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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 138

Why is all this talk about mortifying sin so important? It is important because sin will darken your soul. It will weaken you and deprive you of spiritual life, Many times it is a gradual process. I have watched some Olympic swimming recently. Sometimes you see a swimmer start out fast but gradually they get tired. They start to fade and eventually by the end of the race they can barely make it. At the end they are gasping for breath. They are tired and ready to quit. It can be the same with sin. You may start off great but a failure to follow Romans 8:13 can cause you to become very weak: "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."

God wants us to take the sin business very seriously. He tells us in His Word to examine ourselves. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says: "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" Charles Spurgeon said: "Do not fear to examine yourself; if you do, there is perhaps all the graver need for the testing and trying. Search and look, and go to the

bottom of these matters. Happy shall you be if, diving to the very depths, you can say, “Yes, underneath are the everlasting arms.” There is a great joy to be found in the opening of ones self to examination by the Holy Spirit.

Today invite the Holy Spirit to search every area of your life. If there is some sin or attitude that He wants to deal with. Ask Him Him to mortify it in your body. Plead with Him to weaken, destroy and remove it from you. Remember you are to be obedient and follow Him and He will never led you to sin. If you find yourself being drawn to lust and sin, know that it is not the Holy Spirit's work. He is the HOLY Spirit. Seek the fullness today and be aware that although the process may seem fearful it is not. There is a loving God that wants to clean His child up.

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