Romans 8:8 - Live In The Spirit And Not The Flesh.

Romans 8:8: Live In The Spirit And Not The Flesh.

Romans 8:8 (AMP) So then those who are living the life of the 
flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] 
cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.  


Fickle Feelings
   When we follow the ever-changing impulses of our carnal 
nature, it is not pleasing or acceptable to God, because He has a much 
better life in mind for us. We all have times when emotions change 
without warning, and it is important that we learn how to handle 
ourselves in times like that. If we merely follow our feelings, we will 
surely end up making decisions and taking actions that we will regret 
later on. 
   Last Sunday, Dave and I had several people to our house for a 
party, and I was energetic and felt great. The next day, for no 
apparent reason, I woke up feeling dull-headed and a bit down 
emotionally. Why? What is wrong with me? Those are the first questions I 
asked myself. I didn't get an answer, so I had to make a choice. 
Should I continue to try to figure out my odd mood and get more and 
more confused, or should I pray, asking God to reveal anything He 
wants me to see and go on about the business of the day, asking God to 
help me live beyond my feelings? 
   I have learned over the years that being a stable, consistent 
person requires that I own my feelings instead of letting them own me. 
In other words, I may have them, but I cannot let them control me. 
Feelings are fickle. They change frequently and often without any notice. 
Sometimes we understand why, but much of the time we don't. 
   Our physical condition can affect emotions. Consider things 
like: Did I get enough sleep? or Did I eat something that made me feel 
bad? or Is it allergy season? Our spiritual condition can also cause 
mood fluctuation: Have I spent enough time with God? Do I have hidden 
sin that needs to be dealt with? Is God chastising me about 
   I recommend praying first to see if God reveals anything, and 
if He doesn't, then remain STEADY IN THE STORM. Don't try 
excessively to figure out your feelings, because it will get you more and 
more focused on them. Trust God, use extra self-control, and very 
soon you will feel better. 
   Father, I desire to be stable emotionally at all times. Help 
me stay steady when my emotions fluctuate. I want to live a life 
that is pleasing to You at all times, and I trust You to continue 
teaching me in this area. [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 

Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
   As followers of Christ, there is no end of things we should 
do or ought to do or even must do. There are commands we should 
cherish, goals we should embrace, attitudes we ought to cultivate. But 
the sad truth is this: In our basic human nature, in our flesh, we 
may not have any real desire to do these things at all. Oh, we might 
succeed in adhering to a list of "shoulds" and "musts" and "thou shalts" 
for a while, but if it's done in our own strength for the sake of 
duty, it will never last - and it really won't please God. The apostle 
Paul clearly teaches, "The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to 
God" (Rom. 8:7). The good news is that the Holy Spirit within us will 
freely give us the desire to do God's will. He will supply the want to, 
which is far, far more compelling than the have to.  
   Praise You, God, for giving me the desire to please You, the 
desire to put others first, the desire to read Your Word, the desire to 
respond in kindness to others. Lord, I couldn't even follow You unless 
You gave me the want to. And You have! More and more, I find myself 
wanting what You want - and nothing makes me happier. [A Spectacle of 
Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby re Psalm 119:36 and Rom. 

Life And Peace
   Every time we try to do something on our own, we're going to 
hit a brick wall, but every time we let God's Spirit work in and 
through us, we're going to find life and peace. Our goal is not that we 
look better. Our goal is not even that we just have more energy. Our 
goal is to experience life in its fullness, the life the Holy Spirit 
wants to give us.  
   The pursuit of full life starts at the fundamental level of 
our bodies. Why? Because everything God wants to do in us, through 
us, to us, and for us, he wants to do in our bodies. If our bodies 
aren't healthy enough, how can we serve him? We need our bodies to 
pray, proclaim the gospel, and help the needy. So we're after 
God-empowered change in our whole lives. 
Abundant life and peace is meant for your soul and your body. 
[The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional re Rom. 8:6 mod.] 


Romans 8:5, 6 " Spirit Living: 


Most Important Decision in Life: 

Importance of Choice: 
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]  

Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782

Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE

Musical Devotional On Christian Living: 

Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH: 


Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/

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Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/

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The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor: 

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