The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
It saddens me deeply when people live constantly in the flesh and deny the Spirit. It is our own selfish flesh desires that get us into trouble and create situations that hurt others. When we are wondering what happened in our life maybe we should be asking ourselves if we made those decisions in the spirit or the flesh.
I am not excluding myself here either. I need to constantly ask myself that question. Am I denying myself for God's Glory? Am I taking up my cross?
I am also reminded of John 3:30:
"He must become greater; I must become less."
Before Christians were called Christians they were called "People of The Way". Look closely we are not people of "a" way but "The" way. It is God's Way and there is not another path that results in salvation and righteousness.
When we focus more on God and less on ourselves we are truly living for Him and living in the Spirit. We can read the word but not live in the Spirit so it is important to experience the word of God. Do not just read The Bible but let His truth transform you.