John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
At first I thought there was something wrong with me. I felt different. I felt shame. The desires of my flesh began to horrify me. Being attracted to girls, was clearly against God. I was middle-school age and new in the faith. I realized, by God’s grace, my natural urges conflicted with God’s design for marriage. With a childlike faith I knew God’s words and ways stood as truth. And I wanted to stand in His truth. This was clearly God-given wisdom, not my own thinking.
If we don’t stand in His truth, what happens? We fall, right?
So there I sat, trembling under the clouds of an inner-storm. I saw God’s perfect design. I also saw my urges that didn’t line up. I pleaded with God to change me. The Soul-heart cries of a broken kid echoed in the heavenly realms. That’s when He lead me to the truth of His Word.
Last week I wrote on the powerful principal behind the phrase ‘It is written…’. Jesus started many of His statements with this phrase. My cry to God came in a simpler form, “God, You said…”
“God, You said that man leaves his father and mother and is joined with his wife.” (Genesis 2:24)
Suddenly by faith, I stood on this truth of God. Nevermore would I pursue such a defiling relationship, no matter which way my feelings pushed me. That’s when I learned — understanding and agreeing with God at His Word, by faith, has power. It’s sanctuary.
“It is written” is my safe place.
“God, You said” is my fortress.
There I find rest, in the very breath of life of my Savior.
Shame and the feeling of being different took many years to combat. I finally came to the realization of the truth. I was not different. Like everyone, I was born with a tendency toward sin (Romans 3:23-24). My most troublesome symptom was same-sex-attraction. But the disease was the same. Sin.
Read the first chapter of Romans in the Bible, and you may start to feel a little good about yourself. This, if you’ve never dealt with SSA. Read the second chapter of Romans, and the Spirit will knock you right back off your self-made pedestal. We are all saved by faith in Jesus, no matter the symptoms of sin.
Today’s verse clearly speaks to the gospel. His words are “… full of Spirit and life”. Our efforts can’t produce eternal life. Jesus, God’s Word does. The One who spoke all things into being, breathed life into Adam personally. The same God now breathes life into us through this good news that Jesus came to seek and to save. (Luke 19:10) We know God’s word doesn’t just stop at the gospel. The entire Bible is God-breathed and corrects our thinking and ways. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 10:5)
His words are protection to keep us from drifting away from Him. The eternal word is the breath of His mouth. It is Spirit and life. It is Jesus. God’s guidance leads us away from death and self-destruction. We continue to live in Jesus, as we live in the shelter of the Most High, by the power of His Spirit. (Psalm 91:1)
What sin are you struggling with? What has the Holy Spirit been contending with you over lately? Have your thoughts or actions come up against God’s word? Whatever sin we face, God’s word can correct it. Ask God to highlight truth that you need to affirm back to Him in prayer. God’s word is powerful, let it continue to do it’s good work in you!
Holy Father, You breathed Your life in me, and I will never be the same! Jesus, You came to seek and to save the lost. I was lost. By the Word of Your mouth, I am saved. By what you said, I am steered back to the right path. Breathe, Oh breath of God, set the captives free from sin! ~Amen
One purpose for God’s commands in the Old Testament was so God’s people could live in right relationship with God. It was like a guardian until the receiving of the Holy Spirit, through faith in Jesus, in the New Testament. Now by His Holy Spirit, God’s laws are written on our hearts. We follow His ways as a response to His love. See Rules, Rules, Rules.