Blogger Carl Middleton has discussed “Fixing Yourself” the past two weeks. I think we think more about what needs “fixing” as we prepare to go to church. After, maybe not so much until we go to bed at night. A person with a Christian background has to be fairly disciplined to not let thoughts wander to the wrongs we’ve done this day, or throughout our lives. It’s hard to learn to take it to the Lord in prayer and leave it there, rather than thinking about what we can do about it…rather than understanding “you can’t fix yourself.”
Carl, who blogs at GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus sent a video my way this week. A young man, in a modified rapping style, talks about religiosity. In the end, it comes down to how we “fix” ourselves, and “religion” isn’t the “fix.”
Jesus is the “fix,” of course. Both Carl and the young man agree on this.
From Carl (short excerpts):
You need Jesus.Trying harder might do it … if you could live long enough … which you won’t. Even living ninety years following a self-help program won’t completely fix what is wrong with man. Why is that? The problem is this …man is completely fallen.
When Paul says … “what you desire to do” … he is speaking about yourself will and your spirit man, the real you … which really wants to follow the leading of the Lord rather than following the carnal natural fleshly appetites of fallen man.Paul continues his instruction with two results we will gain from allowing God’s Spirit to help fix what’s wrong with our fleshly nature.
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice. Tends to ridicule God’s people; they did it to John the Baptist. They can’t fix their problems, so they just mask it, not realizing religion is like spraying perfume on a casket.