"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want." -Galatians 5:16, 17
As human beings, we have 3 parts. We are spirit, soul, and body. When we become born again, our spirit becomes alive in Jesus, meaning that when our physical bodies die, our spirits will experience eternal life in heaven.
But, even though our spirit is reborn, our soul is in the process of being reborn. This part of our being is our mind, will and emotions. It is here that the enemy can get a foothold in our lives, or where we can let God's Holy Spirit can take over. It is a constant struggle between the two. (Ephesians 6:12)
Craig Hill, founder of the ministry Family Foundations said that if we are walking in the Spirit, it means the door to the flesh is closed. However, if we are walking by the flesh, then the door to the spirit is closed. We need to learn to live in "the spirit zone" as much as we can - so that we are influenced by the Holy Spirit, walking in what He wants for our lives. The one way leads to life, and the other leads to a slow death. "The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." -Romans 8:6
Often when we are hurt in our souls, we can seek to avenge ourselves in our flesh. This is dangerous territory. Make sure you do not let the enemy gain a foothold in your life by reacting in the flesh. (Ephesians 4:27) Remember, when the door to the flesh is open, the door to the spirit is closed!
Are you living in the Spirit zone? Spend time with God today seeking His Spirit in every area of your life. We can walk in peace, joy and love, no matter what is going on around us.