Monday, May 20, 2024

Make not provision for the flesh

Broadcast 4038
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Romans 13:13-14 (NET) Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.

After Gabriel recovered spiritually, he was now more careful with the places he visited and the people he spent time with. He realized that putting on the Lord Jesus was a repellent to the wrong people. Everyone who came close to him now heard about Jesus; they heard the praise of Jesus and thanksgiving to God in His name; and knew that Gabriel was under the authority of the Lord Jesus.

Gabriel now had a simple rule: he avoided any place where he knew the Lord would not go if He were physically present. He also avoided watching movies and engaging in conversations that he knew the Lord would not partake in.

It is impossible to put on a potent perfume and it would not be noticed by those who come close to you. It is impossible to put on the Lord Jesus and His authority over you will not be noticed by those who come close to you. The power of God answers to those whose nature has been transformed through their interaction with Jesus. Believers who still live like unbelievers would not know the power and glory of sonship (see 2 Corinthians 6:17-18), but will easily fall prey to seducing spirits.

Go into today remembering to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh. Every time we make provision for the flesh, we put off the Lord Jesus to do so.

Prayer: Father, help me live a life permeated by the presence of the Lord Jesus. Deliver me from the power of the flesh, In Jesus' name. Amen
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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