Okay, before we get into this blog…
Can we just laugh!!!
Y’all, I be finding the craziest pictures. I am in tears laughing at this thing. I don’t even know what the crap it is. 💀
However, whatever it is,
“I am sure that’s how we look to God when we choose to walk in the flesh.“
Still, it is funny! 🤣
Okay… moving on.
Whew…. (exhales last laugh)
Two weeks ago:
I was in the kitchen getting out my menu together for my upcoming girls day and as I was prepping The Lord said:
“Takyah, Do not look back at them, less you see something that will cause you to anger.”
When He told me this I did not understand what in the world He meant or what He was talking about.
Yet, here I was. A few days later (after having dinner with friends) on someone’s page, watching a video The Lord probably didn’t want me to see.
Because of the context of the video, it would be extremely easy for me to mistake that for my situation and what was going on in my life at this particular moment.
And it did exactly what God said it would do.
20 minutes into this video I was baffled and appalled. But more than anything, I felt it was a lie. Before I knew it, I was putting stuff together in my head, (along with all the questions I wanted to ask) & my fingers set the keyboard ablaze. 🔥
Plus I was hurt.
Why must every time I have an outing with this person; does there have to be a problem?
I really wanted to know the answer.
Yet, all of the questions I asked, and statements I made, were all in the flesh.
None of it was God.
As soon as I finished my blog, I placed it on my page with a fleshy caption and headed off to church.
When I got to church, I fell on the Altar, and cried out to the Lord:
“Father!” “Create in me a clean heart!” “Please Help me!”
Then, I had a vision:
“As I was lifting my hands in the air, the blood of Jesus was thrown onto my hands and The Lord said, “Your hands are clean in my sight. Now keep them that way!”
Still, I was angry.
I was happy for The Lord’s Grace. But it was not enough. I wanted these people to know how I felt. So, instead of deleting it. I left what I had written in my anger stay up.
Although, I am usually very submissive to The Lord and try my best to be Obedient, this time I was not.
These people were going to know how I felt.
I left it up for days.
Hoping they read it.
Meanwhile, the presence of God began to drift away from me.
Until the day before yesterday, till’ it was so obvious; the first thing I said after waking up was, “Lord, where are you?”
And He quickly responded:
“Takyah? Do you really think I would dwell with your flesh.”
“Delete it, and I will manifest my glory again.”
And as soon as I did.
I could feel His presence.
So much so, that I broke down and realized I was not healed.
Although, this blog is a prelude to “Total Healing 🦋.”
I did want to address some issues and talk about the flesh, and how walking in it, can cause hurt to so many people.
Yes, I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear today. But I feel in this season, in order for us to access the place of promise and elevation, (The Lord has for us) we cannot walk in the flesh.
Not even for a moment.
Grant it, there will be moments when we fall short of the glory of God, but if we can help it (like I could’ve). Then, simply don’t fall for the trap.
Resist the urge to respond.
Resist the urge to want to defend your name.
Resist the urge to walk in the flesh.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7
Yes, I know sis/bro, you want to explain your side of the story!
You want to set the record straight!
And you desperately just want to be understood!
But even in all that?
If it is done in the flesh; what will it bring?
Besides hurt and anger to other people.
I am a person, who looks at the aspects and dynamics of a total situation. While, I think a lot of people can have one-sided views. I am a person who does not.
I sit back and reflect. And give an ear to God while reflecting.
It is the (problem solver) part of me that has been etched in me since I was in CLUE & AP honors classes.
I want to look at all sides and hear everyone’s point of view and come to an agreed conclusion. However, when I am not able to come to that conclusion. I get frustrated. When I feel I am misunderstood, I get frustrated.
Meanwhile, while I am trying to be understood and get my point across, God is telling me to be still and not say a word:
Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they are testifying against You?” And still, He did not answer him in regard to even a single charge, so the governor was greatly amazed.Matthew 27:13-14
And man…… have you ever tried to be still and quiet when you really wanted to speak up for yourself.
Especially after being silent for so long.
It is the most frustrating thing ever.
And not to mention painful.
Moreover, if Jesus can keep His mouth closed, who am I ? that I cannot do the same?
Just imagine if Jesus would’ve walked in the flesh and not the spirit?
We would be in some trouble right now if He hadn’t!
Not only that, but people cannot be amazed when you walk in the flesh; but they can when you walk in the spirit.
I have witnessed this amazement myself.
My spiritual mother (Evangelist Sharion) has endured so much abuse (verbal) and even physical one time. Not to mention, so many other things that have happened to her (that I have witnessed) first hand and to my amazement she did not open her mouth.
Leaving me to sit back in astonishment and say “Lord! Teach me how to do that!”
My mom and I literally have praised her for her humility and spirit. It is a beautiful thing to see. (However, I should warn you to be careful what you ask for.)
Although, we may exhibit some fruits 🍉. There is one that we simply cannot pretend to have, nor can we mimic it in the flesh.
Because This fruit does not come easy.
The fruit I am speaking of, is humility.
“The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.”Galatians 5:22-23
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”Galatians 2:20
Three Differences Between Walking in the Flesh and in the Spirit
To sum it up we can see evidence of whether or not we are walking in the flesh or the Spirit as follows:
- Those who have the Spirit of God produce fruits 🍌🍉 that reveal whether they are a child of God or not.
- Those who walk in the Spirit have crucified the flesh and do not submit themselves to the desires of the flesh.
- Those who walk in the flesh produce the fruits of the flesh like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal 5:20-21) but those who walk in the Spirit “will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Gal 5:16).
If we are walking in the flesh and not in the spirit, how is that pleasing God?
Our whole entire being should revolve around pleasing The Lord.
What would make Him happy?
What would make Him pleased?
What would bring Him honor and glory?
And if this thing that I’m doing or about to do won’t bring him Glory; then why do it?
Resist my loves!!!
I have learned, that if you pray (right when you’re about to do something fleshy), The same Holy Spirit that gives you grace for your mistakes is the same one that can keep you from making that mistake in the First place!
Y’all, let’s not lash out at one another.
Let’s leave that to the world.
I once remember my grandmother saying to my relatives, (because they were arguing):
If an unsaved man were to walk up right now and see the both of you, he wouldn’t know who was saved and who wasn’t.
With that being said,
Regardless, of how you may feel about a person, if they are in Christ and (even if they aren’t) pray for them. Speak blessings over them! Don’t speak what you see. Speak the opposite. Speak the positive.
And although, I do not believe in giving grace to evil spirits that try to influence people (me included), I do however believe in giving grace to the person.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.Matthew 5:7
Because, one day (and it always comes) you will need that same grace & mercy.
Then, what would you want people to do for you? Hug you and allow you to apologize for your mistakes and accept it? Or continue to throw rocks 🪨 at you, burying you under your already sorrowful guilt?
Ultimately, all the good inclinations, or preferences, or desires that we have, are given by the Holy Spirit. Apart from the Spirit, we are but mere flesh.
Just like that ugly picture you saw earlier at the beginning of the blog.
As Paul said in Romans 7:18:
“I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing.”
What makes you want to walk in the flesh anyway?
Is it a past issue?
Is it an unresolved problem?
A wound that keeps getting picked at?
And why does this thing or person bother you so much?
As I sat back and asked myself these questions this week.
I realized something very profound.
And that is simply this:
I am not healed….
At least not like I thought I was.
And honestly, I believe that even in my anger and flesh God allowed it to arise, just to show me…
Yep, that’s still there.
Now you know what you need to heal from.
And not just being healed for a moment,
or as long as you can avoid it,
but Totally Healed…
I pray you all have a great weekend!!
I hope you can take some lessons from this, cause I sure have.
Total Healing 🦋 blog coming soon.
Until next time..