Am I Spirit Or Flesh Controlled? Can I Keep My Wicked Lifestyle and Still Become A Christian?


Do you know the difference between a mouth Christian and a heart Christian? Between external religion and the Spirit dwelling inside? This is eternally important.  I offer these as some common examples, observable differences.

“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom 8.5-6 NAS).”

Flesh controlled:

  • more focus on negatives than joyfully praising Jesus
  • living like the world and no desire to change – hooked, locked in
  • not getting daily, spiritual protein from Word of God and talking to Jesus
  • like the Prodigal Son of Luke 15 is partying in the far country of some sin
  •  favorite music  does not exalt God and praise Jesus
  • close friends import temptation – do not have Jesus in drivers’ seat
  •  AWOL, runaway, not actively working for Jesus’ local Body
  • not praying for lost friends to be saved, forgiven and changed
  • may define one’s spiritual views in a vague, still evolving way
  • not anxious for a loved one to become a believer (Lu 15.10).
  • lifestyle is little different from those who claim no salvation experience
  • no convincing story of how one became a Christian at a given time (Act 2.47; Lu 19.9)
  • expect a Bible heaven but resist the Bible Savior – Jesus of Nazareth

Spirit controlled:

  • love to talk of loved ones, including Jesus
  • grieved when overtaken in some sin; promptly confess it
  • loves to tell how Jesus changed his/her life 
  • express awareness and concern over those not professing Christ as Lord and Savior
  • pray for unsaved people by name
  • peace and joy based on assurance of salvation
  • familiar with Bible; read it regularly and spend time talking to Jesus about many issues
  • loves to spend time with godly friends
  • loves to serve Jesus’ local Body
  • resist putting dirt in gas tank or mind
  • prefers words to be kind, gracious, apt for the occasion, edifying

“However you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any one does not have the Spirit of Christ he does not belong to Him. ” (Rom 8.9 NAS).

About FredKerr

Bible teacher, M.Div, exercising, pizza, herbal tea, eating out with wife and friends, plants, classic Scripture choruses, hymns, variations of Canon D by Pachabel, clean jokes
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