16 But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.
Galatians 5:16-17 NET
There is a struggle inside of every believer. Because we are made of the stuff of Heaven and the stuff of Earth, there is a struggle to which nature is going to rule the day to day activities of your life.
The things of God are opposed to the flesh and the flesh is opposed to the things of God. Paul urges us to live by the Spirit. That means that there is purposeful action taken to live for God. If not, the flesh will easily win out because the flesh involves our five senses that we are so easily pursuaded by.
Beware in thinking that a little of “the Spirit” will suffice to keep you living the spiritual life. A little of Jesus here and there doesn’t counter the time we spend surrounding ourselves in the ways of the flesh.
There is only one way to effectively live in the spirit. You have to be purposeful. You have to seek Him with all of your heart. You need to read and know the Word of God. You should be praying. You should be going to church and you should be surrounding yourself with people who will encourage you in the Lord.
Some would say that the above sounds like a do and don’t list. The point is that you need to surround yourself with the things of God. You’ll get the world automatically, but the flesh will keep you from the Spirit if you don’t actively seek Him.
What do you need to do today?
Lord, the world has nothing to offer compared to You. Help me to stay sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Help me to live always desiring more and more of You.