The flesh, being the carnal nature of man operates through the five carnal senses namely; sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste. It processes every information it receives through these senses, communicates them to man and automatically suggests to him what actions and decisions he should take based on its deductions and conclusions.
But we can admit that such suggestions are always the direct opposite of what God expects from us! The Flesh is rebellious. It hates everything that is spiritual.
It neither obeys God nor His Word. The desires of the Flesh are always the direct opposite of what the Word of God commands us to do. The flesh is in enmity against God (Romans 8:7).
Right from the onset, it wasn't the will of God for man to be ruled by his carnal nature. Before the fall of man, Adam and Eve were fully-functional spiritual beings who were less aware of their carnal nature but much aware of the spiritual.
When God brought to Adam the creatures He created for naming, He didn't have to tell Adam what to name the animals. Adam could instantly discern and gave the exact names that were in God's mind to each of the animals.
The Flesh didn't do that through Adam. It was his spirit which was connected to the mind of God. Adam and Eve had no issues living the Garden of Eden for hundreds of years without caring to know whether they were clothed or not; not UNTIL THE FLESH GOT ACTIVATED THROUGH SIN!
Then their awareness gradually drifted from the spiritual to the physical and resulted to a loss of connection with God. They became ordinary humans and were consequently expelled from the Garden!
Man is a spirit being. God made and clothed him with an Earth suit (a human body), with which he was to interact with the physical realm around him. The flesh is temporal and should not be given greater attention than our spirit man.
We were never made to live and act according to the biddings of the flesh, but that of the Spirit. Living by the Flesh always results to both spiritual and physical death, like in the case of the first man.
Romans 8:13 KJVFor if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
After the flesh got activated, Adam and Eve did not just suffer loss of their connection with the Father. They also lost their delegated authority that God granted them over the physical and spiritual planes of the earth. They experienced a spiritual death even before the physical one!
Living according to the flesh can cause us eternal separation from God. That is the worst that can happen and I'm sure none of us wants that to happen to us. The Lord will help us. Amen!
Why We Must Crucify The Flesh
The Adamic, carnal nature did not just end with them. It was passed down to generations after them. Every man carries the DNA of Adam until they genuinely get saved.
Even after salvation and reception of the Holy Spirit, the carnal nature does not automatically die. The Christian has to actively and intentionally work towards getting rid of this adverse nature by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The first enemy we need to confront isn't the Devil, but the Flesh. Satan finds foothold faster in the lives of those who haven't crucified the Flesh.
Adam and Eve activated the Flesh and died, we must deactivate it if we must live!
Those that belong to Christ have crucified the flesh, together with its lusts.
The need to crucify the flesh can not be overemphasized. First and foremost, we must be at peace with God. The flesh is God's enemy, and if we continue doing according to its biddings, we are literally fighting against God.
The will of the Lord is for us to live a life of total obedience to Him, and that, every genuine Christian must attain before His imminent return. There are no alternatives to this.
The Flesh fights against the fulfilment of destiny. That is one of the reasons why it is also the enemy of God. The LORD wants to give us a great future(Jeremiah 29:11), but that doesn't happen while we still allow our flesh to bring us to a place of rebellion against Him.
It is obedience that touches God's heart and opens doors for us, not rebellion. The flesh prevents us from receiving the fullness of all that the Lord has in store for us. Total submission to God is the key that unlocks doors to destiny!
1 Peter 4:2 That he should not live the rest of his lifetime in the flesh according to the lusts of men, but to the desire of God.
- Do you really desire to walk in the fullness of all that the LORD has for you?
- Do you desire to have a fulfilled destiny and live a fulfilled life on Earth?
- Are you determined to succeed in life and ministry?
Just start by crucifying the flesh.
How To Crucify The Flesh Daily
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:31 that he dies daily.
How did dying daily become the lifestyle of Apostle Paul?
That definitely did not happen by His own strength. He learned to let the desires of the Spirit of God suppress the desires of his Flesh.
He soaked daily in the Word and Prayer on a daily basis and that empowered him live the extraordinary life without stress!
The ability to overcome anything that stands between us and God comes through the Grace of God made available to us through the indwelling Spirit.
We don't need multiple deliverance sessions and casting out of demons. We need to let the Spirit who lives in us to work on us! We've been given Grace(Ephesians 4:7), plus God's Word and Prayer! These alone can do wonders in our lives.
Zechariah 4:6-7 And he answered and said to me, these are the Lord's words to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.  What are you, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel you will become a plain: and he will bring down the headstone shouts of Grace, grace to it.
No mountain standing between us and God is too high for us to overcome. We only need to let God have His way in us and we'll bring down the last stone with shouts of Grace and Grace to it!
If you are not saved, you have to accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and Saviour. Let go of striving by human strength to overcome the Flesh and let the Holy Spirit do His work.
If you are not baptised in the Holy Spirit, ask the Lord to baptise you. Stay prayed up and stay filled with the Holy Spirit. Stay in the Word. Abide in Christ. Enjoy your victory over the Flesh through Christ!
God bless you!
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