When Doing What Comes Natural Can Kill You…

Its 6:30 am on a Monday morning and I’m getting up and out of the house on my regular routine to work.  As I walked to my car in the driveway, to my dismay, I saw a trail of ants forming beds in cracks in the cement in my driveway.  Well, my first reaction was to do something about it because I have seen enough ants in my day to know that if left unattended, the beds would grow and grow and potentially cause bigger problems than I would like to deal with.  So I went over to a shelf in my garage and grabbed a container of fire ant bait, and began to sprinkle the contents of the container around the beds that had already been formed with hopes that this would solve my problem.  Well to my advantage after reading the directions on the container of fire ant bait, I was right on time, because it said the best time to place it out was early in the morning when the ants were most active.  Also, the container said that it begins to work within a few hours after it has been applied.  Well the sun had just barely come out so I thought – great!  I would be ant free by the time I returned home from work that evening.


At that moment when I placed the container back on the shelf and returned to the spot where the ant beds were located, something caused me to pause at that spot.  I’m not sure what held me there but I began to watch the reaction of the ants to the bait that I placed around the bed.  Their reaction was one that was natural, which was to pick up the bait crystals and take them back to the colony and queen, store it up and use it as food.  And they did this without any hesitation.

Hmmm?Questions began to come to my mind.  Did they know that the bait crystals they saw as food, was actually poison and that it would ultimately lead to their own demise?  Although ants are known as the smartest of any insect species, I would have to say, certainly they did not know.  They were only doing what came natural and instinctive for them as ants and they did it without any reservation.  As I briefly studied the behaviors of the ant later that afternoon, I saw that many species of ants are so strong that they can lift objects and particles that are 20 times their size.  The entire colony is dependent on the contributions of each ant to help prepare in one season so they can be ready for the next.  By natural instinct they stay on task with the notion that they are working with a purpose that is for the greater good of the colony.  We can gather many good lessons from watching the nature of an ant.  As a matter of fact the Bible states in Proverbs 6:6, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”   While that is certainly true, I would like to look at this observation of the ants in my driveway from another angle.

My question to you is, ‘what are your natural instincts?’  Is it instinctive for you to yell obscenities and make rude gestures at someone who cuts you off on the highway?  Or could it be instinctive for you to tell a lie or compromise your integrity if it will help you to get promoted?  I mean you did promise to pay your tithe off of the money you’ll earn.  Maybe infidelity in your marriage is instinctive because your spouse cheated on you previously, so why not continue the cycle because “they did it to you first?”  Here’s one better:  maybe you fudged a bit on your taxes this year?  It’s not that big of a deal anyway because Uncle Sam cheats us out of our hard-earned money and the government misuses our taxpayer dollars anyway, right?   Or to take it a step further maybe it’s instinctive for you to do chores around the house or some other extracurricular activity when you know in your heart that God is urging you to attend Bible study, read your word or to simply take the time to pray for someone else?  Or what about draining or abusive relationships with individuals that you are unequally yoked with and you know God is urging you to come out of it but you remain in them in the name of “love”.  I could fill many pages up with examples of what is instinctive to the carnal nature of man versus the spirit man because the Bible tells us that this will be so.  It says in Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”  Also many times it’s easier to yield to the flesh and attempt to justify it by saying “that’s just how I am.”  Or it may be easier to appease and gratify the flesh by seeking revenge and pay back on someone who wronged you first? Proverbs 14:9 says, “Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.” Further down in that passage in verse 12 it also states, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

As born again Christians, we have been enabled with the Holy Spirit to convict our spirit and conquer any unclean thoughts or actions that may keep us from walking in the will of God and accessing the power that comes with us doing so.  We must take action daily to keep our flesh under subjection and we can do this by accessing our power through the Holy Spirit.  Galatians 5:16-17 says,  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”  It’s time to get away from things that are not of God as well as stop using excuses about what’s just in our character and make up.  It’s time to shed that old man and ask God to renew our mind and put on the new man.  By taking a simple lesson from ants in my driveway, we can be reminded that sometimes, doing what may come natural for you is not always smart and it certainly may not be the vehicle that will propel you to your destiny.  The wages of sin are death, but through the saving power of Christ Jesus you no longer have to be bound by the desires of the flesh.

Recite this prayer in your quite time with God:

Dear Heavenly Father:

I am Your child and I come to You as humble as I know how, first thanking You for the Gift you gave to me through Your Son Jesus and secondly, I thank You for forgiveness of my sins.  I know that many times I will let my fleshly desires get in the way of me doing Your will.  My human nature is not an excuse with You because your word says in Ephesians 4:24 that we are to, “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Along with Your Word, You have given us a remedy, a guide and a comforter which is the Holy Spirit.   Give me a renewed strength and faith in you God through the Holy Spirit that will keep my tongue from harsh words, my mind from unclean thoughts, my feet from running with the wrong crowd and my heart full of compassion for my fellow brothers and sisters.  Remove any selfish ways and agendas that I have that would hinder me from doing your will fully and wholeheartedly.  Give me the courage to trust in You to meet my every need rather than going about things in my own way.  I will no longer put together my own plan and ask You to bless it.  I WILL SIMPLY ASK YOU FOR THE PLAN…  In Jesus’ Name I Pray This Prayer Through Faith, Believing It As Done – AMEN!

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