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Flesh And Spirit - Will The War Never End?
by David Hopkins
10/31/05
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There's a war going on inside you between flesh and
spirit. Flesh and spirit are like two small
neighboring countries fighting against each other in
your mind; which is the world. Your thoughts are the
world's most powerful country, they must decide who to
side with and how to destroy the enemy before they get
too powerful and take over the world, I mean your
mind.

The Works Of The Flesh

Romans 8:6 "For to be carnally minded is death; but to
be spiritually minded is life and peace".

The word carnal has the meaning of or about the body
or flesh. For someone to live in the flesh they must
have a carnal mind with all the thoughts of the flesh.
This involves carnal appetites or cravings of the
flesh. It also involves self-ishness or motivation
based on personal needs and wants of the flesh.

Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; 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."

Have you ever felt like you could never be good enough
to please God, or that you're too weak to give up any
of the sins above even though you know they're against
God's law? If so, then you may have experienced the
following.

You may have thought to fulfill God's moral standards
you had to obey the law through your own human
ability. However, instead of receiving the joy of a
clean conscience, you felt enslaved to legalism and
guilt.

The Purpose Of Jesus

The law shows us that we are under the control of sin
and points us to Christ, the only one who can save us.

Romans 8:3-4 "For what the law could not do in that it
was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own
Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of
sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous
requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do
not walk according to the flesh but according to the
spirit".

The Fruits Of The Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no
law."

Fact is, your faith in God through Jesus Christ will
dictate whether you will crucify the flesh and walk in
the spirit or not.

Galatians 5:24 "And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts".

If you keep trying to overcome sin and addiction based
on your own human abilities then you'll probably
stumble. This is because of your lack of dependence in
God through our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

But if you depend on God through faith in Jesus He can
and will make you whole. Jesus even said, "Watch and
pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak". (Matthew
26:41).

And He also said, "...verily, verily, I say unto you,
whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will
give it you. (John 16:23).

See what I mean? All God wants is for you to depend on
Him by faith through Jesus Christ.

Therefore walking in the spirit is about improving
your faith in God through Jesus Christ. You can do
this by believing what He's already done for you when
He died on the cross for your sins and raised Himself
from the dead after three days.

Don't believe it because I said so, but because Jesus
Himself said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide
in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you". (John 15:7).

In closing, if you're not spending time with God and
improving your faith in Jesus Christ by listening to
and learning His Word, then you're not walking in the
Spirit. So stay in His word and let the Holy spirit
guide your life in the way God wants you to live.

David Hopkins is a "Christian Article Writer" who
specializes in helping people remember to glorify
God in everything that they do. This way they won't
miss any of His wonderful blessings. Learn more
at the Daily Word Of God Group Website. You may
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