Deprive of Power

Deprive of Power

Freedom comes when our soul is empowered to live the life Jesus died to give us. One way we gain this strength is by disempowering or depriving of power our natural human carnal flesh.

Colossians 3, in the amplified version of the Bible says this in verse 5;

so kill, deaden, deprive of power, the evil desire lurking in your members – those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness. For that is idolatry, the deifying of self and other creative things instead of God.”

The command is clear, Deprive your evil desires — which live in the recesses of the mind, will and emotions — of power. The “what” to do is obvious. But the “how-to do it” is often not so clear!

So, let’s explore the how.

First, STARVE what you want to die.

Don’t feed your wrong desires by sitting yourself in front of a 3-course meal. In other words, turn the TV off from the shopping chanel, don’t visit a bar where alcohol is served, don’t buy that ice cream “for the kids,” don’t drive through the neighborhood where your old boyfriend used to live, or search for him on Facebook. These are things women have told me they did right before a fall. The Bible calls it making provision for the flesh:

Apatzingán Romans 13:14   Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

This verse tells us not to make it easy for our carnal inner man or flesh — mind, will and emotions — to slip into compromise.

Next, FEED, and give power to what you do want to live, grow, and become strong.

Write your goals down. Envision yourself reaching them. Meditate on scriptures that confirm what God is calling you to, and repeat them out loud … often! Practice the skills that lead you toward your God-given dreams. Associate with those who will encourage you toward your vision.

Finally, DIE

Yes, consider yourself “dead” to your old nature. If you dwell on any negative thought or desire for more than 5 seconds without abruptly interrupting those thoughts, you will give energy to your temptations, perhaps even succumb to them. Instead, listen to God’s Word on this … it is not a mystery.

fearfully Romans 6:11-14   “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Colossians 3: “So, put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”

Paraná Now start feeding your spirit!

Start today!!

Be the woman God has called you to be.

It’s time to FLOURISH.

It’s time to BECOME the Adventure; Live the FREEDOM.

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