Battle against Self
Text: Galatian 5; 1Cor 2,10;
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 1Cor. 10:6-8;
Afterward talk about this
What is self? How do you know you are control by self not God and should you take to ensure that you are not in darkness that, that day should overcome you as a thief.
Things to do before the next time.
Take the scripture read the portion that concern the life you are living, write down the area of your life that you know you are divinely guilded or God is telling you what to do, and the area you are acting on impulse or self.
Meditate on this verses 1Cor. 2:1-16;
Considering things to do before the next time. Write not more than two pages summary of the areas you act on impulse and how are you to resolve to alive of discipline in the word of God.
Self is the wrestle of our physical nature against the spiritual man which is often more fierce because of the nature of the flesh which is always interested in surrender to the surrounding which can be seen, touch, feel and handle. Because of his interest it may be impossible for a fleshly Man to see or hear from God because God did not fall in the class of seen is believing, this make people of the world have little or no respect for God because he is not going to give a sign to prove to you he is God, even when you expected it because he take care of need not desire or complain. He is not the Devil who need to seduce people to believe in him, this character make him Unix, though he is all powerful he is no going to perform magic to make you fear, but rather he want your faith to simply rest on sincere love which will be a matter of choice, this can be very difficult because of the nature of Man who is interested in pleasing the body, who easily get tired, like self pitied and pleasure. In Gal. 5:13; “ For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only `use’ not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.” Man love freedom and God has given them that freedom of choice to decide, but this freedom should not be opportunity to satified the desire of the flesh because God demand Love for others in our freedom which require you to serve other with your freedom not out constrain but of a willing and a free mind. Gal. 5:14-21; “14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, `even’ in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.18 But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are `these’: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties,21 envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” There is no democracy in Love because Love is not give and take as many has been made to believe in, that is why the rate of divorce is alarming in the society because is not give and take but love gives, this quality make you enemy of the flesh because of his insatifiable nature never wanted to give without taking back. So as a result all the fruit of the flesh are fulfil in them, they devour, they try to take but never gives back this gives rise to hatred and all manner of cleanness, self seeking this is even the nature of today christians which hold a form of Godliness deny the power thereof. The only weapon against self is the fruit of the spirit.
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