1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (NET)
So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air.
Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.
Every race on the track has its rules and regulations. If an athlete does not run properly on the track according to the rules of the race, he would be disqualified.
When you became born again, you were rescued from the kingdom and dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of God (see Col 1:13). The kingdom of darkness exerts its control over people through the flesh, but the kingdom of God controls us through our regenerated (Holy Spirit filled) spirits.
In the race of the kingdom, if one does not subdue his body and make it his slave, he would not be able to run acceptably. Anyone who is still controlled by the flesh cannot serve God acceptably because another kingdom still has some influence over him through his commitment to the flesh.
Service to God in any capacity must be orchestrated and directed by the Spirit of God. But a man still governed by the flesh cannot be led by the Holy Spirit because he is being led by the flesh.
The way we identify the works of the flesh is through the word of God. It shows us what the works of the flesh are so that we can identify and reject them.
Go into today remembering that the only way to serve God acceptably is to serve Him in spirit and in truth. Ask the Lord to help you always subdue the flesh and live a life controlled by the spirit.
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