Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | December 16, 2011

A Perfect New Years Resolution For 2012: Conquer The Works Of The Flesh!

It’s that time of year where people start to list different New Years resolutions for the upcoming year. Some top new years resolutions I’d assume would be to loose weight, take a long needed vacation, quit drinking, smoking, cursing, and the list goes on and on. What we don’t realise is that the very bad habit that we are attempting to get rid of, 10 times out of 10 can be placed in the category of one of the 16 works of the flesh. You see, “The Works Of The Flesh” are all guaranteed to keep you out of heaven. By no means is this a doom and gloom fire and brimstone post. I’m here to teach HOLINESS and HOLINESS is what you will get. As Holy Ghost filled and Baptised in Jesus Name believers, we need to honestly take a look at this list and see if we can find any of these works of the flesh working against us in our Christian walk.

Tuesday night word and worship was very profound for me. It allowed me to listen to a lesson that was either going to make me a better Christian, or keep me out of heaven all together. Its my goal to keep this post somewhat short, but regardless of the length, I want each reader to hold the mirror up to yourself and examine yourself. As you examine yourself, ask yourself “do I have anything that will keep me out of heaven that I need deliverance from”? If the answer is yes, please keep reading. If the answer is no, keep reading anyway as this will help you be a better witness to someone struggling in these various areas. The flesh is against the Spirit of God and the Spirit Of God works against the flesh. It is a constant battle. It is up to YOU to use the power that comes with the Holy Ghost to conquer everything that is not like God in the believer’s life. (Acts 1:8)

Lets turn to Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”. To me, this scripture is a promise directly from God. If we walk in the Spirit, we will NOT fulfill the lust (temptations) of the flesh. Stay with me, because the next scripture we are going to go to describes areas of the flesh that need to be conquered. Galatians 5:19-21 says “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Bottom line, if you participate in any of these sins listed and you do not repent, you are guaranteed NOT to go to heaven. God help us all to yield to your Spirit and stop operating in the flesh. Next, we are going to break down what each of these sins are. Yeah, we know what adultery and fornication is, but some of us have NO CLUE what variance, emulation and seditions are. So, lets rightly divide the Word together so we can get a clear understanding.

Adultery

Adultery is when a person has sex outside of marriage. John is married to Sue. Sue has sex with Bob who is NOT her husband. Susan has committed adultery. You get my point? If you are having sex with someone other than your husband or wife or even desiring to have sex with someone other than your spouse, you are committing adultery. Adultery is sin, and if you don’t repent, this sin will keep you out of heaven.

Fornication

Sexual relations while you are single. John is single, he has no wife. However, from time to time, John has sex with various women. John is committing fornication. Fornication is sin, and if you don’t repent, this sin will keep you out of heaven.

Uncleanness

Uncleanness is the very opposite of holiness. This is a failure to live a clean and godly life. Anything that is not pure is sin. Bob tells dirty jokes at work. Sue watches ungodly channels on television and the internet. When Bill is at the local 7-11 he browses the magazine section and looks at xrated books. These as well as thousands of other actions are examples of uncleanness.  These actions are a direct contradiction to the holiness standards God has outlined in the bible. Just remember, anything that is NOT HOLY would fall under the category of uncleanness.

Lasciviousness

Can anyone guess what this word means? I’ll give you a hint. The root word is lust. When you lust, are indecent, lewd, and immoral, you are operating in the sin of lasciviousness. People who cannot control their behavior. Examples like gambling, debating/arguing, gossiping, voyeurism, lying, cheating, stealing, sleeping, tardiness, daydreaming.

Idolatry

The root word is idol. This would include an idol or image. Things like the little Buddha statues, virgin mary statues, crosses that you bow to, rosary beads, pictures of Jesus, pictures of “dead saints”. Lets go deeper and see what the word says about idols. Deuteronomy 7:25 “The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.” Your bible says idols (images of gods) need to be burned with fire. Then God says to NOT desire the very jewelry on the idols. He said NOT to even take the jewelry from them because you will be ensnared by it if you do. Then he said this is an abomination (the idol and the jewelry that it wears). Judge for yourself if you should wear earrings, cross necklaces, and rings on your finger. I know there are jewelry wearers that read this blog, I need you to really settle within yourself and see according to scripture if it is befitting for a Christian to wear jewelry. If you reason from the scriptures I believe God will reveal the answer to you. I am not GOD and cannot judge you for the ornaments you might wear, but I can point you in the right direction that will be pleasing to the Lord according to scripture so that you can determine for yourself the actions you should take.

Witchcraft

Christians are not to go to palm readers and fortune tellers even if it’s all for fun and games. Christian children (and adults) are not to play with Ouija boards and have seances. Anyone that uses sorcery and magic powers and practices in the occult is sinning and if you don’t repent will not go to heaven. Harry Potter is a prime example of a character who practices witchcraft. Make sure parents that you DO NOT allow your children to read these books. Exodus 22:18 even tells us that thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. God means serious business when dealing with the sin of witchcraft.

Hatred

This means to have hate or intense dislike towards someone. This also means to have bitter feelings towards someone. The only hatred that you as a Christian are allowed to have is a hatred for SIN!

Variance

This means to have strife. To be contentious. Persons who sow seeds of discord. You always enjoy doing the opposite of what someone else is. For instance, it is clear the sky is blue, a person operating in variance will say the very opposite that the sky is purple. You’ve been around those type of people. No matter what anyone says, they are always going to say the complete opposite on purpose and enjoy doing this. This is sin.

 Emulation

These are people who try to be equal or surpass whatever someone else is doing. They have an attitude of “I can do it better than you”. Wiki even says “to compete or rival with some degree of success, especially through imitation” According to the word, this is sin.

Wrath

Uncontrolled temper. Anger. Fury. Indignation. All of these are examples of wrath.

Seditions

Bottom line, this is a person that incites discontent. This person throws their rocks and hides their hands so to speak. They get people together, incite anger in them, and then stand back and watch the discontent spread like cancer. This is a sin.

Heresies

False teaching, false doctrine. The doctrine of the trinity is a heresy. baptizing in titles is a heresy. Marriage between two men or two women is a heresy. Any false teaching that is contrary to scripture is deemed a heresy.   Its sin and you wont be able to go to heaven operating in false doctrine.

Envy

This is discontent at anthers good fortune. You’re a jealous person. You desire things that don’t belong to you. This is envy and envy is a sin.

Murder

Killing another human being.

Drunkedness

Intoxication, strong drink. This is why the holiness church stands by the teaching to not consume alcohol at all (not in moderation but not at all) so you will not open the door to drunkedness. Its better to abstain all together than to drink in moderation thinking that intoxication door wont eventually be opened. Side note, lets say I never drank but I went to a church that told me I could drink in moderation. I go out and take a sip of alcohol and after one sip I get drunk. I JUST SINNED! You see why the moderation rule WONT WORK! It ultimately will lead to sin.

Revilings

Those that have that “party spirit”  that “lets have a good time and carouse” spirit. We are not talking about clean wholesome parties like birthday dinners and such. A prime example is a recent high school graduate that has one sole purpose of going to college. To have a good time the entire time they are away from home by living it up and partying. This is sin.

…and such like

This is not to be considered a comprehensive list of sins. Rather, the scripture goes on to say that if you do anything “such like” the things mentioned, you will not inherit the kingdom of God.

That said, prayer coupled with reading God’s Holy Word will ensure that you feed yourself a healthy diet of holiness and righteousness. When you eat holiness and righteousness and no other diet, you can rest assured you will not operate in any of these works of the flesh. “In our seeking deliverance from besetting sins such as drunkenness and sexual lusts, we need to submit to God: “Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7.)  (Bob Vincent – How To Conquer Sin In Your Life) After studying all of these works of the flesh, surprisingly I have entertained some of these and immediately asked God to deliver me. I was so glad someone broke these sins down to me because I did not want to live in error and miss out on heaven. Thank God for a Pasto that stands on the holiness principles of the Bible.

Saints, we gotta live holy. I can clearly see why the word says “for without holiness no man shall see the Lord”. The good news is Christ has not come yet, so let us all repent now from operating in the flesh and go into 2012 with 16 new resolutions vowing to never participate in the works of the flesh again so long as I eat a healthy diet of holiness and righteousness while walking in the Spirit.


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