Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:5-10
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Scripture Quote: “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)
When we came to Christ for salvation, we were given the gift of the Holy Spirit who set us free from sin and death. God sent Jesus to be our sin offering and to free us from our sinful nature. We must not continue to relish the things of the flesh that desires possessions pertaining to this present life. That is the mystery and the chore. We are able to seek the things of the Spirit since we have been redeemed from the influence of the carnal mind, but we still have to choose to do so, every minute of every day. Our free choice still exists to lead us to prioritize good or evil. And so the temptations to revert back to our former self will exist in our nature until we die.
We can avert regression, however, when we plant ourselves before the Lord through studying His Word and through continual prayer. His guidance in every circumstance will nurture our spiritual strength, which will enable us to discern His direction for us. If we cherish our relationship with Jesus, He will teach us how to deprive any evil desire of its power.
Today’s meditation: Communication with Christ is a lifestyle choice.
Memory Verse: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:2 (NIV)