Topic: Escape from the Snare of the Flesh (1)
Galatians 5:13 – 21
The snare of the flesh refers to the human nature with its corrupt desires, resistance to God and insistence on going its own way. This has been in effect ever since the first man and woman disobeyed God and allowed sin to enter into the world and infect mankind (Gen. 3).
The sinful nature remains in Christians, even after they give their lives and decided to follow Jesus Christ. It continues as their deadly enemy and battles against their spirit.
The Bible says that “to be carnally minded is death: but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” This is because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:6 – 8).
Anyone who continues to yield to the sinful nature cannot be a part of God’s Kingdom. For this reason, this sinful nature must be resisted and put to death spiritually through a spiritual battle that Christians must fight and win through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Gal. 5:17 affirms, “For the flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” The acts of the flesh are enumerated in our text for today.
They are the normal nature of the unregenerated heart because he finds nothing strange in committing adultery or fornication and giving pleasure to his flesh “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth” (1 Timothy 5:6) Beloved our memory verse has enjoined us, “Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
You must serve God in spirit, because God is a spirit. You must not give room to satan to rule your life through the flesh, because carnality is equal to death. Come to God today and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:16 – “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break the tyranny of the flesh.
Every grip of ungodly power over your life shall break, in the name of Jesus.
Hymn – Higher Ground
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining ev’ry day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Tho’ some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim is higher ground.”
I want to live above the world,
Tho’ Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.”
1. Every spirit of carnality, depart from my life, in the name of Jesus.
2. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, melt me and remould me, in the name of Jesus.
3. Power to keep my body under control, fall upon me, in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord, my Father, help me to be disciplined in every area of my life, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every spirit of disobedience in me, disappear, in the name of Jesus.
6. O God, arise and reveal to me the indepth knowledge of Yourself, in the name of Jesus.
7. Spirit of rebellion, I will not give you expression, come out of my life, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21-22, Psalm 30
MFM Daily Devotional 19th May 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.