“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Psalm 51:17 KJV
There is a popular term used in the movie industry, mostly in action movies, where someone is shot or cut, and they make the statement, it’s only a flesh wound. It’s often not taken too seriously, and the hero of the movie is often able to continue his or her heroics within minutes of being wounded. Most times, a flesh wound doesn’t bring death, just some minor discomfort.
Some years ago, I went down on my bike on a two lane country road. I had just left work, and was out on a ride with my dad, wearing only my work uniform, when suddenly, in a right hand turn, my throttle grip came off the handlebar, causing my weight to shift, and down I went. They say it’s not the fall that hurts, just the sudden stop at the end. After jumping to my feet once I stopped sliding and rolling, the pain from the abundance of road rash became very prevalent. I thought that was the worst of it, until the nurse began to clean and disinfect the wound. Despite the discomfort from the disinfecting process, it was necessary to prevent infection.
In 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul said, I die daily, meaning, he had to die out to his flesh every day. He had to place his flesh in subjection to Spirit of God. His fleshly desires and will did not live through that repentant moment, but it was a fatal blow to his flesh. Sometimes, we get too comfortable with skin deep repentance. When we get down in repentance, we become satisfied with a “flesh wound” moment. The flesh might get wounded, but it’s not fatal, and it lives to fight another day. “Now I lay me down to sleep” does nothing for the evils of this flesh. We have to crucify it and bring it under subjection to the Spirit of God. The flesh will say, it’s ok to do everything the world is doing. The flesh will say, it’s ok to live any way you want to, except on church night. The Word of God, says, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.
Can we trade in our “road rash repentance”, for a sincere, heartfelt, repentance that will bring certain death to this flesh? Can we follow Paul’s example, and make this flesh die out every day? I will strive to do so, and I hope you will to.
We have not cracked the surface of what God desires to do through this ministry. I once heard a minister say, the fire of God still falls on wet altars. If Elijah could call down the fire of God on a water soaked altar on Mt Carmel, imagine what could happen when the Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ makes the declaration, that my flesh will not dictate my future. My flesh will not be dominant in my life, and the altar is soaked from the tears of a people who decided that “road rash repentance” was no longer an option, but they would crucify this flesh until it was fatal so the will of God could be accomplished in their world! Lord, let Your fire fall on this ministry like never before, so we can change our world, one mile at a time.
God bless you all in Jesus Name!
Jeremiah Hayes (Bullfrog)
Azusa Streetriders International