Irrespective of what our preferences, temperaments or body make-up may look like, we have our affiliations— our consistencies, our addictions, our relationships. And, more often than not, these characteristics are usually different from person to person. That’s quite okay but, there is a subtle caution— we must be wary— of our affiliations.
The factual truth is that, what we get our minds involved in would surely have significant impacts on our endeavours in life (irrespective of how insignificant it might appear). See how Apostle Paul puts it when he was recounting his frustration as per sin: “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members…So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:22-25)
From the above, we see that, there is so much alliance in whatever it is that we get our minds engaged in (which progresses to our evident actions). And, you see, the reason why so many of us as God’s beloved aren’t progressing is because of what our affiliations are like.
The fleshly lusts and desires.
In the ordinary sense, our minds are rebellious to God but because of the redemptive privilege which we choose to accept, we have our minds to be constantly rerouted to God.
Nevertheless, we are often tempted to give in to the desires of our flesh— the desire to partake in the latest online challenge; the urge to lend our ears to the full gist of the ongoing trend; the itching of our mouths to talk about the ills of a fellow. Yes, we have these desires and that’s what account for the fact that, we are still in this sphere of life.
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” Ephesians 2:2-3
We always have a choice.
Despite the fact that, we are in flesh and blood and that we would always be tempted to give in to the fleshly lusts (even though we are conscious of God’s power to conquer them), we always have a choice to either do right or otherwise. The will power is ever present in us to either go straight or haywire. And, the reason why God has given us this free-will is to allow us love Him willingly.
And, it is a thing of consistency.
If we want to have a sustained relationship with God, we would have to consistently do the things that would draw us closer to Him. And, this would have to be on a note of consistency and that’s where we mention the important factor of intentionality. Read more on intentionality here.
The things of the spiritual are as real as those of the physical. The same way we would want to get up to the kitchen to prepare our meals when hungry is the same way we would have to affiliate ourselves with the things that would benefit our souls.
If we want to sustain a relationship with God, we have to be intentional about what enters into our souls. If we choose to allow pollution into our minds, we would definitely become like them. And, many at times, our senses tell us that, going woke in some cases or for some reasons is okay but, that’s not true because our affiliations irrespective of how minute really matters.
Affiliate to this post would be available tomorrow. There, I would discuss on how we can sustain a healthy relationship with the inevitable contacts we get in with in our everyday activities— people, music, trends.
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