Christians, recently I received a revelation how our bodies are like cars. Let me set-up the scenario. We are all triune beings made in the image of God; we are Spirit, Soul, and Body. Our car is the body/flesh. It is broken and old, breaking down because of sin, this world, and the way we drive it. The driver is our soul, every body contains a soul, and it is leading them where they are going. The navigator is the Spirit. We have two sources for our directions: a map (the Bible) and GPS (the Holy Spirit with which we are filled.) Our soul and spirit will get our brand new car at the end of the age in the form of our resurrected body.
Before we get saved we either have no map or different maps (books for guidance) and different GPS systems evil spirits (demons), where we got our directions. When we get saved, we begin to receive our directions from God via the Holy Spirit, but that does not mean that our flesh (car) does not remember the old roads we used to travel, the pot holes we used to hit, and the destinations we used to frequent. When we get saved we need to direct our car down the correct roads, following our new directions, to the proper destinations that God has for us.
There is absolutely no way I would get into a car and literally let the car drive me where it wanted to go, so why would I let my flesh lead me to where it desires to go? Just because my flesh wants to head down familiar roads and go to places it knows, using easier routes, or trying those old short cuts we used to do, does not mean I should let it. If my car favors turning to the right, and it makes such nice and smooth turns that way, do I forget that I am headed left? Or do I crank that wheel real hard and make some difficult turns away from sin, which so easily entangles me. Do I get my car (flesh) aligned, so that it drives straight and only turns when I make it turn? The answer is…yes.
Christians, for too long I have let my car influence my driving. Until my flesh dies or Jesus returns, I am stuck with this car and how and where I drove it before I got saved. However, I am now aware that I am in the driver seat, in charge of where I am headed, and I am going to maintain control of it. I will not let it take me back to familiar places and I will surely not let it get me off the road and stuck in a ditch. With the Holy Spirit as my GPS I know the path, now I must take control, and follow where He leads, in Jesus name, Amen.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 (NASB)
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NASB)
Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot. Romans 8:6-7 (AMP)
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14 (NIV)
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
*For extra insight read Galatians 5:16-23, these verses talk about walking by the Spirit and not being led by the flesh. It gives examples of fleshly desires as well as the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’.
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017