Good Evening to All!
Last night we ended with the Scripture in 1 Corinthians 2:14 stating the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned".
Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever" (John 14:16 KJV). In the same chapter, He went on to tell us, "...the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26).
The Bible has much to say about living in the spirit as opposed to living in the flesh. If we take a look at the physical senses for gratification, we will be heading down a path leading toward spiritual death. If we turn our hearts upward and focus on God, we will have an abundant life here on earth. Maybe not in the material sense, but in the important area which is joy for eternity with Christ.
If we are insistent on concentrating on our worldly or physical desires, caring only for the needs of our flesh, and nothing for the needs of our soul and spirit, we will end up in a cycle of tending to the needs of our bodies, without any lasting satisfaction.
It is an interesting phenomenon that when we walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, every part of us--spirit, soul, and body--comes into alignment.
We get "fed" throughout our whole body. Our spirits experience God's presence, and our minds are refreshed and renewed. We begin to hear G0d's voice more clearly in our hearts and make the right choices which allow our emotions to be settled.
In turn, this helps or causes our bodies to become healthy, and free of stress-induced sickness. Let me say that this does not mean to sit back and pray and expect to lose weight. God expects us to put effort into everything we do. He does His part, but we must do ours as well. Our body is His temple and we should treat it as such. Our bodies belong to Him, just as our hearts and minds do. We are just "borrowing them", so we should take care of them just as we would expect others to take care of things which they borrow.
When we finally get our complete focus upon Him, we actually begin to understand what Jesus mean when He said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither be afraid" (John 14:27).
We MUST realize that we shall reap what we sow. In other words what we feed will grow. If we feed the flesh or our carnal nature, then the things which we reap will be temporary and will lead to our destruction, because God tells us NOT to love the things of this world. If we sow into our spirit, our reaping will bring us rewards here on earth as well as abundant life eternally .
Good Night and May God Bless!