Romans 7:14-25. Romans 8:1-8
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.(v.5,ESV).
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (v.8,ESV).
Living according to the flesh is about controlling our lives ourselves: operating in pride; being self-centred; believing in God but not allowing Him to have any real say in how we live our Christian lives. As the verse says, such a life cannot be pleasing to God.
Living according to the Spirit happens when we trus God so much that we allow Him full control of our lives; we are guided by the Spirit and by the Word. Such a life does please God!
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (v.12,ESV).
David has no doubt that God is everything He needs to help him to succeed in life. And David's life was proof that God was able to protect him through many trials. What God is to us determines His relationship with us. If we have no faith and trust in God, then we will receive nothing from His hands. If we rely on Him for everything we need in life then He will not let us down!
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth. (v.24,ESV).
The thought here is that those who are lazy will not get anywhere. Believers should never stop honouring and serving God, and looking to Him for help in all that they are involved with. 'As your days so shall your strength be' (Deuteronomy 33:25) assures us that whatever strength we apply to God's service will be renewed in us.
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