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The Battle

Sunday, January 1st, 2006 at 12:31 am

Galatians 5:13-17 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 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.

Romans 7:17-23 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 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. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

As Christians, we are in a battle – actually, we are in two battles: one against powers and principalities, and another one that is personal – a battle between our flesh and our spirit. Until we die and leave the flesh behind, we will be in this battle. It is a battle that we must fight every day – every minute of every day. It is not a battle that we can win by accident or by chance. It is a battle we can win, but we must determine to win and we must do what is required to win.

Let us look at the combatants, the keys to winning the battle, and what happens when we win the battle.

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by gahammerle