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.

Mark 15:12-14 Crucify Him!

“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” They shouted. “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” Mark 15:12-14

People are quick to get caught up in the excitement of the crowd. With just a few well stated words, a few people can stir up a large group of people to cast away all common sense, causing them to do what they normally would not do.

Most riots and protests start out this way, drawing in more people to the excitement.

Pilate found nothing criminal in Jesus, so he wanted to know what the people wanted done. As a whole, they wanted Jesus crucified, hung on a tree, even though He was innocent of any crime.

Very few people would agree to killing an innocent man. Currently, in America, there are many riots because a possibly innocent man was killed. People do not openly like that idea.

Even though most will say they do not want to see an innocent man killed, they do it every day. Each and every time someone sins against God, they are crying out “crucify Him” again and again.

People refuse to believe or remember that their acting upon their freedom to sin is what is crucifying Jesus. It is because of sin that Jesus went to the cross to be crucified to bring about forgiveness.

Those who are believers in Jesus and realize why He went to the cross, must strive not to place Him back on the cross. Turning away from all sin and refusing to give into temptation causes a person to not get caught up into the crowd of this world’s ways in crying out, “crucify Him.”

Every day there will those around you who do not care about Jesus. There will also be spiritual forces that will be working on you to get you to sin against God.

Remember that there are more with you on God’s side, than those against God. All of the angels and God’s Holy Spirit is with you to encourage you to turn from sin and not cry out, “Crucify Him.”

Do not get caught up in the sin and ways of this fallen world. Do not get caught up in the crowd against God. Be thankful for what He has done and serve Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn from all sin; that you will serve Jesus and no longer crucify Him; and that you will be led by God and not this world.

Matthew 27:20 The Power Of Persuasion

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. Matthew 27:20

Persuasion is a powerful tool that is used everywhere for many different things. It is persuasion that drives people to purchase items that they often do not need or cannot afford. It is persuasion that often changes a person’s heart.

By the power of persuasion, a few people, with a few words, can change the mindset of many people. The many are deceived into thinking that everyone thinks that way, when often it is only a few.

Once Jesus was tried, Pilate wanted to release Him because He was innocent. However, the chief priests had persuaded the crowd to convict and kill Him. This was the same crowd that the day before was worshipping and praising Jesus.

Following Jesus goes against the ways and standards of this world. The world will do what it can to persuade a believer to stop following Jesus.

Most believers would be quick to say that they would not have cried out to have Jesus crucified if they had been there. Yet, many of those same believers are quick to fall to temptation to sin. Every time a believer sins, he is laying a strip across Jesus’ back and driving the nails into His hands and feet. It is as though they are crucifying Him again and again.

The only reason that a believer does this is because they are persuaded that sinning is the way to go. One is being persuaded that he needs to live as the world does and crucify Jesus, rather than lay one’s own self and desires upon the cross.

Rather than be led by persuasion to sin against God, believers need to persuade the world for their need of Jesus. That is the whole gospel message Jesus was brining.

Every day the world will work hard to persuade you to sin against God. You will have a choice to make, as to whether to go with the crowd or go with Jesus. One brings death, while the other brings eternal life.

Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to walk the path of sin and death. Do not choose to crucify Jesus again. Instead live for God, following Jesus and be His witness. Use your words and actions to persuade the world their need for Jesus.

Be the persuader, not the persuaded.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you to not be persuaded to sin; that you will persuade others to follow Jesus; and that you will live your life for God.

Luke 23:21 Crying Crucify Him

“But they kept shouting, Crucify him! Crucify him!” Luke 23:21

Pilate had heard all the arguments against Jesus. He could not find enough evidence to convict Him. He wanted to release Jesus. Yet, the crowd of people shouted that they wanted Jesus crucified. They put extreme pressure on Pilate until he gave in and gave them what they wanted.

Many believers today will state that they would never have yelled out to have Jesus crucified. Many look at it and get angry with the people for wanting Jesus to die.

It is very common for this type of response to happen to something that occurred to someone else. Watch the news broadcasts about a policeman, or someone else, injuring or killing someone. Watch the whiplash against the person before the full evidence is made known.

Everywhere you listen you will hear people say they would never have done such a thing. They cannot understand why it happened the way it did. Only the person that was actually there and going through the circumstance can answer for his action.

Very few people will go against a crowd of other people. Most people will go with the flow. No one really wants to be different or really stand out. Everyone wants to be accepted. If you had been there, you would have gone with the crowd in shouting against Jesus. You would have demanded His death.

Think about how many times you have sinned against God. Each time you sin, no matter whether a “big” or “small” sin, you are driving a nail into Jesus’ hands or putting the whip across His back. You are shouting “crucify Him” with the rest of the world.

If you were the only one who had sinned, (and you were not), Jesus would have died for you. God loves you that much.

Turn away from your sins today. Seek His forgiveness. Do not allow yourself to be self-righteous and state that you would not have done the same thing. Don’t allow yourself to shout “crucify Him” anymore.

I pray today that God will reveal His love for you; that God will reveal His forgiveness He has for you; that you will seek God’s forgiveness; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; and that you will not condemn others but show them God’s love and mercy.