So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (v16)
(7) Depend on Christ’s power to help you. “Let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. “The sequence in the Scripture is very important. “Let the Spirit direct your life” – that’s the first park –“and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.” Notice, it doesn’t say you won’t have those desires. Spirit – filled people still experience the desires of the flesh. It’s just that they won’t satisfy them. We usually get the sequence backwards. We say, I’m not good enough to have God’s Spirit in my life. Once I get my act together, then I’m going to let the Holy Spirit control my life.” God doesn’t say, “Get your act together and then I will help you.” He says, “Let my Holy Spirit control you while you are still struggling with the problem. I will help you change.” The sequence makes all the difference. You wouldn’t say, “I’m going to get well first then I’m going to go see the doctor.” That’s absurd. You need Christ in your life now! He has the power to help you change. You say, “But I enjoy doing what I do.” That’s because there are “pleasures of sin for a season.” (Hebrews 11:25KJV) None of us would sin if it immediately made us miserable. Don’t look for God to nullify the appeal of sin, ask Him for the power to overcome its appeal. “for God is at work within you, helping you want to obey Him, and then helping you do what he wants” (Philippians 2:13 TLB) You’ll receive the desire and the power to do what’s right (TWFT)
PRAYER LINE: Father, by Your mercy, let the Spirit control the desires of my heart that I will subject my emotions to Your will . Amen.
Surrender desires to the control of the Holy Spirit.