“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
-Corruption in Hebrew is written as mishchath and in Greek phtheiró. It means to embezzle, steal, degrade, destroy, kill, pervert and sin. Corruption is often referred to as embezzlement of funds by a person in a position of power or any person(s) in the organization for personal gain. Corruption in the Bible manifests in diverse ways including: – the earth was corrupt before God (Gen 6:11-12), idol worship as a form of corruption (Deu 4:15-19; Deu 13:13), sons of Eli were corrupt and did not know God (1 Sam 2:12), mount of corruption (2 Kin 23:13), corruption of a nation (Isa 1:4), corruption as a father (Job 17:14), those who say there is no God are foolish and corrupt in their ways (Ps 14:1-3), evil company corrupts good morals (1 Cor 15:33), extortion turns a wise person into a fool and a bribe corrupts the heart (Ecc 7:7), one whose heart is corrupt does not prosper (Prov 17:20), Daniel was trustworthy and he was not corrupt in his conduct in governmental affairs (Dan 6:4), the Father did not let His Holy One/Jesus to see corruption (Ps 16:10-11, Acts 13:36-38) and God has lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption by redemption of sin (Isa 38:17), creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Rom 8:20-23), the body that is sown in corruption will be raised in incorruption (1 Cor 15:42), people of corrupt mind have been robbed of the truth and think that godliness is a means to financial gain (1 Tim 6:3-10), some leaders follow their corrupt desires of the flesh to gain power (2 Pet 2:10-11), put off your former conduct which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts but be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Eph 4:22-24), let not any corrupt word proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification (Eph 4:29; Jam 3:6) and creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (Rom 8:20-23) etc.
-There is a distinction between the flesh and the Spirit which have conflicting interests. The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that we do not do whatever we want (Gal 5:17). While the flesh pursues evil yielding corruption, the Spirit pursued good yielding everlasting life. Colossians 3:1-10, reminds us that we should focus on the things above and not on earthly things like sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and telling lies, for we died with Christ and we have been raised with Him, and will appear with Him in glory. We should therefore focus on love for God and one another which yields life, putting away our old man and be renewed in our hearts and minds, as we awake to righteousness. We can choose to look at these scriptures in a fleshly or spiritual dimension, but if today we listed to His voice let us not harden our hearts.
Thank You Lord for this beautiful day that You have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank You for the rains that You continue to shower unto us, may they be a source of blessings and not disaster, a means to plenty of food and not death and losses. Cover us Jesus with Your precious blood especially during this Christmas festivities that many are travelling. Protect our families and our entire nation that no one will be injured or die because of road accidents and any kind of disaster. We place our anxieties, cared and troubles into Your hands Lord. We place our ideas, vision and goals into Your wisdom. We place our lives, families, leaders, work, businesses, economy and nation into Your love. Bestow unto all leaders in our churches, corporate bodies, government institutions, and all the citizens the gift of wisdom so that corruption may come to an end in our nation. Renew our hearts and minds Holy Spirit and uplift our spirits so that we may always be conformed to Your holy will. Amen
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