Walking In The Flesh Or The Spirit

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No one can not serve two masters. Either you will love the one and hate the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. Matthew 6:24

Everyone walks in either their flesh or their spirit. You can’t walk in both. They are mutually exclusive. The unsaved person has no choice but to walk in the flesh. They know nothing else.  However, if we are children of God our intent is always to walk in the Spirit. But, as humans we have a choice. Daily. With every decision. To walk in the flesh, or walk in the Spirit.¹

If we choose to walk in the flesh . . . If we choose to walk in the Spirit. . .
We live by the law. We live by the grace of God.
We bestow our righteousness on ourselves with our behavior trying to do good. God bestows our righteousness upon us as part of our true identity in Christ.
We are obedient out of fear and a desire to avoid God’s wrath. We are obedient out of love for God and desire to please Him and fellowship with Him.
We base our acceptance on our performance. We know God fully accepts us for who we are in Christ.
In our flesh we “strive to arrive” and do things we think will be good enough to gain God’s approval.. In our Spirit we know we are fully accepted by God, all our sins are forgiven and we have an intimate relationship with Christ.
In our flesh we depend on our own resources and the counsel of friends or self-help books to resolve our problems. In our Spirit we depend moment-by-moment on the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.
In our flesh we struggle to make it. In the Spirit we surrender all our wants and needs to Christ.
In our flesh we attempt to live the Christian life. In our Spirit we allow Christ to live His life through us.

Where do you walk? In the Spirit? Or in your flesh? It makes a world of difference.

¹One resource for this blog post is the Association for Exchanged Life Ministries Grace Conference workbook, ©1993-2000 by A.E.L.M., www.aelm.org

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