“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Romans 8:6

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TODAY’S WORD…

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To be controlled by human nature results in death;

to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.

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– Romans 8:6 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Man is pulled in two different directions:

we either seek God above all things

and contend, with God’s grace, against our inclination to be drawn towards strong, selfish and lustful desires;

or else we let ourselves be overwhelmed by our chaotic and egocentric passions.

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The former lifestyle is “life in the Spirit”,

the latter is life according to our inclinations

– inclinations which are being fuelled by a world which appears determined to brainwash us into believing

that all that glitters is, in fact, gold;

that the grass on the other side of the fence is in fact greener and, therefore, more desirable;

that we should feed and fully satisfy our inclinations and desires, rather than control them.

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Life controlled by the Spirit means

a living-according-to-God which influences everything a Christian does.

True Christians never stop trying to bring their thoughts, yearnings, desires and actions into line with what God is asking of them;

in everything they do they try to follow the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

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QUOTE…

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" There are only two possible ways of living on this earth:

either we live a supernatural life, or we live an animal life”

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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PRAYER…

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Beloved Father, fill my mind and heart, and animate my body with Your Spirit

so that all that I desire and all that I say or do

not only brings You glory, but also reflects Your character and grace

– for only what comes from You brings true love, joy and peace.

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Come Holy Spirit, and control me. Come.

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