13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8).
To be truly counted as one of the “sons of God” we must be “led by the Spirit,” which means “putting to death the deeds of the body.” We live only by truly dying. This is how true spirituality works, and there is just no getting around it.
The one word for “putting to death” is used by Matthew and Mark to describe the intentions of the Pharisees toward Jesus. They kept seeking ways to “put Him to death” and were intentional in those efforts in an ongoing manner. They thought about it all the time and they never gave up.
Lord, help us This Day to be like the Pharisees! Help us as Your children to doggedly seek out and put to death the deeds of our flesh! Spirit, empower us to put even the slightest flesh to death. Amen.