The Doorpost: Depending on the Spirit of God leads to life
Ray King · Aug 27, 2018
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
All true believers in Jesus Christ have the Spirit of God living in us, but that doesn’t mean that we automatically do what brings life. We each still have a fleshly nature we can follow, and choosing to live according to that nature leads to death.
We can be living according to the flesh even when we are trying to do what is right, if we are seeking to obey God in our own strength. Only depending on the Spirit of God living in us to put to death the deeds of our bodies, leads to life.
Living by the flesh leads to death. Living by the Spirit preserves our lives.