Appetites And Passions

As many are preparing to welcome 2017 as a new year many people make resolutions. Most resolutions involve a physical change in behaviour. Often these behaviour changes involve the physical body. We hear of people making resolutions to loose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking, quit something their body is doing. Rarely do we hear of people making resolutions that affect their spirit man.

Even when people make resolutions to read through the Bible or spend more time with their children or family these are behaviors of the body, the flesh. You have to make the time and set the time aside to read through the Bible or spend time with your family. Your body, your flesh may not want to do any of these actions. So people determine they will make a resolution to do certain things and they get discouraged when they fail.

Failure in your resolution means, for that specific battle, your flesh won. Some people give up and quit and others try, try again. You see, when you realize your flesh wants to do things of this world, things that are seen by others, you understand the struggle Paul was talking about in Romans 7:22-25 KJV  “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
[23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
[24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
[25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Our body, that is our flesh, has appetites and passions that have been cultivated through things of this world. Things that are seen. Often through advertising or things we see we acquire an appetite to acquire “things”. We engage our passions whether family, food, music, business but very few have a real passion for spiritual matters. People sacrifice their relationship with their family, with God and with friends to fill their appetite for things that are seen, things in this world.

Earthly appetites and passions are temporal. That is why children tire of new toys after a short period of time. And when you look at the money spent on toys and a year later the toy is broken or stuffed in a box you begin to see the folly of advertising. I am not saying toys are bad but toys should generate original thinking and inspire creative thinking. Spending thirty dollars on a toy where you push a button to watch a gadget spin in circles or do flips and that is all it can do is not being a good stewart of resources. But giving a guitar or keyboard allows for creativity.

If you provide a variety of different creative gifts you can learn what someone’s God given gifts or talents are and then help them cultivate those talents to use for God’s glory.

I was speaking with someone the other day who is trying to help an eleven year old boy. The boy has been in and out of several foster homes over the years. I explained, this guy must help the 11 year old boy find his God given talents and then steer him to develop those “natural” abilities. And don’t be surprised if his talents are nothing like your own. Teach as far as you can and then hire professionals to take him to the next level. Sometimes it takes several years to discover their God given talents but pray and ask God to manifest it to you so you can help him.

Friends, as we look to a new year with new excitement and hope, let us understand there will be advances and set backs, it is a part of life. But let us first focus on strengthening our spirit man for spiritual battles because what happens in the spirit realm impacts our earthly realm.

2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Until next time.

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