KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:13 KJV “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.
The impact of the flesh in the life of a Christian can be very devastating if not stopped. (Note: the flesh in this context is not the body but the influence of the body on the mind) The Bible does not ask us to control, manage or tame it. The lord asks us to MORTIFY the flesh. This means to put it to death. It must be totally rendered incapacitated. Life is spiritual. To live life in the flesh is like a military man who walks around leisurely in the midst of a crossfire in a war time The Lord says you shall die, if you live after the flesh. Anybody (Christian) living in the flesh, is a casualty going somewhere to happen. Colossians 3:6 says, “For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience”:
The flesh cannot be mortified by self-effort. It is done by faith. Our key scripture says, we must MORTIFY the flesh by the Spirit. How is this done? Your mind must acknowledge the truth that you are a spirit and your spirit is one with the Spirit of Christ (1 Corinth 6:17). Focus and develop the consciousness that your spirit is the very spirit of Jesus. It simply implies your flesh cannot be given to mundane actions anymore, since it belongs to Jesus. Remember, the spiritually minded, focuses on the spirit. In this instant accept that, you are a spirit living in your body. The body is only a house for you, and it should not dictate and control you (2nd Corinth 5:1). The result of this is that, it is the things of the spirit that should occupy you, the things of the spirit are those things that honors God and his Word.
Our Lord Jesus demonstrated the life in the Spirit and showed how one could MORTIFY the flesh. The Lord met with sinners, women poured oil on him, kissed his feet and was not moved. He rather saw the spiritual significance of what she did. The Lord knew he came from heaven and was living to please the father. He put the impact of the flesh out of coverage area. He killed the flesh. The mind is the main part that determines what would dominate you. The mind is the main means of either killing the flesh or feeding it fat. Let the mind go spiritual and stifle the flesh from taking over your life.
I am a spirit having a soul, and I live in a body. My body is my servant. My spirit is one with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. I live after the things of the spirit, that is, I always do what the word says. My flesh is totally mortified or put to death.
Colossians 3:5 KJV” Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry”:
Galatians 5:16-18 KJV. This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 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. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.