SPIRIT LIVING By Stephen Young

Categories: Inspiration

ttronslien-“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5, NLT)

“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them — living and breathing God! 6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. 7 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. 8 And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. 9 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. 10 But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells — even though you still experience all the limitations of sin — you yourself experience life on God’s terms. 11 It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!” (Romans 8:5-11, The Message)

The passage above pretty much sums it up. What I’ve been hearing the Lord say lately is, “Focus.” In order to focus we must live by the Spirit. It’s following God’s Spirit that gives focus in our lives and causes us to continually move forward towards our destiny.

I like verse 6 of The Message version, “Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.” When we are obsessed with ourselves, our own wants and desires it just leads to bondage and dead ends. When we determine to give attention to God, it leads us into the open, spacious, free life. It leads us into His purpose and destiny for our lives which is where we find true fulfillment.

I encourage you to be focused on living a Spirit led life and, as you do, you will find a greater focus for God’s purpose in your life.

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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