Peace When We Do Right

SCRIPTURE:  "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."    Romans 8:5-14
If God did not declare war to redeem us from the clutches of our depravity expressed through the actions of the flesh, none of us would have ever been saved and empowered to live righteously according to His Word and the empowerment of His Spirit. The fallen nature expressed through our fallen nature has been trapped by darkness and death and causes us to war against God’s righteous authority that brings light and accountability before us. Once we are saved through faith in Christ we not only have become different and separate by nature unto God from those who still love to live in darkness, but our new nature indwelled by God’s Spirit has now bought us to the reality that I still have a nagging tension to do what I want as oppose to what God wants. Many might see this as a negative thing, but the good news is that the struggle and resistance of your fleshly orientation to your new nature indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God is a good thing. It is the very proof you are brand new in your heart and the new life, new freedom, and the new empowerment of God’s nature has become ours.

The above verses under our meditation are full of assurances and proofs that declare we are now children of God, but it also expressly says that there is a defining truth about what our new motive should be for living this new life as God’s true child. It is that we have the authority and desire to want to choose pleasing God. When we obey that empowered choice it should bring us peace in our heart. Do you see this change in your attitude to please God? Does the resistance to God’s authority still win and there is not grief? Do you see more and more the want-to-do-rights in your life to please God and it makes you joyful? True children share a nature that cannot be at peace while in war against God.

Prayer: I am so glad my God, You have made me a true child through faith in the salvation granted to all who have believed the testimony of Your Son. Forgive us this day for the battles with our flesh that we may have lost. Thank You for forgiveness and another chance to please You.
By Pastor Wayne Cockrell


Lisa Williams - January 10th, 2024 at 5:21am

Grateful and Humbled that Christ has a hold on me; & He won’t ever let me go!!

Deborah Whye - January 10th, 2024 at 6:44am

Amen!!! I'm so glad that I am His and that He lives in me.

Patsy Myers - January 10th, 2024 at 7:18am

Amen and Amen! God’s grace!

Denise Diggs - January 10th, 2024 at 7:47am

Amen, Pastor! Praise the Lord for giving each of us who belong to Jesus a new “want-do” when He wooed us unto Himself.🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 New mercies every morning!

D.T. Diggs - January 10th, 2024 at 8:00am

Praise God the Lord for giving us a new “want-TO” at the moment He found us.🤗

Cheryl Torain - January 10th, 2024 at 8:29am

Thank You LORD for having a "want to" please YOU!!!

Novella D Carpenter - January 10th, 2024 at 1:47pm

Amen! Thank You Lord for that brand new nature, indwelled by the Holy Spirit meaning that all things are become new, old things are passed away. I am not the same. I have been bought with the high price of Christ's shed blood. No longer what I want, but what God desires.

Paula S. - January 11th, 2024 at 10:24am

Amen Lord. Thank You for the warring of my Spirit and flesh, I'd be in trouble if there were none!

Wendy - January 11th, 2024 at 2:17pm

Amen ! Our God is not a God of disorder but of peace!!






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