"If you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live." Romans 8:13 (NIV)
“Put to death.” Okay, I get that. Means “kill.”
“By the Spirit.” That’s the part I don’t get. I know (theoretically) how to kill by gun, starvation and poisoning. But how do I kill by the Spirit?
Not really sure, but here are some thoughts on the part I play in being an accessory to the non-crime:
1) Drag it out in the open. (1 John 1:9) By hiding sin, I’m protecting it. So quit pretending like it’s not there and let the light shine on it. (Maybe even confess it to others.)
2) Pile on the positives. (Ephesians 4:20-32) The Bible says to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. Quit feeding the misdeeds and let the Spirit starve them to death.
3) Run away. (2 Timothy 2:22) The Bible says to flee temptation. Don’t play with it; let the Spirit kill it with loneliness.
4) Have patience. (Philippians 2:13) I know, we hate patience, but if the Spirit is doing the killing, we have to let Him do it in His time.