“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” Galatians 5:16-17 NASB.
God wants us to be headed on a course He has designed, where we are living and making choices according to the desires of our hearts. But isn’t it true, with every good desire that we act upon, there is opposition, sometimes from without, but mainly from within? Paul said it this way; “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15 NASB. What are we to believe; that this tug of war that we are experiencing is totally a product of our upbringing, or lack of opportunity, or knowledge, or is it what the Bible calls a battle between the Spirit and our flesh?
God has made us not only with the ability to choose, but with the desire to choose. Desire is the catalyst that puts life in everything we do. To be experiencing consistently love, joy, peace, patience…. in relationships and endeavors is awesome. But there is always a fly in the ointment, isn’t there? Too much of the time we are experiencing strife, jealousy, hatred, addictions…. Is there a lasting solution?
Yes there is! We are to walk in the Spirit! There is no other deal on the planet like it. For with the command, God gives the faith, desire and power to start making the right choices. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11 NASB
So where are you headed? Your choices are defining you. He wants to be dwelling in and empowering your life.