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Resolved: Want Not Want

by in Soul Food

"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature." (Galatians 5:16-17)

I want to do bad things.

No, this isn't the opening line to some creepy true crime confessional. Paul describes it as a fact of life -- even for Christians whose sins are forgiven and even in spite of the fact that God's Spirit lives with us. So you want to do bad things, too. We all do.

But we don't have to do them -- and we want to stop wanting to do them. Why? Because the Spirit of the living God is with us. Because God is making us new. And His Spirit wants the opposite of what our sinful nature craves.

So who wins? Paul says here that when we live (or "keep on walking") in the Spirit's power, we will never cave to our sinful desires. "You will not." If you and I want to be radically changed in '11, we're going to have to understand a little better what it means to "live by the Spirit."

Think: How often do you ask yourself if you are "living by the Spirit"?

Pray: Ask God to help you to understand better what it means for you to live by the Spirit in order to stop doing what your sinful nature wants to do.

Do: Make a quick (and private) list: What are 2 or 3 of the wrong things you know you sometimes want to do -- even though you don't want to want to do them?

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