Isn’t it a relief when you finally get a spiritual impulse that breaks through all the madness, it’s as if suddenly out of the blue you get this spiritual impulse that comes from another dimension and it floods out all the lies. It’s not so much that it comes from another dimension, it’s more that it’s coming from Someone else and not from yourself, it’s coming from your inner man and not the outward shell of a man. If you’ve taken Jesus into your heart, then you will understand that you have what you might call an inner man and a spiritual man as opposed to yourself which is a carnal man. We as humans are extremely carnal, our whole lives are pretty much wrapped up with the earth and so most of our impulses have their roots in the material, they are either coming from the material world out there or from our material flesh and our materialistic minds or even from what you might call our materialistic lusts, it’s all endless flesh flesh flesh if you don’t watch yourself, we are bombarded by flesh and the lusts of the flesh. People are becoming more and more like raging waves of the sea foaming out their own shame and you couldn’t get a better description of today’s world than raging waves of the sea foaming out their own shame!
Another problem with today’s world is that it’s all turning pretty ugly out there and it makes you realise what some of these powerful sayings are getting at when for instance it says:
“…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
If we could all just slow ourselves down for a least one minute and think about these words then we might just possibly see how wonderful life could be if all of our surroundings were pure and lovely for instance, if everything we heard was true and honest and if all the news was of good report, and what does it go on to say?
“…if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
True virtue is something that comes from Jesus Himself, Jesus was once touched by a woman who wanted Him to heal her, she had a problem with bleeding which had gone on for twelve years, Jesus was surrounded by crowds of people who were pressing in on Him and this woman figured that if she simply touched the hem of His garment then she would get healed so as soon as she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, Jesus stopped and said, “who touched me” because He had felt virtue had gone out of Him and into her. His disciples said, “everyone is touching you, what do you mean?” Jesus knew that someone had touched Him who you could say was coming from a spiritual impulse, she’d no-doubt heard of Jesus and had come looking for Him and was purely operating from a spiritual impulse of faith and so she reached out and touched Jesus for healing and Jesus’ spiritual impulse told Him that someone had touched Him who was coming from faith and so virtue flooded out of Him and into her.
So True virtue is something that comes from Jesus, it is a spiritual thing and a healing thing and a pure thing and a lovely thing and of course it is not even good to call it a thing because it comes from a Person and so if there be any virtue, if there be any praise or in other words, if anyone should be held in high esteem, then Jesus is the One that we should be praising and Jesus is the One that we should be looking to for virtue, for true spiritual goodness, we simply have to come to Him with the spiritual impulse of faith and He will heal us of our carnal mindedness, His Spirit will come flooding into our troubled lives and our troubled minds and He will give us a spiritual mind “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)