Because Paul has said before that the Spirit is willing and the flesh is weak, we have to learn to walk in the Spirit. Being led by the Spirit means walking in the Spirit even when this walk seems to take us into the wilderness as it did Jesus for period of time.
There is a war of the wills within: flesh against Spirit.
One can easily see the things that are of the flesh. The list is clear and evidenced in the following ways:
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, etc.
The fruit of the Spirit is also clear and evidenced in the following ways:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, etc.
There is a law against doing wrong but no law against doing good and right. Isn’t it crazy to think that doing good and right can be so much more difficult sometimes?
We are not called to crucify our physical bodies but the desires and passions that are within them.
Living by the Spirit= Walking by the Spirit.
Walking by the Spirit= Being lead by the Spirit in everything.
Watch out for becoming full of pride, challenging each other and becoming full of envy. It seems interesting that Paul positions this just after telling us to walk by the Spirit. I wonder if this was in direct thought to people questioning other people’s motives, their gifts and the way God was using other people.
We have to allow God to be God and use people and their gifting to accomplish His work. We need to serve together and allow the Spirit to lead us all. Trusting in each other requires a great amount of faith and trust in God. We have to believe that God can use our imperfections and other’s imperfections to accomplish his work. This happens when we walk according to His Spirit.
Desires of the flesh result in deeds of the flesh. Desires of the Spirit result in deeds of the Spirit. One can begin to see what is in control of life by looking at the deeds accomplished.
Desires lead to deeds.
Submitting all desires to the Lord and allowing Holy Spirit to lead us is the only way to live a life that pleases the Lord.
Self-control for the Christian is really Spirit-control.