Let me start today’s thought by saying, the supreme sacrifice to all true Christians today is written in Romans 12:1-2 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
True Christians must take up their “cross” with Christ. This will take being obedient in both the spiritual and physical. We have to be convinced in our thinking, knowing the Word of God, obeying the Word of God, that of what is right or wrong, good or bad. The Holy Spirit will guide us into this truth.
We will choose our direction in life whether right or wrong, good or bad. It is our choice. Yes, we will make that choice.
That right choice will come only when we “put to death” every human desire interfering in our relationship with the love of God. Thank God for the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ and His saving power.
The Holy Spirit will be our guide and lead all believers unto and into the righteousness of God; but it will take our part in obeying His Word, saying no to those thoughts and the things of this world.
It will take a life of following Christ, a daily walk, hour by hour-moment by moment. Only “those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” according to
- Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
The beast of “SIN” must be slain or put to death in our lives in order to have a right relationship as stated here in Colossians 3:5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry.
- Colossians 3:8-10 “But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.”
The new man is to be led by the Spirit. His thoughts and actions are to be composed of these virtues as stated in Galatians 5:22-23 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,