16 I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust (sinful desires) of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts (wars) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the (holy) things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:13–18, 25)
Our desire to gratify our flesh is like a law. The fleshly desire will always be there. But just as the law of aerodynamics can trump the law of gravity, the law of walking in the Spirit overcomes the law of the flesh/sin. Every time. The same way a plane can fly despite the law of gravity, we can ‘fly’ in the Spirit and escape the law of sin.
However the tendency of some people is to lose the dialogue and ignore the Spirit and then they wind up back in the flesh. This is just like a pilot in the air shutting off the plane engine. (-Mike Bickle’s analogy). The plane will stay in the air for a little while but not for long. But people tend to live on the memory of having a relationship, instead of an actual one.
The most tragic thing about the church is the fact that a lot of us don’t abide in Christ, or walk in the Spirit. And walking in the Spirit means to engage with the Spirit, to talk with the Spirit. And worship and asking about Scripture and declaring Scripture are most effective conversation material. Sometime by default simple ‘You are Holy, I love you’ will do, and other times we go more in depth.
Try to always keep a heart of worship.
Condition yourself to default to dialogue with God when there is nothing else preoccupying you.
Remember any disobedience can cut of the engaging of the Spirit, but communion is restored in repentance.
Resisting evil and bearing the fruit of the Spirit happens as we keep prayer with God, it is not meant to be achieved through only gritting our teeth and doing it in our strength. We need to continually ask for strength.
Instead of just trying harder, we need to enjoy God more, we need engage with the Holy Spirit more. He has all power. He is who is in us is greater than any work of evil, but we only access that power by the engaging the Spirit which causes the spirit to dwell in our innerman. Without engaging Him, He dwells in our innermost man and we are powerless. A good study is to look through the greek in the New Testament and see whether the writer is talking about the Spirit dwelling in the inner or innermost man.
Paul talked about the fellowship of the Holy Spirit 1 cor 13:14. nasb. Friendship with God is the ultimate reason we were created. Jesus said “I have called you friends, not servants.” (John 15:15).
Light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overpower the light. The Scriptures spoken in confidence are like fuel for the Spirit and they release light which delivers us from the chains of the flesh and of the enemy. We must still pray to be led not into temptation and to be delivered from evil. We must still make decisions for holiness with complete resolve to fight. But doing it through God and not in our own strength makes all the difference.