[Spirit Charge] The Spirit versus the Flesh (self) >Galatians 5:16-26
We are in an era where our refusal to be well taught and to teach correctly may bring a serious problem to many later. Hence, it is very important that we present an accurate doctrine of the Kingdom to our generation. Also, to the generation to come, lest the enemy cheats us. In today’s Spirit Charge, we will consider; The Spirit versus the Flesh (self) >Galatians 5:16-26
Firstly, the worth of who man is was captured from the beginning in Genesis 1:27; 2:7, it is not defined and can not be determined by any other means except from the divine manual of life (Holy Bible). The doctrine that exalt Self came into existence as a result of the serpent proposition which led to the fall of man (generic): “for God knows that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (vs.5)”
Isn’t that amazing? What a thought! Without any further consideration from the woman, the woman accepted the proposition and she succored to the idea of the serpent because she desire to be independent and knowledgeable.
Uhmmm! Till today, every man outside Christ seeks to be independent and free from laws and any form of restrictions that can cage/hide him. By the way, man ought not to be cage in anyway. Glory to God for sending His Son to redeem us from our fallen state.
By the way, everyone in Christ should knows fully that we are governed by a law (perfect law of liberty). And this law counter the law that powers “self” and it’s activities. Hence, the need for a believer in Christ to keep an atmosphere that powers the “spirit life” instead of that of “self life”.
Moreover, this tiny line between the truth and error require everyone to maintain a discernible posture especially in this last days. Without an absolute submission to God and His Authority, one could erred unknowingly despite his/her sincerity.
Brother Apollo as a case study was recorded to be a man of eloquence and knowledge. On the other hand, he lacks accuracy because he knows not the “exact key” that lead to establishment of men in God. This continues until he submitted to the family of God represented by Priscilla and Aquila. Also, many of his doctrine sound nice and correct but they are not current with the Gospel of the Kingdom. For this, we all read later how his submission yields to much abiding fruits (Acts 18:24-26).
Many fellow young ministers are in the same category of this our brother Apollo: Zealous and even knowledgeable but still lack accuracy in some doctrines and understanding of the current move of God. And until the willingness and submission to the Lord and His Authority takes place, errors is inevitable in life and ministry of such kind of men (generic).
NOTE: it’s so important to be patient till we are fully made in the areas of our calling before we act anyway (Check the previous post). Appreciation to God for his (Apollo) yieldedness to the divine authority.
THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE
There is a law by which we are commanded to live by in the Kingdom of God called “the law of liberty”. It is by this law we know our true worth and by it – the world do/can know our worth and that we are of Christ. Scriptural Reference; John 13:35; 1 John 2:5; 4:16,17. This law (law of the Spirit) is actually against the law of the flesh (self) that craves for attention, for exaltation, for recognitions etc.
The law of flesh (self) is what powered many books, messages and deeds of our today’s ministry in many places. And until a believer willingly submit to the cross for total evacuation of this “old man” popularly known as “self”, there will be loopholes for the devil to operate in man’s life. May God have mercy on us and realign us back to the ancient path.
If there is any battle we are going to fight in this end time as Christian, it is directly related to “faith” that is, what constitutes our belief. For this reason we are urged to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude vs.5). And in the process of this contending for, we might need to contend against. Every form of philosophy and doctrine that didn’t exalt Christ Jesus but self (flesh) no matter how nice they sound must be contended against in other to keep “the faith”. We are called to preach Christ Jesus, His life and His Kingdom. Every other doctrine outside this context in this last days should be considered as a threat to “the assignment” (Matthew 28:19,20). Apostle Paul declare such other gospel(er) accursed (Gal.1:9).
May we not miss the mark in Jesus Name. Amen.
Yours in His Light,
Babatope Samuel A. (BabSam)
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