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Proverbs of a 38 yr old man

Nobody who lives by their natural desires can ever please God. Some people live under the control of their human nature. Their natural desires control their minds and the result of our natural thoughts and desires is death. Our natural thoughts and desires oppose God. Such thoughts do not obey God’s law. In fact, such thoughts are not even able to obey God’s law. But your natural desires do not have to control you anymore. The Holy Spirit controls you if the Spirit of God lives in you. Yes, Christ lives in you! It is as if your body is dead because of sin. But your spirit is alive, because Christ has made you righteous. God’s Spirit lives in you. This is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from death. And in the end our bodies will die. But the Spirit, who raised Christ Jesus from death, will also bring life to our mortal bodies. This will happen because the Spirit lives in you.

Because of human nature, people may desire power, entertainment or possessions. And they do evil acts in order to gain these things. But it is the Holy Spirit’s work in a believer’s life that cause good things to happen in their lives. God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. These things help other people and build each other up. This is because Holy Spirit works to achieve good things for other people by the believer’s life. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! Sin and self-satisfaction bring destruction.

Lord Jesus, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live!

Study Romans 8:13



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