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MONTHLY DEVOTIONAL FOR 17th JULY

THE 17th OF JULY

THE PASSION FOR EARTHLY THINGS DOES NOT PLEASE GOD

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, on 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, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  Romans 8:5-8

Our minds, emotions, speech and actions follow whatever leads them. A person is led by their carnal nature, lives accordingly to its lusts, desires and they show interest in the worldly things. Sometimes people say, including Christians, that they are sorry for what they did, but they could not help doing it. The enemy wants us to believe that this is true, but it is not. Jesus set us free from the law of sin and with the help of the Holy Spirit we can control our actions and reactions. Those people who say they “could not help it,” if while they are mad and yelling, their pastor or someone they want to impress shows up they calm down in a second and change their tone of voice. This is true for all of us.

When we live our lives led by the Holy Spirit we are interested more in spiritual things than in anything else. The leadership of the carnal nature brings death and is the opposite of the leadership of the Holy Spirit, which brings peace and life. To be in the flesh, means to be against God and that cannot please the Lord, as it rebels against God’s Word.

SUGGESTED PRAYER

Thank You Lord for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and remind us of Your Word. Thank You dear Holy Spirit for being the most perfect Helper, Counselor, Comforter and all I need. No matter what I am going through, I can always count on You to be there for me and help me out. Lord please warn me when I allow to the flesh to control me, so that I may repent and return under Your leadership and guidance. Thank You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Source: thetruthstandsforever

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