"Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:2-3, ESV)
Just as my justification and redemption was a work of the Spirit, so is my sanctification. I often forget this and attempt to be righteous in my own power.
Doomed to fail.
By the grace of God.
I have been mulling over this concept for the last several weeks and have listened to two very good, very unique yet similar sermons that I am including below:
Mark Driscoll's Spirit and Flesh (Gal. 5:16-26)
John Piper's The War Within: Flesh vs. Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18)
Thoughts to come later....