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The Words Of Our Elders: Adam Smith (1723-1790)

To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
~ Adam Smith

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

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Spiritual Intelligence: Walk This Way

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Good morning friends. In our opening verses Paul explores the contrast between living in the flesh, and living in the spirit in a letter to friends in Rome. He explains the war between the two states, and their motivation; the flesh being selfish, and the spirit, selfless. The flesh can be defined as humankind before regeneration, and the spirit, humankind after the process of regeneration. In a letter to friends in Galatia, he went to list some indicators that can help in determining our spiritual state at any point in time. Let’s have look:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Looking through this exhaustive list, one might be inclined to ask who then can inherit the kingdom of God. Well, we can find consolation in the words of Jesus:

With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible

Sadly, whenever we turn on our TV, pick up a movie, read the papers, or just listen to conversations; we hear these words spiking up at an ever increasing rate. In recent times they have become the norm, so much so that one is perceived as a social misfit whenever they are lacking, even across gender lines.

Then he went on to list character results we should truly desire:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

I can hear “modern man” yelling, “BORING”, “These are softy stuff”; not pub talk, not office or changing room banta, not what real men or sassy women do. “Get with the programme preacher”, “We were born into the 90s”, “This is how we roll in the 21st century”, “It’s only natural”, “Don’t be a kill joy”, “God understands”, “I am a free spirit”, “I can’t help myself”, “It’s the me I need to embrace”, “You are not going to survive in this world”; and on, and on, and on…

Yes, dear friends, He does understands. Remember, we were not created to be slaves to these desires, but rather to have dominion over them. Hence the reason why He sent His only begotten son to die for our sins, and to enable us to live above these things. But ultimately, the choice is ours; we can choose true freedom or “uber cool” slavery. With this in mind I am drawn to these words by Paul as an epilogue for today’s thought:

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Dare I say, walk this way?

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~ Sabali

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Clem

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Spiritual Intelligence: A Kiss With Destiny

Early in the morning David left the sheep with another shepherd. He took the food and left as Jesse had told him. When David arrived at the camp, the army was going out to their battle positions, shouting their war cry. The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

David left the food with the man who kept the supplies and ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out. He shouted things against Israel as usual, and David heard him.

And David heard him… Just allow those words to sink into your spirit for a minute. Can you hear anything?

Good morning friends. David’s story is one that truly inspires me. It’s a story that epitomise a beautiful tapestry interwoven with threads of faith, humility, courage, zeal, humility, wisdom, kindness, and passion. Each one radiating it’s own colour while complimenting the others. And like a true masterpiece, it has a cute element of imperfection; evident in the episode when his passion was misplaced. The same passion that made him stand out from the rest; sadly, was also his thorn in the flesh.

So, here lies the conundrum. Should we rise up and walk by faith in-spite of our weaknesses, or do we sit down and wait till those weaknesses becomes strengths? With this in mind, I am reminded of a line from one of the psalms:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

When we realise the truth behind these words, it changes everything dear friends. When we realise that it’s not just about us, when we realise God’s all sufficiency, when we catch a glimpse of the awesomeness of His grace and mercy; then our strength is renewed like an eagle. At this juncture, I am also reminded of the words of Paul in a letter to friends in Corinth:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

There is no mention of David’s mentor or teacher anywhere in the Bible, I’m not even sure how devoted Jesse (his father) was to God. In his early days all we are privy to is his extraordinary strength of character; demonstrated in his faithfulness to Jesse, and his commitment to the flock he was assigned to shepherd.

As I draw this thought to a close, let’s have another look at this line from our opening verses – I am still intrigued.

… and David heard him.

So, be mindful of what you hear, and be careful of what you say. Goliath spoke that day and he met his demise; David heard that day, and it led to a kiss with sweet destiny.

Out of all the conversations he had that day, this one just stood out for David. Thank God he recognised destiny on the day their paths crossed.

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~ Sabali

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