Last night I kept seeing flesh spelled backwards. Look! When we take off the ‘h’ it is self. Here is another sIn, and another prIde. Notice the ‘I’ in the middle of these words.
The I is prominent in self. It is all about ‘me’ and what ‘I’ want. Jesus’ words in Luke 9:23, “…deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” is lived out practically through our thoughts and our focus.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” His kingdom rule in our heart should be our first priority.
When I was younger I made lists of things I had to do each day. Then I would scan my list and prioritize it. The imperative things were my first. If there was nothing urgent, then I would do all the easy things first just so I could get things marked off my list. I loved the marked-off lines!
Let’s mark off all the ‘self’ in our priorities. What would that look like in our day’s activities? Sobering thought. Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The whole chapter challenges our flesh. It ends with, “…whatever is not from faith is sIn.”
That brings up the question: can we have faith and live in the flesh at the same time? No. Faith is activated when we hear God’s word. It is His word hidden in our heart that keeps us from sinning.
1 Corinthians 15:31 Paul said that he died daily. Verse 34 says, “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”