December 6, 2000
” . . . make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13: 14)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
The ongoing battle of the Christian life is the battle between the flesh and the spirit. For as long as we are on this earth, we will experience the tension between our old sin nature (the flesh) and our new nature in Christ (the spirit).
Jesus warns us in this week’s Scripture verse to “make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” In other words, we are not to obey the impulses of the flesh, but, on the contrary, we are to crucify them. This is what is meant by “dying to self.”
What are the impulses of the flesh? Galatians 5: 21 describes them: “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Before we accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, we were all in one way or another guilty of these sins. Now that we have received Christ, however, we must turn away from all sin. If we have sinned, we must ask forgiveness and, with the help of God, we must change our behavior.
As we crucify the flesh, we begin to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and we begin to demonstrate and experience His fruit in our lives: ” . . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Are you demonstrating the Holy Spirit’s fruit in your life?
Let us encourage one another to die unto self and to live unto God.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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