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Real Enemies: The Enemy of the Flesh, Pastor David Welch

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

August 14, 2022

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Starting Point:

If the devil died today, you’d sin tomorrow.

That’s the danger of the enemy of the flesh.

It’s IN you.

How to Defeat the Flesh:

I. What Is The Flesh

Galatians 5:16-17

Definition of the Flesh

It’s our bent toward feeding our own selfish desires; especially desires of selfish pleasure; the bent in us toward desires that spiritually harm us.

II. Why I Should Want To Defeat The Flesh

Galatians 5:13–14,16

III. How To Fight And Defeat The Flesh

Galatians 5:24

How to defeat the flesh:

1. Walk by the Spirit

2. Crucify the flesh

3. Spiritual Practices

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