Crucify Selfish Attitudes
To live in victory, we can’t make decisions according to the way we feel, or by what we think we want. The Word teaches that we are born with appetites sensitive to our human nature. Our natural flesh is carnal and unspiritual. It will keep us slaves to sin, unless we crucify it and follow what the Spirit of God lead us to do.
Studying God’s Word will build your faith and keep you on the right path: “The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]” (Proverbs 1:5)
Choose the Narrow Path
Even when we know the right thing to do, it can be difficult to do if we don’t feel like it. We may feel like lying in bed much longer than we should, even when we aren’t sleepy anymore. Sometimes we know we ought to keep our mouth shut, but we don’t feel like it.
The way to victory is a narrow path that requires discipline regardless of our feelings. Sometimes it may look too narrow to every squeeze through. But victory comes by obeying God’s Word, in spite of our feelings. Follow faith, not feelings, today.
Don’t Avoid Hard Work
An undisciplined person looks for ways to avoid hard work. Passivity prevails in our culture; everything is geared toward making life easier: ride the escalator, take the elevator, and get fast-food carryout. But the easy way is not always the best way.
Just as we need to exercise our bodies, so we also need to exercise our faith by facing difficult challenges. Use faith to forgive those who offend you and to trust God when you can’t see how problems will be solved. Soon you will enjoy a harvest of righteousness from the discipline you endure today.