basic instinct

“Look at the birds of the air . . .” (Matthew 6:26). Jesus said, “They do what my Father designed them to do so they have no worries. They trust him for everything they need.”

Oswald Chambers put it this way – “Their function is to obey the instincts God placed within them, and God watches over them. Jesus said that if you have the right relationship with Him and will obey His Spirit within you, then God will care for your ‘feathers’ too.”

What instincts dictate your behavior?

The Apostle Paul says there are two possible answers to that question. “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit” (Romans 8:5). Paul continues this thought in Galatians 5:16-25 when he tells his readers that those who are controlled by their sinful nature will be disquieted souls as proved by their behavior: sexual immorality, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, envy and drunkenness, driven by their lack of inner peace. Remember, peace is the legacy left to us by Jesus (John 14:27) and listed along with love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as evidences of the Spirit controlled life. These characteristics all describe an individual who has found acceptance and fulfillment in their identity as a child of God. There is no fear (i.e., worry; anxiety) because “perfect love expels all fear” (1 John 4:18). There is only trust in a loving, gracious, kind, benevolent, generous (I wish I had more adjectives to use) Father who cares for our every need and has assigned great value to us (Matthew 6:26)!

So what instinct is controlling you? Is it a fretful, self-destructive instinct, or is it a calm trust in your Father who loves you?


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