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I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
Desires are products of dissatisfaction, a longing for something better, and though we do not get all that we want here on earth, yet there is a great measure of it being fully met through the life we have in Christ.
Paul the apostle, in today’s reading, shows us how to live a victorious life. By experience, we know that when we concentrate our attention on any thought or purpose; even if our intention is to destroy it, we will instead strengthen it. And so to fix our minds on our own desires of the flesh; even though we may be honestly wishing to suppress them, is a sure way to invest them with new force. In an attempt to conquer our lusts, we find ourselves making it much more conspicuous and powerful. Many keep falling into the same sin even when they know that he that is in Christ cannot sin because the seed of God is in him. Paul understood this situation very well and so, he didn’t bring in new sets of rules or conducts to follow or any other outward measures to get rid of the desires. Instead, he gave us a better way of ensuring we do not fulfil these passions.
What is this better way? Walk in the Spirit. Live a life freely motivated by the Spirit of God. If we walk in the Spirit, we will acquire new tastes and desires of a higher kind which will destroy the lower. The Spirit of God in every Christian has not come to take us out of the battle but to teach and equip us to fight. He helps us resist temptations which arise out of our desires and is within us to help our infirmities and help us live without sin. Living by Him makes us full of hope and assured of victory.
How do we walk in the Spirit? We make conscious effort to submit and receive His instructions as we constantly commune and stay intimate with Him. When we give it all up to Him without focusing on our failings, we will find ourselves free from the bondage of the law and rather fulfilling its righteous demands.
References: James 4:7; Galatians 5:25
Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. I submit myself to Him in all things being constantly persuaded by Him unto good works.
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