Originally posted on October 3, 2022 @ 9:59 am
DCLM Daily Manna 3 October 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Giant Killer
TOPIC: Giant Killer (DCLM Daily Manna 3 October 2022)
TEXT: Galatians 5:1, 13-18 (KJV)
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
KEY VERSE: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17).
A lot of people are familiar with the story of how former United States President Bill Clinton was involved in an affair with a White House intern, Miss Monica Lewinsky. Admitting to the affair openly, after initially denying it for months, Clinton said, “I don’t think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned…” He was eventually impeached by the US House of Representatives for lying under oath, though allowed to complete his second tenure in office. It was a public disgrace.
Believers are advised to walk in the Spirit in order not to fulfil the desires of the flesh. The flesh is a major albatross to the believer’s journey to heaven. It is said to be ‘contrary’ to the Spirit and prevents one from living a righteous life. It produces lusts, which if yielded to, leads to sin; and sin after it is committed, leads to death – spiritual death.
Sin is evil and the sin of the flesh is dangerous because of its perilous appeal. The Bible says, “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” The casualty list is so long that every believer needs to be careful. Great men and women in politics, business, entertainment and even in the clergy have been brought down and disgraced through this sin. And the agents by which they were brought down may be unlikely and unexpected like the case of Monica Lewinsky, who was just an intern in the White House.
The earlier sin is acknowledged, confessed and repented of, the better and safer. No one can hide sin forever no matter the effort to silence the conscience. Sin easily unmasks its perpetrator. There is no hiding place for the unrepentant sinner. To make his way right with God, the sinner must confess and forsake his sins, and accept Christ as personal Lord and Saviour.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Live and walk in the Spirit.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.