As I’m writing this with reluctant fingers and hesitant thoughts my headphones are blasting R&B singer Bryson Tiller.
In no way am I endorsing his music however, for the sake of this post I will be using him as an example.
For a while I’ve been listening to Christian artists like Bethel Music, Kirk Franklin and the likes. However, this time I’ve been drawing towards more flesh filled music.
No longer is my soul (mind, thoughts, feelings and emotions) gravitating towards the faith filled music that edifies me and provides a sense of joy, peace and gratification which inevitably endorses the truth that the Lord has for me.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. ” Gal 5:16
a wish or long for; crave; want.
a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment
Or sexual appetite or a sexual urge.
Gratification of your fleshly desires can give birth to both negative and “positive” traits such as:
admiration , ambition appetite aspiration attraction, covetousness, craving, cupidity, devotion, eagerness, fascination, greed, hunger infatuation,liking, love,lust, need, passion, thirst, urge, will , wish or yearning.
How are you satisfying your appetite?
Whether its by validation, attention, or love how does your everyday hobbies such as movies, music and social media give birth to those traits?
For example, relationally speaking I can be standoffish.
I enjoy my own company and considering the fact I just got out of a toxic friendship I am not too fond of participating in group activities.
I realized that as I listened to my christian music Jesus was my only friend. I no longer had the “juice.”
I need company, I need a friend, I need a guy friend to validate me etc. I thought to myself subconsciously this music isn’t feeding my fleshly desires.
So I succumbed to lyrics that longed for my attention, validation and sex appeal and exclusivity. The artist painted a picture that made sense in my minds eye and I enjoyed being his canvas in my imagination.
Music is powerful and the more I gave into his whining ad-libs and his trap-soul tone painting a spirit of lust, urge, need, passion and sick ambition subtly wrapped around my sensitive subconscious.
The text in Galatians further states that:
“For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
As my flesh reacted to his lyrics my spirit rejected them. As the volume got louder the Holy Spirit drowned under the noise. My spirit was willing but my flesh was weak.
My conversation became insensitive to the Holy Spirit and that resulted in grievance of the Holy Spirit.
I am a Temple
A dwelling place of God
and what I watch, listen to and entertain all has a negative or positive effect on the Holy Spirit who resides in those of us that have given their lives to Christ.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; who lives in you and who was given to you by God?” 1 Cor 6:19
When you decide to partake in the things of the world you are bringing lust, anger, incompetence, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, etc as inhabitants. In other words long-term guests into your temple where the King Of Kings Jesus Christ resides.
Its time to Spring clean.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love,joy,peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness,gentleness,self-control; against such things there is no such law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Gal 5:22-24