To be Great we must rid ourselves of things that God does not like. Things that hurt others and ourselves. These are things that I found some people to think are easy to get rid of but actually can be one of the most difficult to rid ourselves of, because we were born with the tendency to do them. We are not born this way or that way but born with a good change to have one or more of these flare up at times of our lives. I have learned to not judge those who may struggle with one of these because of the simple fact that I too have somethings that are not always pleasing to him. I too had things to work on that is an act of the sinful nature. The good news is that since we are born again and are made a new creation in Christ we are no longer held bondage to do these things. I can see these things come up and crucify them. I can actually crucify them before something even comes up. Why? Because I know it is a part of my Flesh and that I still have Flesh to deal with on a daily basis. But the word of God tells us to rid ourselves of the acts of the sinful nature.
God's Word Translation puts it this way:
Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I’ve told you in the past and I’m telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Amplified Version Says this:
Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,
20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),
21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
As stated in the scriptures we cannot inherit the kingdom of God. This does not just mean inherit Eternal life but this also means understand God, and the things concerning his kingdom that we are to do here while we are walking planet earth. The only way to start walking in Greatness is if we fully understand the Kingdom of God and understand him. This helps because when something arises we do always know how, why, and when but if we know God we can know he is working on our behalf.
Now are something of these things you want to rid yourself of? Not always. We sometimes get settled in our ways that help us make excuses for not wanting to change or not changing but the word says this:
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
So if we are all believers the bible tells us that all those acts of the sinful nature we can get rid of. This is the only way that we will become Great. God is already setting us up to obtain it but we have to make the changes. We have to take initiative to say this thing, I am not going to do no more. I am going to check myself in these areas because this is God's desire for me to be clean and Holy before him. God wants to set us high above the nations as listed in the previous message. He desires for us to be the head and not the tail, above and never beneath, a Lender and not a borrower. He set these things in stone for us, we are heirs to these blessings. Greatness!
I did not forget about the good stuff but I wanted to get first things first out the way.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self -control, Against such there is no law. And those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the spirit let us also walk in the spirit.