After Holiday Debt

 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. Romans 8:11-12 KJV

It’s Wednesday’s word, and I’m back to memorizing Romans 8. I joined up with Do Not Depart several weeks ago in this endeavor.

We just celebrated Jesus’ arrival on this earth. A gift from God. A gift of life everlasting. A gift we can’t pay for. A gift we couldn’t afford if there was a price tag attached. There is no money amount on this precious gift from God.

Instead, we are to accept the gift. We accept Jesus and allow Him to dwell in our hearts.

We accept God’s gift of life. We don’t chase after material items and wants.

This doesn’t mean we can’t have things we desire, but they come after God, after time with the family.  We don’t spend so much time earning money to buy ‘things’ that we don’t spend time with our families and with God. God does not want us to debtors to the flesh.

Oh, some things must be bought on time. We will have to owe the bank, or lending institution for some items. Few people can buy a home outright. Medical expenses often are paid out over time. There are other monetary debts that are necessary, each person and family must make that decision as to what is a worthwhile debt.

The important thing is to not let the debt control our lives. Not let the debt rule us. Not let the debt take the place of God in our lives and hearts.

The New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) translates verse 12:

 12 Brothers and sisters, we have a duty. Our duty is not to live under the control of our sinful nature.

For the quilter in me, that means not living under the control of fabric. Oh sure, I have fabric in every room in my house. And, yes, I’m working on getting a sewing room for both creating, and storing fabric. However, new fabric, patterns, sewing gizmos, and the sewing room are not to take the place of God. It’s one reason I don’t sew on Sunday. For me, not sewing on that day allows me to keep God in first place in my life. It keeps the fabric and the sewing projects from being all-important.  Not to say I’m perfect in any other area, this is just how I attempt to control this area of my life.

 

No, this isn’t my fabric collection. I don’t have this much fabric – yet. No room, remember? Just thought it’d be fun to show you a large collection of fabric. This is from Fave Crafts Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do to help avoid living under control of our sinful nature? Share with us.

 

 

 

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