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Devotional - week of June 8, 2014


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Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13

This statement is in the context of a passage contrasting the results of walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. The first verse says nothing about walking in the Spirit, but it is implied by saying that we are not in debt to walk in the flesh. The implication is that we are in debt to walk in the Spirit. Verses 5-12 indicate why we are indebted to walk in the Spirit. A summation of the statements of those verses is that bad things happen when we walk in the flesh and good things happen when we walk in the Spirit.  

We need to consider the ones to whom we are indebted to walk in the Spirit. First of all we are indebted to God. He brought us into the Kingdom to let His light shine on the earth through us. People see God in those who walk in the Spirit—the ones filled with the Holy Spirit.

This also means that we are indebted to the unsaved to walk in the Spirit. We must show them the goodness of God as we live out our lives before them. This also means that we are to show the goodness of God to our fellow believers who are walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit.

We are indebted to ourselves to walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:13 says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

The word “die” in referring to those who walk in the flesh is not speaking of physical death. It is referring to a life of failure and despair. It refers to the life of death Paul describes in Romans 7:9. For a time after he was saved, Paul was walking in the flesh. He describes it with the word “death”.

The word “live” in verse 13 describes the quality of life the person has who walks in the Spirit experiences. It is the abundant life Jesus promised. Obey the 5 commands listed below and “live.”