For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:17
Do you think that when you become a Christian that suddenly, you no longer think dirty thoughts? That you no longer desire the pleasures of food? Do you honestly think that your desire for sex disappears? Well, in one sense, yes this actually happens. This is when you are full of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit overpowers us in such a way that we don’t need to feed our flesh, physically or sexually. In John 6:35, “Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Essentially, by feeding the Spirit with the WORD you no longer need to feed the flesh. The strangest thing is that both the flesh and the spirit wants different types of food- one craves physical food and the other craves spiritual food.
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Which one will you feed? Since we are human beings with a physical body, we have to feed the flesh. What I mean is, we need clothes, food, water, shelter, and even love. But, if we are not cautious, we might become gluttonous. While it’s important to take care of the body, it’s not okay to overindulge. However, the physical body has a way of tricking us. Why do you crave food or desserts when you are depressed? Or why do you drink alcohol to ‘take the pain away’? Why is the media telling us that to get over a heartbreak, we need to engage in sexual pleasures (fornicate with someone else)? These are all contrary to the Spirit’s teachings and needs.
You see, the body somehow masks our deeper problems and gives us reasons to overindulge. However, the Holy Spirit wants you to be healthy. When you feed the spirit, you become more powerful over every pain, every disappointment, or the traumas that we face. You gain a power that you did not know you had.
Choosing to feed the Spirit helps us to become more of who Christ wants us to be.
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How do you feed the Spirit? First you have to believe in Christ Jesus and accept him in your heart. Second, you must be baptized by immersing yourself in water. Third, you ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit. According to Acts 2:38, “Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
When we are full of the Holy Spirit we do not steal, we do not lie, we do not fornicate or commit adultery, and we do not over consume food or alcohol. In other words, we do not give the flesh any control. I will add here, this is why we should not get drunk. We are not able to do any of this of ourselves, but it is with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is why we need to receive the Holy Spirit. It is our comforter, our strength, and our sober second thought.
Will you continue feeding your flesh or will you make a decision to feed your spirit? If you want to live your life well, with wisdom, self-control, confidence, purity and power, then I will encourage everyone to choose to feed the spirit. This is not a one time thing, this requires daily coming to Christ in prayer and say, “not my will, let your will be done.”