FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Scripture: Galatians 4:16-18, Romans 8:12,13
Galatians 5:16-18 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Paul found himself being an enemy because he told the Galatians the truth. Where do we stand with people who tell us the truth? How do we treat them? Do we become their enemies? In Acts 20, Paul warned about wolves. It is time we said yes to God’s Word and said yes to who we are. It is time we put a demand on the Holy Spirit to prepare us and bring us to the place where we can fully represent God’s triumph in every situation. Romans 8:12,13 states, “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” When we choose to live in the Spirit and not in the flesh then we choose the leadership of the Spirit and it is leadership of the Spirit that brings us into the fullness of what God has. It is the leadership of the Spirit that brings the Word of God to pass in our lives. Sowing our own garden with the Word is like preparing for the reign of the Spirit that comes and ignites that Word to turn it into reality. But if we have not taken the time to put it into our hearts, if we have not taken the time to renew our mind, then the Spirit cannot penetrate that personal wall that we have established, and fulfillment does not happen. Romans 8:12-13 is a choice that we all make: to reject or embrace the cross, and at what level. Our willingness to take the Word and put to death the deeds of the body is what qualifies us to be the pipeline that brings the Word of the Lord to a situation and causes triumph to manifest. Those who consistently make this choice position and prepare themselves to bring the triumph of Christ into our cities and states. Nothing else but the fullness of what God offers will satisfy.