Friday, November 23, 2012

Jesus vs Money & Spirit vs Flesh

Jesus vs Money (Mammon)

Money by itself is not a bad thing but it becomes a bad thing if it becomes my/our master and I/we become enslaved to it.

The question is:

Am I serving Jesus with my money?
Or am I serving my money (Mammon) as an idol in my life?

Spirit vs Flesh

When there is a struggle in my heart between what I ought to do, and what my flesh wants me to do, am I identified with the Spirit who gives life, or with the flesh that tries to enslave me?

Ephesians 5:17 - 25

For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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