Summary: Overcoming the everyday battle of the flesh can be difficult, but it can be done.With the empowerment of Gods Holy Spirit we can live a life of overcoming victory.
TITLE : A BATTLE WORTH WAGING
TEXT: GALATIANS 5: 16-25
THEME: WAGING THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH
Would you open your bible and turn with me to the fifth chapter of the book of Galatians? Galatians, the fifth chapter, and we will began in the sixteenth verse.
Please rise in reverence for the reading of the Word of God.
Galatians 5: 16-25
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 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. But if
ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I
tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such
there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father we ask you for direction and guidance in your word today.
Help us understand and gain courage from the battles that we face. Give us wisdom
as we examine your Holy and true word today In Jesus name , Amen
We read in the old testament of many battles that were waged. Battles that
involved Abraham rescuing his nephew Lot from a Mesopotamian king. We see
Israel engaged in a great number of battles with the Amalekites ,Amorites, and the
Midianites as they journeyed to Canaan. As Israel began its conquest of the
promised land, many more battles ensued at Jericho ,Ai ,Libnah, Gezer ,Eglon and
numerous others. Battles and conflicts continued to be waged under the judges,
such as Gideons battle with the Midianites and Samsons battle with the Philistines.
The Battles under King David were numerous and courageous, especially the one
that the young David waged against his formidable foe, the giant Goliath. Even in
the new testament era, we discover the conflicts and difficulties faced by the
disciples. Conflicts that often cost them their lives, for example, John the Baptist,
and Stephen. Since the dawn of man, battles and conflicts have continued in this
world which is ravished by sin. We`ve had through out our history battles involving
independence, slavery , equal rights and civil rights. Our most recent wars include
the war on terror and the battles we face against those that support abortion,
homosexuality, same sex marriage and the overall bias liberal agenda. These are
struggles that we must be ready to undertake or otherwise this country will see the
demise of its moral and ethical foundation. Although these conflicts and battles