Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:12-14 (NIV)
That is what I want above all else. What do you want above all else? I want to be led by your Spirit. I want to live the new life you have given me to live. I want to leave my old sinful and worldly life behind me. I want to put to death the misdeeds of my body and old sinful nature. That is very good.
How will you be able to live the new life you have in me? That is a very good question. I know that you have broken the power of sin over my life. That’s true. I am no longer controlled by my old sinful and worldly nature. I am under no obligation to live as I once did. That’s right. I have and will continue to leave that old sin filled and worldly life behind me. I will allow you to lead into the completely new life you have given me to live. I will welcome you to make all things new for me. How so? I will allow you to give me new thoughts to think. I will allow you to give me new words to speak. I will allow you to give me new actions to take. I know that you will change everything about me. I know that you will help me to put on the completely new life to live that I have in you. Yes, I will.
What will I use to mold and shape your life? How will I change your heart and transform your mind? How will I guide and guard your life? What will I use to help you to live the new life you have in me? You will use your word to change everything about me. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guard and guide my life. Your Holy Spirit will take your word and use it, like a sword, to fight in me, with me, for me, and through me. You will use your word to speak into my life. You will use your word to help me to know and do your will. You will use your word to help me to live and walk in ways that are good and right and pleasing to you. Yes, I will. Then I will be able to live as your child. Yes, you will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will live my new life in you. I will put to death my old life along with its sinful practices. I will allow your Spirit, living in me, to change everything about me. I will think thoughts, speak words and take actions guided by your Spirit. I will live as your child. Amen
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