Galatians 5:18-21

Eliminating the Deeds of the Flesh from Your Life


Galatians 5:18-21 but if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the Law now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God well Paul is giving us a list of things here that are obviously displeasing to God He calls them the deeds of the flesh what that means is when your flesh rises up with false comfort mechanisms with old emotional response patterns to things that come at you and you respond in the flesh meaning you’re not allowing the spirit of God to function through your life but you’re doing things to comfort self you’re doing things to fulfill selfish desires these are the deeds of the flesh and I find in our modern day there are a lot of believers a lot of Christians that accept many of these things as being normal they just think well God understands God will forgive me but you know this stuff that Paul is talking about apparently is fairly serious because what he says here at the end is he said for those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God what does that mean you won’t inherit the Kingdom of God like you won’t go to heaven I’m not even going to say what I think it means but here’s what we can know for sure the Kingdom of God is the place where Yeshua is the King He rules and everybody serves Him everybody gives Him dominion in their lives so what Paul is saying here is that when any of this stuff is operating it’s obvious that is not the place where Yeshua is the King you’re out from under His jurisdiction you’re not operating in His Kingdom you’re out from under His rule you’re a rebel as it were choosing to do things that are displeasing to Him that hurt His heart and many people just accept that the other problem that I notice people have they try hard not to do these things you’ll never conquer these things by trying not to do them the way you conquer them is by loving God with all your heart and letting God renew your mind some of these things I just want to talk about a couple of them because I think sometimes people don’t even know what they are anymore things on the list that Paul lists here that are displeasing to God that are the deeds of the flesh very first one is immorality what does that mean here’s one thing it means sleeping and having sex it actually not sleeping but having sex with somebody you’re not married to pornography these are areas of immorality what does that mean it means people that are doing things that are the opposite of what God said to do in His word that are displeasing to God many many people have sex with each other they’re not married to each other think nothing of it and then go to church and worship and sing and they’re happy no, this is displeasing to God these are deeds of the flesh impurity, what does that mean let me just give you a little hint at some of it using obscene language profane language all kinds of sexual connotations in language very common these days the bible calls that impurity sensuality what is that that’s having a focus on the enjoyment of pleasure food, alcohol something that stimulates the senses so focusing on sensual stimulation that’s a lot of people’s lives outbursts of anger that’s pretty self explanatory that’s in the list drunkenness, that’s another one a lot of people think getting drunk is just normal that’s ok there’s nothing wrong with it no, that’s sin God weeps over that becoming drunk on alcohol is one of the deeds of the flesh people do that because something on the inside is not at peace so what do you do about these things if you find one or more of these things in your life it’s not a matter of so much confronting that it’s a matter of loving God getting your heart so filled with God that you don’t want to do those things anymore I was just thinking back when I got married I had a big party with a lot of my friends the night before I got married my party was not what they call a stag party or a party with alcohol or women or pornography or that sort of thing my party was a prayer meeting and I gathered up my friends and I said let’s seek God with intensity because I want to have a wedding ceremony that has the most powerful anointing I want to prepare myself to be able to give myself to my wife for the rest of my life in covenant I want to come before the LORD and ask him is there anything that He needs to clean out of my life why did I do that? I could have had a big party with a bunch of alcohol or something else or you know pornography or things that a lot of people do you know why I didn’t do that not because I couldn’t very simple because I didn’t want to you know why I didn’t want to that just wasn’t a part of my thinking that wasn’t a part of my life I had no desire after that kind of thing and that’s what I’m talking about here how do you get rid of the deeds of the flesh not by trying to conquer the deeds of the flesh by meditating on the word of God spending time in His presence letting your mind your emotions, your life be so full of God that the desire for any of those things just fades away it’s not that you couldn’t do them it’s that you don’t want to when I met the LORD when I repented I gave my life to Him my language cleaned up immediately you know why, not because I couldn’t use obscene words it’s because I didn’t want to you know why I knew that would be offensive to the one who gave His life for me I knew that would hurt the one who had died and shed His blood given everything for me and the last thing I wanted to do was hurt Him that’s why my language cleaned up not because I couldn’t use those words it’s because I didn’t want to and that’s my prayer for you today that every one of these things that your heart would so change that if you’ve struggled with drunkenness that that would be something that you just don’t want to do if you’ve struggled with immorality or impurity that would be something you don’t want to do it wouldn’t be a big struggle and a battle and I’m going to conquer it no I pray for you today that you’d be so filled with the Holy Spirit that that wouldn’t be anything that would even occur to your mind anything on this list would not even be something that you would want to do that God would so renew your mind and change your heart that these things would just completely fade away from your life that’s my prayer for you today Father I pray that for your grace to be poured out upon everyone of my brothers and sisters watching today that not one of these things on this list would be something that we would even entertain or want to do but God we would want to just come after you to know your love to know your power and to be a blessing to other people in our lives I thank you for your grace and your mercy and your love for us Father that even when one of these things is operative you don’t condemn us you don’t judge us you just call us to come to you and Father I pray that would happen for every one of us today in the name of Yeshua Amen


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