So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18)
You are free to do whatever you want, but this Scripture says you are not to use your freedom to do whatever you want because God has planned every step of your life, including the coincidences where you meet people and acquire things you’ll need to fulfill your dreams.
Each of us has a thorn in our side: anger, depression, anxiety, or addiction, the desires of our flesh, which can only be removed by letting the Spirit lead us. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh is no help at all.” (John 6:63)
So how do you walk by the Spirit? First, let the Spirit know that you need help and have faith that the Spirit will assist you. Then pray for the Spirit to unite with your spirit because “the one who joins with the Lord [in spiritual union] is one spirit with the Lord. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
When our spirits are united with the Lord’s, our minds will “be filled with whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, whatever is excellent, whatever is worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8) Finally, thank God that you’re not following the desires of the flesh which are contrary to the desires of the Spirit, and be joyful that God’s giving you the best life.
Father, I praise you for giving me my best life when I team up with you. Guide all my steps, so I’ll be happy and won’t always have a thorn in my side. Let your Spirit unite with mine so you can renew my thinking. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.