In this chapter of the letter to the Galatians, Paul gives two very important insights into successfully battling our flesh.
Paul’s point is that when we focus our attention on walking by the Spirit, we pay less attention to our flesh and are less likely to gratify the desires of the flesh.
The second insight Paul gives us is that our flesh has been crucified.
When we came to faith in Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit, something happened to our flesh or old nature.
Paul tells us our flesh was crucified…
But we are confused because we still feel the desires of the flesh.
We still “hear” the flesh calling out to us…
We forget that crucifixion is a very slow death…
A crucified person lives for some time on the cross…
They are able to cry out and make their presence known…even while they are dying.
But crucifixion also fixes someone in place…they can no longer move.
This means we can walk away from our fleshly desires.
They may be able to call out to us…but they can no longer follow us.
As we walk by the Spirit…we can leave the flesh behind.
The further we walk away from our fleshly desires…the less we hear those desires…and the less they are able to control us.
Practically, when we first come to faith in Christ, the voice of the flesh will be very loud because we stand close to where the flesh is crucified.
It is hard to ignore the voice of the flesh at first…
But if we actively walk with the Spirit…following the lead of the Spirit…in time the voice of the flesh fades considerably.
If you are currently listening to the voice of your sinful desires…turn and walk away.
Begin walking by the Spirit and the voice will soon lessen.
Prayer: Lord, help me resist the voice of my sinful flesh and walk away following the leading of Your Spirit.