SPIRITUALLY ANOREXIC???

August 6, 2015

the sky is the limit

Spiritually Anorexic ??

Though saved, I am daily beset by a sinful flesh that always craves those things that are contrary to the Spirit. These fleshly lusts are vicious enemies, constantly waging war against the good of my soul. Yet they promise me fullness, and their promises are so deliciously sweet that I often find myself giving into them as if they were friends that have my best interests at heart.

On the most basic of levels, I desire fullness, and fleshly lusts seduce me by attaching themselves to this basic desire. They exploit the empty spaces in me, and they promise that fullness will be mine if I give in to their demands. When my soul sits empty and is aching for something to fill it, such deceptive promises are extremely difficult to resist. Consequently, the key to mortifying fleshly lusts is to eliminate the emptiness within me and replace it with fullness; and I accomplish this by feasting on the gospel. Indeed, it is in the gospel that I experience a God who glorifies Himself by filling me with His fullness.

He is the One, Paul says, “who fills all in all.” He is the One who “fill[ s] all things” with the gifts He gives. And He lavishes gospel blessings upon me with the goal that I “be filled up to all the fullness of God.” This is the God of the gospel, a God who is satisfied with nothing less than my experience of fullness in Him! The first command God spoke in the Garden was, “eat freely.” And with similar insistence He says to me now, “be filled.”

 What happens to my appetites for sin when I am filled with the fullness of God in Christ? Jesus provides this answer: “He who continually comes to Me will never hunger or thirst again.” Indeed, as I perpetually feast on Christ and all of His blessings found in the gospel, I find that my hunger for sin diminishes and the lies of lust simply lose their appeal. Hence, to the degree that I am full, I am free. Eyes do not rove, nor do fleshly lusts rule, when the heart is full with the love of Jesus!

Galatians 5. “( 19) Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, (20) idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, (21) envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these . . . .”

Galatians 5: 17. “For the flesh sets its desire against Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another . . . .”

Ephesians 3. “( 14) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father . . . (16) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory . . . (19) . . . that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 5: 18. “. . . be being filled [present tense] by the Spirit.” (literal translation)

John 6: 35. “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who is coming [present tense] to Me will not hunger, and he who is believing [present tense] in Me will never thirst.’” (literal translation)

So my prayer is that you become spiritually fat, ginormous fat super fat.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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