Yesterday as I was seeking the Lord about going on a fast, the lyrics of an old song came into my mind like a star making its bright appearance. “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair”-…. the CARNAL MAN!” Oh yes, we are going to send that big troublemaker away when God’s Word comes alive to us as we fast and pray. Our hair represents power and glory, and truly, the Bride of Christ shall have clean, glorious hair after all the filthiness of the flesh and spirit is gone.
Ephesians 5:26–27 states that Lord gave Himself for the church “That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the WASHING of water by the Word. That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: that it should be wholly and without blemish.”
Do we believe that heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s words shall NEVER pass away? If we do, why are we paying attention to all the things other than His Word? Oh yes, many say that we have to know what’s going on in the world. Really? There is the tree of life and there’s the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: The spiritual man will eat the fruit from the tree of life, but the carnal man will eat the fruit from the “forbidden” tree, and it’s a choice!
King Solomon had everything one could possibly imagine, and he said that all that was in the world was/is VANITY and vexation of spirit. I encourage you to read the Book of Ecclesiastes again and again so that Satan, who treasures the things of this world, will not be able to deceive you into thinking there’s life in what the world has to offer. Everything, everything, EVERYTHING in it has to do with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Now take a good look at what we’ll be getting rid of when the world has no enticement for us:
AN IMPULSIVE REPULSIVE MAN
His impulse is to say “yes,” when he ought to say “no.” To sit on his butt when it’s for a walk he should go; To reach for all the junk food, not veggies or fruit; To shout his opinion when he ought to stay mute; To angrily complain, instead of being sweetly demure; It’s the other guy who is wrong, cuz he’s right, for sure. He is inclined to be nosy, and give unasked-for advice; Now you mind your business, or he won’t treat you nice. He’s taken to liking himself, but not to others too well; If there is something hard to do, then he goes into a shell; And if you’re hired to work for him, it’ll be for a dime; Don’t tell him your troubles; He says: “Listen to mine!” He boasts loudly of his talents, having a lot of gall. If people cross his path, he will make them fall. He shouts: “I’m so much smarter than everyone I know; If people don’t like me, they know where they can go.” He will do everything tomorrow, not bothering with today; And for all his shoddy work, He will expect a lot of pay. There’s an urge to criticize that he can not at all resist; He has a lot of do’s and don’ts for people on His list. He thinks he’s the greatest on earth; the best in heaven too; He congratulates himself that he’s nothing like you. He is fast to say what he thinks of almost everything; You can be certain it won’t be another’s praises he’ll sing. Being compelled to talk and gossip, he doesn’t miss a trick; His dissimulation and slander has made many a man sick. You know his identity: He’s the one who brings shame. You know him as the flesh. Yes, Carnal Man is his name.
Thank God, his end is nigh. Yay, Santa won’t have anything on us then: We’ll be the ones saying: “Ho! Ho! Ho!” proclaiming: “Jesus is coming, not Santa”!