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Living According To The Spirit

Living According To The Spirit

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

It's not easy facing life at times.  When we see the things happening in our world, it can cause us to stop, to wonder and to even doubt. This happens as we process the things we are seeing, and as we draw on the things we have seen or heard throughout our lives.  It is our nature in our flesh to worry, and to fear, but we are not to live by the flesh anymore.  Some reading this might comment, "But I'm flesh and bones, Scott, how can I live any other way?"

God's Word tells us once we have made a profession of faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are to abandon our old way of living, our old self, and yes, even our old nature.  The old nature was to doubt, to fear, to worry and even to be pessimistic when looking at situations we saw no hope in.  This included our viewing other people and having no hope in them ever changing their ways based on what we may have seen in their attitude, and actions.

The truth is we can all do these things in the flesh when we choose to live this way and our minds are set upon these things.   The Apostle Paul tells of this nature in Romans.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5 (NKJV)

We must understand once we are born again we will be given a new spirit from God and the transformation process will begin, as we will be changed from our old nature to a new nature like Jesus. We need to fully trust God and His Word to lead us in every aspect of our lives.  We cannot pick and choose certain things in the Bible to apply to our lives and discard the other things contained within it.   We will see the transformation in a greater capacity within our lives when we fully submit to His ways, and His leading.

We must also understand the nature of our earthly bodies is to be selfish, and self-serving, so it will war against our new nature of who we are in Christ Jesus.  Our responsibility will always be to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and to cast down any thought coming against God's Word (2 Cor. 10:5).  

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's make it our goal to stop living according to the flesh.  Let's allow the power of the Holy Spirit to put to death those deeds of our earthly body, because it will allow us to find peace and security in the arms of our Good Shepherd as His sheep.  Let's listen for His voice and heed the calling.

STUDY QUESTION: What confidence should we derive from Joshua 1:9?  

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you following God?  Are you following the desires of your flesh?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  Let's choose to seek God in every decision we make.  Let's allow Jesus to be the Lord of our life, and be at the helm of each and every decision we make.

Let's Pray...

Father, thank You for Your wisdom, and discernment You give to us freely.  Help us to follow You and to hear Your voice clearly amongst all the distractions we are faced with daily.  In Jesus' precious name, amen..

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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