This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 KJV)
Apostle Paul, more that anyone else made a clear distinction between walking in the flesh and walking in the spirit. In this study, we shall examine the characteristics of walking in either way.
B. CONTRARY TO ONE ANOTHER.
Apostle Paul makes us to realize that when you walk in the spirit, you will discourage the manifestations of the flesh. Read and explain the following scriptures;
C. WORKS OF THE FLESH.
List and explain each of the works of the flesh as enumerated in Gal.5:19-21.
i. Adultery- why is adultery so rampant in the society and even in the church?
ii. Fornication- what are some reasons why fornication is common among youth today?
iii.Uncleaness- Ezk. 24:13
iv. Lustful pleasures- Pornography, masturbation etc
v. Idolatry- anything that competes with attention for God is idolatry
vi. Sorcery- witchcraft is not just the practice and use of magic but also other practices.
vii. Hatred- (1Jn.2:9-11)
viii. Quarreling – (Rom.12:18)
ix. Outbursts of anger- (Eph.4:26-27)
x. Jealousy/ Selfish ambition (Jam.3:16)
xii. Division (1Cor.1:10-13
xiii. Envy (Jam.3:14-16)
xiv. Murders (Ex.20:13; Matt.5:21-26)
xv. Drunkenness (Pro.20:1; Pro.23:29-35)
xvi. Wild parties etc.
xvii. What is the implication of the practice of any of the above vices? (Gal.5:21b)
D. COMPONENTS OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
Explain the components of the fruit of the spirit as listed in Gal.5:22-23.
ix. Self control.
x. Explain Gal.5:23b.
xi. What does it mean to crucify the flesh with its passions? (Gal.5:24)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24 KJV)
xii. According to Apostle Paul, the evidence of living in the spirit is walking in the spirit; Do you agree?
This study gives us the opportunity to look at the distinction between walking in the flesh and walking in the spirit. What is reflected in our lives becomes the evidence of our walk. What is your life exhibiting?