Our Flesh Yearns For Preeminence

Have you ever fleshed out? Do I need to explain about an adult having a temper tantrum? It might not be the kind a two year old throws. However, if we could see into our heart, it might look the same.

Many years ago I heard a speaker who gave a great visual illustration. He had hurried all his children into the car and was waiting for his wife. One of his sons jumped out of the car and raced into the house.

Backdrop. He had been very diligent to train his children how to respond instead of react when their goals were blocked. In that situation they were already late in leaving for their destination. In anger he got out of the car and yelled at his son to get back into the car. His daughter said, “What’s the matter daddy, did someone block your goals?” He said that it instantly humbled him, but his heart rejoiced because she understood what he had been teaching them.

Our flesh reacts when our goals are blocked. That is the key to why we are fleshing out. Psalm 62:5 is a great verse to train our heart with. All our expectations need to be on the Lord—not people or things which we have no control over. It says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”

Proverbs 25:19 says, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.” If you have had either, you know that they lack support. Proverbs 28:26 Amplified captures it well for us.

It says, “He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident of his own mind and heart is a (self-confident) fool, but he who walks in skillful and godly Wisdom shall be delivered.” Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Moses forfeited the opportunity to go into the promised land because he fleshed out. Joshua was in the crowd watching. Moses struck the rock in anger, instead of obeying God’s word to speak to it. What will you and I forfeit? A moment of angry indignation and fleshing out is not worth it.

Joshua listened to His Leader. Here were God’s instructions to this young man. Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”


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