Spirit VS. Flesh

Galatians 5:16-23 discusses the battle that rages between the nature God plants in the Christian and the nature that is ours by birth. The Bible describes this as the Spirit against the flesh. I’ve discovered there isn’t anything called "splesh." By that I mean there isn’t really an in between, I’m either being controlled by the Spirit or I am being controlled by the flesh there really isn’t any other option. Often I hear and probably have said, "I used to really be bad in this area but it is way better than before." Let me make this more clear. I recently heard someone who regularly looked at hard core pornography say "You don’t really know how much better I am than I used to be, now I don’t look at anything nearly as bad as I used to." It dawned on me recently to ask, so is that motivated by the Spirit or by the flesh? Flesh is flesh, the scale of depravity really makes little difference except maybe in the consequences. It is just like someone saying I used to get drunk daily, now I only get toasted on the weekends. It isn’t motivated by the spirit so there is only one other option. I fool myself by grading my sin on a sliding scale because God doesn’t. A good question to ask oneself is simply, is this desire of the Spirit or is it from the flesh? A good way to deceive oneself is to ask how I’m doing compared to my worst days, after all that never really has been the standard. Just something to ponder. My most recent thoughts.

About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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