But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
Oh, that I walk in obedience to the LORD in ALL my steps. But I am human and that is just not possible UNLESS I let this SELF go, placing her at the foot of the Cross and trust, TRUST, in the Holy Spirit for each and every step. God gave me free will and I choose to pick this self up and try to do things in my own power.
I want to…
- …walk humbly
- …stay close
- …live and show the fruit of the Spirit to this world in which I live in
- …accept my inability to do these things as I am
- …that I must be moldable and tender
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24
from Daily Help by Charles H. Spurgeon:
As a man does not make himself spiritually alive, so neither can he keep himself so. He can feed on spiritual food, and so preserve his spiritual strength; he can walk in the commandments of the Lord, and so enjoy the rest and peace, but still the inner life is dependent upon the Spirit as much for its after existence as for its first begetting. No man himself, even when converted, hath any power, except as that power is daily, constantly, and perpetually infused into him by the Spirit.
The motive-power of action to a believing man lies hard by the realization that God, for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven his iniquities.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:17-25
And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-3
Abba Father, may this world dim in my mind and Your Light draw me nearer to You with each day, in each moment. May I be the clay that You desire of me that You can mold me into the Linda that You created me to be. May I be Yours in all ways. I want to be a light in this world, drawing others to You who live in the darkness of this world. I want to walk in humility as Your Spirit guides my steps. Thank You, LORD, for Your love of this imperfect one. …for I love You. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Daily Help (the February 19 reading) by Charles H. Spurgeon, compiled and edited by George Perry Dixon, The Family Inspirational Library, Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York