I just don’t want someone who can touch my flesh, but I want someone who can touch my spirit also.
Has God ever made you a promise, but you got weary along the way?
It seemed like the promise was taking too long so you stopped believing. You got tired of waiting. You didn’t think God was going to do it again. Maybe He changed His mind.
So you settled for Ishmael because you didn’t think Isaac would ever come. But the thing you thought you wanted, you didn’t want it anymore and now you wished you had waited. You got yourself in a mess and now you must deal with the consequences.
But as you laid in regret and disappointment, God reminded you of Isaac. He reminded you that He didn’t change His mind. Your poor decision only delayed the promise. It never stopped it.
And what did you learn from this experience? You learned how to wait and thirteen years later, the thing God said would happen did happen – not by your flesh, but by His Spirit.
I know they say ‘experience is the best teacher’, but the Holy Spirit is the best Teacher. Listen to Him because He knows what the will of the Father is, He knows what God wants for us and He will not guide us in the wrong direction.
God gives us all a choice. Either you can wait on Him or wish you had waited, but I pray that we all choose to wait – patiently.
And so, after he had patiently waited, he obtained the promise (Hebrews 6:15).
And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me and to whoever I will I give it.
If you therefore will worship me, all this shall be yours.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get behind me, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord yout God, and him only shall you serve (Luke 4:5-8).
When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he tempted him with all the things in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Yes, the word of God is full of power, but one of the most powerful words you can tell the devil is no.
In the above passage, we read that Jesus responded to the devil with scripture, but all he was saying was no.
The Israelites couldn’t enter the Promised Land until they passed the test in the wilderness. Jesus didn’t enter into public ministry until he passed the test in the wilderness.
When satan tempts you, he shows you what he will give you (pleasure, enjoyment, fun), but he never shows you the consequences of your choices (sorrow). How do you know when you’re about to enter into the thing that God promised you? Because the devil will come to you, offering to give you things to keep you from getting the things God promised you.
Say no to his lies.
Say no to his advances.
Say no to his temptations.
Just say no.
receive: to be given something; to come in possession of something; to accept from another by hearing or listening; to be a recipient; to act as a container for
The Jews argued among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you (John 6:52-53).
When those who followed Jesus heard him talking about eating flesh and drinking blood, they probably thought, This man is crazy. Is this some type of cult? Although they heard him, they didn’t understand him. This is a hard saying: who can understand it? (John 6:60). And because they didn’t understand, they complained and many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him.
For my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed (John 6:55).
Those who heard the words of Jesus should have been able to relate to what he was saying because he was speaking their language. They knew about offering sacrifices according to the law. Words such as flesh and blood were familiar to them, but they still missed it.
For years, they had been sacrificing animals for their sins, but what they were doing didn’t last because they had to do it again and again. But now the Word was made flesh (Jesus). God sent Jesus to become both the High Priest and the sacrifice. And even though he would only sacrifice himself once, that one time would last forever.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:12-13).
Out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword (Revelation 1:16).
Before Jesus was pierced, he was laid on the cross. Before the priest cut the animal, it was laid on the altar. Prior to the priest cutting the animal, all he saw was the outer, but the moment he cut the animal, what was inside of it was exposed for all to see. This is what the word of God does. It exposes thoughts, motives and intentions of the heart. It shows us who we really are. In Genesis 1:4, his word divided the light from the darkness.
In order for the word to do what it was sent out to do, it will require us to lay down our will and our ways. It will require us to become a living sacrifice. It will require us to say like Jesus said, Not my will, but Your will be done. Just like the followers in John 6, some of us were raised to think a certain way – at home and in church. We were taught to believe a certain way and to do things a certain way for years, but some of the things we’ve been doing hasn’t worked.
Jesus wasn’t asking them to do something that they were used to doing. He wasn’t asking them to purchase and to sacrifice another animal. In fact, he wasn’t asking them to give Him something. He was asking them to receive something. Receive change. Receive the words of the Father and receive what His Son came to do for them.
If you don’t understand a thing, then ask for understanding and God will give it to you. I know it’s different, it’s not what you’re used to and you always do it ‘this way’, but don’t walk away from God or reject what He said because you don’t understand what He’s doing or because it doesn’t make sense right now. Anytime God sends His word, He sends it to help you, not to harm you or offend you.
Just receive it.
[Scripture references: John 6:51-66; John 1:14; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 10:1-14; Romans 12:1]