The Battle Between The Flesh & The Spirit

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. The Scriptures teach us not to fulfill lusts of the flesh (Romans 13:13-14).

1. We are to put the desires of the flesh to death in Christ (Galatians 5:24 and Colossians 3:5-10).

2. Simply put, we should not love worldly things (I John 2:15-17).

B. It is hard to keep from sin because sin is pleasurable (Hebrews 11:23-25).

1. Yet, carnal pleasure doesn’t lead to good in this life (Proverbs 21:17)…

2. …And most certainly NOT in the life to come (Galatians 6:7-8).

3. Carnal pleasure = spiritually dead (I Timothy 5:6).


II. Body: Romans 7:21-25

A. The one is AGAINST the other (Galatians 5:16-17).

1. The carnal and spiritual mind are opposites (Romans 8:5-8).

2. The works of a spiritually minded person and a carnally minded person are different (Galatians 5:19-22).

a. How things like anger are handled (Proverbs 15:18).

b. How sex is viewed is different (Hebrews 13:4).

c. Alcohol is viewed differently (Proverbs 20:1).

d. Idolatry is even understood differently (Exodus 34:14; cf. Ephesians 5:5).

B. Fleshly lusts war against the soul (I Peter 2:11).

1. The desire to be rich for example (Proverbs 28:20-22 and I Timothy 6:9-10).

2. What cares of this world does to the word of God (Mark 4:19).

3. There is a battle between deceptive carnal things and a spiritual mind (Ephesians 4:22-24).

4. When wicked works win that battle in our minds, we are alienated from God (Colossians 1:21-22).

C. Carnal things are weaknesses (Matthew 26:41).

1. We cannot allow ourselves to think we’re above being tempted (Proverbs 16:18, Obadiah 1-4, and I Corinthians 10:12).

2. Follow Paul’s example (I Corinthians 9:27; cf. Philippians 3:12-14).

3. Realize the danger of temptation (Luke 8:13).

4. Avoid temptation (Proverbs 4:14-16, Proverbs 7:1-27, and I Thessalonians 5:22).


III. Conclusion: Romans 8:13




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