Friday, June 9, 2023

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD

Broadcast 3690

Rom 8:7-8 (MSG) Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what He is doing. 8 And God isn't pleased at being ignored.

After Chioma believed, her biggest struggle was with changing her way of life. Chioma found it particularly difficult to stop walking in the flesh and start walking in the Spirit because she was not ready to give up anything for the sake of the gospel. She still wanted to have the best of both worlds, and that was where her problem was. As Chioma grew in spiritual understanding, it became clear to her that it was impossible for her to be like this and please God at the same time. She had to choose who she wanted to please with her life.

The outlook of the flesh is one that seeks to hold on to things and focus on you. It is selfish and self-centered. The outlook of the spirit is one that is very willing to give up things for the sake of Christ and the gospel. It is God-centered.

A person walking in the spirit can give up anything for the sake of Christ because he understands that what he gains in the kingdom of God cannot be sufficiently measured in time and space. This knowing is furnished by the Holy Spirit within him. A person walking in the flesh only thinks about this life and how he can get more.

Go into today knowing that the most important thing in this world is less than the least important thing in God’s kingdom. Nothing is too big to give up for the sake of Christ’s glorious kingdom.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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