Sunday, January 21, 2007

I do and don't do . . .

Cancer. Cells doing both, what they are programmed to do and at the same time what they were not programmed to do. Divide yes, divide uncontrollably no. Sounds familiar? “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). The Apostle Paul wrote these words in an Epistle to the Romans. Cancer is the body turning on itself, just as sinful (or self destructive) behavior is the soul turning on itself. Doesn’t the cancer cell know that if it continues on its uncontrolled path that it will inevitably kill itself and the rest of the body in the process? Doesn’t the soul (personality) know that traveling down the wrong path will lead to eventual destruction of the entire being?
Where did we go wrong? From the first act of disobedience, humanity has pushed the envelope with God, wanting to do things their own way. We, as the human race, have mutated (spiritually) just like a cancer cell (physically). Cancer cells go through stages where they have genetic mutations on top of genetic mutations and eventually look less and less like they were supposed to look. The human race has entire cultures that are so removed from God’s original intent that their actions and ways are almost unrecognizable. This or that little act of disobedience is repeated and magnified down through the ages, spawning horrific monsters which have almost no resemblance to the original transgression. Man, this idea is a can of worms that only a series of books could cover – maybe – I better move on . . . .
The only answer I see if for the death of the ‘self’ so that God can live in the heart, once the self has been dethroned. There has to be a ‘spiritual coup’ in which the resident dictator is kicked out and the new benevolent king takes His long lost, but rightful place, on the throne of the human heart. And even on the best day of the most holy person’s life, there will be those minor skirmishes where some of the members of the old kingdom attempt to retake the throne. This classic tale is acted out billions of times each day in the lives of believers all over the world. Jesus gives us a major key to success in this area. Mark 14:38 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Watch and pray. Lord, remind us daily to watch and pray.

The CT on Friday went very well. Not to sound overly spiritual about it, but I felt a very unusual, almost overwhelming sense of peace about half way through the test which lasted for several minutes. I even commented to the tech about it. I don’t know what it was, but it was good.
Bryan’s basketball team won this morning. It was their first game, but I missed it since I had to be in N.O. for a test. While there, I visited with my parents, Aunt Eva and my brother and his wife and ate some lunch (thankyou aunt Eva) with them all. Mom is anemic due to the chemo. The Dr. is giving her the Procrit shots which help boost the body’s production of red blood cells. She is very tired, but looked beautiful in her pink house robe and pink little cap. She looked so cute sitting there reclined and resting. I know I am partial to my own, but I have the most beautiful women in my life. My mother, her sisters, my sister in laws, mother in law and no doubt - wife and daughter. They are all like flowers in God’s garden that I have been blessed to be around and enjoy. I could go on, but even this night owl is running low. It is 2:22 am and time to hit the sack.

Have a wonderful Sunday and God be with you. Remeber, watch and pray.

George. P.S. I have some more cute bunny pics coming tomorrow.


Stacie said...

Wow, that is some serious REV. Glad to hear your CT went well.

FeatherIron said...

Great post George! I prayed for you today.

Anonymous said...

Thought provoking stuff,George...
when can we expect your book?
Sounds like the Lord graced you with His beautiful!
You all have been especially on my heart and in my prayers this weekend...
Standing with ya'll...

sonja said...

I still think you need that book Russell Marino has called "fearfully and wonderfully made"'s written quite a bit like what you just wrote!

It's true how often our FLESH reveals itself, how wretched we truly are without Christ!

Amazing Grace
How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now I am found
blind, but NOW I see!

His grace for us is continual, each second, each minute of the days!

Rejoice in His Peace today!