Weekly Bible Study #27
Anyone who frequently listens to my shows probably knows by now that I often talk about feeding your spirit and reading God’s Word. Some may think I am beating a dead horse with how often I go back to this, but I think I saw the horse twitch so its not dead yet.
The thing I see the most is that Christians listen to secular music and say they only listen to the music, not the lyrics. To this I must say, “Then why are you singing along to it?”. Whether we realize it or not the things we do define who we are.
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
23 Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
There are two forces in our lives that are constantly at war with each other, our flesh which is our body and it’s worldly desires, and then there is our spirit which desires the things of God. It is very important that you understand this concept. The more you give in to (feed) your flesh, the stronger and more prevalent it becomes, while the more you feed your spirit and focus on the things of God the stronger and more prevalent your spirit becomes. You can likely see where this is going…”Only the strongest survives”.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
To break down what Paul says here. He starts out saying “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh”. He is telling us that literally we walk in the flesh (with our physical bodies), but even though we use our bodies to walk, we don’t do battle with our flesh. He then goes on to say that our weapons are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God (of the Spirit) for pulling down strongholds. Casting down arguments and every high thing that places itself above God.
A “high thing” that exalts itself against the knowledge of God could simply be anything you are giving a higher regard to than God. This could be addictions, games, movies or you name it. Luckily Paul indicates that these Spiritual weapons are mighty for pulling down these strongholds and high things.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Galatians 5:16-18 (AMP)
16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.
18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.
If your Spirit and your flesh were to have a fight to the death right now who would emerge victorious?