Friday, July 28, 2023

The Holy Spirit Book: The Spirit Against the Flesh

The Holy Spirit Book: The Spirit Against the Flesh
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

Excerpt from Chapter 6
The Spirit Against the Flesh



But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of your flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh… Galatians 5:16-17 NASB

The way the Holy Spirit wants us to walk is very different from the way we naturally want to walk. The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:16-17 that our flesh (how we live when the Holy Spirit is not in control of our lives) is in direct contrast and conflict with what the Holy Spirit desires for us.

Consider the flesh and the Spirit having a conversation over different choices we need to make. Here is how it might take place:

The flesh says: “I want to pursue my goals.”
The Spirit says: “Pursue my purposes.”

The flesh says: “I have great ideas.”
The Spirit says: “Seek My wisdom.”

The flesh says: “I have a great plan.”
The Spirit says: “I have a perfect plan.”

The flesh says: “I am working hard.”
The Spirit says: “Receive my power.”

The flesh says: “I am weary.”
The Spirit says: “I will renew your strength.”

The flesh says: “I am trying to live a good life.”
The Spirit says: “I will make you holy.”

The flesh says: “I need to be dynamic.”
The Spirit says: “You need My anointing.”

The flesh says: “I want recognition.”
The Spirit says: “Seek My approval.”

The flesh says: “I want people to like me.”
The Spirit says: “I want people to glorify Jesus.”

The way we have victory in our lives over the demands of the flesh is to walk in the Spirit. We will fail if we try to reason with the flesh or use our own strength to fight it.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25 NKJV

© 2017, 2023 Roy Lessin, The Holy Spirit Book. Used with permission, all rights reserved.




APPLICATION: Which of the above conversations between the Spirit and the flesh can you identify with most? Why are the desires of your flesh in disagreement with what the Holy Spirit desires? How can this conflict be resolved in your life? Read Romans 8:1-11 + Romans 6:12-13

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