Thursday, May 25, 2017

Romans 8:13



Romans 8:13 “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

We try to stop sinning in ourselves, by our flesh by keeping rules. At first keeping rules to stop sin seems good. But it doesn't work. Col 2:20-23 By the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body by turning from focusing on ourselves to serving Christ according to the leading of the Spirit.

Gal 5:16,18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
18 “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

It is the law the brings sin into focus. When we turn our focus to Christ we have freedom. What we feed grows. When we turn our mind to Christ our spirit revives and we grow. Phil 4:8,9

Paul refers to himself 53 times in Romans 7. In Romans 8 he refers instead to the Spirit. The answer is to focus on Christ and do that by living for Him.

If instead we focus on our natural desires, our spirit is unused and we cease to be effective in spiritual matters.

When we are letting the Spirit direct us Rom 8:14 we are putting to death the deeds of the body by being active in serving Christ.

I start my day by speaking life. If I feel down at the start of the day I speak life. If I feel great, I start my day by speaking life. If I don't feel anything, I start my day by speaking life. And what do I speak about? SCRIPTURE! John 6:63

Have as your purpose to live for Christ. And we do this by loving others. Then you will live. 1 Thes 3:8