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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lists of Life

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,

Idolatry, witchcraft, 

hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, 

heresies, Envyings, 

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. 

Paul teaches 

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~

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