Instinct

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They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit (Jude 18:19).

It’s amazing to watch animals prepare for the winter. How do they know they have to stock up on food? I wonder this as I watch a chipmunk travel back and forth over our driveway carrying his treasure to his secret stash for winter. This is done by their natural instinct.

We also have natural instincts. These instincts are centered on us. They focus on our wants, needs, and desires. We also have spiritual instincts. These instincts are centered on God. The focus is on what God desires. As you can guess, these instincts often battle inside of us for top priority.

We can choose to use the spiritual instincts. Through our relationship with God, his desires can become instinctive to us as we come in contact with a broken world. The more we choose to give God priority in our lives, the more we will use the spiritual instincts.

Prayer: Lord, the instincts that I have are in battle and I pray that I can always choose your way over my own. Thank you for your Spirit that is inside of us to produce spiritual instinct. Amen

Faith Tip: Today take note of which instinct you use more.

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