My son’s a runner. He rarely misses a day, and some days he’ll run twice. I’ve heard it said, the more you run, the more you like running, and this certainly seems to be the case with Brendan.
Training our body is a lot like training our soul. The more we walk in God’s will, the more we delight in His will. It’s not easy for some to hold back their temper or to exercise patience, but practice and prayer goes a long way in bringing our flesh into subjection.
In Galatians Chapter 5, Paul tells us that the flesh is at war with the Spirit and that the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit. But there’s good news in all this–we’re not working alone.
To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit–led away from our sin toward righteousness. The Spirit of God is life changing, which is why the Bible tells us “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NIV)
John Piper writes, “That which is begotten by the Spirit has the nature of the Spirit, is permeated by the character of the Spirit, and is animated by the Spirit.”
Ezekiel 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
What He’s saying here is that He’s giving us new and better desires. He’s replacing the heart we once had with a new one. He’s replacing our desire to sin with a desire to serve God and to walk in His will.
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Read Galatians 5:13-26 where Paul talks about life in the Spirit and being led by the Spirit.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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