We have dual natures. God will eventually reign supreme in our hearts, but as what cost?
Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Duplicity is having dual, and conflicting, sides. We Christians have a black dog (our “old man”) inside of us along with a white dog: the Holy Spirit. Which one leads depends on which one we feed.
Integrity is who we are when no one else is looking. God gave us the desire to think and do rightly when He gave us His righteousness, and He gives us the ability to succeed through His Spirit within us. Learning to turn from dark thoughts and turn to Him–regardless of the draw of our natural desires–is what the Christian life is all about.
Each Saturday, I pray this prayer for you:
“Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters in You that they would be categorically committed to You, devoted to Your Way, and convinced (fully persuaded) that You are worth following. May their lives now be simply a shifting and sorting of priorities, a trading of their thoughts, life, will, dreams, aspirations, agenda, schedules, goals, desires, pleasures–every aspect–for Yours. Thank You, Jesus!” This prayer is based on four Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:7, Romans 8:18, Romans 4:20-21, and Acts 20:24. Please take the time to look them up, especially Acts 20:24!
When we get discouraged, let us remember that JESUS KNOWS our struggle and loves us anyway–in fact, He’s CRAZY about us and is excited to be with us helping us to become like Him!!! Let’s focus on that reality, shall we!