Rotten Wood

Will Rogers said many years ago, at the time of the earlier Disarmament Conferences, “Those fellows might get somewhere if it wasn’t for human nature.

"The Chinese have a proverb, “You cannot carve rotten wood.”

We cannot live as we ought, because of our human nature (“the flesh”).

Paul vividly spoke of the struggle between the human nature, and the nature that desires to please God, in Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish.”

Plato described the one engaged in such a battle as “driving a chariot with two horses, one white and disciplined, and the other black and fractious.” And Goethe’s Faust acknowledged that “two souls, alas, are lodged within my breast.”

One of the best descriptions of this dilemma in the personal life is a verse which represents the homely philosophy of a British soldier:

“Our padre, he says I ‘m a sinner,
And John Bull, he says I’m a saint.
But they’re both of ‘em bound to be liars,
For I am neither of em, I aint.
I’m a man, and a man’s mixture
Right down from his very birth;
And part of him comes from heaven,
And part of him comes from earth.” - G. A. Studdert Kennedy.

The answer to this struggle is in Romans 7:24, 25, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

“The delight of life, is to be led by the Spirit, not driven by the flesh” - Jim Willett.

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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