Aug 5 2018

Greater Things

John 3:30
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

These were the words of John the Baptist regarding our Lord.  He had brought a
wonderful message of repentance to many in the wilderness of Judea. Yet he
realized something greater was at hand and for this to be realized he needed to
decrease in his importance.   Many times we make ourselves the center of our
focus, thinking “what’s in it for me?”.  This is our “self” nature speaking; the
flesh.  Have you ever noticed that the things of the flesh do not satisfy?  You get
what you had desired and after a time you need something more.  It is only the
things of the Spirit that will satisfy. Jesus told the woman at the well in John
4:14 “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but
the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to
eternal life.”

If we desire greater blessing we need to have less of our flesh.  Jesus showed us
this with the ultimate sacrifice of His flesh as we are told of Him in Hebrews 12:
“..who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” dying for the blessing of
the fellowship with His creation, you and I. There is a cost to greater things, but
if done in the Spirit it will reap eternal reward. Romans 8:5-6 tells us “For those
who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but
those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set
on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace…”  Jesus
said in Mark 8:35-37 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a
man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in
exchange for his soul?”

Move beyond yourself into the greater things of the Spirit.  Take up your cross
daily, putting your flesh to death (Luke 9:23-25) and receive life and that in a
greater way.
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Reference:
Luke 9:23-25 – And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after
Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For
whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My
sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the
whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

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