Open Heaven 4th March 2020 Devotional – Indulging The Flesh? written by Pastor E. A. Adeboye
TODAY’S TOPIC: INDULGING THE FLESH?
“But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” – (1 Timothy 5:6)
4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:25-27
25. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air;
27. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
MESSAGE – Open Heaven 4th March 2020 Devotional:
Food and relaxation are good, but if excessive, can be dangerous. If fasting for even one day has become difficult for your then your flesh is exerting too much control over you. Even in marriage. If you cannot go one week without being intimate with your spouse, then you really need to get yourself under control.
Humans are actually spirit beings; the flesh is just a container that helps us to operate in the physical world. Many however have given the container priority over its content – the spirit. The spirit is supposed to be in control of the flesh and not the other way round. What happens mostly however is that, a fellow will look fresh and healthy in the physical, but spiritually, he is weak and dying. The purpose of your flesh is to keep you alive, not to kill you. If you let it dictate to you, it will end up killing you. In (1 Corinthians 9:27), Apostle Paul urges us to subdue our flesh.
When I first became born again and was introduced to fasting, I thought “These people want to kill me!” But I eventually tried it and found it most rewarding. When you decide to start putting your body under control through fasting, it will be difficult at first, in fact, it may feel like you are trying to kill yourself. That is just the flesh battling for the position of authority that it has always enjoyed. At that time when it seems really difficult, energize your spirit with prayers. You will discover that during the prayers, your flesh will be suppressed and its voice will be silenced.
I leave you with the words of Apostle Paul in (1 Corinthians 6:12-13):
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”
ACTION POINT – Open Heaven 4th March 2020 Devotional:
Stop indulging your flesh; rather subdue it with prayer and fasting.
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