Growth Hindrance #3 the flesh

Growth Hindrance #3

I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Galatians 5:16, 17 NKJV.flesh v spirit

Growth Hindrance #3 The Flesh. The flesh as an enemy is a NT idea focusing the carnal, inbred tendencies of fallen humankind. These propensities are the most immediate enemy of the believer who desires to live under the control, influence, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God says the desire alone to do good is not enough to overcome our flesh (Romans 7:21). Rather, we are called to war against the flesh; to live our lives in a tug –of-war as our flesh urges indulgence and the Holy Spirit constrains us to righteousness.

Victory in this war is found in abiding in a right relationship with Jesus (Gal. 5:25), understanding that true strength is found in our weakness (2 Cor.12:10), and continually submitting to the unction and urging of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18).

Victory comes as we take these practical steps, avoiding or overcoming the pull of our flesh.

Tomorrow: Growth in Love.

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