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 8:13-14
Thoughts on Today's Verse...
Living a life of purity is a daily battle, an ongoing war between our flesh and the Spirit of God working to re-create us to be like Christ. Without the power of the Spirit, our willpower eventually fails. But because of the Spirit's power at work within us, our failures in the flesh can be overcome and our progress to our goal of Christlikeness is assured (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
Forgive me, Father, for the times when I've willingly let my flesh win out over the call of your Spirit. Thank you for cleansing me with the Spirit's holy fire and drawing me onward to be more like my Savior. Today, I intentionally offer you my heart so that I can be empower and molded to be more like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.