Victory over the Flesh
Ephesians 5; Exodus 17
Take your bibles and turn please to Galatians, chapter five and then be prepared to turn to Exodus chapter seventeen, but first of all, the Galatians passage. I'm beginning to read Galatians chapter five, and verse sixteen. ''This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other so that ye cannot do the things that ye willeth but if ye be led of the spirit ye are not under the law.
The works of the flesh are manifest which are these.'' He's going to tell us what the works of the flesh are and these, and the flesh is easily discerned if it is not described here when we look at the works of the flesh.
The works of the flesh, he, he categorizes them in certain categories. For example, he speaks first of all, of sexual sin are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, those are primarily sexual sins. He, he uh, speaks of these kind of terrible sins and then he mentions spiritual sins, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, and then he goes on and mentions social sin. Envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, now, you say, he didn't get me and then he says and such like. That includes you. Alright, so, whether or not you're talking about sexual sins, whether you're talking social sins or spiritual sins or such like sins, all of these are what the bible calls the, the sins or the works of the flesh.
These are works as compared to the fruit of the spirit. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there's no law. Men never have had to make a law against the works of the spirit, uh, excuse me, the fruit of the spirit, only law has to be made against the works of the flesh.
The works of the flesh, you do t ...
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