Becoming Conduct

Posted on Aug 04 , 2014 in Grace & Life Lessons

Becoming Conduct

© By Brad L Hodges

Jeremiah 17:5,7,10 (NIV)

5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.

10 “I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”

Do you ever feel “hung out to dry?”

By that I mean completely at the mercy of whatever happenstance comes your way? Empty, alone, helpless with seemingly nowhere to turn. You are all to familiar with that feeling as a human being because we’ve all been there at one time or the other.

For the world at large it is in those times that we seek the solutions through human agency.

Flesh is our Achilles heal, our most vulnerable crack through which temptations seep into our inner core. We often seek to shore up our emptiness through human faults like illicit sex, drugs, money or equally faulty fellow human beings.

It is at junctures like that when our conduct is anything but becoming.

Believers in Jesus Christ are certainly not immune to the crevice of fleshly desire that runs through all of humanity like an open, sore wound that will not heal. The Apostle Paul outlined this condition well;

Romans 7:18-25 (NIV)

18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[b] a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:18 Or my flesh
Romans 7:25 Or in the flesh

Similar matter attracts and like magnets we humans are drawn to other humans looking for trust and substantiation in our common flesh.

Our conduct however is under scrutiny by God who “searches the heart and examines the mind” looking for those who trust in Him and have confidence in His solutions, not the solutions of other people.

Even non-believers know the difference between good and evil and in a majority pool have the desire to do good.

But, as Paul writes; “I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.”

Enter Grace and Jesus Christ who is the only one who can rescue us from the flesh and deliver us into an eternity free from the accompanying temptations, who can sew up the crevice and permanently heal the open wound with His love and forgiveness.

Christ died once and for all for those who accept His healing power. While we will continue to be tempted as long as we exist on earth, God has provided the way to overcome temptation and guide our hearts back to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the model for becoming conduct and will help us become like Him.

Pray today; Dear Lord help me to model my conduct by you. Invite me to abide in your perfect love and forgiveness at all times so that when temptation arrives at my door you will be the invulnerable force that prevents it from seeping into my vulnerability and allows me to display only becoming conduct for you. Amen.

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