Spirit-LED or Flesh DRIVEN?

According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, your body is a sacred dwelling place. Why? Because of the One who lives in there.

The scripture reads:

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

If you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in you. Here are some names for Him. Please read these out loud:

  • Spirit of God
  • The Breath of the Spirit of Life
  • Spirit of Yahweh
  • Spirit of Wisdom
  • Spirit of Counsel and Might
  • Spirit of Understanding and the Fear of Yahweh
  • The Intercessor
  • Spirit of Truth
  •  Spirit of Christ
  • Spirit of Grace

Question: If God’s Spirit lives within you and these attributes describe Him, is it possible to still live a life of defeat as a Christian?

Unfortunately yes. How can that be?

Ask yourself: Do you habitually ignore the Holy Spirit’s presence as you live each day?

Defeat occurs when a person fails to renew their minds to God’s truth and walk accordingly every day. It is possible to have the very Spirit of truth living within you, yet still act according to lies.

Being Spirit-led is making deliberate decisions based on God’s truth, not your will.

However, being “driven” means that you’ve put someone else or something else in the driver’s seat.

Being flesh-driven makes you feel like you are just a spectator in your own life. You are just along for the ride as you allow your body’s passions and desires to drive you places daily that you don’t want to go.

As long as your mind is still locked into your old ways of thinking, you’ll follow what your flesh wants to do daily, not what your Spirit wants you to do.

Following the flesh will keep you in bondage. That takes away your peace.

The first key to freedom is to accept that you belong to God. Ironic, isn’t it?

Because you belong to someone else, you do not have the right to act any way you please.

Because scripture says that our bodies belong to God, we do not have the right to treat them any way we please either.

This is the first truth to which your mind needs renewal.

For example, I am married to Mike Taylor. As such, I do not have the right to go out on dates with other men!

Now, I did have that right before I pledged myself to Mike. But after my pledge in the marriage vows, I committed myself to Mike and my marital status changed.

To have a successful marriage, I must know the difference between ‘Before’ and ‘After’!

It’s the same with your Spiritual walk in Christ.

Has your status changed to ‘After,’ but you are still trying to live as if you are in ‘Before’?

If you are rejecting the truth of your status change, then you will also reject any attempt the Spirit makes to lead you.

That would be like a married woman still trying to live as if she were Single.

The church is the Bride of Christ (see Revelation 21:2), which you are. Are you taking your marriage vows to Christ seriously?

As part of my commitment to Mike and having a good marriage, I use the Bible as my guide. The more I live in the ‘After,’ the more I will experience the blessings of the ‘After’!

With the Take Back Your Temple program, I use the Bible as our guide so that you learn to live in good health and enjoy abundant life in Christ. Study them, renew your mind to them. Operate them in your daily life. In the fullness of time, you will see change!

As you follow the Spirit daily, you will grow in the things of the Spirit. Many people say that Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of their favorite scriptures.

Here is how to walk this out in reality:

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trusting God is a heart decision and one that requires a WHOLE heart, not half a heart. God doesn’t want a divided heart, one part given to Him and the other to the world.

He deserves your whole heart.

2. Spend time with the Lord to learn to trust Him. How can you trust someone you don’t know? Unless you take time to share your heart with the Lord every day, He will always be a stranger to you. He promises if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.

3. Do not lean on your own understanding. Remember – just because you have a thought does not make it true! You need to assess your thoughts to ensure your Spirit and God’s word agrees. If not, reject them immediately.

4. Consult the Holy Spirit through prayer and do what He tells you to do. The more you actually use the wisdom the Lord gives you, the more you will receive from Him.

5. Pay attention to what is in you, who is around you, and what is around you. All of these can make the difference between living a victorious life versus settling for less than God’s best.

 

Here are other keys to remember:

 

  •  Take your Spiritual walk seriously every day. It is the essence of life.

 

Recognize that the Lord provides the strength to breathe through any problem you face today.

Your very breath comes from Him, remember? When your body tenses from stress, just breathe in God’s presence.

 

  • Remove the “thorns” that would choke God’s word in your life and make it unfruitful. This can happen when you prioritize worldly cares and pursuit of worldly things above your relationship with God. Cast your cares upon the Lord for He cares for you.

 

Become an active participant in your own life. The Spirit is a gentleman; He wants to take your hand and lead you through life.

The enemy wants to drive you to dark, fearful, isolated places so that he can steal from you and to kill and destroy you (see John 10:10).

Which life experience do you believe God wants you to have? Choose daily – and choose wisely!

Be blessed with health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

You are not alone!

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald

The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.

This is “can’t-miss” information if you are ready to succeed permanently and join a community of others doing the same.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program

  • Amy Besa says:

    I needed to hear this message today. I’m am struggling for breakthrough, and I know it my choices that hinder it. God is so sweet and kind.

    Thank you!!

    • You are welcome, Amy – God’s mercies are new every morning and His grace is new every MOMENT. This is not a “one and done” walk but a daily one. The good news is the Lord never leaves nor forsakes us.

    • Tu says:

      I hear ya! I’m trying to go into the light and stay there. I don’t want food to have power over me!
      I want to enjoy it for what it is and not have to have it or fear eating.
      Thank You, Again Kim

  • Irma says:

    Merry Christmas! Thank you sooo much for the encouragement and priceless word. I feel hopeful and in great expectation that there is a way through defeat after defeat in my weight loss journey.

    Thank you,

    • Yes, Irma – renew your mind according to that truth rather than old ways of thinking and acting. It’s not an instant transformation but it works like planting a seed. It will surely grow when planted in fertile soil 🙂

  • Sophia says:

    As always what you share so illuminates the Word of God. 1. My nuggets for today are: When I’m tense, breathe in the breath of God, 2. Following the flesh will keep me in bondage and that takes away my peace, and 3. Stop saying I have no self control but exercise the self control in me. May God continue to bless you richly.

  • tammy says:

    Thank you for your encouragement, I’ve been attacked in the mind a lot over the last week and your instruction is perfect. Be abundantly blessed.

  • Lorraine says:

    This message is very timely, Kimberly. I was just sharing with a young man on Saturday of how true freedom is when we use discipline to operate within God’s boundaries. Because it’s there that hHe can fully protect us. So, yes, I choose to be spirit led and like what you said to understand that our bodies are not our own.

    Thank you for sharing these messages…and I pray this key will unlock a new life of freedom in Christ!! Blessings for the new year!!

  • Phyl says:

    Kimberly, I am sick and tied of being a spirit led and flesh driven yo yo accepter. The renewing of the mind is the pathway I desire to surrender all my cares. Thank you for sharing your spiritual insight. It blessed me on today.
    To God be the Glory 2018

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