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
were and are worth waging, there have been many battles that weren’t worth
waging . Many that were useless, futile, and senseless in their objective and
outcome. However today we are confronted each and every day by the greatest battle we will ever encounter. What
is this great and intensive battle that we encounter each day you may ask. It’s a
battle that each and every one of us face each and every day. A conflict you are not
exempt from. It’s the battle between the Spirit and the flesh, and it my friend is
A Battle Worth Waging.
As we survey these scriptures we can observe four aspects of this daily battle
First of all : (1) The Direction of the Spirit
Secondly : (2) The Dissension of the Spirit
Thirdly : (3) The Distinction of the Spirit
Finally : (4) The Dominion of the Spirit
Let us consider first of all this morning
I. THE DIRECTION OF THE SPIRIT verse 16
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh..
It is obvious to the christian who the person behind our justification is . None
other than the Lord Jesus Christ . For the bible clearly declares in Romans 5:1
(Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ) . Notice we are justified (declared Just, free ,righteous), forgiven and
given a free pardon from the eternal penalty of sin. Notice also, this pardon came
"through" our Lord Jesus. Acts 4:12b (for there is none other name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved). So therefore we are justified by and "through" our Lord Jesus. The life of a christian doesn’t end at justification as many are misled in believing . Being justified is essential in becoming a christian. Likewise the christian life is unfinished without the continual process of sanctification, a life of seperation from sin. Just as our Lord signifies our justification the Holy Spirit signifies our separation, or our sanctification. The effectual, continual working of the Holy spirit enables us to achieve separation from sin, satan, and self.