Summary: This sermon shows what can happen when we choose to walk in the flesh rather than walk in the Spirit!

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"Failing To Walk In The Spirit Brings Disasters!"


[13] For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

[15] But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil 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,

[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

[21] 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.

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

[24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

It was in the El Toro Tunnel in Leon, Spain.

The date was January 3, 1944.

It was one of the worst train disasters in history.

The train was a long passenger train.

It had a powerful steam locomotive

on each end of the long string of cars.

On this particular day,

as the train was approaching a long tunnel,

the boiler fire in the front locomotive went out.

The train eventually came to a stop inside the tunnel.

The rear engineer decided something had to be done.

So he started up the boiler on his locomotive

and when he had built up enough steam pressure

he put it in reverse

and began efforts to back the train out of the tunnel.

At the same time the rear engineer was starting his boiler,

the front engineer managed to get his boiler restarted.

Eventually, he restored steam pressure.

So he shoved the engine into gear

expecting the long train to move forward once again.


There was no communication between the locomotives,

so neither engineer was aware of what the other was doing.

The train didn’t move

so both engineers thought they needed to apply more power.

For several minutes each engineer "poured on the coal"

and the train shuddered between the two opposing forces.

That story is just like the conflict mentioned in today’s text.

It’s a good example of how we live our daily lives.

Every day...we experience pushes and pulls

that would move and sway us in our life’s direction.

Sometimes, we feel like we are caught in a tug-o-war.

There are opposing forces...values...influences...and desires.

We are like that long train struggling in the long dark tunnel.

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