The Flesh Is Strong With This One

      Galatians 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.”

       “The force is strong with this one”one of Obi Wan Kenobi’s many famous quotes.”The flesh is strong with this one.”One of any youth pastor’s many famous quotes..We just finished a great week of God working through VBS. One of the things that stands out each year is that with some kids the flesh is strong. The absence of discipline in the home is very evident.  All it takes to reveal this is to tell them “no.” This is not only evident in a bad kid at VBS. The absence of discipline in our daily walk is evident as well. All it takes is to tell our flesh “no” and it’s power immediately becomes evident. I have heard my Pastor use this illustration several times. In his busy schedule he often times forgets to stop and eat and finds himself starving at the end of the day. All he has to do is consider fasting and immediately his mind is consumed with his hunger. Telling our flesh “no” takes character. We are, as Christians, commanded to keep our flesh in check daily and to feed our spirit daily. ICor.9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Dying to self daily, as Paul puts it, is telling our flesh “no.”Test yourself today. See which one is strongest, your spirit or your flesh. Set a goal to witness to 10 people today, spend one solid hour studying God’s word today, fast today, replace the time that you would normally spend on entertainment with time spent on scripture memory. Take a tablet and account for every minute of life that God has blessed you with today and then categorize those minutes at the end of the day into one of two categories:  feeding flesh or feeding spirit. See which one you feed the most.  

Tim Tullos | YP
Patuxent Baptist Church
Great Mills, MD