Put to Death the Flesh

For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” Romans 8:6

Please read the above again. What comes to your mind? Have you ever asked yourself why me? Other people seem to catch all the breaks in life, but not me. I can’t seem to overcome this vice or sin in my life.

Paul the Apostle experienced many hardships in his life. He was beaten, thrown in prison, shipwrecked… and many other things. It wasn’t until his Damascus road experience that he truly found peace with God in Acts 9. The whole time before that he was trying to please God in the flesh, in his own strength, or by works. Nothing was happening and the more religious he became, the more arrogant and angry he was because he was trying to please people rather than God.

When you focus your mind on the things of the flesh it can lead to spiritual death and keep you from gaining a victory over the flesh or sin. The flesh cannot please God. Our attitude and our heart have a lot to do with walking in victory. If you struggle with addictions you will battle more than once on a daily basis. This is normal and we can’t overcome them in our own strength.

“…the mind (attitude) focused on the Spirit is life and peace”. When we acknowledge that the Lord is in control and realize we can’t do this, guess what? We begin to find the secret to success. Taking up our cross daily is where we leave the flesh, our sins, our works etc. at the foot of the cross. This is where God’s Spirit lives in and through us to help us walk an overcoming victorious life.

“… If we are living by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13.

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. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses”.
Galatians 5:16‭-‬18 NLT

The struggles in your life are real and remember you are not alone. Spend time with God alone even for a few minutes. Prayer is a powerful key in the midst of your battle and allow the Spirit of God to live in and through your life daily guiding you.

If you have a special need please feel free to post it or PM me and I will pray for you.

Have a victorious weekend my friend and believe for the impossible because the world, the flesh, and the devil, do not have much to offer except heartache and disappointment.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
1 John 2:15‭-‬17 NIV

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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