The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of sonship and by him we cry, ABBA FATHER!
These two verses are huge for me right now. I have allowed myself to be controlled by fear and sin in the past few months. I finally realized tonight while reading that God doesn't want me to sit in this complacent spot of being afraid. He doesn't want me to be a slave to fear. He wants me to step into a place of trusting him and having complete faith that he will take care of me and for me to do that I need to step back into the power of the spirit.
So I say, Live by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
I have been really angry lately. I've allowed myself to let others hurt me and then I've chosen not to forgive them. I would never have said I was an angry person until yesterday. I was shocked when it even came out of my mouth. So, the Lord has lead me into a place of peace with him. I'm spending a lot of time just listening, praying, reading and worshiping. As the Lord has taken me away from friends right now he is teaching me to fully rely on him.
My desire is to go from a place of sin: gossip, anger, resentment, idolatry, discord, selfish ambition and dissension(Galatians 5:19-21)......to living in the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control(Galatians 5:22&23)
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit.