Monday, March 14, 2011

Daily devotional: Leaving behind our sinful nature

Scripture
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.
Galatians 5:25 NIV

Observation
The freedom we have in Christ should lead us to serve one another in love (vv.6,13). We need the Holy Spirit's leading to do this! And those of us who belong to Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of our sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there (v.24). When we let the Holy Spirit guide our lives, we won't be doing what our sinful nature craves (v.16), but rather He will produce within us things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (vv.22-23).

Application
Leave behind the passions and desires of my sinful nature and instead wholeheartedly follow The Holy Spirit's leading in every part of my life. Let Him produce fruit within me, and serve others in love.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Your ways are incredible. I know I cannot overcome my sinful nature on my own, so I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit, who You give to all who trust in You through Jesus. What an incredible gift—I can hardly imagine before Jesus when few had the Spirit within them. I nail the passions and desires of my sinful nature to Jesus' cross, and now I look to the Spirit to guide me in every area of my life. Live within me and transform me into the man You want me to be. Please produce much fruit within me. Help me see and use each opportunity to the fullest to serve others in love. I love you, Lord!

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