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Crucifying the Flesh

Galatians 5:16-26
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.
You have to want to crucify the flesh for it to die. If you truly want to crucify your flesh you will go through whatever you need to in order to rise above the clamoring of your flesh. 

There must be something that you want more than fulfilling the desires of the flesh, that being the fulfillment of your destiny, which means obedience to the Word and will of God in your life. 

To achieve destiny and purpose requires crucifying your flesh so that God's eternal seed can be born in you. Wrapped in that eternal seed is pain and suffering that leads to purpose and destiny.

Pain and suffering is the requisite indication that your flesh is in the process of taking second place in your life, which causes your spirit to rise above the flesh and become a conduit in your life that will eventually lead you into the mysterious channels of God's preordained destiny and purpose for your life.

The problem arises when wanna be Christians attempt to hold on the what should be dead, and try unsuccessfully to hold on to the living Word of God, to become one with God, and to acquire the keys that will unlock the life that God meant for them to live. It is an impossibility! 

You cannot have one foot in hell and one foot in heaven; you cannot serve your flesh and your spirit at the same time. In attempting to do so a hypocritical nature is birthed within you, which causes confusion in your life because eventually you will meet up with the consequences of playing Russian roulette with you eternal soul.

We cannot play God! We cannot fool God! We cannot override God because of who he is, the all-knowing Incomprehensible One who will exact a recompense from you according to his holy will.
It is indeed a dangerous thing to fall into the hands of an angry God!
To choose to live your life in an unholy manner while simultaneously wearing the mantle of a Christian will bring about swift destruction at the hands of God.

Failure to crucify your flesh will cause innumerable unforeseeable problems. Chaos will reign in your life as one thing after another crashes to the ground because your disobedience. It is but the hand of God at work trying to get your attention and turn your whole heart towards him. 

A divided heart is destruction in and of itself. In the dubious  effort to please people and appease an uncompromising God will catapult you into the eye of a life storm that will cause the distorted house that you have constructed to crumble into nothingness.

God is love but he is also a God of judgment. He wants our whole heart and won't be satisfied with anything less. 

Either we love him enough to die to our flesh and live to our spirit or we do not. Clearly, a choice must be made, and a decision to endure whatever the plan of God is for our lives. God alone knows what he had in mind when he created us, and the level of our endurance was created within us by him. 

Consequently, he will not overload us with pain and suffering that becomes unbearable. The problem is that no one really wants to suffer, but the key to remember is this, in life generally, we all have our lot of suffering to endure, but the difference is, are we suffering for Christ's sake, or we suffering with no hope of heaven in mind? Suffering with purpose as opposed to suffering in vain is the difference. 

Jesus suffered with purpose, to die by crucifixion to save the whole world from its sins. We all have an incredible purpose within us given to us by God before we entered finite time, but we have to go into God to find ourselves.
If we go into God, establishing a right relationship with him we will discover the hidden treasures of eternity embedded within the soul of us. It is a journey into the unknown. It's like trying to see the end at the beginning, but we must have faith in God that he will lead us out of the darkness of our minds into the light of all possibility where he dwells, and obtain our purpose from his divine hands, and gather ourselves together to the degree that we can fulfill our own specific miraculous isness by the power and will of the divine God of all that is and will be.
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