“The flesh gives birth to the flesh, and the Spirit gives birth to the spirit.” John 3:3
Working backwards we can usually trace our attitudes and emotions to one of two things: Is my attitude rooted in the flesh or in the Spirit? Once we are saved through Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life and our salvation is secure. But, I am speaking more of our walk on earth as Christians.
Jesus spoke many times of the kingdom of God being on earth as it is in heaven. The kingdom of God can be experienced in our everyday lives if we walk in the Spirit and completely trust Him for everything. We will have freedom from despair and joy in our circumstances only when we believe wholeheartedly in His sovereignty over our lives. ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit is there is freedom.’ What does this belief in His sovereignty look like in everyday life? It is trusting that He loves us and does everything for us out of this love. It is believing that His knowledge and wisdom is greater than our own. It is surrendering our own rights and entitlements through our humility and gratitude for what He surrendered and endured for us. It is the recognition and acceptance of the circumstances for which we find ourselves. Above all, it is the wholeness of heart, mind, soul and spirit coming together in reverence to the One who masters over us in holiness and perfection.
When the flesh masters over us it is like we are kidnapped by our emotions, dragging us away from our peace and enticing us to believe the worst in any given situation. The flesh beckons us to feel, to feed, to grow and birth multiple emotions of despair. ‘…but each one is tempted when, by his own…desire [the flesh] he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.’ James 1:13
God’s desire is for us to experience His kingdom on earth alongside of Him which is why He placed His Holy Spirit in each of us. We cannot serve two masters and must make a decision of faith - Who will we serve and what will we nourish, the flesh or the Spirit?
We will enter into the Spirit when we exit out of the flesh. This daily prayer will be answered by the One who is able and willing.