MARCHEZ SELON L’ESPRIT ET VOUS N’ACCOMPLIREZ PAS LES DESIRS DE LA CHAIR

 

Je dis donc: Marchez selon l’Esprit, et vous n’accomplirez pas les désirs de la chair. Galates 5:16

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

 

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CHRIST THE ROCK CONGREGATION

DIMANCHE 20 JANVIER 2019

Sermon by Past, Marc E Simeon

THEME

Je dis donc: Marchez selon l’Esprit, et vous n’accomplirez pas les désirs de la chair. Ga 5:16

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Ga 5:16

INTRODUCTION

This bold statement came from a man who knows what it is to be controlled by the flesh.

  • In his post conversion experience, Paul avowed that he was not always in top in his battle with the flesh.
  • Paul exposed the raging battle that went on in the inside of him each time he wanted to be pleasing to God.
  • Paul had found the secret on how to live the victorious Spirit filled life as a believer.
  • Today, by the grace of God, we will be expounding on what it is to walk by the Spirit of God.
  • To know, to assimilate and to assert the Word of God is passive.
  • To walk by the Spirit implies action; it proposes and recommends that all the endeavors in the lives of the Christian to be under the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit.
  • What many confess to be an authentic relationship with God is simply head knowledge of God.
  • A great confusion is resulted in observing the lifestyles of many professed Christians nowadays.
  • They quickly argue that it’s between them and God. “God knows my heart.” “Who are you to judge me?”
  • Most damagingly, they want to occupy front row in the service of God instead of dealing with their sins.
  • In Romans 14 Paul opened up on the struggles he had to face before finally being liberated from the dominion of the flesh.

Romains 7:14-24

14 ¶ Nous savons, en effet, que la loi est spirituelle; mais moi, je suis charnel, vendu au péché.

15 Car je ne sais pas ce que je fais (1): je ne fais point ce que je veux (2), et je fais ce que je hais (3).

16 Or, si je fais ce que je ne veux pas, je reconnais par là que la loi est bonne.

17 Et maintenant ce n’est plus moi qui le fais, mais c’est le péché qui habite en moi.

18 Ce qui est bon, je le sais, n’habite pas en moi, c’est-à-dire dans ma chair: j’ai la volonté, mais non le pouvoir de faire le bien (4).

19 Car je ne fais pas le bien que je veux, et je fais le mal que je ne veux pas.

20 Et si je fais ce que je ne veux pas, ce n’est plus moi qui le fais, c’est le péché qui habite en moi.

21 Je trouve donc en moi cette loi: quand je veux faire le bien, le mal est attaché à moi (5).

22 Car je prends plaisir à la loi de Dieu, selon l’homme intérieur;

23 mais je vois dans mes membres une autre loi, qui lutte contre la loi de mon entendement (6), et qui me rend captif de la loi du péché, qui est dans mes membres.

24 Misérable que je suis! Qui me délivrera du corps de cette mort?…

Ro 7:14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.

16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.

17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.

22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

  • The flesh is very cunning; its desires always seem pleasant and beneficial.
  • The flesh is in a race to occupy the thrown of your being.
  • Its influences are always in aim to self gratification.
    • I want to be the richest man alive.
    • I want to be the most attractive person in the universe.
    • I want to be number one in all my endeavors in life.
    • I deserve and demand respect, obedience, reverence, love, admiration, dominance and compliance from all.
    • My way or the highway
    • Me, myself and I
    • My interest comes first.
    • Nothing is too costly if its end is to get me higher.
    • The first trap that gets us in this miserable state was that man wanted to be equal to God.
    • Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in hope to elevate themselves to the statue of God.
    • If the fruit can open my eyes to be like God, then it is reasonable and attractive, and beneficial that I should eat it.
  • The flesh is very sensitive to power, dominance, control, gratification, pleasure, abundance, glory, respect, supremacy, fulfillment, fame, and prominence.
  • In order to achieve these ends, all actions are justified.
  • In the wild we see some dominant males get all the females.
  • He would rage war to any male who aspire his position.
  • We are more civilized, but deep down in the inside of us, these fantasies are very alive although we would never admit them.

Ga 5:16 Je dis donc: Marchez selon l’Esprit, et vous n’accomplirez pas les désirs de la chair.

Ga 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

  • The life of the Christian runs in collision with the natural tendencies of his former self.
  • In his heart, he wants to serve God, but in his flesh he still wants to be wild.
  • He still wants the universe to revolve around him.
  • People who used to occupy high position in society in their country of origin find it hard to adapt to another country even if the new country offers more peace and prosperity if they must let go of their former status.
  • It sometimes leads to mental disorder for one to forgo their position of power.
  • Because the flesh always seems to seek the best interest of the being, its advices are often validated.
  • Even the most reasonable person finds it hard to dismiss the advertisements of the flesh.
  • Paul discovered that the only remedy to outsmart the flesh is to validate the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
  • Allow the Spirit of God to have supremacy over you.
  • Starve the flesh;
    • dismiss its advices at contact;
    • rebuke it with a verse;
    • confess your bent to a strong Christian;
    • expose its schemes loudly;
    • dwell in the Word of God
    • Ask God for help
    • Resist, resist, resist the devil until it flees from you.

THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH VERSUS THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:19-25

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Galates 5:19-25

19 Or, les œuvres de la chair sont manifestes, ce sont l’impudicité, l’impureté, la dissolution,

20 l’idolâtrie, la magie, les inimitiés, les querelles, les jalousies, les animosités, les disputes, les divisions, les sectes,

21 l’envie, l’ivrognerie, les excès de table, et les choses semblables. Je vous dis d’avance, comme je l’ai déjà dit, que ceux qui commettent de telles choses n’hériteront point le royaume de Dieu.

22 Mais le fruit de l’Esprit, c’est l’amour, la joie, la paix, la patience, la bonté, la bénignité, la fidélité,

23 (5:22) la douceur, la tempérance; (5:23) la loi n’est pas contre ces choses.

24 Ceux qui sont à Jésus-Christ ont crucifié la chair avec ses passions et ses désirs.

25 Si nous vivons par l’Esprit, marchons aussi selon l’Esprit.

GALASI 5 :19-25

19 Se fasil pou nou wè sa egzijans kò a fè moun fè: se imoralite, malpwòpte ak vis.

20 Se sèvi zidòl, se fè maji, se yonn fè lòt lènmi, se fè kont, fè jalouzi, fè kòlè, se yonn pa vle wè lòt, se fè ti pil gwo pil.

21 Yonn anvye sò lòt, yo tafyatè, yo saf konsa, ak yon bann lòt bagay ankò y’ap fè.

Mwen deja di nou sa, epi m’ap repete l’ ankò pou nou: moun ki fè tout bagay sa yo p’ap antre menm nan peyi kote Bondye wa a.

22 Men, Lespri Bondye a bay renmen, kè kontan, kè poze, pasyans, bon kè, seriozite, li fè ou gen bon manyè.

23 Li fè ou aji ak dousè, li fè ou konn kontwole kò ou. Lalwa Moyiz la pa kont okenn nan bagay sa yo.

24 Moun ki moun Jezikri, yo fè kò a mouri ansanm ak tout egzijans li yo, ak tout lanvi li yo.

25 Se Lespri Bondye a ki ban nou lavi, se pou n’ kite li dirije lavi nou nan tout bagay.

  • The flesh is always mocking the advices of the Spirit because they do not yield any immediate satisfaction to the soul.

Renmen: renmen tèt paw avan, « la charité bien ordonnée commence par soi-même »

kè kontan : se revanj, bwason, plèzi ki bay kè kontan

kè poze, : ou pa dwe gen kè poze tout otan nou pa anlè

pasyans, egal Gaspiye tan

bon kè, se egare ki gen bon kè, tout moun ap pran avantaj sou ou.

seriozite, tout bèt jennen mode, la fin justifie les moyens

li fè ou gen bon manyè. Vire chapo-w devan deyè pou fè moun respekte-w

Li fè ou aji ak dousè, (si ou fè sa, yap pran-w pou egare. Kale je-w pi bon, moutre ou pa nan rans pi bon, tout zoazo ap vi-n fè nich sou tèt ou.)

li fè ou konn kontwole kò ou. (ou pa relax ; vous n’êtes pas aventureux ; you are boring ; degage pa peche ; gen kèk fwa fè-w fon yon bon gaye pou moun ka respektew.

The aim of the flesh is to drag you in the pit of hell.

  • When Satan came in the Garden of Eden, his aim was to make man fall.

  • His aim was to seize dominion over mankind

  • His aim was lure man out of relationship with God

  • His aim was to cause mankind to inherit the same condemnation as him.

  • He promised man elevation, but we got damnation, punishment, hell, alienation from God.

  • He promised man illumination, but we enter into darkness and spiritual blindness

  • He promised man equality with God, but we were lowered beneath the animals

  • He promised man freedom, but we enter into bondage of sin and death, and he became our master.

The aims of the Holy Spirit are

  • Regeneration

  • Restoration

  • Holiness

  • Reconciliation with God

  • Glorious future

  • Peace

  • Joy

  • Contentment

  • Eternal life with God

The flesh guaranties immediate gratification at all cost

The Spirit of God lines you up for future and everlasting joy and peace even if suffering and lacks may be experienced in the present.

CONCLUSION

Ga 5:16 Je dis donc: Marchez selon l’Esprit, et vous n’accomplirez pas les désirs de la chair.

Ga 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

  • Do not try to outsmart the flesh by your own reasoning, because Satan can appear as an angel of God.

  • Always seek the voice of God in all your endeavors

  • Be always attentive and obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit.

  • Seek to glorify God in everything you do or say.

  • Identify the weak areas of your life where the flesh seems to be ruling and commit them to prayer.

  • Ask others around you to help you identify your blind spots.

  • Don’t trust your feelings but examine them in the light of the Word of God.

Romains 6:12

Que le péché ne règne donc point dans votre corps mortel, et n’obéissez pas à ses convoitises.

Romains 8:12-13

12 Ainsi donc, frères, nous ne sommes point redevables à la chair, pour vivre selon la chair. 13 Si vous vivez selon la chair, vous mourrez; mais si par l’Esprit vous faites mourir les actions du corps, vous vivrez,

Romains 13:11-14

11 ¶ Cela importe d’autant plus que vous savez en quel temps nous sommes: c’est l’heure de vous réveiller enfin du sommeil, car maintenant le salut est plus près de nous que lorsque nous avons cru.

12 La nuit est avancée, le jour approche. Dépouillons-nous donc des oeuvres des ténèbres, et revêtons les armes de la lumière.

13 Marchons honnêtement, comme en plein jour, loin des excès et de l’ivrognerie, de la luxure et de l’impudicité, des querelles et des jalousies.

14 Mais revêtez-vous du Seigneur Jésus-Christ, et n’ayez pas soin de la chair pour en satisfaire les convoitises.

AMEN !

 

 

 

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