Summary: word study on the flesh
Study on the word “flesh”
Icorinthians 9:27—your flesh must be defeated and brought under subjection
James 3:2—if you would be perfect, keep your tongue and body under subjection, you must learn to let Spirit win, and flesh lose.
Matthew 16:17—flesh and blood didn’t reveal this to you—Jesus told Peter, this is spiritual revelation. You cannot receive spiritual revelation into the carnal, or fleshly mind. For us to receive from the Spirit, we must crucify the flesh, and be alive to the Spirit of God.
Carnal mind cannot receive spiritual revelation
Matthew 26:21—spirit is willing, the flesh is weak—we are given this thought from the Word, our spirit is ready, the spiritual man is alert, but the flesh operates against the willingness with weakness.
Fasting weakens flesh so the spirit can operate. The weaker you are the stronger you are---
John 3:6—that which is born of flesh is flesh, that which is born of spirit is spirit—Jesus stresses to Nicodemus the need of spiritual birth.
There must be a transition in your life from flesh to spirit. Once you are born of the spirit in new birth, your life is transformed not conformed to the world. You must walk in a new realm of spirit and keep the flesh man down under..
Acts 2:17—I will pour out of my spirit on all flesh—in the last days, God will pour out of His spirit on all flesh, God is going to move on man in a powerful move of the Spirit, that man might submit to the Spirit of Go.
God gives this revelation that man needs spirit to overcome flesh. So in the last days, He will give a great outpouring of the Spirit, last day rain, latter rain or last day revival.
Romans 7:18—For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing—Paul recognized that flesh cannot produce spiritual fruit. No work of man, no goodness of man, is accepted by a Spiritual God. Only that which is spiritually birth is spiritually received.
Every motive must be spiritually initiated to be accepted by God, if it is our will over His will, it will not be accepted.
Romans 8:5—if you walk after the flesh you mind the things of the flesh, if you walk after the Spirit, you mind the things of the Spirit. Paul gives us this great teaching, you live in one of two worlds, the fleshly or spiritual, and what you tend to, is who or where you are.
Do we approach live from carnal reasoning or spiritual enlightenment, do we go to the Word for answers or society. Are our goals spiritual or fleshly?
Romans 13:14- make no provision for the flesh—give the flesh no
opportunity in your life. The flesh cannot defeat you unless you give the flesh provision. Paul says, don’t give the flesh an inch or the flesh will go a mile. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Don’t set yourself up for falls.
I Corinthians 1:29—no flesh should glory in his presence—God will not share his glory with man, when the Spirit of God moves, man should never take any glory to himself.
No talents, abilities, charisma will shine in His presence. Man should never seek to take the attention off of Christ and place it on himself.