“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
In Paul’s letters you will see a lot of references to the Spirit and the flesh and at times it can seem dichotomous with the flesh being evil and harsh and the Spirit being gentle and good. I don’t know if they are always in opposition to each other as much as they need to be aligned.
Often our focus is on what we need to stop doing especially as it regards sin. We need to quit doing this or quit doing that and then we can be a better person. What if instead of focusing on things we should stop doing we focused on things we should start doing and we became so captivated with doing the things of God that it suffocated out the things we had always been trying to get rid of in the first place. What if we found ourselves with all of our idle time consumed. What if we no longer had the time or mental capacity to gratify our flesh. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” It does not say, do not gratify the desires of the flesh and you will walk by the Spirit.
Walk by the Spirit.
Are you sensitive to the urging and the pressing of the Holy Spirit in your own life? What is He telling you?