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The Sanctified Life: Flesh v Spirit II

Scripture readings:

Galatians 5:19–26

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. 

Isaiah 5:18–24

Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, 
who draw sin as with cart ropes, 
who say: “Let him be quick, 
let him speed his work 
that we may see it; 
let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, 
and let it come, that we may know it!” 
Woe to those who call evil good 
and good evil, 
who put darkness for light 
and light for darkness, 
who put bitter for sweet 
and sweet for bitter! 
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, 
and shrewd in their own sight! 
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, 
and valiant men in mixing strong drink, 
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, 
and deprive the innocent of his right! 

Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, 
and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, 
so their root will be as rottenness, 
and their blossom go up like dust; 
for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, 
and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).

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