For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1Jn 2:16)
There are three areas in which our sin will fall under, for as it was in the beginning so it now is. It is what the Serpent left in the world when he tempted Eve to sin against God. Scripture says it best there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc. 1:9) The three ways that the prince of this world used to take the authority that God had given mankind in the beginning fell under these three categories. Genesis 3:6 reveals the effect of the enemies conversation, as she “saw that the tree was good for food” (lust of the flesh), “pleasant to the eyes” (lust of the eyes), “a tree desired to make one wise” (pride of life). The power of his subtle persuasion placed a deceptive thought such that she bought a lie of the enemy to indulge in that which would have catastropic effects on every seed she would bring forth from that moment on. As if the pain of childbirth wasn’t enough she will also leave the legacy of her children having to bear the pain of death because of her choice. Not that I am picking merely at her, because her actions did start the ball rolling but Adam’s participation sealed their fate.
Fortunately, Yehoshua turned this all around for us and left an example we could follow in fighting the temptation of the enemy in his 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. He conquered all three of those temptations, but it started with denying the flesh. He had done a 40 day fast, putting away of the flesh when the temptation by the enemy to indulge in the lust of the flesh came forth. His response was based on having full focus and faith in the written Word of YHVH. The very opposite of what Adam and Eve had as they chose to eat of the tree they were forbidden to eat from. The same temptations mentioned in 1 Jn 2:16 occurred to both Adam and Eve and Messiah Yehoshua in the wilderness yet YeHoSHua conquered it, which reveals to us how to live a sinless life should we choose to follow the instructions provided. A sinless life is not void of obstacles, but it doesn’t allow the obstacles to dictate the response, it allows the word of God spoken by the Spirit of God that dwells in you to direct the action. Knowing the steps that proceeded the temptation is key to our success, and ignoring those steps will be the reason we will fail.
Let’s consider what happened just before Yehoshua is taken into the wilderness to deal with the devil. First he is baptized by John the Baptizer, publicly honored by His Father and the Spirit of God descends upon Him in the form of a dove. Hence the sanction and the power of God must come first before we are in a position to deal with the temptation of the enemy. This is why if all we do is lead one to the Lord but we do not empower them to deal with the enemy we set them up for failure. Because rest assured once you leave the camp of the enemy to join the camp of the Lord that the enemy is going to test you. Not that Messiah was ever in the camp of the enemy, but rest assured he was empowered before he had to go toe to toe with the enemy in fighting the three temptations that we face daily with failure. Keep reading though because I believe the keys to overcoming the enemy is written in scripture.
The empowerment of the Holy Spirit is an absolute must have before you enter into ministry. Don’t believe me then ask yourself why Messiah told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem? See its one thing when you have the Anointed One on earth walking, talking, and sanctioning you to move in that sort of power. But Messiah knew that when he left that they would not be able to do what he did without having the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. Himself serving as an example for scripture records no miracles performed by the Messiah prior to His Baptism. He became that seed that he spoke to them in parables about.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (Joh 12:23-24)
His death was expedient for us because had he not died the same Spirit that operated in Him when He was alive could not then operate in us. He became that wheat that fell into the ground and was multiplied into much fruit, how? This is where you need to understand a little something about agriculture. Anyone who works in the ground understands that what fertilizes plants is basically compost, the return to the earth of that which couldn’t be used by us being recycled in the ground, this in return puts energy into the ground so that it can fertilize more plants which produce more fruit. It is from one seed that a tree is produced. The amount of fruit that is produced on a tree is determined by the strength of the plant, which is fed by the dirt in the ground, in which the dirt in the ground is the recycling of that which has decayed.
Getting our Flesh in check!
Often times when Messiah shared with people he spoke in parables. Many of those parables were relatable agricultural functions that he applied directly to us as people. Upon pondering this thought it dawned on me that this is a critical component in our walk to understand as the remedy for NOT walking in the lust of the flesh. Galatians reveals the anecdote to this problem is for us to walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16) However, First John mentioned earlier reveals that there are three areas of temptation that we must conquer in order to leave the sin nature behind us, to which Gal. 5 provides the remedy to only one of, and that is the lust of the flesh.
In the Spirit of Yehoshua’s parable lets consider the answer for walking in the Spirit. This is the question Yah put forth to me, how do we know what type of fruit tree we have? My mother in law had a tree growing in her garden but she didn’t purposely plant it so she didn’t know what kind it was. It took a few years before we could determine what it was as it didn’t bear any fruit the first few years but it steadily grew and put forth lots of leaves. It was working hard at growing but its fruit took a long time to come forth. Yet, one can’t know a tree accept by its fruit, and one can’t know if they are walking in the Spirit accept by its fruit. Many of us are putting out lots of leaves, but no fruit is evident yet. The fruit of walking in the Spirit is revealed in Galatians, and if we be led of the Spirit this is readily identifiable because the fruit will be evident, if we are not led of the Spirit then the evidence of the flesh will be there. Therefore we are either led of the Spirit or working in the flesh.
We get the fruit of the Spirit when we are born again, but no fruit comes fully mature when it first blooms. It is only as it continues to grow that it reaches full maturity. It is only matured fruit that can be satisfactorily eaten by others and enjoyed for its many benefits. Premature fruit is not only less satisfying but less beneficial. It lacks all the nutrition we need in order for our bodies to get the full benefit of its fruit.
There are nine fruit of the Spirit discussed in Galatians 5:22-23, and those who have matured in all of these nine fruit of the Spirit walk lawfully before their Elohim. As verse 23 states against these nine there is no law. Knowing what fruit the Spirit of God produces in your life and identifying its effectiveness in your life makes for a walking in the Spirit filled life.
I will be covering the nine fruit of the Spirit and empowering you with the scriptures you should meditate and fully understand so that you can have victory over the lust of the flesh, that you might walk in the Spirit in your life.
Be on the lookout for the articles that are to come:
- Love The Greatest Of Them All
- Joy Does the Heart Good
- Hold Your Own Peace
- Patience Has A Perfect Work
- Try A Lot of Gentleness
- Goodness Has Returning Power
- Faith Has A Pleasing Touch
- Meekness Makes For Prosperous Leadership
- A Little Temperance Goes A Long Way