One day as I watched my son play with the Incredible Hulk action figure, I asked myself:
“Are my kids seeing the incredible hulk or an incredible walk?”
When I was a little girl I was nicknamed ‘little hulk’ because anytime I would get angry I would get a stiff neck, clench my fists, shake and growl. Instead of turning green I would turn red. My sisters would give a warning to those around, “watch out here comes the incredible hulk!” My sisters and I look back and laugh at those days…the days I was a strong willed child and did not submit easily.
Today I am not that child, and behavior like that is inexcusable because I have been reborn and I am spiritually alive! The day I submitted to God He gave me a new heart and put His Holy Spirit in me and tells me the way to walk. I want to be a witness for God and pray my children remember an incredible walk with God, not the ‘incredible hulk’ in me.
This is easier said than done because I still struggle with my flesh…my pride and own selfish desires and expectations, but the more I seek God the more He equips me to identify the signs of when the ‘hulk’ in me is coming out. When my neck is stiff, heart races, hands begin to clench and my voice changes I know it’s time for me to step away and be alone with my Heavenly Father. I fall on my face and cry out to my Abba for help, asking Him for the grace to walk by His Spirit and to obey Him. He ALWAYS helps when I am not stiff necked and humble myself–ALWAYS. It’s up to me whether I unclench my hands to receive His grace or not.
God’s Word washes over my heart and reminds me I have already been set free:
“…you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:9-14
I am a daughter of God. I am made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I am not in the flesh because the Spirit of God dwells in me. I am to walk by the Holy Spirit because He lives in me! This is a disciplined life, a life of a disciple of Jesus Christ, one who walks with Him.
Today my children are learning through me what it means to walk by the Spirit. They are learning the Spirit must come before the “fruit.” We are learning together the ‘incredible walk’ is not a perfect walk but a walk of humility, discipline and faith. I tell them, “Mommy feels the hulk coming on, I’m going to go pray and be alone with God, I’ll be right back.” They understand. I pray one day they will be blessed with the spiritual understanding and knowledge only God can provide.
I am praying for you reader. If you are still in full bondage of being a hulk I pray God shows you His power and love of what He has done by sending Jesus Christ as an offering for sin, condemning sin in the flesh.
For those that are already children of God, my brethren I pray these Scriptures for us:
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” Galatians 5:16
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “1 John 1:8-9
*More Bread to feast on: Romans 7 Romans 8; Galatians 5:16-25; 1 Corinthians 13:11