Romans 8:13 (King James Version)

13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 

Do any of you like barbecue? Do you like the way it smells? I know I really enjoy a good barbecue! I believe most people like a good barbecue. Barbecuing can be a good time. Getting the meat prepared the way you like it and dressing it with either dry rub or wet rub or just plainly nothing. Getting your pit ready with the right wood and making sure the heat is not too hot but just right. After all you don’t want to have a charcoaled piece of meat. You want your meat as perfect as you can get it.

Just like a good barbecue we need to prepare our flesh the same way. We need to get our flesh tenderized and prepared to receive and hear God’s Word. We need to dress our flesh with the Word of God and we need to prepare it with prayer. Now I know this might sound stupid to some but it’s the truth. We need to stop responding to our fleshy needs and start responding to our spiritual needs. If we are going to usher in the Glory and Presence of God then we have got to get out from under our fleshy ways. We are called to be led by the Spirit of God. Romans 8:14 (King James Version) 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

We can see in this scripture that when we mortify our flesh through the Holy Spirit, we shall live. I can already hear it now… Pastor I don’t think I can do this. Well your right you can’t do it but the Holy Spirit on the inside of you wants to do it. Let the Holy Spirit who is on the inside of you, help you to make a good quality decision to put off your flesh. Like “Burger King” let God have His way in your life.

If the Church continues to keep doing things according to the flesh then all we can ever produce is genetically altered religion and mans philosophy. All we will ever produce is death. So as you are fasting today, make a decision to put off your flesh and let the Holy Spirit have His way in you. Give God the Glory and put your flesh on the spiritual barbecue of life and get your flesh burned up so you don’t have to reap the repercussions of living in the flesh. Flesh living will get you killed. Don’t fear though, God has not given you over to being a slave of your flesh. God has given you the ability to receive the Spirit of adoption. Why? So that you don’t have to be ruled by your flesh or commit deeds according to your flesh. Romans 8:15 (King James Version) 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

You are adopted into the Family of Life. Walk in your newness. Walk according to the Spirit. BBQ the deeds of your flesh. Do you smell smoke?

Blessings,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

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