It’s Natural to Want to Feel Good

Yes we all want feel good. Physically, mentally, spiritually. But not all that makes us feel good is good for us. God has given us many simple warnings and instructions for our well being and survival. But do we listen?

He condensed His will for the nation of Israel through Moses in the Ten Commandments. Then Paul, by the Holy Spirit, summed up the commandments in this:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself. 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 9:8-10)

For if we study the history of God’s relationship with His people, He has continually left an open example of what lay ahead for people who walk their own way instead of His. Even the example of those who were led out of Egypt, but had not faith enough to believe. Even in His Holy presence with the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to lead them. Even to the granting of the manna from Heaven every morning. Even to the granting of fowl brought in by the Lord when the children grumbled.

And the punishment was great for those who forsook the Lord. For that generation was left in the desert save a few. Let us then heed the words of the Lord and forsake that which leads us unto death. Even if it makes us feel good.

What makes us feel good to leads to death apart from Christ? Have you not read the Ten Commandments? Or even the warnings of Christ and His apostles in Scripture?

What is natural is not necessarily spiritual. Even those who smoke marijuana claim it’s OK to partake. Why? Well God made it. But look at the fruit of their lives. Aren’t really escaping the reality of their situation and putting blinders over their eyes? Just the same as anyone who takes drugs for pleasure or to satisfy the flesh because of their cravings.  I will finish by quoting Paul’s letter to the Galatians:

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Gal 5:13-26)

 

 

 

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