“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Galatians 5:16 NKJV
I saw this verse today and it started to make me think. Based off of Galatians 5:19-23 we can see clearly what are of the flesh and what are of The Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 goes on to say that our Spirit is IDENTICAL to God’s and furthermore 1 John 4:17 state “.. as He is so WE are IN THIS WORLD.” I find that mind boggling to hear because quite honestly the church teaches us we are sinners saved by Grace. But that’s another story. What I’m saying here is I WAS a sinner and by grace THROUGH faith I am made righteous and Holy. My Spirit is IDENTICAL to God’s and as Jesus is, so am I in this world.
But then I look at myself in the mirror; my weight alone gives away the fact I lack self-control. So how can I have God’s Spirit (which includes self control) and yet be overweight?
The answer is found in the first verse I stated. I have not been “walking on The Spirit” in this area of my life. But what I want to note is “how” do we walk in The Spirit? Then God brought to remembrance this verse:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
-II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
It’s by FAITH I walk in love, joy, peace etc. It’s by FAITH I have self-control. I have to BELIEVE I’ve already got everything I need inside me. The SAME Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives INSIDE me (and anyone who believes in Jesus). I know I’ve heard all this before but it was really hitting me hard today. By just believing in God’s Word.. by walking in FAITH that I already got it.. I will overcome the flesh.
Thank You Lord for Your Word.. I’m in awe.