacks, while others have a sweet tooth. The consequences of eating potato chips instead of celery sticks depends on our physical condition. If we walk two miles daily, we can get by with a few unhealthy snacks. If we are sedate, these snacks can wreak havoc on our  wellbeing.

Our spiritual health is analogous to our struggle with our physical health. Galatians 5:17 states that the sinful nature loves to do evil, which is the opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. The Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other. Sound familiar?

The Lenten season provides us with a rich opportunity to empty ourselves of earthly desires in order to make room for the Spirit to win a few more battles! We can reflect on what Jesus felt prior to being hung on the cross for our sins. During his walk on earth as God in the flesh, there is no doubt Jesus experienced physical hunger. However, he knew how to stay filled spiritually. Romans 8:6 says that if your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

Let’s take advantage of giving up our sinful nature during this Lent Season to make room for the Spirit and relish a more Godly life and peace in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Patsy Eyachabbe is Program Advisor Group Member for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

Posted or updated: 3/30/2017 12:00:00 AM
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