I have been a Diabetic for 53 years. I was told by my doctor that too many “sugars” in my blood system will nick or scrape the inside walls of the arteries. When this occurs, God has designed the body to repair those “nicks” with a patch or “plaque” repair. Too many scrapes from high blood sugar results in too much “plaque”; hardening of the arteries or “atherosclerosis“. Hello Heart Disease and bad Cholesterol-LDL’s. How does the nicks and plaque work in our spiritual bodies?
Here are the LDL’s; bad “Cholesterol” building agents found in Galatians 5:19-21:
1. IMMORALITY 4. IDOLATRY 7. STRIFE 10. SELFISHNESS 13. ENVY
2. IMPURITY 5. SORCERY 8. JEALOUSY 11. DIVISIONS (DISSENTIONS) 14. DRUNKENESS
3. INDECENCY\ 6. ENMITY 9. ANGER 12. PARTY SPIRIT 15. CAROUSING
Here are the HDL’s; good “Cholesterol” agents, the Spiritual FRUIT found in Galatians 5:22-23:
1. LOVE—ALL other “statins” MUST BE COMBINED WITH LOVE before using.
9. SELF-CONTROL or TEMPERANCE
TEMPERANCE, SELF-CONTROL; the RECIPROCAL of LASCIVIOUSNESS or LACK OF RESTRAINTS in ALL AREAS.
I am only dealing with one of the “statins” listed in Galatians 5:22-23 in this blog. TEMPERANCE will improve your blood circulation by removing the plaque build-up, the LDL bad Cholesterol.
“If you can’t overcome a hamburger, you won’t be able to overcome the devil in the wilderness”.
We’re giving our body what our body (flesh) demands. We give into what our flesh demands of us; we become a slave to our flesh; no restraint. We need to practice or exercise restraints. You might not want me to say what I am about to say but here I go, “Maybe cigarettes or pornography isn’t a big deal with you right now, but it is an open door or “gates” to our “spiritual” hearts”; Heart Disease.
The TEMPERANCE–STATIN PRESCRIPTION endorsed by the Holy Spirit
Temperance or self-control can’t be prayed over. It takes cultivating restraints; it has to be Spirit controlled. If it is NOT…you will receive a “reprobate mind”; you will justify what you are or about to do (Galatians 5:26).
I have discussed in my last few blogs, the benefits and the possible side-effects pertaining to a “Spiritual” Heart Transplant (Ezekiel 11:19 and Galatians 5). I’ve talked to you about how to remove the LDL-Cholesterol and plaque buildup in your spiritual circulatory system, thus preventing “Spiritual Heart Disease”. Now it’s up to you to do your part and God will do His part. If you make the decision to follow you Family Physician’s advice, then you should have little difficulty in following and obeying your Doctor’s advice. Your choice! Start your exercising today by walking and living in the Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25).