SERMON NOTES (click arrow to the right to open)
Living by the Spirit is learning to listen and yield to Him and His wants and desires, to the God who now lives in you and to the prompting of the Spirit.
Inside each of us there is both profound good and repugnant evil. (v. 17) There is a conflict inside as we all deal with a measure of duplicity—our struggle with the flesh.
This struggle can be defeated, not by a set of rigid rules and restrictions, but by learning to follow an entirely different type of wants and desires. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (v16).
This verse hinges on an implied ‘if’. It also contains the promise that if you walk by the Spirit you will not gratify the flesh.
The Christian’s struggle—becoming a Christian involves believing the Gospel and receiving the Holy Spirit. What before was never an issue now is because the Holy Spirit is living in the unholy me. This creates the internal turmoil be