Often times, we get in some sort of twist where we are to choose (especially from two different options). And, bringing it into the spiritual realm, we are usually faced with the options— give in to God or the Devil.
Yes. We get to experience this situation in our day to day endeavours— deciding to either rain some insultive words on our employee or to just let it go, choosing to either rant about a friend’s annoying behavior or to persevere, either getting to manoeuvre your way in the case of a misconduct or to admit your fault and get punished for it.
So many instances— where we either get to resolve to the Devil’s proposals or to give in to God’s words.
Meanwhile, there are times when yielding to God at a particular moment may be quite easy but at some other times, yielding would be so difficult— when God wants but we don’t.
But, why don’t we sometimes want to give in at the times when God wants?
The very first truth we have to understand is that, God loves us so much and would surely want the best for us. If He didn’t, He wouldn’t have “given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
So, understand the depth of God’s love.
At the same time, we have been created flesh and blood— corruptible— fallible such that the natural self does not coincide with the spirit man.
What I am saying in essence is this: Because we are still in the world and the world works in alignment with our flesh and (in contrast) out of context with our God-connected spirit, trying to yield to the needs of the spirit would be difficult.
Yes. That’s the plain truth— we have been wired (naturally) to tune in to the desires of the flesh.
This explains better how God has made us— free will agents. We were not made robots but creatures who have the will power.
So, we can decide whether to give in to God or the Devil— our choice.
But, as persons who have tasted of the work of the cross, our hearts would always yearn for the Spirit’s will.
How then do we get know when God wants?
That’s a question we have to give a true answer to.
First, we have to understand that, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
This then implies that, everything that pertains to God’s wants must be connected to the spirit— the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
To be knowledgeable about what God wants, we have to yield ourselves to the Spirit.
How do we give in to what God wants?
It’s not enough to know what God wants but we have to wrap it up by giving in to it.
And we get to do that by “crucifying the flesh with the affections and lusts” because we are “of Christ” (Galatians 5:24).
The factual truth is that, the activeness of the flesh is what makes us not to yield to God’s wants; as the Spirit and flesh are in total contrast, the activeness of one would endeavor to dominate the other.
So, the evaluation to do when we don’t get to give in to God’s wants is to check— how much of the flesh is under crucifixion and what state the Spirit’s receptiveness is.
Full, yet restrained.