crowded house? (part 1)

Joan Winifred

crowded…was thinking about how things can get crowded (i.e. in our brains, in our houses, in our relationships, etc., etc.,)…and cluttered and complicated and exasperating, frustrating and depressing…which causes (me anyway) to take action to declutter, organize, stream-line, detach, prioritize the more important things…spiritual things…to function better (and focus on my blessings or reasons for joy)…and function smoothly and efficiently like liquid. (liquid chocolate -lol yummy!;)

Also, heard last Sunday–a very encouraging talk on resisting the plague of negative thinking. Negative thinking certainly is a plague!! (Very sadly…Some of us are very sick with this plague. And need to heal and recover from it. Or avoid getting sick with it.) Sometimes, it’s a quick-er fix of playing another tune…music in your head. Eliminating the negative and nasty and replacing with the positive and pleasant! and choosing to feed our minds and fill our lives with people that have a positive impact!:) When we are capable of focusing on say just 3 things that we are grateful for each day..we can potentially live in a way that our circumstances (even dire) don’t necessarily control us…or cause our hope to expire.

as far as i am concerned…there is no expiration date on true, agape love and well-founded, genuine hope…(though, when hope is realized is it hope? it is a reality!)
a favorite (1 of many) biblical verse…”the things seen are temporary, the things unseen everlasting.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)…keeps me going at difficult times…however,

When we set our minds…on the wrong things (i.e. things that are ultimately (and short-term) unhealthy/hurtful for us physically, mentally, emotionally and in particular spiritually) the affect is a negative one…please check out some recent readings of mine:
read at your own risk…of finding freedom…

“Those who live according to the spirit, [set their minds] on the things of the spirit.”—ROM. 8:5.

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit, on the things of the spirit. 6 For setting the mind on the flesh means death, but setting the mind on the spirit means life and peace; 7 because setting the mind on the flesh means enmity with God, for it is not in subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. 8 So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God.
9 However, you are in harmony, not with the flesh, but with the spirit, if God’s spirit truly dwells in you. But if anyone does not have Christ’s spirit, this person does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in union with you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If, now, the spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through his spirit that resides in you.
12 So, then, brothers, we are under obligation, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh; 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you are sure to die; but if you put the practices of the body to death by the spirit, you will live.” (Romans 8:5-13)

a contrast between choices: those who choose to live according to the flesh and those who choose to live according to the spirit: and the consequences of choices become evident in time: [ study excerpts]

Romans chapter 8 speaks of those who walk “according to the flesh” in contrast with those who walk “according to the spirit.” Some might imagine that this is a contrast […] between those who are not Christians and those who are. However, Paul was writing to “those who are in Rome as God’s beloved ones, called to be holy ones.” (Rom. 1:7) Thus, Paul was contrasting Christians who walked according to the flesh with Christians who walked according to the spirit. What was the contrast?

6, 7. (a) What are some ways in which the term “flesh” is used in the Bible? (b) At Romans 8:4-13, in what sense did Paul use “flesh”?

6 Consider first the term “flesh.” To what was Paul referring? The Bible uses “flesh” in different ways. At times, it applies to the actual flesh of our physical body. (Rom. 2:28;1 Cor. 15:39, 50) It can also signify kinship. Jesus was “from the offspring of David according to the flesh,” and Paul saw the Jews as “relatives according to the flesh.”—Rom. 1:3; 9:3.

7 However, what Paul wrote in chapter 7 gives us a clue as to the “flesh” spoken of at Romans 8:4-13. He linked “living according to the flesh” with “the sinful passions” that were then “at work in [their] bodies.” (Rom. 7:5) This sheds light on the meaning of the expression “those who live according to the flesh,” who Paul said, “set their minds on the things of the flesh.” He was referring to people who are ruled by or focused on their desires and leanings as imperfect humans. In the main, these are ones who follow their cravings, impulses, and passions, whether sexual or otherwise.

self-examination required…because to be honest not all impulses, cravings and desires, we humans have, are healthy or good for us/our fellow-fragile-life…and many of us have experienced heartache, hurt and tragedy/atrocity because of some following their own selfish leanings or misusing/abusing personal power…(extreme examples e.g., rape, murder, maiming, torture, genocide, etc.)

 more readings…excerpted:

could a similar danger today threaten […], whom God has accepted as his friends and views as righteous? Sadly, any Christian could begin to walk according to the sinful flesh. For example, Paul wrote that some among the brothers in Rome were slaves “of their own appetites,” which could have been sexual appetite or appetite for food, drink, or other things. Some of them were ‘seducing unsuspecting ones.’ (Rom. 16:17, 18; Phil. 3:18, 19; Jude 4, 8, 12) Recall, too, that for a time, a brother in Corinth was “living with his father’s wife.” (1 Cor. 5:1) It is understandable, then, why God used Paul to warn Christians about “setting the mind on the flesh.”—Rom. 8:5, 6. [excerpts: Setting Your Mind on the Spirit Means Life and Peace w December 2016]

 Food, drink, fun, etc…normal aspects of life. For me, it’s vital to reflect on what is consuming my time, my thoughts, my focus…etc.  harmful/hurtful or healthy/helpful things, etc…”Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.”

{i think when we can identify what is crowding our time or life…we can learn to make more compassionate choices that give us space…more breathing room to relax and feel at peace.}

{i hope/intend to explore this topic spirit v. flesh further in part 2 when i get/make the time. My Anty–the Mother of my cousin Mark who recently passed away:( is in town for a while visiting:)…so, with other things going on also; it’s a busy/crowded? time at the moment.}

PEACE Reader:) hoping this post is helpful to You!

2/11/17 @8:07 p.m.