Daily Devotional for Thursday October 05, 2017

Scripture:

Romans 8:5 (NASB) For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Observation:

My mind said, "Get out!" However, something in my spirit said, "Keep going!" We were searching for a person reported to be in the building. As we crawled along the dark, hot, smoky second floor, we could tell the fire was getting worse with each passing minute. That's when my mind said to get out, but deep within I felt a leading to keep going, one more room to check. Today's verse speaks of those of us who are being led by our flesh. Our minds are set on fleshly things, but those of us who know the Spirit of God are being led by the Spirit. Turning the corner to the last room before we were to bail out, we found him lying unconscious due to the smoke. We carried him to safety. If I had listened to my flesh, we would never have found him. I wonder how many times we are led by the Spirit to act, and yet follow where our flesh leads. Think of all the missed opportunities that God is calling us to step-up and help, to bring comfort, a listening ear, a simple handshake of forgiveness. Let's make sure we are listening to the Spirit of God instead of the fleshly GPS systems out there.  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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