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The Crucial Choice: Flesh or Spirit



Text:> Deut:30v19-20 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed;
20 to love Jehovah thy God, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou mayest dwell in the land which Jehovah swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


God love us inso much that He advise us to choose life!
Rom 7v15

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6)

The crucial choice that believers in Christ face day by day is between living by the flesh or living by the Spirit. The difference concerns facing life by our resources and perspectives or by God's. "Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." When a Christian deals with life by his flesh, he typically thinks about "what I want out of my life" or "what I can accomplish with my life." Conversely, when a Christian deals with life by the Spirit, he typically thinks about "what God wants for my life" or "what God can accomplish through my life."

The consequences related to this choice are monumental. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." When a believer allows his mind to be set in a carnal direction, he will be thinking about worldly self-indulgence ("what I can get out of this") or religious self-accomplishment ("what I can do for God"). The result of either carnal perspective is "death" (spiritual deadness). On the other hand, when a follower of Jesus sets his mind on heavenly matters, he will be considering issues of humility ("how much I need the Lord") or faith ("how great the Lord is"). The results of such spiritual thoughts are "life and peace" (spiritual vitality and spiritual tranquility).
Romans: 8v14

Another analysis of these two options can be seen in the contrast between the "works of the flesh" and the "fruit of the Spirit." When we put our hope in our own capabilities, our flesh produces the result we find in (Galatians 5:19-21). "adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like" Contrariwise, when we place our expectations upon the Lord, His Spirit brings forth through us fruit like (Galatians 5:22-23). "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"

Consider this fundamental truth. These "flesh-Spirit" choices are what all of us will face every day of our lives. The persistency of these issues is inherent in the fact that God only offers two options for every issue of life; namely, "live according to the flesh" or "live according to the Spirit."

HOW TO OVERCOME
Since God himself cannot force you; you must be willing to submit to him and be obedient to him always.

1.     Self-controlled
This is the ability control your own behaviour, especially in terms of reactions and impulses.
Do you need to still maintain that unholy relationship that constantly leads you to sin? Do you still have to keep going to that area or place where you’re vulnerable to evil? Why not cut of your legs and plug out that eye that is leading you to sin (that is control it)?

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” (1 Peter 4:7). 
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  (1 Peter 1:13). 
“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
(Matthew 5:29-30).

2.     ALERT IN THE SPIRIT
You need to be watchful and ready to deal with whatever happens.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18).

3.     BE HEAVEN CONSCIOUS
You need to picture heaven everyday of your life.  It is amazing that people can go through a whole day without a thought of heaven the final destination for those who live righteously with God.  Or do you think the end will not come one day? Or are you thinking you’re too young to think about this yet and probably leave it to ‘them’ or when the time comes? No, you better start experiencing heaven here and now. This will make you detach from every evil desires of the flesh and focus on eternity.
“I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:50).
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).

4.      WALKING IN THE SPIRIT GAL: 5V16

Conclusion
I urge you to continue in the race.  Remain steadfast. The Lord is there to help you run the race to a successful end.  He will guide you and see to it that you do not fall.  It doesn’t matter what is happening in our present noisy and godless world today, the Lord will come and he will not delay.  All the present happenings point to this fact.  What a wise decision to follow the Lord in the journey of life!
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6).
“For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:2-4).

Prayer
O Sovereign Lord, I bow to Your wisdom and authority
Lord, I renounce the natural path of my flesh
 I gladly embrace the supernatural path of Your Spirit,

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