POLISHING THE APPLE 2
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WALK IN GOD’S GRACE NOT IN YOUR OWN POWER
Romans 8:12-14 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
In Luke 18:19 Jesus said, Why do you call me good? . . . No one is good—except God alone. Jesus understood that the wealthy ruler was saying that Jesus, the man, is good. But Christ knew that no flesh could be good separated from God. In our natural state we are condemned because of sin. It was Jesus-God that was good—not Jesus, the man. The ruler was missing the full perspective of who he was addressing—not a man, but God in the flesh.
In John 3:6-7 Jesus said Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again’. To have eternal life, we must experience two births. The first birth is outside of our control—the birth of the flesh. Our mother gave birth to our flesh, but God desires to provide us with spiritual birth. He draws us to his truth and to his love inviting us to be part of his kingdom, to be “born” of the Spirit by accepting him as our Savior to live in our spirit man. When the Spirit of God becomes a resident of our inner man, old things pass away; everything becomes new (2 Cor. 5:17).
Upon acceptance of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives within you, but because your flesh still lives, a war is declared between the Spirit of God and your flesh.
Roman 12:1 instructs you to present yourself as a living sacrifice—daily. Your flesh has a sinful, carnal nature and it will naturally follow a path of destruction. Therefore, you must crucify your fleshly nature daily and submit to the Spirit of God within you as you allow God to be your guide for today. Your carnal nature is “self-centered.” The Spirit of God within you is “God-centered and others’ centered.”
If you are walking in your own power, your self-centered approach to life will bring strife. Walking in the Spirit leads you to trust, contentment, and rest. Are you striving today or resting? If you’re struggling, choose to exchange your self-centered thoughts for God-centered thoughts of faith and trust.
Dear God, I admit that I am striving today. Forgive me for my determination that things have to go my way. Forgive me for questioning your goodness and taking matters into my own hands. Help me to relax and enter your rest as a choice. I give you control of those things that cause me to strive rather than to trust in you.
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