48511263_xlGalatians 5:24-25 “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. “

This is the week that Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to be crucified for our sins. Before we get caught up with Easter pageantry and commercialism let’s remember why Jesus was executed in that bloody cross. The Roman government by coercion of the religious establishment nailed an innocent Jesus to the cross. God allowed it because his son Jesus took the place of our sins and nailed them to the cross during his excruciating death.

This week ought to be a time of sober reflection on what exactly got nailed to the cross.
1. Our sinful flesh. We are all naughty by nature. Sin causes us to gravitate to our lower nature no matter how “good” we try to be. Jesus put to death the strength of our fleshly inclinations and our genetic proclivities so that we could be under the guidance of God. When we accept the leadership of God and Lordship of Jesus we are nailing our flesh and surrendering to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
2. We are nailing our passions. Passion isn’t a bad thing unless it’s not nailed down. Passion out of control leads to destruction. We must exercise our passion within the boundaries of God’s leading. It’s not about what we are passionate about but what God is passionate about. We exchange our passions for his.
3. Our desires. God said, “When our ways are pleasing to him that he would give us the desires of our hearts.” This happens after we nail our unbridled passions to the cross and God gives us the desires that bring life not death.
Since the spirit leads us, we must keep in step with the spirit. This week we should be careful to follow Jesus to Jerusalem where he decided to die. What are you going to nail to the cross so you can live a life pleasing to God?

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus who chose to die in my place. There were some things that threatened to take over my life and prevent me from spending eternity with you and enjoying a full life on earth. Jesus nailed all my dysfunctions to the cross so that I could break free from generational curses. Today I choose to nail down everything that continues to try to drag me down. Everyday I must make a commitment to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow you. I have my nails and I am ready to follow you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen