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Understanding Worldliness:

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Stephen Johns

on 19 July 2015

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Transcript of Understanding Worldliness:

Understanding Worldliness:
The Lust of the Flesh
Proverbs 26:17

“Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.”
The Flesh: A Helpful Diagnosis
1 John 2:16

"For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world."

Heavenly Freedom
The flesh is our unredeemed humanity
Earthly Regulations and the Flesh Fight
The Spiritual Work of Fighting the Flesh
Kimbo Slice, King David, Angry Dogs, Homicidal Maniacs, and Your Flesh
The Flesh: Our Spiritual Battle
The flesh fight is with us until we go to Heaven.

Asceticism will seem like the right approach but it is of no help in dealing with the flesh.

If we are not killing sin it will be killing us.

The true path to dealing with the flesh has to do with how we think and what we love (3:1, 2, and 10)
Flesh fight truths from Colossians:
The Flesh and the Spirit
A Pathway to Victory
Walking in the Spirit
Summarizing Truths
The Flesh is the life long presence of our unredeemed humanity

It operates in the way we think and what we love

It requires constant killing

It is defeated by God's truth

It is defeated by affectionate love of Christ

It is defeated by Walking in the Spirit

Its final defeat will only happen in Heaven
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