Inner Truth-Self-Flesh

Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger

IMPURITY: SELF-FLESH

1 Corinthians 13:1 says that if we do not have love, we will sound like clashing cymbals.  That is a rather raucous-sounding illustration.  Yet it perfectly describes how our flesh talk sounds to our hearer. 

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”  When I think of the word “corrupt” it takes me back to a situation in my life.  We owned an apartment complex.  When the tenant moved out, we were horrified to find what she left behind.  Her closet was filled with clothes that were thrown on the floor, that her cats had used as a cat box.  The stench was gagging.  We had to hire a man to pitchfork her clothes through a window into his pickup to be taken to the dump.  They were unsalvageable.

Have you ever said things that created an unsalvageable situation?  Have you wished you could have taken back your flesh words?  Have you ever slammed someone’s character through your clashing cymbal words?  What flows into us is what flows out.  The things hidden in our unconscious trickle into our thought process.  Our thoughts always precede our words.

How do we overcome the things that are hidden?  We don’t consciously remember them.  We cannot recall them to our mind.  Our unconscious was designed by the Lord to be filled with His word.  We have corrupted His design by stuffing unresolved issues.

He has a higher way.  The way out and into victory is through the cross.  How much do you focus on God’s love for you?  Is it foremost in your thoughts?  Recognize afresh what His love has done for you.  What we think is how we act.  His love for us is consistent.  There is never an ebb or flow.  In everything and in every way His love remains the same.  To be a channel of His love to others is our highest calling.

As we implant His word, it causes the hidden to surface.  Truth overcomes anything below it.  One of the reasons we hide things is so we don’t have to process them.  Those hidden things feed our flesh, and cause us to defend them through our fleshly reactions.

FAITH PURIFIERS

We know from 1 Peter 1:7 that trials purify our faith.  He has yet another way.  Impurities weaken our faith, but His implanted word strengthens it.  There is no fruit for Him through our flesh, but our tested faith bears much fruit that glorifies Him.

When we are serious with the Lord, and fully desiring to have the impurities purged, He will give us His higher way.  It may surprise us.  It may catch us when we least expect it.  Our fleshly reaction is the key.  The reaction is Him flushing out the hidden, like a hunting dog flushes out the hidden fowl.  Right in that moment is the release.  He has exposed a root.  All we have to do is to ask Him to bring the hidden root to our consciousness.  When He does, we need to confess it as sin.  Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”  To confess is to humble ourselves.  His mercy and grace rush in to help us overcome.  We are no longer victims but victors!

Confession is the first part.  The second part is to renew our mind.  We need to change the flow into our thought patterns by implanting His word in our hearts.  We then become a channel of truth, and a partaker of His nature.

James 4:1 Amplified says, “What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you?  Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?”  Note the words “originate” and “arise.”  They describe something from within.

Life is filled with difficult people.  There will be relational clashes, harsh words, death words, and things that will trigger reactions.  We live in the tension between our flesh and our spirit.  Galatians 5:17 says, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”  If we walk in the Spirit, we will be led by the Spirit.

The Lord has made a way to live in peace.  Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”  How do we live in peace when others create strife?  It depends on what is in our heart.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 says that through us He diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  We are His channel.  What we channel depends on what is in our heart.  Is it the murky water of bitterness and unforgiveness, or is it the channel of pure water others desire to drink?

j marilyn adams ~ January 28, 2016

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