Satisfying the Flesh

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” – Galatians 5:16-17 

If you’re tuning in today for the first time, or for the first time in a while, I’d encourage you to go back to the last couple of devotions and read the first two reasons we discussed why people end up in hell. But for today, let’s conclude our discussion and look at the third reason why people end up in hell. For many, they would rather satisfy the flesh than be renewed by the Spirit. 

In Galatians 5:16-17, Paul highlights the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. The flesh represents our sinful nature, with its selfish desires and cravings. On the other hand, the Spirit represents God’s presence and power within us, leading us towards righteousness and holiness. 

Sin and God’s Spirit are diametrically opposed to each other. They represent two different paths, and God makes it clear that we cannot choose both paths simultaneously. Trying to satisfy the desires of the flesh while also seeking to follow the leading of the Spirit is futile and ultimately leads to destruction. 

The flesh seeks instant gratification and worldly pleasures, often at the expense of our spiritual well-being. It prompts us to indulge in sinful behaviors and pursuits that bring temporary satisfaction but leave us empty and unsatisfied in the end. 

On the contrary, the Spirit leads us towards righteousness, joy, and peace. It empowers us to resist the temptations of the flesh and walk in obedience to God’s commands. As we yield to the Spirit’s guidance, our lives are transformed, and we experience true fulfillment and abundant life in Christ. 

So, the choice is yours. Will you continue to gratify the desires of the flesh, chasing after temporary pleasures that lead to destruction? Or will you surrender to the renewing work of the Spirit, allowing Him to transform your heart and mind? 

Remember the words of Paul and choose to walk by the Spirit, resisting the allure of the flesh. Pursue holiness and righteousness, knowing that true satisfaction and eternal life are found in Christ alone.  

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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