Natural and Spiritual Defaults
1 Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
How easy it is to react rather than act when trouble comes our way. Our carnal minds and hearts snap at a situation. Anger may rise up within us. When our apple carts are upset, we may tend to gossip, judge, withdraw, pout, fear, or any other of a multitude of unchristian reactions.
But, as our minds are renewed daily by the reading of God’s Word, and we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we learn to respond properly and righteously to the situations we face.
By resetting our defaults to a spiritual setting:
>Instead of responding to unkindness with an angry retort as our fleshly natural default, the law of kindness in our tongue evidences itself.
>If a person comes to us with some dilemma, instead of human reason, or some knee-jerk reaction, our renewed mind ought to recall some pertinent Scripture which will apply to their situation.
>When we are experiencing some setback or discouragement, it is easy to fall back on our carnal weapons of dealing with such situations. It may be overeating, drinking, drugs, sex, etc. But the renewed, Spirit-filled believer will go to the Lord in prayer, open the Book and search for God’s comfort or call a trusted believer for encouragement.
True Christianity evidences itself when the pressure is on.
Let me ask you, are you facing life armed with spiritual preparedness, or do you fall back on those natural inclinations which offer no help?