Wednesday July 15, 2009
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Battling Flesh is Battling Sin"

You and I face a simple truth and that is the truth that with every move we make, we find sin starring us in the face. The question is: Do we know why?

Battling flesh is a constant battle as Satan’s evil spirit continues to be with us, using flesh to tempt us. He entices us into joining him in his world of sin. The Holy Spirit allows this to take place as God placed our soul in flesh for a reason…We must be tested!

Yes, we must all be tested and yielding to flesh places distance between God and us; not yielding shows Him strength, love, and courage.

Battling for our soul is a battle that we must win and to win, we must keep Satan’s role in focus. It is through camouflage that he takes away our opportunity to win. His only access to us is through flesh and to win, we must recognize him and resist him.

Flesh, involved with Satan’s spirit, profiteth nothing but in John 6:63 KJV we learn of a spirit that “profiteth”, a spirit that “quickenth”:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Christ’s Words are life; they are the Holy Spirit. A little research shows that “quickeneth” comes from the Greek word “zoopoieo” and when we translate it from the manuscripts we learn that it means…“make alive” or to “give life”:

Zoopoieo, dzo-op-oy-eh’-o; from the same as Greek 2226 (zoon) and Greek 4160 (poieo); to (re-) vitalize (literal or figurative) :-make alive, give life, quicken.

Christ is the Word and His Word is the spirit; His Spirit “makes alive” our spirit. “Quicken” and “make alive” precede winning as they are ingredients for victory.

Losing to Satan is definitely a threat as Romans 8:13 KJV informs us that it is death to our soul:

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Flesh brings death and spirit gives life; spirit gives life by mortifying deeds of the flesh; Webster’s tells us what “mortify” means:

Transitive verb 1: obsolete a : to put to death : DESTROY *if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live Rom 8:13 (Authorized Version)* b : to destroy the strength, vitality, or functioning of : deaden the effect

2: to subdue or deaden (as the body)

Christ sees to it that Spirit destroys deeds of the flesh and Galatians 5:16 KJV tells us where to walk:

This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.




Awareness is also necessary as Galatians 5:17 KJV tells that a dilemma is taking place between the flesh and spirit:

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.

Flesh misleads by seeking things that are contrary to what the spirit seeks. With no barriers flesh has no limitations and to refuse its offerings, we must recognize Satan’s role.

How goes your battle with flesh?

Which spirit are you listening to?


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