Thursday, 20 May 2010

Sowing the Spirit

A couple of quotes which Matt Hatch provided at LT1. I found helpful, real and challenging.

John Stott[1]

“To ‘sow to the flesh’ is to pander to it, to cosset, cuddle and stroke it, instead of crucifying it…Every time we allow our mind to harbour a grudge; nurse a grievance, entertain an impure fantasy, or wallow in self pity, we are sowing to the flesh. Every time we linger in bad company whose insidious influence we know we cannot resist, every time we lie in bed when we ought to be up and praying, every time we read pornographic material, every time we take a risk which strains our self control, we are sowing, sowing, sowing to the flesh. Some Christians sow to the flesh every day and wonder why they do not reap holiness”

Sowing to the spirit

= saying yes to whatever strengthens my Spirit inspired desires

=reinforcing faith

Amy Carmichael[2]

‘Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step by little bits of wills, little denials of self, little inward victories by faithfulness in very little things. They became what they are. No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were taken. There is no sudden triumph no spiritual maturity. That is the work of the moment.’

[1] J Stott ‘The Message of Galations’ Inter-varsity press, 1968, p.170

[2] Amy Carmichael quoted in: Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat, 1987, Word Books Publisher, p. 130.

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