Each one of us in the faith needs to spend time with God daily, in order to not walk in the flesh. This means that we stop doing our own things for a few hours each day to start, while letting God lead us. This also means cutting out of our lives things we know God hates. So we make time for meaningful individual prayer time and/or group prayer time. As well as meaningful individual Bible study time and/or group Bible study time. It can also mean going out on the streets witnessing to the lost on our own and/or with others when they are available also. We can also be doing service towards others in need, feed and clothe the homeless, visit widows, people in nursing homes, assisted livings, prisons, family, and more. All this and other things God will lead us to do when we begin to abide in Christ. This is because the Spirit of God is with us. And the best part about this is that we are not condemned when we live for Christ, but saved. Paul taught, “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1,2) It sure is refreshing to not have to worry about death and being judged by Jesus. This is because He has already made us righteous in His sight, and on that day we will be welcomed into His Father’s kingdom. Amen.
Paul also taught, “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:4-10) We are called as God’s people on earth as it is in heaven. The moment we received Jesus as Lord in our lives, we began our lives as a new creation in Christ Jesus. Through Him alone were we given new instincts that love what is good and hate what is evil. We don’t hate people, but the sin itself. This is what leads us to stay far away from even the appearance of evil and temptation. In so doing, the Holy Spirit is able to dwell in us, giving us a life filled with peace and joy. We know that we cannot please God if we walk in the flesh, so we stay guarded at all times in His armor, that we might fight and come out victorious against the battles of Satan. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will learn to walk in the Spirit and no longer go after the things of the flesh. Those who have true faith in You know exactly what You love and hate in this world. Therefore, they have also made it a point in their own lives to love and hate the same things. Never once do we hate the person, but evil itself. The world may have a specific view on certain people, but our hope will continue, even until the end, that every person who is lost will one day come to know You, Jesus. And we don’t just hope and pray for others, but walking in the Spirit means that we will do as You desire for our lives and others also. It takes courage to get out of our comfort zone, but it is worth it when we see different individuals blessed through our efforts to reach them. One thing I know, God, is that all fear and sin is removed when I walk in the Spirit. This is when fear is replaced with Your guidance and direction, of which leads to much boldness to preach, talk to, pray with, and witness to people. The most memorable times in my life have been on the streets. Yes, God. The times I’ve reached people for Your kingdom is what has stuck with me and brought me the greatest joy of all. I love to pray with people, in order to have them receive You in their lives. I also love to see the homeless fed and clothed, no matter the money it costs. Whatever is needed, I will go and do as You have called me, Lord. And as in the past, continue to lead me now, Lord. I love You! You are my God and I worship You. Amen.