2020 has been a year that many important things have been brought to light. Several important things that need response or action, there’s no denying that, but amidst the importance, my spirit has been heavy with unrest. Have you experienced that? You see and hear something important, but internally something still feels off? I think I am starting to identiy why, and maybe this is the same for you.
Essential vs. Non- essential
Lisa Bevere recently delivered a message on the difference between essential vs. non-essential, listen to that message HERE.
Here are a few of her examples:
Essential: Our identity in Christ
Non-essential: Our identity in culture
Essential: What scripture says
Non- essential: What media says
Essential: What we live
Non- essential: what we study
Essential: What we believe
Non- essential: What everyone else believes
Galations 5- Walking by the Spirit
Then I read Galations 5 which is about walking by the Spirit. The differences noted in the verses are crucial for us to pay attention to, becuase there is another way to walk, but we aren’t called to walk that.
5:14- 15, “For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
We will be consumed by what we feed on, what we invest in. If we are operating outside of love for one another, than could it be argued that we are giving access for the enemy? Let’s go on.
5: 16-17, “But I say walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things you please.”
Internally there is a battle waring against us because we all are born with sin, the flesh and the Spirit. Whatever we are walking in, meaning whichever one we are allowing to lead we will either find peace with our current culture or unrest. The world’s ways and God’s ways are in opposition to each other. Here’s what the world’s ways look like:
5: 19-21, “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and the things like these…”
Read the list again. After I read through the list about 5 times I began to chart out in my mind some of the very things the media and our culture have been promoting. Darkness is highlighted, evil is celebrated. All news is negative. Truth has become relative, and I wonder if we have lost our focus. Focus on what is essential, focus on the fruits of the Spirit, focus on what our very mission, and purpose is here. God isn’t suprised by COVID, no surprised at the unrest and injustice flooding our world, that is why He gave us His Word, the sword. That is our weapon that we anchor in His truth. His word, our sword is how we combat the unseen evil, and pray against the darkness and injustice.
It matters what we are doing. Our focus on what the WIN is matters. What part we allow to lead, Spirit or flesh is essential.