“The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite of what the sinful nature desires. …So you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit... [‘…you… do not give into sinful desires’ (Rom 6:12, NLT) because ‘…the Spirit… quickens your mortal body…’ (Rom 8:11); the old life is gone [and] a new life… [begins]” (2 Cor 5:17, NLT), and you ‘…walk in newness of life’ (Rom 6:4) as a child of God (Rom 8:14).
“Jesse’s family is like a tree that has been cut down. A new little tree will grow from its stump. From its roots a Branch will grow… and produce fruit [Matt 1:5-16]. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on that Branch. [‘…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power…’ (Acts 10:38)]. He will help him to be wise and understanding…, [to] make wise plans and carry them out, …to know the Lord and have respect for him. The Branch will take delight in respecting the Lord. [‘I delight to do thy will, O my God…’ (Pss 40:8)].
Guard your mind, and be careful about where you place your affections. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 3:2, NKJV). “…Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have NO excuse for not knowing God. …But they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. …As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
Superficial, ritualistic worship is useless (1 Kings 18:26). We need deep revival and reformation of godliness (2 Chron 7:14). Else, “when you lift up your hands in prayer, I will NOT look. Though you offer many prayers, I will NOT listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows” (Isa 1:15-17, NLT).