"Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation - but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if the by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." Romans 8:12-14
Wow what a powerful word. We have to be led by the Spirit of God to be the sons of God. Hummm, how do you do that? Paul tells us put to death the misdeeds of the body and not to live by the sinful nature. The only way you can put your sinful nature to death is through the power of the Holy Spirit. How do you tap into the power of the Holy Spirit? It is by receiving Jesus not only as your Savior, but your Lord. Twelve years ago is when I made Jesus Lord over my life and through that decision God has brought forth fruit.
I remember going with the my grandmother to a baptist church in South Gate when I was about 5 or 6. That is where I heard about Jesus and how he died for my sins. At that time, I received Jesus as my savior, but not really as my Lord. Although, instinctively I knew in my heart growing up never to speak Jesus or to listen to others speak evil about him. In addition, when I committed sins, I immediately felt guilty and had conviction in my conscious. However, I really did not know how to deal with it. It was so easy to just sin and I did not know how to reconcile back to God. So as this continued, I got to a point where I thought it was too difficult to live for God. It was too hard. I didn't understand fully what God had done for me or how to have a relationship with God. Although I would go to church, it was not consistent. My dad would send my sisters and I from time to time by ourselves, but he himself would not go. So I concluded in my mind that since Jesus was part God he was able to do it, but I could not overcome sin. I was ignorant of God and his covenant promises he made. Although I would try and read the bible, I could not fully understand it. So the easiest path to follow and do my own thing. Unfortunately, I lived too many years living in the world. My lifestyle caused me much pain, sorrow, grief and hurt.
The good news is that God knew where I was at and he worked all these things out for good. This change came 12 years ago when Jesus became not only my savior but my Lord. As I submitted to him, he began to deliver me from a lot of my sinful nature and opened up the word to me. Immediately I was able to do what the Lord wanted me to do, although not perfectly. I also desired to do what he said. I began reading his word daily and applying the truth to my life. I desired to please him because he loved me so much that he sent his son to die for me. Were there times, I missed the mark? Yes, there were but through the years as I submitted to him and put to death the misdeeds of the sinful nature, I not only overcame the sinful nature, but my mind was being put at peace. I was able to hold good thoughts and dwell on the things which were pleasant. I was hopeful again. I not only hopeful, but I could see the goodness of God. I could see his goodness in his word and I could hear clearly from him in through the Spirit of God who lives in me. He not only fulfilled his promises, but exceeded them. He gave me a new heart one that is full of love. I could see his workmanship as he daily restores the years that were eaten away by the locust. He is healing my heart from all the past pains and hurt daily. Having him become Lord over my life was an important part of desiring to put to the death the misdeeds of my sinful nature.
So today, if you have not made Jesus Lord over your life, ask him to do this for you. If he did it for me he will do it for you. He is no respecter of persons. So today as you hear the voice of the Lord do not harden your hearts, but submit to what he is saying and be blessed by what he will do in your life. You will not regret it.