Ever since the Fall, (Genesis 3, not the season with colored leaves and Indian summers), humans live without the concept of God. We consider ourselves to be the beginning and the end – we live by what we feel and see instead of a deeper reality based on the Spirit.
To err truly is human – but the definition of “err” isn’t really ‘to make a mistake’. It is to try to do things without God.
Paul wrote, in Ephesians 2, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.” We are designed to live in communion with God. When we don’t live as we were designed, we live like dead people – living like there is nothing more to life than what we see and feel.
However, God made us to live in communion with Him. When the original design was messed up by sin, God sent Jesus to pay the price and open the doorway so that He could walk with us again. Just like God raised Jesus from the dead, He makes us alive in Him. This means that we don’t have to live by what we see and feel. We can live with God in our equation.
What are addictions? What are jealousy and anger? They are us, responding to fill a need. When we sin, we are trying to fix the world as we see and feel it. If we are to overcome sin, we must live as Paul describes – we must know that we are seated in the heavenly realms with God.
Whatever you need, as you are being and doing what God has called you to, is yours. (John 14:12-14)
You were created for great things. If you are living without adversity, you aren’t being strengthened. You aren’t growing. When people are cranky to us, we have a choice – let God into the equation, or try to do it on our own. These new brain pathways are developed by repeating the same adversity over and over until we learn to let God be in the equation. When we learn to let God into the equation, then we have overcome the adversity.
The temptation to rely on our own understanding will be there as long as we are in our bodies as they now are. The ability to trust God comes through training ourselves to rely on Him instead of us. Thankfully, Jesus made another promise. We don’t have to train ourselves alone. He sends us the Holy Spirit to walk with us – to teach, guide and comfort us. To turn our focus on God’s perspective.
How are you doing in this process? Some days, I think I’m doing great – and then a bad attitude creeps in…