Friday June 16
When I was younger, I used to forget commitments that I had made and assignments that were due. It was the worst feeling to fall short! And then I would be tempted to lie to get out of the consequences of my lack of planning and that just added to my problems! I also used to be messy and would spend lots of time looking for things. Where did I put my keys? I know they are somewhere! Where is my favorite shirt? Did I leave it under a pile of clothes? Hours were lost just looking for things because I was not organized. Have you ever experienced this?
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.¶
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
In verse 14, it says make no provision for the flesh. At some point in my life, I recognized that I was forgetful and messy. They were weaknesses of mine and I decided to do something about it. I started writing myself notes, keeping a planner, and using the calendar on my phone to remind me of all my appointments and commitments. I started to organize my things and find homes for all the various items in the house. That way, I could put each item in its home and I would know where to find it when I needed it. Making these changes had a huge impact on my daily life! I took stock of my weaknesses and came up with a plan to strengthen those areas in my life and it worked! Now, I rarely forget what I need to do and I spend way less time trying to find things!
I vividly remember a beaded butterfly necklace that I had and loved. I cherished this necklace and wore it often. My friend Rita also loved it and told me so. I felt in my heart that I should give her the necklace but my flesh wanted to hold on tight to it. It was mine and I didn’t want to give it away! “I’ll never find another one like it,” I thought. But then, I considered what God would want me to do. He would want me to give with a pure heart. So I did! The funny thing is, Rita was delighted and overjoyed that I gave it to her but after a few weeks, she gave it back. She said it didn’t suit her as much as it suited me. God was so good! He taught me a lesson that I was meek to receive. I was not to hold on to physical possessions that would burn one day (Dr. Joe Martin did a sermon years ago that I still remember called “It’s All Going to Burn”) but He blessed me with the return of the necklace.
We should take stock of our spiritual life and strengthen it! Where is your flesh weak? What are the things that tempt you? If you are tempted to be greedy, than make a conscious effort to give. If you find that going to parties causes you to sin, then don’t go. Don’t make room in your life for sin! If you have friends that are a bad influence, change your circle of people! Surround yourself with people that will make you better for God and help you to look more like our Lord Jesus Christ! “Make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts!” Romans 13:14
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