Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reflections on Romans 7 and 8

I ran into the self again yesterday. 
A familiar place, a dreaded place, in which I am not of the spirit of God.

One might attempt to curse against the barren land needy for a seven-times-seventy grace plan.
It only takes a glimpse to recognize the hardened, fallow soil of the earth,

dust and rock and dryness. 

A curse, curiously, is the self mocking righteousness.

The word of Truth ends up lying as waterless seed
in the cemented bottom of the rutted heart.

The lament of Paul
"O wretched man that I am," is identifiable.

Spotted heart, cancerous and blackened
by an illusion of foolish self.

Do not founder here...such run-ins with self

simply call for will 

drawing from a deeper well,


Living Spirit of Christ, 
in You is a love without separation.


Manturity said...

I really like the way you write. It's quite unique in my opinion. Your post reminded me of the book 'Release of the Spirit' by Watchmen Nee. A great book and a real eye opener. I met "myself" a couple years ago now and it has been an ongoing battle to keep it away from me. I aim to let the Spirit work within me as much as possible, but the enemy is always close by. Keep up the good work. Bryan

ded said...

Thanks for you encouragement, Bryan.
I am glad you found something that helped you focus on Jesus.