“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
Notice brothers and sisters, all these fleshly works come from self-centeredness in a person’s life. When self is made priority then concern for others becomes secondary or even void altogether. When a person fulfills these selfish, self-centered works, the consequences are severe. Emptiness, loneliness, anxiety, fear, depression, frustration, stress, confusion, outer and inner turmoil, and instability in the soul are the results. It’s pure and utter chaos when the love and gratification for self turns into an extreme hatred for self.
Now I see why God has called us to “Walk in the Spirit,” so that we may not give into the selfcentered flesh. I realize that the Lord is looking out for us as He encourages us to walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22 & 23) The benefits of walking in the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, contentment, and true satisfaction in and of life. He wants us to live in the fullness of life, to be blessed, prosperous, healthy, sane, and sound. Then we not only benefiting ourselves, but others around us. True living and loving life is not in selfish living, but is unselfish living. The only way to accomplish that is to Walk in the Spirit. We must “choose this day whom we will serve.”
Pastor Isaac Moscoso