Internal Affairs

24 04 2008

We all go through periods of time when we feel like our efforts to be a better person are at a standstill. We may have made bad decisions, people let us down or we just did some stupid things. Discouragement bordering on depression can set in causing us to wonder if we even want to try any more. It feels like the most tumultuous place to be is inside of us.


During times like that, where can we find the motivation we need to continue the effort to be all we can be? These verses in Galations 5:16-18 from The Message Bible offer us a look inside ourselves to see what’s really going on:


“My counsel is this, live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why not choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions.”


So if we make God’s Spirit our own internal motivational speaker, then we become free spirits – steady, animated and full of life? I like the sound of that, don’t you?


Some might say, “But that’s not my cup of tea. I just can’t get into God.” That’s okay. If you’ll just take your mountain of troubles to Him, asking for help, He’ll get into you.




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