Wednesday, 06 October 2021
“Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.” – Galatians 5:23-24 MSG
“Keep in mind that we who belong to Jesus Christ have already experienced crucifixion. For everything connected with our self-life was put to death on the cross and crucified with Messiah.” – Galatians 5:24 TPT
Crucifixion is an ancient form of execution in which a person was nailed or bound to a cross. We are told that we, who belong to Christ, have already experienced crucifixion, that our passions and desires have been nailed to the cross. We have been given the victory over the flesh, and all that we have to do is walk daily in the Spirit. Unfortunately every now and again the flesh will raise its ugly head to come and take us out of walking in the Spirit. The crucified flesh and the life-giving Spirit are always at war with one another (Galatians 5:17).
I’m reminded of the story of an old Cherokee who was teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me.” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”.
It is the same with us today, we are either feeding the flesh or we are feeding the spirit. We are to crucify the flesh daily by starving it and not yielding to its desires. As long as we are in this flesh we have to make a daily decision to deny/starve the flesh and rather feed our spirit man. This battle is a battle that all of us have to fight and no one is exempt. But we who belong to Christ have already experienced crucifixion and everything connected to the flesh has been put to death on the cross, so we have no business focusing on the flesh and our shortcomings but rather to focus on what’s above and what the word of God says about us.
This battle is a battle that all of us have to fight and no one is exempt. But we who belong to Christ have already experienced crucifixion and everything connected to the flesh has been put to death on the cross