Scripture: Romans 8.
(What is God saying here?)
Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
When I write these devotionals, I think of them as just little nuggets from God’s Word that overwhelmingly spoke to me as I meditated on His Word. In this chapter of Romans this morning there were so many ‘Nuggets’ that really spoke to me, that I had difficulty choosing which one to share in my devotional. None the less, these particular verses spoke volumes to me. So often I reflect on things that I did or said that I was not proud of, and almost always I tend to think that it happened because of my sin nature or because Satan was interfering with me, or having a field day with me. These verses tell me that if I am a child of God, that His Spirit dwells within me, and if I am truly controlled by the Spirit then I would truly think about the things that pleases God. Further it revealed to me that if I allow my sinful nature to control my mind, then I am not a child of the King and will never please God. I believe that I must really draw closer to God and really depend on His Holy Spirit that dwells within me a whole lot more than I do, for I want very badly to think only on those things that pleases God, for it is those things that I will subsequently act on.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, I pray that Your will be so evident in my life today that not only will I feel Your awesome power, strength and guidance, but that others will see the love of Christ in everything that I do or say. Please help me to always be reminded of where my strength comes from, whose Spirit lives within me, and that the evil one has no power in my life, so I should never give him credit for anything going on in my life. Thank You for send Your Holy Spirit to reside within me, controlling me and guiding me through the challenges of this earth. I can only make it through with Your presence, Your strength, and Your guidance. Thank You Father for loving me this much!
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