Friday, February 20, 2009

Galatians 5:16

"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." (NASB)


"But I say, walk (peripateo: go, walk about, be occupied) by the Spirit, and you will not carry out (teleo: finish, fulfill, accomplish, pay, perform, execute, complete) the desire (epithumia: lust, craving, longing - for what is forbidden) of the flesh (sarx: carnally minded, the body; natural or physical origin)."


I say to you, go forth and be occupied by the Spirit and you will not fulfill the longings and cravings of your natural man.


Never does one fully realize the power of their flesh until they've fasted for a few days. What is empowering in the midst of it though is that the spirit that lives within this physical body needs no earthly food. In fact, it is thrust into much greater power when the flesh that houses it is denied its carnal advances. So, if I walk according to the Spirit of the LORD and am guided by Him alone, the desires of my flesh are given no room to navigate my life. I believe it should be our goal to daily remind our flesh who is the boss. Giving into every craving and so-called "need", albeit often overlooked, is living in constant subjection to the flesh. Today, live according to the spirit man within you that is created in God's image. Be moved and occupied by the Spirit of God in all things.

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