The Battle Within (4 of 7) by Jeff Schreve

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The Battle Within (4 of 7)
Series: Do You Want to be Free?, Vol. 2
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Galatians 5:16-26

If you have your Bible, please turn to Galatians chapter 5. I'm going to share a date with you, actually, a period of time, and I want you to raise your hand if this means anything to you - 1337 to 1453. Does anybody know what 1337 to the year 1453 covers? It covers the time period that we know as the 100 years war. It is 118 years, but they call it the 100 years war. Has anybody ever heard of the 100 years war? That's the time that the 100 years was, 1337 to 1453. Now I had forgotten what they were fighting about back then, so I had to look up a favorite website, Wikipedia. And Wikipedia told me this: In those years, 1337 to 1453, you had a fight between the kings of England and the kings of France, and it was a battle that lasted for all those years, just constant conflict and battles and fights and things like that, and it was over who was going to control the throne of France. I thought that was interesting. It was that long a battle over a throne. It is such a perfect illustration of the battle that you and I face as believers. It's a battle internally between the flesh and the spirit and it's a battle over the throne. Who is going to call the shots and be in control in the life of a Christian? It's a never-ending battle. It's an on-going battle. Just like if you were born during that time period, you'd be like, "Man, we've been in a war between England and France and the kings of England and France for our whole lives, 118 years." That would be all the people would know. And that's the way it is in the Christian life. The moment you become a Christian, you're put into a battle. You have a battle with an external enemy, the devil. But then, you have an internal battle with the flesh, between the flesh and the spirit. And that's what Paul talks to the Galatian Christians about. Remember, the book of Galatians is all about living free in Christ. And Pau ...


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