Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
There’s no such thing as indecision: you either decide, or decide not to decide but you have decided.
Pastor John Hagee
Your flesh wants something, but the Spirit doesn’t want you to go that route! What do you do? Have you ever had an internal war inside of you?
In John 8:12, the Lord Jesus said, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. If we walk in Him, then we won’t do the deeds which pertain to darkness. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, it means we yield to His ways and not our own. But how do we yield to the Spirit?
- give way to arguments, demand or pressure: submit, surrender, repent, accept;
- Generate or produce;
The Bible says we serve the Lord with our minds and serve sin with our bodies (Rom. 7:25). The Lord God breathed into the nostrils of man and made him a living soul (nephesh). The soul is our mind, will, emotions, but it receives from the senses of the body (the flesh): sight, sound, touch, smell, speech. Naturally, we are prone to serve sin because we are born under a curse: the curse of sin. But once we receive Christ as our Lord, our human spirit is filled with the spirit of God. And both the spirit and our human spirit (our flesh) have a will.
The only way to be guided is to subject ourselves to God and His word. This is why God wants surrendered lives. The spirit of God reveals itself through the soul. In other words, both our spirit and flesh are filtered through our soul (mind, will and emotions). God gave us a spirit of love, power and self control (in the KJV, a sound mind). This means we have control of everything, and I mean everything. WE GET TO DECIDE WHO and WHAT, WE YIELD TO. A sound mind means that we have the capacity (ability) to think, reason, and understand for ourselves. We get to choose if what we are about to do is right or wrong (before Gods eyes).
We can always yield to the flesh, but will reap consequences like guilt, shame, powerlessness, condemnation, etc.; eventually having to seek repentance and forgiveness. Or we can yield to the Spirit, and reap a harvest of love, joy, confidence, authority, and smiles from God! Pleasing God, bringing Him joy and strengthens us.
Lord Jesus, I come before you to ask that you enable us to live in ways that please you. I pray that your Spirit will instruct us in your word even when we don’t feel or hear you. I pray that our lives may bear fruit of surrender. In Jesus name, Amen.