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February 22, 2013


Works of The Flesh – Galatians 5:19

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,



The flesh is a built-in law of failure, making it impossible for the natural man to please or serve God. It is a compulsive inner force inherited from man’s fall, which expresses itself in general and specific rebellion against God and His righteousness. The flesh can never be reformed or improved. The only hope for escape from the law of the flesh is its total execution and replacement by a new life in the Lord Jesus Christ.

– Mark Bubeck



Paul had told his readers that they should not live either under the Mosaic Law or licentiously. Now he gave positive direction and explained what the leading of the Holy Spirit means. He did this so his readers would know how to live to the glory of God asChristians.

Walking by the Spirit means living moment by moment submissivelytrusting in the Holy Spirit rather than in self. This does not mean that one must be constantly thinking about his or her dependence on God to be walking in the Spirit. It is, of course, impossible to be thinking about this all the time. Nevertheless we should be trusting in Him all the time. The more we think about our dependence on Him the more consistent we will be in trusting in Him and in walking by the Spirit. “The contrary way of living is to fulfill the lust of the flesh.

The conflicting entities are God’s Holy Spirit within the believer and the believer’s sinful human nature. We experience conflict whether we side with the Spirit against the flesh or with the flesh against the Spirit. The deeds of the sinful human nature are as evident as fruit on a tree. Behavior normally demonstrates nature.


Memory verse: Hebrews 13:4


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