Today I wanted to talk about the battle within. Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the Flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. When we are born again in Christ our spirit becomes new but our flesh remains the same. We have to recognize that this will be a constant battle between flesh and spirit. When we are led by the spirit we put our FAITH in God and trust that he direct us. When we let our flesh run things we disregard God and do what we want to do.
Our flesh consists of our emotions, feelings, and senses. If I like the feeling that drugs and alcohol gives me my flesh will say if it feels good do your thing. If I see an attractive woman, my flesh would say go holla at her even though your married. The mind is also a major part of the flesh and how a man thinks can also become why a man is led by his flesh. The bible says the way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. If someone thinks they are right in their own eyes you can't tell them anything. The flesh is the easy way to live, everyone is doing it and is also glorified everyday through television and media. God wants us to be led by the Holy Spirit and that takes sacrafice. If we are his children we have got to start acting like it.
Heaven is above earth so the ways of heaven are greater than the ways of earth. God is spirit which is eternal and we were made in his image and our flesh is only temporary. The Holy Spirit represents the Kingdom of heaven and our flesh represents the world. We have to be lead by the Holy Spirit and not ourselves. The apostle Paul says those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. We have to become dead to the world and alive in Christ. Jesus said the gate is narrow abd the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Choose LIFE my people and be led by the Holy Spirit, not DEATH by following the desires of the flesh. May God Bless!!
Lawrence J Leary