This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the
lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against
the flesh: and
these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do
the things that ye would.
-Galatians 5:16-17 (King James Version)
If you've watched, or listened to, any of our live Internet Bible study
broadcasts, you've heard me say "You can't live as a Christian
on Sunday, and
as a sinner on Monday." But the fact remains that many professing Christians
live in this way. There is a war, a battle going on in each one of
us. What will win?
Paul says, in Galatians 5:16, "This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall
not fulfill the lusts of the flesh." If we "Walk in the Spirit"
we will keep away
from sin. If we allow God to have His way in our lives, we will
keep away from
sin, from the lust of the flesh. In verses 19-21, Paul reveals
the lusts of the
flesh, "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the
which I tell you
before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God." That's quite a list.
Verses 22-23 reveal
the characteristics of walking in the Spirit. "But the fruit of
the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
temperance: against such there is no law." Take a look at
these lists that
Paul provides to us. Is there more characteristics of the works
of the flesh, or of the Spirit?
Paul says in verse 17, "For the flesh lusteth against the
Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the
other: so that ye
cannot do the things that ye would." This verse reveals why
I say "You can't
live as a Christian on Sunday, and as a sinner on Monday." Paul
puts it plainly
here. The flesh and the Spirit cannot coexist in the same life.
that they are contrary to one another. They are polar opposites.
You can't live in joy & peace if your're committing adultery and
Which list looks more like your life? Are you walking in the
Spirit? Or, are you
walking according to your wants and desires?
~Think About It~