by Johnny Hunt


Isaiah 40:27-31

December 29, 1991

INTRODUCTION: The questions of v.28 are designed to call
Israel's attention to the folly of her attitude. They were
discouraged, defeated, and overcome by the enemy and felt that
they were left to their own strength to find victory that
certainly seemed hopeless. In this text we find the battle of
"the spirit versus the self life." We cannot live the Christian
life in our own strength and if we attempt to, we find ourselves
devoid of His strength. When we sever the connection between
His omnipotence and try to fight it out in our own way and in
our own strength, then we become utterly weary. Paul understood
this principle in Gal. 5:16-17, "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 would." Paul struggled in Romans
7:18-19, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth
no good thing; for to will is present with me, but how to
perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I
would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do." If
I am to experience victory in my daily walk I had better learn
to live Gal. 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I
now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who
loved me and gave himself for me."

The question: Will I yield to the self life (flesh) or submit
to the Spirit and soar above d ...

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