“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…” Romans 6:6
Life as we know it is all about control. Who are we controlling? Who is controlling us? Left to our own devices, the thing we do that we think are good and noble outside of the control of the Spirit are dead…they are hay, wood and underbrush.
“…the sinful mind is hostile to God.” Do I believe this? This is strong language from God. I try to convince my self and God, that I try to be good. ”I try and do what is good but I do what I hate instead” says Paul. My control ends in condemnation.
”There is now no condemnation…” because I am in Christ. I am powerless. My controlling my sin is an illusion straight from the pit. I am learning to set my mind on what the Spirit desires…not what I desire. “I have been crucified with Christ” is final. I know that. Now I am learning to yield my control to God because I reckon my self dead. My control of the flesh is not pleasing to God and it never can be.
Heavenly Father, help fulfill my obligation to allow the Spirit to put to death the sinful desires in my body. I want to fulfill my chief purpose: To glorify you LORD.