Suggested Bible Reading Romans 8:5-8, John 14:17
🔴 The Flesh of Decision
Christians define flesh as the physical nature of human beings; it also refers to the decisions and actions that originate from it. Without realizing it, we are making life more difficult. We strive to maintain all the desires of our flesh by putting idols before God.
What we do in this life will determine how God judges us. The next time we feel tension warning us to: stay away, pray harder, not to participate in an activity, we should listen. The Spirit is the nonmaterial part of our human self; the Helper Christ gave us.
Romans 8:5-8 ESV. 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Where we set our minds determines the life we lead and also our purpose. We will perform good enough and make people think we have it all together, but if we are honest with ourselves and God, we know we are settling. When the good enough fleshly desires leave us tired, broken, depressed, overweight, underweight, stressed, and miserable, we will perhaps listen to the Holy Spirit. (John 14:17).
Being reflective and honest about every aspect of our lives is not only cleansing but healing. God is Truth, Light, and Life; we should stand under it as often as we humanly can. Let our Spirit lead the way.
This devotional was written and edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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