We live in a sinfully delicious world — no lie. Yet, there is hope! Prepare to learn the trick to squashing our flesh’s natural desire to indulge in the not-so-lucky charms of society. Today’s key text comes out of Galatians 5:16, 22 — 25 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
16 This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh….22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
More simply stated, if we are full on the nutritious fruit of the Spirit, we will not hunger for the junk food of the flesh. In this passage, Apostle Paul, says the key to staying spiritually fit is keeping a healthy diet of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. If you find yourself thinking, “None of that comes naturally to me,” you are absolutely correct, but it is possible for us to train ourselves for it to come more easily to us. How? We’ve got to get that spiritual cardio into our schedule on a regular basis — not only reading the Bible but exercising our spirits in what we learn. When people do athletic training, their diets change in order to accommodate the needs of their body. Feasting on chips and pizza — though taste bud delighting — does not make for the best track runner. Such sacrifices are necessary. The same applies spiritually. When we are getting our spiritual cardio so we can run the good race of the straight and narrow, feasting on the fruit of the Spirit will come a whole lot easier to us.
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