Exercise Your Inner Man
While cleaning up the pile of papers that had grown on my desk throughout my busy week I realized that I needed to apply more daily discipline to keep things in order.
The adage describes discipline as “doing what you should do, when you should do it, even if you don’t want to.” This adage made me think about what Paul says “we should” do in Eph 2:10.
In the dispensation of grace, it seems our spiritual muscles are weak right where the strong iron bonds of the law were holding us upright.
Being delivered from the law and required work, it will take a continual discipline to strengthen our muscles to do what we should even though our flesh does not “want to” (Rom 7:19).
This discipline and practice is not the kind that comes from self-effort. Instead it comes from faith and the Spirit. Faith comes by hearing the word of God rightly divided which is a good work (2 Tim 2:15). Secondly, it is walking in the Spirit according to Romans 8:2-4.
These disciplines would go a long way towards reaping the benefits of a stronger inner man.
For his glory,
Justin Curtis Johnson