Not like it really should. Last night, I thought about the old saying, “Feed your spirit, and your flesh will starve.” It boils down to issues of self-control and discipline. I do okay a lot of the time. But, not all of the time.
No, no. Not all. What am I supposed to be, a saint?
I will admit that one of the reasons I listen to Christian music more than any other type of music is because it sets my mind on good things. I find myself in an attitude of worship during those times. It not only brings awareness to who God is, but it inspires me to want to be a better person. It’s not that I don’t like a little of the other every now and again. I do. And, I play it. Heavens, why else does my daughter ask her Aunt Jenny if she has any “Shot to the Heart” in her car? Well, actually, that’s because of her Nan. (Thanks, Mom.)
I just know me. And, I know that certain types of music feed my spirit. And, others don’t. Period.
Then, there is the Word. In preparation for dad’s upcoming series on the bible and such….I read this scripture:
“….People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
Every word? EVERY word? Mercy, Pete. I just like readin’ my favorite words. Lord knows, I skip Leviticus every time I see the phrase “animal’s blood” show up. That’s just gross.
But, this is not my point.
What is my point?
Oh, yeah. I can quote scripture. Impressed? Sure you are. The SAME scriptures over and over. I don’t branch out there much.
But, I am. Because, y’all, my flesh wants a lot of things. Like window treatments, a MacBook, a new pair of jeans….
Of course, those things are from the Lord. Let’s think of better examples.
My flesh can be envious. It can be impatient. I can be downright ugly. So, I think David may have been onto something when he said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you,” in Psalm 119.
I’m gonna feed my spirit more. Except Leviticus….I stand my ground on Leviticus.
And, starve that flesh of mine.