Galatians 5:16-26
16 So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. 18 But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and
other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, His Spirit puts into us the desires that are opposite to our sinful nature. These two forces are constantly at conflict within us. The choices we make show which one is in control of our desires. The actions we take show how much of Christ is in us. With every step we take, we show Christ to the world or we show self. When we submit to the control of the Holy Spirit of God within us, His righteousness comes through in our behaviors and actions. When we allow our sinful nature control, the desires of our flesh come through. It is a choice we make daily and sometimes moment by moment to accept the freedom from sin that Christ died to give us or to let sin rule our lives. Paul shows us the results when the Spirit of God is in control and when our sinful nature is. Strength comes when we chose Christ and deny self. Righteousness comes when the Spirit of God controls our actions and the Word is lived in our lives. When you fail and have let your sinful nature control your behavior, come before God and confess you weakness and allow His Spirit to minister to yours and move forward under the power of Christ in you.

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