Flip the switch!

I am in the middle of an interesting dialogue with a professor friend of mine concerning the presence of evil in the world.  Where does it come from.  Is evil a tangible thing or is it simply what happens in the absence of good.  Like a dark room.  Is it really dark or is there just no light.  Is darkness tangible?

Biblically we’ve got to believe that there is a sin nature in all of us. (Thank you Adam & Eve)

That inward hunger to do the wrong thing when we really desire  to do good.  Paul understood this. 

Romans 7

15 What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. 16 So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. 17 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! 18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. 19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. 21 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. 22 I truly delight in God’s commands, 23 but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? 

That is the question.  What’s wrong with us.  There is a war raging inside each of us, because we are dualistic beings.  We’ve got a spirit but also the flesh and they are constantly at war with each other.

When the flesh wins out we are led by our evil desires and sinful nature to do evil deeds.   I am an expert on this because when I let my flesh win I am capable of doing things that would even scare Freddy Krueger. And so are you.

there is a toggle switch in each of us that determines if our flesh or spirit wins.  It’s our mind.  That’s why the Bible says so much about renewing the mind, changing the way we think, not following the patterns of the world or our society but rather filling our minds with God thoughts which reult in God deeds.  When that happens we shine like the morning sun!

So flip the switch and let your light shine!

Click!

 

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~ by pastormikeadams on June 16, 2008.

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