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Do you feel invisible?
The great humbler is old age. If we haven’t spent time developing our inner beauty in concert with the Holy Spirit, we have a big problem!
The great humbler is old age. Our external beauty is fading. If the inner spirit has not developed over the years with humility, kindness, generosity, joy (in the face of hard times), and genuine love for others (to name a few), we will have a very hard time surviving old age. This is not something we can do by ourselves. It is a work of GOD’s Spirit in us.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh,
for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy,
fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:16-26 ESV
It’s like a dance, isn’t it?
Living by the Spirit is also compared to keeping in step with the Spirit. It’s like a dance isn’t it? If you get ahead of your dance partner or behind them, the dance doesn’t work. You will get tripped up. The dance won’t work when you are out of step with the person you dance with. It is the same way when you are “dancing” with the Spirit. You are in HIs embrace. He has a plan for developing these attributes in your life. You need to keep in step with Him. He leads. You follow.
So as you are embraced by your Heavenly Father in this dance of the Christian Life, remember that to Him, you are not invisible. You are valuable. Your value is higher than the animals and a little lower than the angels. You have been made in GOD’s image and as male and female, we show that image to the world as seen in one of the memory passages for the month. (Genesis 1:26-28 ESV)
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock
and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them.
And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it,
and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens
and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:26-28 ESV
Martha, it’s easy to identify with you especially since we are the same age but it is also convicting and very helpful to apply to my own life. Thank tutu you for writing this, dear friend.
thanks for coming by to visit carolyn. your comment means a lot. as you well know, i’m very normal and easy for people to identify with. I wish I floated on a cloud more easily, but i don’t. some life changes are just downright hard aren’t they? you know that even better than I do!
Yes life changes are very hard. One thing that really helped was a small group I attended at church on a book called ‘Suffering’ by paul Tripp. It has helped me more than anything to see God’s hand in everything. It helps so much to talk to others who are going thru the same things!
sounds like a great study carolyn. i’m guessing it was written since Paul has been sick with his kidney disorder. i’ll have to check it out!