Monday, June 07, 2010

You Can Change 13

In this chapter Chester begins to talk about strategy. He begins to answer the "How?" question, and he uses Galatians 6:7-8 as his starting point: a man reaps what he sows. He writes:

Our sinful nature has idolatrous desires that cause sinful behavior and emotions. But the Spirit has placed in the heart of every Christian a new desire: the desire for holiness. So we sow to the flesh whenever we do something that strengthens or provokes our sinful desires. We sow to the Spirit whenever we strengthen our Spirit-inspired desire for holiness (134).

It's important to understand the lies that lead to sin, and the truth that we need to return to in order to see the desires of our hearts transformed. And it's also important to remember that it is ultimately God who does the transforming. But we must also understand that we have a role to play. What we do does matter. In our daily living we are constantly sowing, either to the flesh or to the Spirit, and what we reap depends on what we sow.

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