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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 5:16-26
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Now with the misconceptions out of the way, let’s see
what it truly means to be walking in the Holy Spirit.
16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall
not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
This I speak, this is what I am commanding: regulate
and conduct your life by the power of the Holy Spirit,
and you will never perform the cravings of the flesh.
Now let’s remember the context here. Paul is still
talking about the contrast between law and grace and
the results of them. With that in mind, the desire to
keep the law an to abandon Christ was as much a lust
of the flesh as adultery. Religious sins are sins of
the flesh. They too are cravings, rooted in man’s
pride, that are against God and without the Holy
Spirit. Why do you think that this church was so bent
on destruction for? Do you think that the strivings
and fightings were because they were walking in the
Holy Spirit? Or were they walking by the cravings of
their body? Obviously, the latter. Let me repeat this
fact again, religious sins are sins of the flesh. They
are lust of the flesh. They are cravings that are
rooted in man’s pride that are against God and without
the Holy Spirit.
"The Holy Spirit has been given to the believer to
counteract the evil nature, but He does that for the
saint when the saint puts himself under his control,
and by that act of his free will, says a point blank
NO to sin. In other words, there must be cooperation
of the saint with the Holy Spirit in His work of
sanctifying the life. The Holy Spirit is not a
perpetual motion machine which operates automatically
in the life of the believer. He is a divine person
waiting to be depended upon for His ministry, and
expecting the saint to cooperate with Him in it. Thus
the choice lies with the believer as to whether he is
going to yield to the Holy Spirit or o ...
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