Yes, I’ve joined the new “trend” of protesting when not satisfied.
Except that I find very few people in my crowd. There are hundreds of people that agree they should be protesting with me but their comfort is too important to them to join me.
Logically, it all makes sense! It must be done. But technically, its a battle.
I don’t mean a protest against the new president or a new law… I’m talking about a protest that’s much deeper and extremely harder.
I started a protest against my flesh!
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” 1 Peter 3:18
I am not satisfied that it does as it pleases. My flesh crosses the lines of purity that I have set for it. When I decide on morning devotionals, it decides to sleep in with extra fatigue. Then there are times I decide I will let only positivity flow from my lips — and there it goes with the juiciest gossip. I once again decide to dedicate my time to things that are eternal but my flesh begs for a binge of another season on Netflix.
And so I vow to put a stop to this madness.
As a way of protesting my flesh, I am committing to doing the following:
Be in the know of all that I am protesting.
The Bible gives us a list of works that are of the flesh! You can’t go around it — it’s right there! I am telling myself that I am tired of the things that I can checkmark in this list because they stand in the way of truest and deepest relationship with my Savior!
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
Leave my comfort
Waking up early to spend time with the Lord isn’t easy. Finding positive things to say in difficult situations, taming my tongue, or keeping my eyes pure can also be tough and intentional tasks. They are not my comfort, but they are for my benefit.
Anyone that wants results must sacrifice and labor to receive them. Someone that wants a beautiful customized home must first live in the discomfort of a rent, invest into the expenses of tools and workers, and sacrifice their energy, time and money to reach the results. Someone that wants to build a happy marriage must constantly work on themselves to create a peaceful and loving atmosphere.
Dear flesh, you must labor and sacrifice also. You must say no to food that will poison your brain and choose the food that will nurture it. You must allow your body to sleep in the trenches so it can recognize the luxury of the fruits of the Spirit! Because the soul longs to be led by the Spirit!
Know the power that stands with me
You might be surprised to know the amount of sponsors and organizations that stand behind the political protests on the streets today. The organizer of the group strives to gain at least a few popular celebrities who would advocate for their protesting cause and in result grow in authority and size of the crowd.
I don’t have to die for myself on my own.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
The ONE WHO IS IN ME is greater than the one who is in the world! The One who is in me is greater than my flesh!! When I believe this I can confidently approach the throne of grace and seek to please God with my Spirit as my flesh is defeated.
” I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Encourage others to join the protest
As a Body of Christ, I believe time has come for us to stop living by the desires and necessities of the flesh and start seeking nutrients for the soul so that we may feed the hungry souls of this world. By starting this protest of the flesh, I long to have crowds of Christians alongside me. I desire to see elder generations outstretch their hands to the younger ones in goal of attaining them for His Kingdom! I long to see sons turn to their fathers and daughters to their mothers for guidance and example of living faith. I want this crowd to consist of churches looking past their cultures and traditions for the sake of the hurt and the hungry.
Because you see, the condition of the church today is the result of a fat people. A people who keep coming every Sunday and taking in heavenly manna but not doing anything to exercise the faith that they are called to. We are a people who get the best spiritual nutrients, most researched, most beautifully laid out than any generation before us. Yet, when we get home our flesh overpowers us. We are tired, busy, occupied, distracted — all commands of the flesh.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:2-10
If the flesh will be our dictator we will loose heavens direction and get on the path of destruction.
Focus on the goal
In order for a protest to succeed, I must know what changes are expected.
What must I do for my soul to be satisfied and how must I look for my flesh to be defeated?
The Word has an answer for that also.
I must reflect the fruits of the spirit through my life.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Will you join me in my protest against our flesh and strive to live by the Spirit?
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