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Today, we quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his book “Life Together.”  He warns us against becoming isolated:

“Sin demands to have a man by himself.  It withdraws him from the community.  The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation.”

It is so easy for us to be alone.  In isolation, our thoughts can run rampant.  In isolation, we are always correct, for what correction is needed in isolation?  This is precisely what sin does – draw us away from the body and into self.  How does sin work? First, sin tugs at those desires that lay dormant within us.  Once awakened, those desires draw us away from the body.  But it doesn’t end there.  Once we have fully immersed ourselves in our desire, we come to ourselves to realize what we have done.  Then, guilt sets in.  Guilt then convinces us we can’t go back to the body, for what will the body think of us?  The shame continues to keep us isolated from the body.  And since we are isolated from the body, where else can we go but to return to the sin we desired?  The truth is, we cannot overcome the desires on our own; indeed, they are greater and mightier than we are.  This is why we need the body.  We are weakened in isolation; we are strengthened in community.

There is a truth that cannot be denied, and that is this: you are subject to whatever rules you.  Here is a short excerpt from the book A Glimpse of the Kingdom:
“If we are not willing to subdue our bodily passions, if we are ruled by our own desires or emotions, if we constantly yield to the temptation of satisfying self, we will learn in due time that our eternal citizenship will be with the kingdom that we habitually yield to.”
What is it that you are habitually yielding to?  What thoughts occupy your mind?  What consumes your time?  The answers to these questions will help you discover what is ruling you.

death-of-selfToday’s devotional is a quote from the upcoming book “A Glimpse of the Kingdom” –

“If we are not willing to subdue our bodily passions, if we are ruled by our own desires or emotions, if we constantly yield to the temptation of satisfying self, we will learn in due time that our eternal citizenship will be with the kingdom that we habitually yield to.”

The objective is not to live the way we want to here on earth and expect to be united with Christ after we die.  The objective is to be united with Christ here on earth by dying to self now.