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Does The Flesh Serve God?

        

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Ben Wokk Farr - The Ancient Hebrew Warrior Priest

It would seem that old habits die hard; that the acceptance of knowledge is a battle that some fight against. Yet, if we are to return to the face of God, we must learn, we must obtain knowledge and pray for wisdom that knowledge be applied to His glory. For this reason I return to a message first delivered in 2003, and again in 2016. The bottom line is there is nothing too hard for God, even though it may be hard for man. Learn, grow and glorify God - in all things!

Between the Old and New Testaments there are recorded 379 verses referring to the flesh (247 OT - 132 NT); and NOT one speaks of the flesh as a "filthy rag." The OLD TESTAMENT speaks of both the flesh of animals and the flesh of man...With regard to the flesh of man, we come to learn that our TOTAL being is subject to the will of God. It is in the New Testament that we are urged to consider the flesh as weak and unworthy of God. Are these opposites a contradiction of thought in God? If one reads, seeking and understanding, this is not the concept that will be brought to light. You who search, you who seek, you who yearn for God's truth, will find that it is a contradiction of teaching concerning man's relationship to God. In the OLD TESTAMENT man is taught to deal directly with God. In the New Testament, someone feels man is unworthy to deal directly with God; therefore he stands in need of an intercessor.

From the scriptures, we see that the flesh IS subject to the will of God, and glories in Him, as does the spirit. We look then, to but a few verses that speak to the flesh serving the will of God.

GENESIS 9:15 "And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh..."

PSALMS 16:9 "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope."

PSALMS 65:2 "O that thou hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come."

PSALMS 84:2 "My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."

PSALMS 145:21 "My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever."

David tells us that of of his being, spirit and flesh, rejoiced and held hope in God. Know that all flesh will come before the presence of God, bless His name, and seek the living God. David tells us that his flesh, as is his spirit, is subject to God. The whole of our being is meant for that purpose - but as we see in Ecclesiastes, we can fall short. We can turn from that which is natural (the glory of God); thus we must be diligent in our comings and goings not to go against the nature that is His glory.

ECCLESIASTES 5:6 "Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin;"

How often have we been told not to let our mouths write a check that our "behinds" (flesh) can't cash? We talk of "running off at the mouth" without thinking. The fact is that when the moment comes, we have thought long and hard; then we disregard the nature that bids us to be silent.

   

Both Isaiah and Jeremiah speak that our flesh is meant to worship God; to honor God, to glorify God. As the flowers of the field and the grass are good, so is the flesh. I AM is the God of both the flesh and the spirit, and tells us so.

JEREMIAH 32:27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for me?"

Joel tells us that God will place His spirit in all flesh, that we might prophesy and see visions. Zechariah speaks to us that the flesh obeys the voice of God, as well.

It is in the New Testament that we are taught to disregard the word of God, to embrace the concept of the weakness, folly and disobedience of the flesh. It is in the New Testament that we are told that only the spirit is subject to the will of God, and the flesh ignores His word, leading us along a path away from God.

MARK 14:38 "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak."

ROMANS 7:18 "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing;"

ROMANS 8:8 "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

These passages tell us that the flesh cannot benefit from the advantages of the spirit. Yet, it is that I wonder when I observe my fellow man move into the realms of spirit, with tears, with dancing, with flailing. How can it be that the flesh does not also profit, for is it not too filled with the spirit of God?

For all the disparaging words against the flesh in the New Testament, a word of truth stands as a beacon.

LUKE 3:6 "And all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

Men of flesh have long been called to the service of God. Men, both perfect and imperfect. After the ascension of Moses, Joshua took up the reigns of leadership. Jonah disregarded the nature of his being, fearful of his charge in Neneva. His punishment was the belly of the whale. Jeremiah railed against God in anger, only to be cut off from His presence. It was Samson's flesh (strength) in harmony with his mind that glorified God. His mind, diverted by temptation brought him low. Yet, it was the return of his mind to the harmony of his flesh that allowed him to challenge his enemies, laying down his life for God.

I submit that if the flesh creates in us a failing that makes us unworthy of glorifying God, how then did no less than three men of flesh be called perfect by God - Job, Abraham and Noah? It is not the flesh that moves us away from God, but our minds. It is the choices we make that separate us from His love and mercy. It is our conscious disobedience that places us in danger. The flesh, in its natural state, glorifies God, praises God and worships God - the Great I AM! It is our minds that must learn to follow and become one, being subject to His will and His glory.

May the love of I AM ever abide in us that we might learn, gain knowledge and the understanding heart that brings forth wisdom. -Selah

        

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