Sins of the Flesh

Sins of the Flesh

You might be thinking, what the heck are sins of the flesh. We Christians are known for our churchy talk, but this phrase is straight out of the Good Book. It is our sinful nature. Inside, all of us desire to sin. This desire is in everyone, Christian and atheist alike. This craving calls us to things that are not good for our spiritual and, in many times, physical well-being.

Sins of the flesh are those iniquities that we desire out of lust. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. We become a temple. Christians should be living through the Spirit. We need to keep ourselves from immorality because our actions affect ourselves and the world’s perception of Christ. God knew that we would need his help. That is why he sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.

Galatians 5:16 says, "So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions."

So we should be living out of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps to keep us spiritually-minded. When we surrender to the Holy Spirits’ instruction in life, we will receive gifts of the Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23, we read, “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

We will know true love, joy, and peace when we follow God’s will for our lives. But, when we aren’t, we will feel guilt, anger, and shame. Now you may be wondering what these sins of the flesh are. I will leave you with the scripture below.

Galatians 5:19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
What does it mean to be a Christian?

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Do you have the moxie?

You do not have to be a conspiracy theorist or a paranoid lunatic to see that the world is in the midst of transformation, be it spiritual or political. Fundamentally our world is changing. Politics around the globe are in shambles. Climate and natural disasters have been increasingly evolving and steadily rising. Religious persecution is happening worldwide, and those of us with religious freedoms recognize the beginnings of oppression. Now, I know there have always been “signs of the end times,” and I am not trying to sound like one of those soapbox preachers on the street corner, but I can’t help but think that in these strange times, I am so glad to have Jesus by my side!

Jesus is the only reason that I haven’t lost my sanity. Now, I have to admit I get angry at how we Americans approach Christianity. I can see that we are often missing one of the main points. We often overlook the weight of sin and the hefty price Jesus paid for us to be free from our bondage. We do not fully recognize the significance of what it means to be a Christian. We can go to church once a week and put in our time, and continue living our lives the way we want. 

So what does it mean to be a Christian? Well, the word Christian means little Christ. When you ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life and invite The Holy Spirit to dwell within you, you become a child of God. Your body is now the temple that houses The Holy Spirit. He is there to guide you in the transformation that is about to take place. With the Holy Spirit now leading your life, changes should commence. Our inward faith should be an outward expression. James 2:14 says, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”

The Holy Spirit will search your heart and life and start pointing out the parts that do not align with His character. We should also be reading the Bible to learn how to live out God’s principles. It is essential to know what the Bible says about sin and repent from the evils in our life. Jesus loves us so much that he died a gruesome, humiliating death to cover our sins and give us eternal life with Him.

A lie has been peddled to many Christians that Jesus is not concerned with our sin, that He wants us to be happy. It mortifies me that people believe this because it completely discounts everything my Lord and Savior did on that cross. Let me assure you, Jesus is far more concerned with your character than your happiness.

If you have decided to accept Jesus into your life, God dwells within you! How amazing is that? So please, find pastors that preach the truth about sin, read your bibles, and know that Jesus loves you where you are, but he loves you too much to leave you there!