Colossians 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Rules look good and can make us look good but they do not accomplish anything. Rules are more like a religion that you produce. You can mistreat your body and be hard on yourself but it will not stop the desires of the flesh.

Rules are about appearance. The Pharisees used rules as a fence around the law. That wasn’t what God said it was what man added to what God said. Many follow rules to make a good show but their hearts aren’t even in what they are doing.

You will not get victory by adding rules to your life. You will get victory when you realize that “Christ in you is the hope of glory!” Trust the Lord Jesus. Focus on Him and His victory. Just love Him and watch what the Holy Spirit will do in your life!

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