<quote from Real Faith & Reason>
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, contentions, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:19-23 Berean Study Bible)
As we read through these lists carefully, it’s easy to see the difference between the works of the flesh and the works of the Spirit. And yet, we sometimes defend following the leading of the fleshly nature that brings us into greater bondage. We sometimes defend outbursts of anger, strife, or envy. We may even attribute these fruits of the flesh to righteousness, but they’re unrighteousness.
For some of the works of the flesh, we may say, “That’s just who I am.” In the flesh, that’s just who we are, but do we want to be of the flesh? Why not identify with Christ in us? We have no benefit in following the flesh in slavery to the flesh and indebted to the flesh. The flesh profits nothing. We are of the Spirit. Christ in us is the real us. We are the ministry, the Christ, within. We may HAVE a fleshly nature, but we ARE the spiritual nature. The fleshly nature must become less and less while the Christ within becomes more and more. We’ve been set free, and we’re new creatures created after the Spirit rather than the flesh. When God exposes any of the works of the flesh in us, He exposes them so that we can have victory over them.
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