The tyrant of the soul!

 (adapted from Octavius Winslow's, "The
Glory of the Redeemer in His Resurrection")

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue
 me from this body of death?" Romans 7:24

Oh, what a cumbrance is this body of sin!

Its corruptions,
its infirmities,
its weaknesses,
its ailments,
its diseases,
all conspire to render it the tyrant of the soul,
if grace does not keep it under and bring it into
subjection as its slave.

How often, when the mind would pursue its favorite
study, the wearied and overtasked body enfeebles it!

How often, when the spirit would expatiate and soar
in its contemplations of and in its communings with
God, the inferior nature detains it by its weight, or
occupies it with its needs!

How often, when the soul thirsts for Divine knowledge,
and the heart pants for holiness, its highest aspirations
and its strongest efforts are discouraged and thwarted
by the clinging infirmities of a corrupt and suffering humanity!

"But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus
Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return
as our Savior. He will take these weak mortal bodies
of ours and change them into glorious bodies like His
own....."  Philip. 3:20-21

Then, oh then, shall we be perfectly like Christ.

"But we do know that when He comes we will be like
 Him, for we will see Him as He really is." 1 John 3:2

Like Him in the spotless purity of the mind,
like Him in the perfect beauty of the body.

Transporting thought!