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The Way We Want

If left entirely up to your legs, back, feet, and side, there would never be a jog that lasted long enough to do you any good. Your brain can envision leaner muscles, better conditioning, greater endurance, and that deep, rich feeling of accomplishment, but your individual body parts don’t care one bit about that. They just want out. They want this over. They want a long squirt of water and a place to sit down.

We have wants like these all the time. We want to eat too much. We want to ogle women. We want to ignore responsibility. We want to tell somebody what we really think of them. And though any of these may start with legitimate needs for nourishment and pleasure and honesty and rest, every time our wants run roughshod over God’s clear teachings for us-his game plan-they become sin.

Let’s just get this through our heads so there’s no misunderstanding: “The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want” (Galatians 5:17). If you expect life with God to be pretty much doing whatever you feel like and then praying it away on Sunday, you’re set up for some major disappointment. With God in charge, “you do not do what you want.” You do what he wants-and find along the way that it’s the best thing you could possibly want.

Pray this prayer: I’ve wanted things my way lately, Lord. Help me realize that this will never get me anywhere but into trouble, every time. I want to live a life that is holy and pleasing to you. Send your Spirit to help me.

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Laci
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oh my gosh, this is one of the things that i struggle with! i always do what my flesh wants to do and i ignore god because i cant hear him. but i am selfish for that. i thank god for you putting this blog entry up, it really gives me some hope, and i hope that it helps others because everyone struggles with this.

i hope you had a day full of blessings and grace.

God bless you:)

Scott
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Thank you for this enlightening message! It seems like every time I focus on what “I” want, it leads me not only into trouble but also a very negative mental and emotional state. It’s only when I ask God to lead my thoughts, words and actions and seek to do what He wants that I find any degree of peace and a feeling that I am “doing the right thing”.

Best to you,
Scott

Keith
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Scott,

I agree with you. These past 7 months have shown to me that when I focus on what I want, full blown narcissism and depression result. NO surprise really, there is nothing good in the human heart. Why look there to begin with? I love Joe Gibbs, what a man! An example of integrity, with success that has not spoiled his character.

Jeff
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Awesome lesson GPFL team. Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Gal 5:17 is great, and goes good with 2Cor. 12:9-10, Grace is enough for me, in my weakness He is strong. I found that on my own, I was powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing, and that without God, my life is unmanageable. My own willpower could do nothing, so I had to became willing to accept God’s power to help me recover from a life of sinful addictive compulsive behaviors.

Julie
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How true this is. Jeff, thank you for the verses

V K White
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Wow, how true this is in my life. I need all of your prayers to help me seek God before making decisions. i want to thank Coach Gibbs for ALWAYS being an inspriation in my life. Please pray for me!

Andrwe
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I pray for you VK I do the same thing and also need all of your prayers to seek God before making decisions. Just reading this site for the first time tonight looks interesting and believe I will be back.

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