Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

In order to be a true disciple for Christ, we have to keep our flesh under control.  When you catch a fish, you can’t eat it until you gut it.  It’s the same way when you get saved.  God catches you and shows you the right way to live, but He’s still got to clean you up.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We all have a born again spirit, but are you yielding to it?  You have to want to change.

Romans 7:21-25 (NIV)
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God- through Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we talk about sins of the flesh, we’re speaking about this scripture:

Galatians 5:19-20 (NIV)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

We all have a tendency to sin.  That’s why Paul says, “I must die daily.”  We must die to the flesh (sinful nature) each and everyday.  You can’t feed your flesh and then expect your flesh to obey your spirit.

Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of a sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by thee Spirit is life and peace.

Something to think about: Do you love God more than the cravings of your flesh? Focusing on yourself is the opposite of focusing on God.  In order to produce for God, you’re going to have put your flesh to the side.  That’s the only true way to grow in the Spirit

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