Romans 8:9 What Spirit Lives In You?

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

While in school or college, a person may have some school spirit in him. He is the person who dresses up and dyes his hair with the school’s colors. He is at every game, cheering the loudest.

This type of spirit can be found in people who are going all out for some thing, no matter what school, business, organization or anything else it is.

In talking about flesh and the spirit, Paul tells the people that they are no longer a part of the realm of the flesh, but of the Spirit. This is only if they belong to Christ.

The spirit of the flesh is anything that is of this world and not of God. It is being focused upon self and what is in it for self as the final result. Focusing on self is always looking at the temporary and is most often sin and against God.

God’s Spirit is always looking at things with eternity in focus. He is always seeking ways to make a person more like Jesus–holy and perfect–ready for eternity. He always wants a person to turn away from selfish sin to holiness and life.

Some in the church claim to be of Christ and have God’s Spirit in them, but they are continuing to purposefully live by the flesh in sin. Rather than live for God, they continue to live in selfish, sinful ways.

The true believer will always be seeking to live more for God, seeking to be more like Jesus. He will live by the Spirit of God in holiness and righteousness.

Only you and God know what spirit you are living by, God’s or the flesh. If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, then allow His Spirit to lead and guide you in how to live.

Living to please self or by the flesh will only bring about death and separation from God for eternity. Make a conscious choice to live by His Spirit, so that you will continue to belong to Christ and will inherit eternal life, rather than death.

Have the Spirit of Christ and live by the Spirit of Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the Spirit of Christ living in you; that you will obey God’s Spirit in your life; that you will truly belong to Christ; and that God will give you strength to deny living by the flesh of this world.

Galatians 5:24 Kill The Flesh

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:25

Every person is born with an innate desire for sinful activities. Given the choice, people will turn towards sin and will enjoy it for a time.

The mindset of the world is to just do it. No one is to deny himself any pleasure that can be grabbed onto. To deny oneself of a pleasure, is to be harmful to one’s self. It is uncomfortable and not needed, according to the world. Every one is to live life to the fullest, whatever that means.

Paul had just listed what living by the flesh looks like. Then he showed what living by the Spirit looks like. Now he says that anyone who is living by the Spirit of God will have crucified or killed off his flesh and its desires.

Following Jesus means that one has become a new creation, a new and different person. This can be seen in how they think and act, what they say and do.

The world lives in a way that it is all about pleasing self, living in sinful ways with no regrets. All sin comes down to two types of selfishness. It is selfishness against God or selfishness against others. Too often, many believers in the church are willing to continue to live in sinful ways. There is no difference between them and the world.

The true believer is no longer living for self, but for God and for others. He is willing to kill off all selfish and sinful desires and actions within himself.

Every believer must be willing to turn away from every sin, regardless of how ‘little’ or ‘big’ it is. This must be done in a violent, crucifying manner, killing all sin and its desires.

As you take a look at your life, take note of the sinful ways in your life. Are you willing, as a believer, to live with those sins? If so, you are denying Christ and His power in your life.

If you are not willing to live with those sins, then crucify them. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to destroy sinful desires. Allow God’s word to so fill you as to be a double-edged sword that will kill of all sinful desires in your life.

Have you killed the flesh in you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your entire life for God; that God will strengthen you to crucify the fleshly desires in your life; and that you will live to serve God with all of your life.

John 15:19 Are You Loved Or Hated?

If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19

People love to be loved. No one likes someone to hate them. In order for people to get that love, most people will do whatever it takes to please others.

When a person is hated, he often feels left out or separated from others. He will often look at himself and try to figure out what he is doing wrong to be hated and change.

Jesus pointed out to His followers that the world hates them because He had chosen them out of the world.

Although the world appeared to love Jesus for a short time, they quickly began to hate Him. The world hates Jesus because He sets a high standard of holy living. This standard goes against the world’s way of living.

Every believer, who is truly living for God, will be hated by the world as a whole. Those who are living mediocre lives for God, will be loved by the world. They live in sinful ways and accept others to live in sinful ways. They are not separate, set a part from the world.

Followers of Jesus will call sin for what it is…sin and will not compromise their standards. The world does not like that type of talk or living, it makes them feel uncomfortable.

As soon as the world begins to love a believer, one must begin to question his walk with God. How is it that the world loves him, when the world hates Jesus? This can be a test strip for how much a person is loving and serving God or serving self and the world.

Take not as to how much the world, those who refuse to believe in Jesus, loves you. Ask yourself how much you are being a witness to them of who Jesus is.

If you are living for God and speaking His words, the world is going to hate you. The only ones who will not hate you are those who choose to follow Jesus.

Your primary job is to be a witness to the world, not to be loved by the world. Do not turn away from being that witness, just because some, or many, do not love you.

Are you loved or hated by the world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to be separate from the world; that you will know God’s love; that you will live a holy life before God and the world; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.