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.

Acts 19:15 Who Are You?

One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Acts 19:15

Nearly every person is known for something by somebody. Some of the most common titles people are known by are: mom, dad, father, mother, employee, friend, neighbor, spouse, and co-worker. People like to be known by what they do.

Another way people can be known is by their character. This gives the true description of who they are. It will often determine how well they are at other things that they can do.

As some sons of Sceva were trying to cast some demons out of a man in the name of Paul and Jesus, the demons asked them a question. The demons said they knew Paul and Jesus, but wondered who they were and then beat the sons up.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in Jesus. It is also easy for a person to attempt to do the work of God on his own. However, it is a different thing to truly believe in Jesus, work and walk in His power and abilities.

Some will claim to believe in Jesus, but have extreme doubts when they claim the promises of God. Others will claim to believe in Jesus, while at the same time living purposefully in open, rebellious sin against God.

Living in either of these two ways is not really living for God. It is living a lie and the demonic world knows it. The world is often able to see through the lies being portrayed and will question it.

When a person is truly believing in Jesus and striving to live according to God’s ways, the world and the demons will know who he really is. They will see the power of God working in and through him.

You may never have the opportunity to cast demons out of a person, but you will have opportunities to do the works of God. You will have an opportunity to be His witness in this world in many different ways.

As you speak God’s promises to others or for yourself, you may be asked, ‘who are you?’. Only you can answer that question.

Ask yourself that question today and find out who you are. Do you truly believe in and trust the words of God in your life? Do you truly strive to live a holy life for God? Who are you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe in God’s word and power; that you will do the works of God; that the world will know you as a child of God; and that the world will know you have the power of God working in and through you.

2 Peter 3:11 What Kind Of Person Are You?

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 2 Peter 3:11

One common thought among many people around the world is to eat, drink and be merry today because tomorrow you will die. Most people will only live for the moment with no regard or thoughts about tomorrow and even less about eternity.

Worldly “successful” people are those who kept in mind their goal for their future each day. They focused on doing something today with tomorrow in mind. However, most do not give a moment’s thought about eternity.

Peter just described how God would destroy the world in the end. With that in mind he asks what kind of people they should be. He tells them that they should live holy and godly lives.

One thing that should set the believer apart from the rest of the world is that he has a focus upon eternity, not just the here and now. In order to have life in that eternity, one must also have his focus upon God.

God has given the directions on how to live life in order to get life for eternity. The process is simple–live a holy and godly life. In other words do what God has said to do.

The first step in this is accepting what Jesus had done on the cross. Doing this wipes away all wrongs. Then one must put on the righteousness of Jesus, not his own. And finally, do what God calls him to do. Doing these three things will cause a person live a holy and godly life.

Too many in the church believe in Christ, but refuse to live a holy life. They want the best of both worlds and in the end will lose everything.

Only you can examine your life closely and determine how you are living your life from the inside out. Fruit will bear witness as to whether you are striving to live the holy life God called you to live or not.

Although it may be painful right now to live a holy life, in the end you will gain eternity.

Live your life for God with the gift of eternity that He has promised you. Allow His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you in how to live that life. Be set apart knowing that Jesus is returning to bring you to heaven for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live as God has called you to live; that your life will be a holy life, separated unto God; that the world will see that you live for God; and that you will hear the Holy Spirit guiding your thoughts, words and actions.

2 Peter 1:3 Everything Is Provided

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Every time a person gets ready to do a project, he has to make sure that he has everything that is needed. He does not want to get into the middle of a project, only to find out that he is short some of the required materials.

The only way to know if someone has all he needs, if he reads the instructions on how to complete the project. Many choose not to read the instructions and just wing it on their own, thus failing to complete the project.

Peter opens his second book with telling the people that God’s divine power has given them everything needed to live a godly life. God called the people and provided for them everything needed.

Although people strive to live a godly life on their own, they will always fail. No one has the ability, on his own, to live a perfect Godly and holy life on his own. He will fail, falling into sin sooner or later.

Often people in the church refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit and choose to do things their own way. In doing so, they fail at living a Godly life and begin to live as the world does, in sin.

Instead of relying on his own abilities, every true believer will rely upon God’s power and direction. Throughout scripture God has given directions on how to live a Godly life. In the New Testament, God sent His Holy Spirit to guide the believer in living the Godly life.

God has given everything needed, but the believer has to accept and use what God has already provided.

When you see yourself struggling to overcome sin and failing to live for God, take note of where you are drawing your strength from. Are you trying to do it in your own power and abilities? Or are you relying upon God’s divine power and abilities?

Look to God for His strength and Holy Spirit to guide you in living as Jesus did, a holy and Godly life. Do not allow pride and self to control, or else you will fail and sin.

God has given you everything you need, are you using His materials and instructions?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will live your life as Jesus lived His; that you will rely upon God’s power to be holy; and that you will rely upon God’s provision in your life.