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Be Vigilant and Pray by Pastor Melissa Scott

Alright. So my point is this. When Jesus uttered this, “Be vigilant and pray that you enter not into temptation, “and by the way, for you who are interested, on that handout I say that these that are being referenced are nouns. They’re not verbs. It means that you not come into a state of being. When it’s a noun, it can be a state of being, it can be thing. A noun is a person, place or thing, but it can also be a state of being. He’s giving this red flag and saying, “lest ye enter into this state of being,” and the connecting thought, the spirit is ready or willing, but the flesh-flesh is still going to fight its way first.

Now what on heaven’s earth?

How did we get from here where we were in Galatians 5 and I was talking to you about the manifestation, the things that are manifest are made manifest in the flesh, those works of the flesh? And this is why I said to you the whole church world and everybody that I’ve heard and talked to makes it a laundry list and wants you to check off and say, “Well, I don’t do that. And I don’t do that.

And I don’t do that.” But this is the reality. The reality is that the flesh, so unruly and so naturally like a vine that will just creep over things if it is not put in subjection to God first and foremost through His Word, through the Spirit.

This is what happens. People will read Galatians 5; look at my backdrop, “the spirit is indeed willing.” In this case now we have received the Spirit and the Spirit is there and helps me, has come alongside. Not only that, I have His Person and His Presence within me and I have an Advocate with the Father helping me and praying for me, interceding for me as well; didn’t leave me here with no tools. The fact is that if I don’t equip myself through these means then I’m the fool. “The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” Now read with me and listen to what the apostle is saying. Let me read Galatians 5:16 forward,

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Does it have a little bit more color to you? That in submitting to a Power that’s already in me and in you, and I’m still a flesh container, but I now have Power, and it’s not iskus, human strength. It’s dunamis Power in me.

This is not the point where you say, “Well let me check the list.” “The flesh lustiest against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh,” a page right out of this Matthew 26:41, when they had not yet received the Spirit, “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. Now the works of the flesh are made manifest.” You know that same word “manifest,” when Jesus manifested Himself by taking up a tent of human flesh? These things that are made evident dwell in every single human being on the planet.

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