Today’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18, Acts 15:1-21
Holy Spirit, I want You to guide my life.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. —Galatians 5:16-17
Lord, I’ve known You since I was a little girl but sometimes I wonder, “Am I ever going to destroy my sinful nature?”
From everything Your Word tells me, the answer is no. As long as I’m on this earth the fight will continue. But that sinful, evil nature will become smaller and smaller as I submit my human nature to You.
This story is the perfect visual…
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Holy Spirit, You represent everything good about me. My evil nature doesn’t have a chance against You. I already know how the story ends—YOU WIN!
Holy Spirit, today I choose to feed the God woman in me. I choose to rely on Your guidance, listen to Your voice and make a conscious effort to silence the voices of my sinful nature.
Looking to You for guidance today.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 15:22-Acts 17:15