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"For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh..."

- Galatians 5:17

As believers, none of us will intentionally trust the world or the devil, but all of us will trust in our flesh. In fact, from Native Americans’ belief in many gods to the atheists’ belief in no god, the flesh often displays itself as good, righteous and religious. The flesh can even give us a false sense that we are completely sold out to the Lordship of Christ, fully dedicated to God, resulting in spiritual pride. But the flesh is the self-reliant nature of all mankind – saved or not saved- that creates sinful desires and enslaves us to sin. Because the flesh is internal, it is far more consistent in its effort to deceive you than the external pull of the world or the wiles of the devil. However, the flesh is the avenue through which the world and the devil create havoc in our walk with the Lord. But there is hope in this continual warfare we face all of our lives. Through the study of the Word, prayer and the realization of our internal weakness we can learn to walk with a greater dependence upon the Spirit of God rather than the flesh. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Be encouraged!

Scripture References: Galatians 5:17; Galatians 5:16