Flesh vs. Spirit

The daily challenge for a man or woman of faith is the discernment between good vs. evil, flesh vs. spirit.

In the Bible, Galatians 5:17-23 (NASB), brings forth the issue we struggle with as humanity:

“17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Fruit of the Flesh

  • immorality
  • impurity
  • sensuality
  • idolatry
  • sorcery
  • enmities
  • strife
  • jealousy
  • outbursts of anger
  • disputes
  • dissensions
  • factions
  • envying
  • drunkenness
  • carousing

Fruit of the Spirit

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • self-control

The Bible in Galatians 5:17 mentions that these two forces “are in opposition to one another.” In other words, our struggle is our desire to be influenced by the fruit of the spirit or to engage the desires of the flesh. Ultimately, it is our decision to give into one or the other. It is my prayer that I receive through the Holy Spirit, the power to choose well.

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