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Spiritual Nature, Sinful Nature April 30, 2010

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Galatians 5:16-26
I am amused to see how the world interprets the tension between the forces of good and evil. In the movies, a little white angel appears on the person’s shoulder and argues for the good. Simultaneously, a little red devil appears on the other shoulder and tempts them. Both forces at work have good arguments, but only one is right. The choice determines how the situation unravels.
This is not too far off from real life. There are choices to be made. The choice determines the outcome which in turn leads to more choices. The difference of course lies in the gray areas of real life. The same temptations are present all the time. We can choose to live for right, and for the sake of right, or we can choose not. The arguments present themselves in the form of advice from those around us and in our own desires. For those not in Christ, the choice is based strictly upon one’s own desires. They do not know the voice of the Spirit. They do not hear the Still, Small Voice of reason that beckons to the good. They are not without direction however. Even those not in Christ have a guide, it is called ‘conscience.’
Our conscience, some would argue, is instilled from the values society as a whole places on us. Some say it is our parents’ guidance or lack thereof. Some say it is the voice of reason. Some even say it is the voice of God trying to get through. The problem with our conscience is that it can be quieted, it can be ignored. Without any sense of the Divine, we are left to our own beliefs and values. Where do they come from? That’s my question exactly. They are developed through the events in our lives and some people blame those events for having more influence than their own beliefs. I believe they are looking for excuses or something else to blame.
People use all manner of things to quiet their conscience. Take your choice; there are drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, witchcraft, anger… The list goes on. See verses 19 and 20. These are the characteristics of the sinful life we live in the body before we come to Christ. Without Him, we are still under the Law. Not the laws of a government, but the Laws established by God. It is not until we come to Christ that we escape the consequences of the Law because Jesus overcame the Law, He fulfilled the Law. We can turn to Him in faith and recognize our need, our lack, our sinful nature and repent of it. The Law is then replaced by grace and forgiveness. The Law does not go away, it is simply completed.
In Christ, we become a new creation, “the old is gone, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17) What was once conscience becomes the Still, Small Voice of reason from the Spirit. The Spirit has vastly different characteristics than the world. The two are diametrically opposed. They walk contrary to each other, opposite directions. What was once your earthly nature becomes a new thing, life in the Spirit, full of fruit. “And the fruit of the Spirit is; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.” Where do you find these in the world? You don’t. They are opposite of the way of the world. So let us not seek societal norms, but let’s be in tune with the Spirit and all that it brings. The world fades away, Jesus is magnified, God is in control.
People will look at you funny. They will wonder what is wrong with you. They will ask you why you care. Tell them. Tell them what makes you different. Tell them about the life you have in the Spirit and invite them to share in it as well. Demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit and live for Christ.

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