1 John 2:16

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Keeping the lead arm straight, a full body turn getting weight onto trail side, and starting the downswing with the legs, not the hands are only a few things for the golfer to remember for a powerful and effective golf swing. Golf instructors will have the student throw football or baseball to try and convince him/her of the naturalness of the movement. However, the golf swing feels everything but natural to most of us! The scripture tells us the lusts of our eyes and pride of life come natural to us. No one has to teach us that sin is appealing to our bodies and flesh. However, when we put our faith in Christ instead of the desire for earthly gain, we live under a new direction. Some say, “I can do what I want, but my ‘want to’s’ changed.” In Chapter Book of Genesis 24, we are told the story of the journey of Abraham’s servant to find his son Isaac a wife. Verse 11 contains an interesting piece of information, “[a]nd he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening,” We assume that it is natural for camels to kneel down when being packed for a journey, to be ridden, or to drink near a body of water. Unfortunately for the animal, this behavior is not natural. Calmets Dictionary informs us, “as soon as a camel is born they tie his four feet under his belly, put a carpet over his back, and stones upon the borders of it, that he may not be able to rise for twenty days together; thus they teach him the habit of bending his knees to rest himself, or when he is to be loaded or unloaded.” Our walk and actions in the light of Christ is not natural to those without the Holy Spirit. The fruits of the spirit which include meekness, humbleness, and forgiveness are foreign to the world in which we live. Our best life is lived under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The more we allow Him to direct, the more natural it becomes and the less we want from the world!

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