So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 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 you want.
If we walk in the Spirit, that is the breath, life, and source of the Spirit, we will not do the things that the flesh desires.
For the Spirit and flesh are at war with other. That simply meams that the flesh is swinging and pulling back in resistance to the steady and stable unmovable Spirit of God.
The Spirit in us does not have to fight, all it has to do is stand its ground and plant its feet deep within the roots of the solid foundation that is the Word of the Lord.
All we need to do is resist. The strength that the Spirit in us has comes from the knowledge of truth produced by the Word of God.
we hear and see so much, and flesh wants a part of it all. We need to press back against the persuasiveness that comes from so many options that are available to our flesh. We tend to fight the Spirit in order to perform fleshly activities, and then once our flesh is through we are angry at what we did.
It is Ok to have convictions, because they remind us that we have heart of flesh, but wjen we let our flesh out to roam the yard and do not place boundaries on it, we leave it as if it is smart enough to not do wrong, when it is designed to self preserve. Which to me meams, self destruction when it comes down to it. The flesh will join in with the devil amd kill, steal and destroy its own opportunities at peace, life, and health in God.
That is the reason we have been given the Spirit. To awaken us to things that are more important than the temporal that goes along with a limited life in flesh.
We all fight this fight of faith against the enemy and what is in-a-me, but we wont win if we allow flesh to be free.
Christ has come that we might have life, and that more abundantly. What we should not take away from that Scripture is that He wants our abundance to be fleshly, When He really is speaking of the unlimited boundlessness of the Spirit in us.