Flesh Verses Spirit

 

The person of the Holy Spirit who is the “Gift” of the Father grows in us that are “Born-Again” fruit that is the evidence of “the divine nature.”

Galatians 5:22,23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The Holy Spirit in the soil of our hearts organically grows this fruit. He works to weed out the tendencies of the flesh in which undesirable and unproductive works spring forth to spoil our growth. Like fruit being grown, this progression or steady pace is in actuality a growth in grace.

The Holy Spirit both monitors and empowers, enabling practical godliness. Discernment on our part teaches that some sins are driven by carnal nature(flesh) and others by carnal nurture(nourishment), depending on the way one is fed or bred.

Growth in Christ increases resistance to all that is uncharacteristic of Him. Motivation springs from the marvelous soil of our heart being cultivated by the Holy Spirit. We learn to recognize bad fruit such as disobedience, rather than our mind looking over our garden (trying to memorize rules while wrestling to obey) to see what seed package is planted here.

As we learn to “walk in the Spirit” we progress from mental rules to obedience rooted in the heart’s judgment’s and conviction.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 00:48:09

    “Growth in Christ increases resistance to all that is uncharacteristic of Him.”

    I really like this sentence, Manny. By the grace of God, I have seen this in my life. Yet, I feel I have so far to go. I trust that He will continue to mold me as I read His Word.

    God’s blessings my friend…

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    • Mannyr
      Oct 10, 2012 @ 16:43:38

      yes it is our birthright for Him to mold us. I feel the same it sometimes stops me in my tracks. This stinkin carnal nature. Mercy is new every morning thank you Lord.

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