For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
—Galatians 5:17-18 NIV
Our flesh, our sinful nature, is at odds with the Spirit of God. Our flesh and the Spirit are at war. So we must yield to the Spirit’s leading rather than doing whatever we want. Our desires can only be purified by the Holy Spirit’s transformation of us into the likeness of Jesus. Only the Spirit’s power can help us put to death the misdeeds and desires of the flesh (Romans 8:13).
O Father, I am tired of tripping over my own religious striving. I confess to you my inadequacy at becoming holy on my own willpower and strength. I want to be led by your Holy Spirit. I want to live by the power of your Holy Presence within me. So liberate me from my human desire to show myself righteous, and deliver me into the transforming power of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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