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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Romans 7:12-16
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
My natural man has been on the loose over the weekend, and looking back at my blog entries, I can see some of the trash it left behind: Appreciating the tacky stuff at gift shops, joining in junior-high scatalogical humor and alluding to prison rape/homosexual activity for a soon-to-be-ex-congressman. Such sarcasm and crudeness doesn't belong here. Nor does the pessimism that seems to have crept into my spirit the past week. We, as believers, have the mind of Christ at our disposal. Why do I have my head in the disposal when I have the Holy Spirit at my disposal? Why? The Fruit of the Spirit don't come natural to us. Left to our own devices, we'll return to our old vices. That mean we'll need to intentionally draw close to God in order to counter that trend.

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