An Obstacle to Indulgence
Nail It – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:19-26
Key Verse: Galatians 5:24 NLT
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
Yesterday we started to understand the intrusive nature of the cross; the fact that it hinders our sensual nature. The scripture for yesterday and today makes it clear what we must do in order to walk worthy of the Lord: nail it to the cross. Look again at our key verse: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there” (Galatians 5:24). Let’s look at some truths we concluded from this passage of scripture.
First, we all have “passions and desires” that come with our humanity. We did not sign up for them, rather we inherited them. According to our upbringing, we may or may not feel particularly guilty for feeling them.
Secondly, it is obvious that, even though we did not do anything to invite these passions into our lives, we are responsible to do something with them. Before Christ, we did nothing but indulge ourselves in all the passions and desires that we felt. However, after our conversion to following Jesus Christ, we are to make some decisions about these passions.
A third conclusion from our scripture is that we must crucify the sinful nature. Tomorrow we will look at other scriptures that support this death by crucifixion!
Father, I determine to put to death the desires that lead me into sin. I will, by your Spirit, walk in obedience today. In Jesus’ name, amen.