The Other Side of Christmas: December 8

Glorifying God Again       

December 8, 2019
by Jennings (Jack) Tlapa      

Romans 8:1-8 (NIV) 
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 
The purpose of all creation is to glorify God. But when sin entered the world, we lost that ability. Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Our problem is that the flesh governs the mind so that we cannot glorify God (Romans 8:6-8). Isaiah is very straight forward with this; he tells us the way we should be viewed by God. We are nothing but leaves in the wind, unable to do anything about our sin. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires and the mind governed by the flesh leads to death (Romans 8:5-6). The solution to our problem is to let the Holy Spirit govern our mind so that we will be able to glorify God (Romans 8:5-6). By letting the Holy Spirit govern the mind, you submit to God’s law and can glorify Him again. To start the process of setting your mind on what the Spirit desires is simple. We need to let Jesus Christ into our hearts because without Him our works are like filthy rags. Once you let Jesus into your heart and have a conviction to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit will change your mind to focus on the desire of the Spirit. The way you interact with people, spend your time, and use your money will be evidence of a change in your heart and your mind. 
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savor and allow Him into your heart. Do this by admitting to your sin, accepting the grace of God and letting Him into your life. The Spirit will enter your mind and transform it to seek the desires of the Spirit. 
Dear Lord, we ask You to look over us this holiday season and point out where our mind is governed by the flesh. We ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us so we may be more focused on glorifying You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

About the author:
Jennings (Jack) Tlapa
Jennings is a 17-year-old senior at Colonial Forge High School. He and his family have attended Stafford Crossing Community Church for 7 years. He is active in Fusion Student Ministry.