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Title: Spiritual Life


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Spiritual Life Disciplines
  • Part 3 The Enemy of a Believers Spiritual Life

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The flesh is the enemy
  • The flesh is the inward principle of sin which is
    not eradicated in the believer
  • Even Satan works on the flesh, not apart from it

3
The flesh is the enemy
  • The flesh
  • Is hostile to God (Rom. 87, cf. 121-32)
  • Is the source of sinful desires (Gal. 516, 24)
  • Leads to sinful deeds (Gal. 519-21)
  • Is at war with the work of the Spirit (Gal. 517)

4
What the flesh hates is God, so it resists
anything that smacks of God especially
communion with him Kris Lungaard, The Enemy
Within (46)
5
7 strategies of the flesh
  • The flesh knows how to eat an elephant
    Indwelling sin takes advantage of our natural
    laziness and negligence in spiritual things,
    enticing us to lay aside spiritual duties one by
    one
  • The flesh dresses us up in tuxedos and evening
    gowns If we insist on worshipping God, the
    flesh will make our religion into a formal
    affair, so that it has no power. The flesh will
    let us go through the external motions of
    spiritual duties, without an fear or reverence
    for God

6
7 strategies of the flesh
  • The flesh sends us down rabbit trails The flesh
    wants to sidetrack us from the simplicity of the
    gospel it steers us toward a substitute for
    passion for Christ
  • The flesh turns sin into a cuddly pet Cuddly
    pets are sins that we domesticate and harbor in
    our hearts. We think of them as either too small
    or too great to take to God. Or we just plain
    get too attached to them to let go. Like
    Augustine prayed before his conversion, Lord,
    give me purity but not yet. Unrepented and
    cherished sins douses the fire of our first love.

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7 strategies of the flesh
  • The flesh pumps up our heads and shrivels our
    hearts When the flesh gets a person to the
    point that he can sit under the teaching of the
    Word, and even delight in it for its intellectual
    beauty, yet not be changed, he has snuffed out
    the wick of his first love
  • The flesh gets us to do our own thing The
    wisdom of the flesh is to trust in self (the
    flesh). Independence is the opposite of faith
    and love.

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7 strategies of the flesh
  • The flesh is a cat that gets our tongue The
    greatest tactic of the flesh is the neglect of
    private communion with God. The person who calls
    himself a Christian, who says he loves God, yet
    does not seek his company and delight in it,
    cant be a true lover of God. His own flesh has
    deceived him. If he doesnt daily give his heart
    to God and receive Gods heart in return, if he
    doesnt daily renew his hatred of his own sin and
    his delight in Gods mercy, he has no
    relationship with God.

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The flesh must be fought by the Spirit
  • The Spirit brings conviction of sin of sin so
    that believers are motivated to turn from sin and
    repent (John 168, 1 Thes. 15)
  • The Spirit enables and empowers believers to
    change and grow in righteousness (Gal. 516, 25)

10
The flesh must be fought by the Spirit
  • The Spirit leads and guides believers so that
    they produce spiritual fruit (Gal. 522-23)
  • The Spirit works through the Word of God to bring
    victory over the flesh (Gal. 516-25, Rom.
    85-14)
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