Good morning! Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of natural.
Jude 1v19 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
Do we go through life thinking our natural choices by our common sense can guide us to Heaven, to knowing God. Have we overcome trials and hard times through our natural instinct and come out stronger with more pride in ourselves? Does it come easy for us to find fault in others because we have made ourselves righteous? Has it become easy to compare ourselves with others because we compare ourselves with ourselves and not our Savior Jesus Christ, because we do not know Him above ourselves. Have we brought ourselves out of the pit from our natural instincts. Those that live by their natural instincts will continue to sin and not receive His righteous life that leads them away from sin. God tells us through Jude these men will be grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. There are many Christians today, as it was then, that live by their natural instincts and speak of things they do not understand making God to be the God they want to follow by their natural instincts. What things they do not understand by their natural instinct- like unreasoning animals-these are the very things that destroy them, they have become shepherds that are feeding only themselves. Those of us that truly know the Lord and know that it is His power that rebukes Satan and it is his grace that teaches us ungodliness. His grace is what carries us each day to become His servant so He can do all His work through us. ( Titus 2v11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. v12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age) The grace which is the love and mercy of God has nothing to do with our natural instinct. Following Jesus Christ as his disciple is built entirely on the supernatural grace of God. Being an overcomer through faith in Christ Jesus gives us our true life by receiving the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit we can truly overcome the world and it's evil desires and live out our lives walking in faith in Him giving us all we need through His power here into eternity, just as Jesus did. We need to ask ourselves, Do we live by our natural instincts or the power of God given to us by the Holy Spirit? If we are living by the grace of God we should be saying to ourselves, "Dear friends, we are not those people that live by natural instincts, we build ourselves up in our most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit! We keep ourselves in God's love as we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life. If we are living by God's grace are we merciful to those who doubt; are we snatching others from the fire and saving them; to others do we show mercy mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Notice we do not hate people but we hate even the clothing that is stained by corrupted flesh, we hate sin. Only through His grace in us can He change people through us because we hate sin, not people. His love teaches us to separate the sin from the people. If we are guided by the Spirit, we know our Lord is able to keep us from falling and to present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy! We know He gets all the glory and praise for making us who we are each day! Read Jude and Titus 2.