As I am going through “Foxe’s book of Martyrs” and daily readings with Charles Spurgeon, I am recognising my ‘carnal’ moments more and more.
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
For each of these moments I pray for forgiveness, and I pray to lead a more Spirit filled life. It’s not going to be easy, but the cup of grace is sufficient for me to pick up my cross daily, put one foot in front of the other and continue walking the straight and narrow path.
Are we sanctified passively, that is, ‘by faith’ only, without obedience to the law of God and Christ? If sanctification is passive — a view represented by the slogan ‘Let go and let God’ — then how do we understand such apostolic statements as ‘I fight’, ‘I run’, ‘I keep under my body’, ‘let us cleanse ourselves’, ‘let us labour’, ‘let us lay aside every weight’? [I found this in my notes, not sure of the author]
He is yet to complete His work in me. He is the potter, and I am the clay.
The ‘carnal’ tickled my ego, and it seemed delightful at the time. But then came pride. I am to only boast in one thing, and that is Jesus.