How To Crucify The Flesh

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭24‬

A man once told my dad that he believed Christians are just weak minded people falling for a silly scam. So my dad challenged him. “If you really believe that Christians are weak then I challenge you to live as a Christian and obey the bible for one month. If they are weak in mind, as you say, and you are not then you should be able to do this with ease.” Within a few days the man had given up the challenge and admitted that it was too difficult. In other words, “he was not strong enough”. You see it takes great strength of mind and spirit to choose to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus, but the more you do, the more He does it through you and the easier it gets. 

Young Christian’s often struggle with their flesh, fighting to do what’s right, obey and trust God, avoid temptations, maintain temperance, and walk in the fruits of the spirit.  I am often asked how to lessen this struggle and begin to take control over the flesh and bring it into submission. My answer is simple but effective. Kill it. 

“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. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭13-14‬

The word mortify means to kill or to make dead. Galatians chapter 5 list out the fruits, or characteristics,  of those who act upon the flesh, and the fruits of those that walk in the spirit. We can not walk in both, we are either being ruled by our flesh (the sin nature), or we are being ruled by our spirit (the God nature). So how then do we mortify the flesh? We crucify it.

“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” – Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭24-25‬

Though death is assured in a crucifixion it is rarely instant. It’s a constant barrage of assaults that the body does not like, until it finally gives up. So how does this apply? It’s simple. If you are being ruled by your flesh (carnal wants and desires that oppose the will and word of God) you have to kill it, but it won’t usually die instantly or easily. 

The best way to crucify the flesh is simply to starve it out. If you starve the flesh while feeding the spirit, the spirit will begin to overpower the flesh. This is the essence and power of fasting, you are literally starving the flash while feeding the spirit with prayer, Word, submission, humility, and obedience. You are training your spirit to tell the flesh, “no”.  However this does not only apply to food, but rather the food is merely an archetype, a training for the real application. In actuality, to obtain great spiritual strength this principal and practice needs to be applied to every aspect of fleshly desires. Sexual immoralities, idolatries, distractions and entertainment, emotions, and temperance. In every area of fleshy desire that we find ourselves struggling in we need to decide to have a fasting mentality. If the flesh is strong and the spirit is weak then you need to declare a fast of that thing that your flesh wants. To force the flesh into submission, you must deprive it of power. That means you must deprive it from getting what it wants. To train the flesh to yield it’s will and wants to the Spirit, you must consciously make an effort to force it to obey when it does not want to, you have to tell it “no”.  When you deny your flesh what it wants while giving your spirit what it needs, you feed and strengthen the spirit while you starve and weaken the flesh until eventually the flesh and the desires of it die and you are able to walk fully in the spirit.

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭27‬

I must point out that you can not fight the flesh with flesh so don’t try. You must strengthen your spirit, feeding it on the Word of God, worship, and time in His presence. The more of God you consume the more His Spirit in you will be grown and strengthened, and that (in conjunction with a deliberate weakening of your flesh through intentionally depriving it of power) will give the Spirit rule in your heart and life. 

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” – Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬

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7 thoughts on “How To Crucify The Flesh

  1. So basically, I have to starve out the desires of the flesh and the flesh it’s self till it dies….so you I to war against and reject(deny) the flesh and to slowly starve the flesh and feed the spirit on the word of God till the flesh is dead to kill the flesh, and then keep the flesh dead and defeated….ok…so to do that I have to say no to a strong powerful sexual desire to masturbate and no to any thought of any kind of self sexual pleasure for long periods of time?……good luck to myself on that very hard and difficult challenge then….

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    • Yes. You have ask God for help, tell your flesh “no”, and believe that God is able. Is He God? Is anything too hard for Him? Then it’s possible. Just do it. Believe it, and do it. If you believe then you will. If you don’t, or if you don’t want to, then you won’t. It’s that simple. Rebuke the devil, resist him and he will flee. God has given you try power to overcome sin, now you have to use it. God has done His part, the ball is in your court. Believe and act on that belief. Grace only comes by faith. You release the faith, and God releases the grace.

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    • Jesus Christ is God’s gift to mankind; a Lamb to take away our sins.

      “This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.” [1 Tim 1:15].

      Now, if you have believed in what God has already done for you in Christ and repented, and have been baptized in the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, then you should take your spirit (self) to Him (that’s crucifying it) and ask Him to remove/kill those passions and lusts that war after the Spirit. That’s called sanctification. Because your very nature is sinful to begin with and cannot abide with God

      “What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin. 10 As it is written:
      ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 There is no one who understands; no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'” [Rom 3:9]

      Afterwards, God will fill you with His Spirit. God promises this;

      “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” [Acts 2:38]

      “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” [Ezek. 36:27]

      You need to read your Bible

      “But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you learned them. 15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.” [2 Tim 3:15]

      “So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'” [Deut 4:6]

      “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” [Matt 22:29]

      , attend church
      “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching.” [1 Tim 4:13]

      and listen to Holy Ghost inspired songs only. In doing this your mind is kept on the Word of God. Make all effort to practice what you read!

      “For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24 and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.”

      Keep the sayings. Akin to looking into a mirror, when you read God’s Word (His will) and look at yourself, you will learn more of your ugly sinful nature and the perfect beauty i.e the nature of God. You will feel unworthy to be called HIS.

      ” By God’s Word at last my sin I learnt
      Then I trembled at the Law I spurned
      Till my guilty soul implored in turn
      To Calvary…”

      If you believe HE has offered you free pardon by the vicarious suffering of His Son on the Cross, even has promised to put HIS own Spirit in you, then you can only go down on your knees and cry that HE removes those passions/desires/cravings and everything in your nature that is unlike Christ. Ask the LORD to apply the Blood of Jesus Christ upon your heart. He will do it, believe that. As you go, struggle yet, because if you cherish iniquity in your heart, be assured that God will not hear your prayers.

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