Flesh Loves It's "Freedom" to be an "Individual”
I thought this section of a book that I have been reading (some) had a little insight into flesh, and it’s tendency is to head away from any Standard and towards the flesh. Even the Standard of the One who walks on water, raises the dead, gives sight to the blind, and forgives sin is not good enough for those who love their flesh and therefore play god. Flesh loves it’s “freedom” to be an “individual.” Submission and reverence are not traits common to slaves who profess their illusion of freedom.
“The idea of ‘liberty has ‘continuous change’ (an ever-shifting dogma and foggy convenient sense of right and wrong) built into it, precisely because it is hostile to constraints. Men seek the removal of the constraint nearest them. But when that one falls, men are brought against the next constraint, which is now felt to be equally irksome. That is why the agenda of liberalism is in constant motion and liberals of different eras would hardly recognize one another as deserving the same label. Harry Truman would have hated the Sixties, and, because his liberalism contained more powerful constraints on individualism, he was not a liberal in the same sense that Bill Clinton is. The perpetual motion of liberalism was described by T. S. Eliot half a century ago. That Liberalism may be a tendency towards something very different from itself, is a possibility in its nature…. It is a movement not so much defined by its end, as by its starting point—away from, rather than towards anything definite.” What liberalism has constantly moved away from are the constraints on personal liberty imposed by religion, morality, law, family, and community.” (Excerpt From: Judge Robert H. Bork. “Slouching Towards Gomorrah.”)
For me and my family and friends, I want my life and priorities fully towards JESUS, and the Standard of His Spirit and Character. Thanks for Helping daily with exactly that for me and my family, my Brothers! xoxo
“Without VISION, people push off restraint.”
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because IT is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile (talk about a culture war, the wall of hostility has been broken down IN CHRIST!). For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)
Here is the only motivation for any disciple of Jesus, the power of the Gospel, to overcome flesh. Jesus came into the world to rescue sinners—those missing the mark, those aimlessly shooting at wrong targets, clueless to the goal… He was murdered, buried in the earth, and rose again to overcome flesh, sin, and the effects of it. He was raised to walk in Glory. He took on my deserved punishment. He took the wrath of God for me, and covered over my character that naturally runs away from His! His Grace now draws me, Helps me, to CHANGE. He has given a Standard—HIMSELF! Jesus comes into Our hearts and Lives His Life. The effects of the Gospel! It’s about His Life living inside a People, producing His Character… The Fruit of having His Spirit is evident. Our Goal is Christ.
Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:17 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.