We who serve God by his Spirit put no confidence in the flesh

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. … Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. … Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Continue reading

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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. … For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. … Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. … The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. Continue reading

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My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD. … I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Continue reading

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Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

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The mind governed by the flesh is death

The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. … The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. Continue reading

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Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe

He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. … For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Continue reading

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They loved human praise more than praise from God

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. … On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. Continue reading

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I always do what pleases him

I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart. … So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. Continue reading

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Their hearts are greedy for unjust gain

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Continue reading

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Woe to you Pharisees because you love the most important seats

As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.” Continue reading

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