The simple call of our sermon this past Sunday was to walk by the Spirit.  God has given us his Spirit and turned our heart of stone into a heart of flesh.  We are now receptive to the things of God and have a desire to live in a way that is pleasing to God our Father.
These are things that Christ has purchased for us on the cross.

This desire to please God leads us to want everything that does not please him out of our lives.  We have a death wish for all sin that still clings so closely to us.  We are called by the Spirit’s enabling power to put to death the deeds of the flesh.  This means taking up our cross daily, denying ourselves and following Jesus.  This is the battle which we fight every day, and we will continue to fight until we die. 

There are many today in our society who call themselves spiritual and who like to talk about the Spirit and yet refuse this simple and costly call to put to death sin in their lives.  They want the fruit of the Spirit and the blessing of God, yet don’t really want to really deal with the sin that needs to be addressed in their life.  But according to Scripture, this battle against sin is not optional.  Paul makes it clear in our passage that if we continue to let sin reign in our lives without fighting it, we will not have an inheritance in the kingdom of God (Gal 5:21).

This is not legalism because we are not fighting sin to be saved.  God has saved us through faith in his Son’s atoning work on the cross.  Our fight against sin comes because we are saved.  It’s our response as blood-bought sons and daughters of God.  Those who really love this gospel of grace which Paul has been proclaiming in Galatians are deadly serious about killing sin in their lives.  They want to live a life worthy of the calling to which they have been called.  

Therefore, last week I walked through the list through a list of sins or “works of the flesh” as Paul called them (sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these).  As we walk through lists like these the Spirit exposes areas in our life which sin still needs to be put to death.  It is like turning the lights on.  When we name sin and expose it, then by the Spirit we can deal with it and kill it.  We are called, as Sinclair Ferguson put it, “to name it and slay it.” We can say, “That was a fit of anger.  I renounce that sin.  It belongs to my old way of living.  Christ has redeemed me, and I will walk in the new way that he has called me to.”

My encouragement for us this week is to walk by the Spirit by fighting our sin.  There is a war going on that we must fight everyday.  To win this fight, let us take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.  Take God’s Word, hide it in your heart, use it to defeat the lies of the enemy.  
These are some of the verses which I love to use in the fight:

  • “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
  •  “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119:36-37).
  • “But you, are a man of God; so, run from all these evil things.  Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11).


In Christ, 

Taylor Ewert

Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church