Have you ever awakened and just plain felt cruddy? You didn't feel like being nice to anyone let alone praying and talking to God. Have you ever been having a great day, and then someone says something to you that really aggravates you, and you know you shouldn't respond a certain way, but you do it anyway? Sometimes we blame our feelings or reactions on pms, hormones, or lack of chocolate, but I think sometimes we give way too much credit to these things. They are not in control of us, we are. We choose our own actions and reactions.
We are human beings. We are created in God's image to serve and worship Him. We, who are saved and follow Christ are new creations, but we still struggle with what we call our "carnal" or "sinful" nature. It is that aspect of who we are that we are going to be looking at this week, and let me warn you, it isn't a pretty sight.
So, before I post a Bible text, let me ask you to think about a few things. If you want, I would love for you to post your thoughts on these.
When you think of the following phrases, what do you think they mean?
- sinful nature
- carnal nature
- crucified with Christ
Post your thoughts on those phrases and then our Bible study text will be in the next blog.
With a heart of worship,