Saving Life

Galatians 5:16—”But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

What is this walking by the Spirit?

“There are countless Christians fighting a battle that is already lost, trying in their own strength to overcome the subtleties of sin.  That is a battle you can fight all your days, but I tell you now, you cannot win!  It is a battle already lost in the first Adam, who was made a living soul, and died; but the last Adam, Jesus Christ, has already defeated sin and death and hell, and Satan himself!  Why not accept in Him the victory already won?  Victory over the flesh is not to be attained—it is to be received.”

Quote from Major W. Ian Thomas in his book, “The Saving Life of Christ.”

We tend to get Gal 5:16 backwards by creating strategies to fight or not gratify the flesh so we can then walk by the Spirit.  

Ephesians 3:16—”that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,”

His power is given to us through His Spirit.

Galatians 5:17—”For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”

Another quote from “The Saving Life of Christ”—“Now the Devil loves to invert truth and turn it into a lie, and probably what he has been saying to you is this: “Try not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh, and then you will walk in the Spirit,” as though the latter were a reward for the former.  He knows that in this way he will keep you preoccupied with yourself, instead of being preoccupied with Christ.  There is nothing quite so nauseating or pathetic as the flesh trying to be holy!  The flesh has a perverted bent for righteousness, but such righteousness is always self-righteousness.”

“Is this not what you have been trying to do?  You have been trying not to fulfill the lust of the flesh, in order to walk in the Spirit—fighting a battle already lost.  To walk in the Spirit is not a reward—it is the means!  It is to enjoy the Saving Life of Christ.”

Lead us Lord in letting go of our efforts to fight our own flesh that we might walk in the power of Your Spirit.

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