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“For those who live according to the flesh think about the
things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit,
about the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 (HCSB)

I love to sit on the couch with my television remote control flipping
channels. On my remote there are several buttons, one for the cable
box, those for the television, and those for an audio system. Sometimes
while I am watching cable I will accidentally hit the audio system buttons
and then the remote will not control the cable box. It takes me a moment
to understand that I have by mistake touched the wrong button.

The text in Romans 8:5 reminds me that by nature we are controlled by
sinful desires. That we are created a sinner is not unbelievable to us
because it is so easy to live life as a sinner, right? The text also tells us
that those controlled by the Spirit respond in a spiritual way. In a
normal day as things happen around us, how we respond shows which
we are controlled by; our sinful nature or our spiritual nature.

We must choose what controls us, whether sinful nature or spiritual
nature. In our churches today we often speak before thinking and then
we make the wrong selection of control.

How would your life be different if every day you chose to be controlled
by your spiritual nature? What about your church? Over these next
weeks, ask God to speak to you and guide you to revitalization of your
spiritual life and your church.

Pray God will show you areas of your life you need to
allow Him to control. Also, pray for the leaders in your
church to be guided by Him.