Monday, 23 December 2013

Who’s in Charge?

“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will reserve it.” Luke 17:33

I recognize “Who is in charge?” can be a provocative question.  What I am specifically questioning is who is in charge of your heart each moment of each day?  I’d love to say that it is the Holy Spirit, I’d love to but I can’t.  I find that the more hectic the pace of life, the less I turn to the Spirit.  The more my routine is disrupted the more easily I get perturbed over stupid stuff. 

During busy times I find that my “To Do” list references another “To Do” list.  I find myself attempting to multitask no matter what I am doing.  If I am sending an e-mail out I might have two or three going at once.  If I’m helping to get breakfast ready in the morning I’m also taking the garbage out, putting out the food for the birds and squirrels while attempting to make coffee and empty the dishwasher.

Perhaps I suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or LOCS (Lack of Common Sense).  The problem is that the more frenetic my pace the less I tend to rely on the Holy Spirit.  In turn that means that I am most likely going to make a bad decision, offend someone I love, or to be tempted to do something I ought not.(in my case eat something with sugar)  

The associated problem is that if for some reason I don’t do something idiotic, and I don’t hurt someone’s feelings and I resist the temptation to eat half a mince pie I begin to think I can handle life on my own.  I know that most of you were with me until the mention of mince pie.  As long as I’m out of the closet regarding my food preferences, I am also a devotee of fruitcake.  But I digress.

“For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature” Galatians 5:17

The reality is, whether I realize it or not, I am in a spiritual battle and will be until the Lord takes me home.  Whether I acknowledge the enemy, i.e. Satan, or ignore him, he is present.  The war is going on around you and me whether or not we choose to take up our armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) and join the fight.
The weapons we have are the Word, the shield of faith, God’s truth and the Holy Spirit.  It is the Spirit who resides in the born again believer, who guides us and enables us to make the right decisions, act in a loving way and avoid temptation.  I want Him in charge.

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