Food for ThoughtGalatians 5:16 Walk in the Spirit
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By Marni Montanez

Galatians 5:16 New King James Version

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Walking in the Spirit is a lifelong challenge. It requires continual denial of self and a desire to be closer to God.  That desire must supersede anything else in our lives and must measure above and beyond all that we pursue.  

There is an internal struggle within us between our spirit and flesh and it takes discipline and determination to break through.

Galatians 5:17 New International Version

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.

The bible has many references on how to achieve victory over our flesh.  These instructions involve dying to self which is our carnal nature. In the Greek our carnal nature refers to our flesh or earthly and material things.  Our walk in Christ is a daily participation in turning toward everything the flesh denies; forgiveness, restraint of fleshly desires, and fellowship with God.   New and carnal Christians find this difficult because of immaturity.

God grows us up in the struggles we go through. Many Christians today allow their emotions to dictate their decisions. When they feel good their faith is strong and they move ahead in obedience, but when they are feeling down and discouraged, they waver in doubt. It is unwise to make decisions based on emotions. Our decisions must come from a place of faith and obedience. Emotions are not wrong in and of themselves. God created them. But if we base our decisions upon feelings we are lacking in wisdom and sound judgment.

All our decisions must be based on the wisdom of God; whether from the bible or from hearing the Holy Spirit.   We need to hear Godís voice in His word and in our spirit.  

God wants to communicate His heart to us and if we are not listening we will eventually move into territory that is forbidden.  

Colossians 3:2 New International Version

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Our ability to keep our minds on things above draws us closer to God. Our thoughts can also move us away from Him. Thatís why itís important to take our thoughts captive to God.

2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

We must fill our thought life with Godís word. It is a truth that will shape and mature us. We need to know what God says to and about us and lean on this understanding in order to walk steady and balanced. Our flesh or carnal nature dies daily and we must let it die.  The Lord gives us the tools we need to be successful in our spirit life.  Be guided by the Holy Spirit not by your flesh. 

Challenge: Keep focused on God...wait and listen and allow God to reveal Himself to you.

God bless,

Marni

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