Daily Devotional – Flesh or Spirit: One Will Always Lead

By on April 29, 2020
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Galatians 5: 13-18. The battle that rages within is the battle between spirit and flesh. As we give in to our flesh, it becomes stronger and our ability to resist the desires of the flesh becomes weaker.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

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Although once saved, we are new creatures in Christ and dead to sin. Paul warns us in Romans, chapter six, that we should not allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies and we must, therefore, learn to deny the lust of the flesh.

 Herein lies the problem. Many Christians have claimed Jesus as the Lord of their life, yet still have areas in which the lusts of the flesh rule. Healing of the body, soul or spirit begins with a conscious decision to set the mind on things of the Spirit and refuse to allow sin to exercise dominion over any part of life.

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

Paul taught in Romans that an individual would be a slave to the one whom they choose to obey: a slave of sin, which leads to death, or a slave of obedience, which leads to righteousness.  We understand that it is not enough to call Him Lord. We must follow the will of the Lord, be obedient to Him, and allow Him to be Lord of our lives. Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane, prayed to God. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want” (Mk 14:36). Jesus is our perfect role model.

His life and actions, we can see the importance of laying down our wants and desires and putting a priority on what we are asked to do for God. Jesus asked Peter a question. Jesus asked if He was not to drink the cup provided for Him by His Father. He had already made that decision. It was His food to do the will of the one who had sent Him and Jesus would fulfill His destiny and purpose regardless of what it would cost. Jesus submitted to the will of His Father totally and without reservation and we are to do the same.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you have made me a new creature in Christ. Thank you that sin no longer has dominion over me. Help me to better understand this truth. Help me to walk according to your ways. Forgive me for feeding my flesh instead o feeding my spirit with your word. I choose to submit to your will and follow your Spirit. Help me God to do this. I want to be strong in spirit so that I can better serve you.

In Jesus Name,


About Robin Bertram

Robin Bertram is an author, speaker, ordained minister, and the executive producer and former host of the nationally and internationally syndicated television show, Freedom Today. She has been a leader of media leaders for 15 years and has placed several Christian programs onto the national and international stage. She is the author of No Regrets how loving deeply and living passionately can impact your legacy forever (Charisma House Publishing) and Hidden Treasures (Abingdon Press).

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Daily Devotional – Flesh or Spirit: One Will Always Lead