Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” What we ‘set’ our mind on becomes our controller.
Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines lusts as: gratifying sensual craving, desiring the forbidden, coveting what belongs to another, and striving for things, persons, or experiences contrary to the will of God.
The mixed multitude yielded to their intense cravings (Numbers 11:4). Sin is first a temptation. If we yield, we will be drawn into the action of sin. James 1:14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
The enticement is a suggestion. When we think about the suggestion verse 15 tells us what happens. It says, “Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
The temptation or the suggestion to sin is a fiery dart. We stop its progression with our shield of faith. Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
Is something or someone drawing you away from your daily reading of His word? That is satan’s set up to overthrow your faith! Ephesians 5:26 says that we are to daily wash in His word. Mark 4:19 says that the desire for other things will choke God’s word and we will be unfruitful.
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” The picture is of the little foxes who got into the vineyard. Their running around knocked off the tiny forming grapes. The harvest was destroyed. Is anything destroying your newly formed fruit?
We glorify the Lord with the fruit we bear through abiding in His word. It is a daily discipline that the enemy of our soul hates. He will do anything to distract us. How does faith come? It comes by hearing His word (Romans 10:17). Not daily reading His word for understanding weakens our faith. Is your Bible cover dusty? There is a saying: a Bible that is wearing out, is the reflection of its owner that is not. Their faith is steadfast.
Galatians 5:24 says, “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Romans 6:12 says, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”