Text: Galatians 5:16-21
Again we look at Paul’s letter to the disciples in Galatia. Today’s passage is very practical, where we read of the familiar struggle in the Christian’s life – the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. The flesh is our original anti-God nature, and the Spirit is the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. It is the battle between our new desires to please God, which fight against the strength of our remaining sin. This battle is part of the sanctification process, which is the work of God, whereby we are transformed after the image of Christ, and we are enabled to die to sin and live unto righteousness. This is not just theology, it’s a real battle (v.17), which we can win or lose.
We all know the sadness of failing the Lord when we sin. But do not lose heart. In God’s sight, He already accepts us and does not count our sins against us (2 Cor.5:19), because Jesus Christ has accomplished righteousness for us. Regarding our transformed life, consider when temptation comes, and the struggle begins, God has also provided the way of escape (1 Cor.10:13). Be sure to look for it. It might be difficult to see, and you might not like it. But you will be able to see the way out, and you will be able to do it. It will feel like it is all your strength, but it is the work of God within you (Phil.2:13).
Meditate on verse 16. How are you going to apply it to your life?
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, help me walk by the Spirit of God so that I avoid the desires of the flesh. Amen.