Inside/Outside #20

The acts of the flesh are obvious:  arrogant…boastful…inventing ways to do evil

Today in our Anniversary cruise we are moving along the Mexican coast heading toward Acapulco where we will make port for a day. Luxury ship living is quite nice and to say nothing for the culinary gourmet delights for which partaking will necessitate a mandatory change at the home base. Enough of this nonsense for this day.

The first day plan for these devotionals should almost require a day by day devotion to these devotionals, to do otherwise will leave you missing many blocks which complete the purpose.

Today we look on the inside to examine the distinct possibility of the inborn nature erupting on the outside for it is from the heart that all the issues of life are formed.

By definition arrogance is the quality of having or revealing and exaggerated sense of one’s own importance and or abilities. Listen to what the Bible says about the subject “  Rom 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” When you are so self-opinionated or self –absorbed as to take or claim for yourself something that is not yours and seek to impose it upon others without justification that is arrogance gone wild. From the inside it poses a calamity on the outside if not controlled.

By definition to be boastful indicates a person, arrogant as he is, acts and talks with excessive pride and self-satisfaction over one’s achievements, possessions or abilities. Since it is true that no man is an ‘island unto himself’ and therefore we all have a sphere of influence we must seek for the influence of God to change ‘my heart’, otherwise this boastful arrogance left to itself will ‘invent ways to do evil’ without regards to the result.

By definition to the Biblical assertion to invent ways to do evil, Romans 1:30, is to create, design or make up an idea which will produce actions which are patently evil. Such can be accomplished by interjecting through the use of words and actions and have the result of being insensitive to good and evil, light and dark, sweet and bitter.  “  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20. Romans 7:20-23 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.