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"Living in the Spirit"

Date published: 05/25/2013
Romans 8:5 “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” (NIV)  
Each day you face tension between living according to your natural desires or according to “what the Spirit desires.”  Unfortunately in today’s world you spend a majority of your day bumping up against those things which are contrary to the Spirit.  The constant temptations that confront you make it easy to be drawn to your natural desires.  These constant temptations make your daily quiet time that much more important.  Your spirit needs to be fed and strengthened by the Holy Spirit through prayer and the Word of God.  In addition to strength and encouragement, your morning quiet time gives you the opportunity to pray into your day by giving your challenges to God, seeking His direction, and asking for favor.  Bathe your life in prayer allowing God to reveal His work from the previous day, expose sin, and just refresh you in the praise of His presence.  Your time with God each morning will help you live in the expectation of seeing God’s hand and work in your life.  1 Samuel 14:6b says, “Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.”  Your time with God will allow you the opportunity to align yourself with Him so that your mind is set on what the Spirit desires.  When you do this, the barrage of the world will be absorbed by the wondrous presence of God and His work in you.   
Isaiah 50:4-5 “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.  The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.”  (NIV)