The flesh cannot compete with the spirit; just like with Adam, the fruit of the DIY tree still produces death, while faith produces the spirit fruit of the life of the ages, the God-kind of life. (Mirror Bible)
What harvest are you going to reap?
Not sure who coined the phrase “If it feels good, do it”. Nike took it to the next level and said, “Just do it” At that point, it doesn’t matter if it feels good or not. I am sure Nike was talking about exercising in their shoes. But now the world has taken that phrase to the highest level. The phrase has taken on a life all its own. The goal is to satisfy the hunger of the flesh at any cost, no matter the cost. What we don’t realize, there is a cost. Doing whatever you want, when you want, how you want, and with whom you want comes with a price.
Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death; (KJV)
If you dance to the music, you have to pay the piper. The price of unfettered freedom is corruption of the mind and body and ultimately spending eternity in hell.
James 1:14-16 But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). 15 Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. (Amplified Bible)
Aren’t you glad God made provision? I am.
Romans 6:23b but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
When you do those things that strengthen the spirit, i.e., praying in the holy ghost, worshipping, studying the word; you are planting seeds that bring forth a harvest of life in paradise.
2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. 8 For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Amplified Bible)
When you change what you plant, you change what you harvest.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, in this world I am encouraged to make my own way; to name it and claim it; to be the captain of my own ship and make it happen. I’ve learned I can’t make my own way, even when it seems like I am. You love me enough to show me I don’t know what my own way really is, I only thought I knew. The problem with me doing what I thought was right is I ended up doing things that grieved You. I repent. You taught me not to make decisions based on what I see in the natural. You taught me not to compare my life to others that I think are successful. You taught me the world’s definition of achievement is not the same as Yours. Thank You for allowing me to change what I was planting. I don’t want to make my way. I want to spend time in Your presence and have You order my steps. I want to live a life that glorifies You. Whether the world deems my life to be prosperous is not important to me anymore. I want to live the God-kind of life. I want to make the God-kind of choices. I want to reap the God-kind of harvest…