WORD FOR TODAY by PASTOR JESUS FIGUEROA
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Thursday, September 22
By The Spirit You Put To Death
Topic: The Holy Spirit Enables Us To Walk In Holiness
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:12-13 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Abdias, Jonah 1-4
Romans 8:13 (MSG) — 13 So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life.
Romans 8:13 (NIV) — 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:13 (NLT) — 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
How sad the condition of a christian that after experimenting salvation, still lives a life conformed to the flesh! Living under those sinful desires that fight and battle against the soul. When one lives this life in the flesh, one will never achieve to experience the abundant life that the Lord has promised us! It is for this that we must make the earthly things in us die as it tells us in Colossians 3:5-6, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.”
The only way that we can make the flesh die, is through the Holy Spirit! He is the only one that can help crucify our flesh with all the disorderly desires and passions. In Galatians 5:24 it tells us, “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” For this to happen we must yield each day our will to the plans of the Holy Spirit, obeying his voice, and not letting the time of communion with Him pass us by. We must allow the Spirit to eliminate the works of the flesh and produce His spiritual fruit in us.
Today we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our being, we are his dwelling place! And as a result we must walk in the direction of the Spirit as it tells us in Romans 8:9, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can live lives full of the Spiritual fruit. The flesh cannot dominate us, his power over us was broken when we come to know the Lord. Let us be determined this morning to not live a life controlled by our flesh, it is time to experience another level of life in the Holy Spirit!
Romans 7:6 (NKJV) — 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Romans 6:23 (NKJV) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 7:5 (NKJV) — 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
Galatians 6:8 (NKJV) — 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Colossians 3:5-6 (NKJV) — 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Romans 8:6 (NKJV) — 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV) — 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Galatians 5:24 (NKJV) — 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Ephesians 4:22 (NKJV) — 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
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