Romans 8:13 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.
It is once again reiterated in this verse of Romans 8 that living in the flesh means death and living in the Spirit means life. You have to ask yourself then; how can I make sure I’m living in the Spirit?
The Apostle Paul uses an interesting phrase here by saying “put to death the deeds of the body” and you will live. How can we put the deeds of our own bodies to death? How can we cease to live according to the flesh, which is such so easy to find ourselves doing? We can’t just say we’re living for God, we have to walk in His ways. It’s not a one time choice, it’s a daily matter of picking up our cross and following Him.
Contrary to popular view, the Christian life is not promised to be easy or painless. In fact, it can be more painful than living in sin. Each and every day of a Christian’s life, he or she must choose to make war against the nature of the human. To live according to the Spirit is a choice that results in help and guidance from the Lord, but it also must mean we consciously make war against the sinful flesh we live in. We want to do this, but we should do that. We shouldn’t do this, but we’re inclined to do just that. It’s a fight, but it’s not one we wage alone.
God is on our side. Nothing else can come up against us and win. Make war on the flesh. Choose to live according to the Spirit.