We begin with Galatians 5:25, “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Because God is our Father, we are directed to live under his control as our commander and chief. When we submit to his authority we will not fulfill the passions and desires of the flesh, for Galatians 5:16 tells us, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

Such control by the Spirit can be realized when we set our minds on what the Spirit desires for us. Each one of us needs to be eager to do the will of God, rather than focusing our minds on the passions and desires of the flesh. Romans 8:5–6 reminds us:

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

This leads us to Romans 8:13, “For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.”

The redemptive step of faith is taken when we ask God to take control of how we think, feel, and act. As we practice these principles we will grow in Christ.

These are key verses to soak, sow, and flow with in our everyday lives. Reflect on them often. Choose to take a step of faith to make them a reality in your life. Talk often to God about them, asking him to make them a reality in your life. He will do so as you trust him to do it.


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