The Flesh And Soul Appeal
One of the hardest things for us to wrap our head around is our spirit man. So many people focus on what they can see with their eyes. They look at things in this physical world. Everyday we are bombarded with ads to build up our flesh and entice us to gratify our flesh.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying these things are bad. All I am saying is they are focused on the flesh and this world. The flesh attributes are the 5 senses: hear, taste, touch, smell, see. Food ads entice our taste ( a flesh attribute). Electronics ads entice us through sight and touch. Clothing ads entice our sight and feel/touch.
Some “religions” forbid tvs or going to the movies. Their motive may be good but that teaches religion not scripture. Remember, Paul said all things are lawful unto me but all things are not expedient. Another words, I can do anything but sometimes I should not do something if it will offend someone. You do not go to dinner with a Jewish person and order a ham sandwich.
The ads that target the soul ( mind, will, emotions) are ads to influence your thinking. Some of these would include political ads, ads about animal abuse, ads about smoking or drinking, ads about starving children.
Ads appealing to the flesh can be true or deceptive, so can the ads targeting the soul. But when you are living in the spirit your focus is on God. You listen to God the Holy Spirit speak to you. You focus on spiritual matters. The ads targeting your flesh are less effective. And the ads targeting your soul you take the information and compare the information to God’s word. And the litmus test is not what the ad claims but, how does it line up with God’s word AND what is their fruit. You do the fruit test.
Your flesh and fleshly desires pull you one way and the Holy Spirit and your spirit man pull you another way. It is your soul (mind, will and emotions) that makes the decision. And what ever your soul decides to do – that is what you will give an account to God for on judgement day.
This is a modern explanation of what Paul was explaining in Romans 8. Although Paul was not using advertising he was using the flesh is dead. Romans 8:10 KJV “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
Paul takes the next several verses to explain a saved person’s position in Christ. As we said last time, a child is always a child of specific parents. Once we become a child of God, we are forever a child of God. Romans 8:16-17 KJV “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him , that we may be also glorified together.”
Children make mistakes. Children do wrong things sometimes. Children make bad decisions sometimes and as children of God, we make mistakes too. We mess up. We make bad decisions. But we are still a child of God if we are in Christ.
Paul goes into great depth how we are to walk in the spirit in this present evil world. He tells us to mortify or kill the deeds of the flesh and to bring our body into subjection to God. Even though we mess up sometimes we know our salvation is not grounded or rooted in what we do, our works, but in Christ. And because we are in Christ, God has made us promises. So we try to please God now.
2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
How we cleanse our spirit is tied to our faith, prayer life, worship, hope and reverence. That study is for another time. We do have promises from God. And we must bring our flesh into subjection. Our flesh is going to fight us all the way but we can do it.
We will pick it up from here next time. Have a great weekend.
Until next time.