Flesh The Enemy of Our Faith

flesh the enemy of our faith

Bible Study: Flesh The Enemy of Our Faith

TEXT: Gal 5:16-18


          there is struggle that is never seen physically within a man, and this is an inter conflict between the flesh and the spirit within a man. This is a silent killer within a believer which exist day after day.

The human flesh over ages has been a barrier for the free more of the Spirit of god within a man. The Spirit of God can not operate maximally in a man until the flesh is dethroned (Rom. 8:16) then the Spirit of God can prevail over it. This can only be done when the flesh (body) is offered as living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God for a spiritual act of worship (Rom. 12:1). The flesh remains the enemy of faith but when you give it up for the Spirit the faith will prevail over the flesh.


Flesh simply means the physicality of the human body as contrasted with the mind or the soul.

  1. Identify other names for the flesh from the following scriptures. Rom. 7:25, 8:3, 6:6, I cor. 15:50, Col. 3:9.
  2. Outline below are the activities of the flesh; Discuss practically how they affect young people`s faith. Read Gal. 5:19-21, II Tim. 3:1-7.
  • Sexual immorality
  • Impurity/Uncleanliness.
  • Lustful pleasure/Lasciviousness/Lewdness.
  • Witchcraft/Sorcery.
  • Hatred/Hostility.
  • Quarrelling/Contentions.
  • Selfish ambitions
  • Love of Money.
  • Disobedient to parents.



a). Who is the enemy of our faith? Matt.13:25, 28, 39, Acts 13:9-10, I Cor. 15:26, Gal. 5:17, John 4:4.

b). The greatest enemy of our faith is the flesh; Discuss according to Gal.          5:16-18, Matt. 26:41.

4). How can we overcome the flesh? John 6:63, 17:16, Gal. 5:16, Rom. 8:8-14, Eph. 5:1-5, 8-11, II Tim. 2:20-22.


(a) How has the flesh (sin) crippled your faith?

(b) do you need Jesus to help you overcome the flesh? (Rom. 10:9, I John 1:9.)



“Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him is a sin” (James 4:7). Thus “it is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are life” (John 6:63). Hence if you must make heaven, you must do away with Mr. Flesh.

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