Opposing Forces

By submitting to the power and control of the Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus can overcome the destructive desires of the sinful flesh. Pastor Dan Cox speaks in part 1 of Soul Construction: The Fruit of the Spirit.

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Study Notes

Soul Construction: The Goal

Soul Construction: The Means

Soul Construction: The Power


The greatest construction project in history has been underway for thousands of years, and only God knows when it will be complete.  It is God’s work of eternal redemption.  He is making all things new… including you.  The world, the devil and the sinful flesh all stand in opposition to God’s great undertaking.  But God, who is infinitely wise and powerful, will complete the good work He has begun.  He has given us His almighty Holy Spirit who is working in us to reproduce the character of Jesus Christ.  As we walk in the Spirit, He produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  It is a life-long process that will never be complete this side of heaven, but we can rest in our hope in Jesus knowing that God cannot fail.

Challenges to Soul Construction:

  • The World
  • The Devil
  • The Flesh

Some Context First…

Understanding the Text

  • Opposing forces (5:16-18)
  • The fruit of the flesh (5:19-21)
  • The fruit of the Spirit (5:22-23)
  • Keeping in step with the Spirit (5:24-25)

Applying the Text

  • Walk by the Spirit
  • Keep in step with the Spirit
  • Rejoice in the Spirit!