“In Conflict” 3/31/2023 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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Galatians 5:17 For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the  Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, so  that you do not

Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”  @  https://seizetheday-blog.com         

Original post @ https://seizetheday-blog.com/2023/02/28/in-conflict-2/


In Conflict


FEBRUARY 28, 2023

        Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24


When I started teaching in 1982, at Greenside High School, I could barely make ends meet but I’d been promised a salary increase and was looking forward to buying a car audio system. Then we had a staff meeting and the principal told us we wouldn’t be getting the increments we’d expected.  Boy, was I upset. For months I’d been contemplating a drive down the freeway to the beat of Keith Green or Petra. Now it was just a pipe dream.

A week later I was still fuming about how my rotten salary wasn’t even enough for a “basic necessity” like a sound system when one of my grade twelve students came up to chat with me. “Sir,” he began. “I notice your car doesn’t have a radio and tape deck.” “Everyone knows that!” I said somewhat sarcastically. “Well, I was wondering if you’d like me to get you one Sir?” “Listen Sean. It’s good of you to offer but I don’t have any spare cash.” “Oh!  But it wouldn’t cost much Sir. I can get you one for 10 percent of the price of a new system!” “What! That’s impossible! Where do you get them from?” “Well Sir, you probably don’t want to know the answer to your question but the bottom line is I can get you a really great system for next to nothing. So how about it?”

Needless to say, it was a tempting offer. Obviously, Sean was fencing stolen goods but I desperately wanted the system and for a few days I fought a tremendous inner conflict. It was a case of “the sinful nature (desiring) what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They (were) in conflict with each other”  Galatians 5:17.

Now, this was no small conflict. It raged on and on. It gave me restless nights and it was even worse when I drove past another car with music blaring out and the occupant singing along. But a few years previously I’d accepted Christ as my Savior, and now I was having to learn that “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” Galatians 5:24. So because I was living “by the Spirit” I kept “in step with the Spirit” Galatians 5:25 and turned Sean’s offer down.

Similarly, when temptation comes your way, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” Galatians 5:16.


P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com


To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…


You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/


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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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