Romans 8:5 declares “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
What a transformation the Holy Spirit has done and IS DOING in my life – even right now! You know the Lord has changed you when you no longer desire to “pay back” the hurt that others show toward you.
It is amazing to know such an awesome God Who is gracious towards a people like us. We, often, have the nerve to turn up our noses and our hearts when reading the stories of the children of Israel because, for some unknown reasons, we think we are better than they were. Now that’s something to laugh about!
Don’t forget, we live in a world that daily rejects the standards of the Word of God. But the people of God have been given a great gift…the precious HOLY SPIRIT. When the Holy Spirit is in charge, your thought patterns are no longer thoughts of defeat but victory. The Spirit of the Lord provokes and sometimes leads you into the wilderness to be tempted but your faith in He who sent you there, remains in tact. You refuse to be defeated.
While the situation often calls for adverse reaction, you recognize the attempt of the enemy and instead of responding with a few (choice) words or in an ungodly way, you think before taking action. What a blessing that is!
To choose the way of Righteousness is to walk (and live) in the Spirit. When you walk in the Spirit, you set your mind on doing what’s right…not what feels good at the moment. Of course, the fleshly side of you wants to always be right, first, and have the last word all the time – at the expense of others.
Remember, if you are operating in the flesh, you absolutely, cannot please God. No way, no how.