Do You Know What It Takes To Crucify The Flesh?

crucify the flesh

By: David Hopkins

Tue, Mar 01, 2005

Crucify The Flesh

If you want to know what it takes to crucify the flesh then listen to this.

The flesh is the part of us that resists our transformation into the new person in Christ.

And since this is the case the devil wants to use the pleasures of our flesh to keep us enslaved to our old habits and sinful attitudes.

We have daily choices to live according to God's righteous desires, and deny sin. When we use our power to choose God's way instead of sin's way, we crucify our flesh.

God helps us crucify our flesh through the Holy Spirit so that we may live in the newness of the Spirit.

The desires we must crucify include fornication, covetousness, stealing, and lying plus follow the rest of the ten commandments.

As we put these things to death, we are able to then put on the new man, renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created us.

1 Peter 4:1-2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

When a man is crucified, he dies. And when you die, you're dead.

Therefore those of us who belong to Jesus need to crucify the flesh so that we become dead to the flesh, dead to our passions, and dead to our desires.

Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Now if this is true, why do we still have ungodly desires, and why do we still yield to the flesh and it's passions?

Also since these things still bother us, does that mean that we are not one who belongs to Jesus?

Are we failures as Christians? Do we really belong to satan and not God?

Have I struck a nerve? Perhaps you've pondered over these exact same questions.

I suspect that all of us may have felt this way at one time or another.

Rest assured, you are still a child of the King if you have excepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God paid a high price for you. He sent His own Son to die in your place.

Therefore the intent of (Gal 5:24) is not to discourage, but to encourage us to resist these fleshly desires and passions.

What is dead is the strings that attach us to sin that no longer bind us because they were cut loose and destroyed by the Blood of Jesus and the Word of God.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me .

So what we need to do is commit to responding to the flesh in different ways than how we used to by choosing to be a living sacrifice to God and by being obedient to him.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

For example: If your flesh wants to look at a person to lust after, look the other way. Or if your flesh wants to take someone else's valuables when they leave you alone in the room, you should change your thoughts to something positive.

Another one could be if you know you're going to be alone tonight and will be able to surf for porn on the internet, you could invite a friend over so you don't have the opportunity to get into trouble .

Keeping your mind off of your own desires by helping others is another good way to keep from fulfilling the lusts of the flesh.

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Crucifying your flesh does not mean that your life will lack pleasure. God is the author of true pleasure that is not tainted with sin in any way.

Matthew 13:44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field."

In fact, God provides perfect pleasures that bring lasting satisfaction and joy, unlike the temporary pleasures that selfish sin could ever offer.

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Joel 23 Feb 2018

.. i struggled with pornography for sometime now...

thanks be to jesus who had been faithful in my

weakness.. i was weak but christ is my strength!and i

kmow by his grace i have overcome!!! sin has no place

in me since my body is the temple of the holy sport...

i can no longer watch porn with the holy spirit..have

mercy and purge me lord!

Joel 23 Feb 2018

... i struggled with pornography for sometime now...

thanks be to jesus who had been faithful in my

weakness.. i was weak but christ is my strength!and i

kmow by his grace i have overcome!!! sin has no place

in me since my body is the temple of the holy sport...

i can no longer watch porn with the holy spirit..have

mercy and purge me lord!

Rob 16 Jun 2012

Thanks judith, i agree with you... i was trying to

highlight the fact that god did the saving as some

people try and try to quit sinning and think something

is wrong with them because they can't totally

"kill/crucify the flesh". we're new creations in

christ, the new creation doesn't sin, the old man/flesh

does nothing but sin. seeing the difference brings

peace. i think part of our earning rewards is our

ability to rest in what christ has done and looking to

behavioral modification for assurance can be deadly. i

certainly wasn't saying believers stop sinning, just

that the flesh is what sins. here's a good article on

law and grace if anyone wishes to read -


Judith 16 Jun 2012

Rob, i've never known anyone who stopped sinning after

becoming a believer. we have to put on our spiritual

armour and work at it. which means we change our

thinking as in "be transformed by renewing your mind

with the word of god.' the words of god are our

spiritual weapons. example: when i have a hateful

thought toward someone who has done me wrong, i'm

reminded that i'm not to think evil in my heart of

anyone. god did the saving and the walk is for

rewards. there are vessels of honor and vessels of

dishonor in every house...who wants to be a toilet

brush? (smile).

Rob 15 Jun 2012

You are no longer under law, it has been fulfilled,

with your mind you serve perfectly the law, with the

flesh the law of sin, 1 cor 15:56. we walk by faith,

not sight - gal 3:12 and 2 cor 5:7, so that the glory

is his.

this power is in an earthen vessel so we can learn the

power is of god - 2 cor 4:7. you've been set free by

the son, recon yourself already dead to sin, quit

trying to crucify something that's already been nailed

to a cross.

i hope that makes sense :) help me out if i'm off


Rob 15 Jun 2012

Amen to the flesh being crucified. paul taught to recon

yourself dead to sin. to no longer let it be your

master. that sin no longer has any dominion over you.

count it as truth judith :) you hate sin, and need to

proclaim with paul rom 7:17 to the glory of he that is

faithful and true! sin was crucified on the cross

judith, recon yourself dead and even if you still sin

know that it's forgiven and you've been perfected

forever. you can't crucify your flesh, christ already

did 2 cor 5:21.

those who belong to christ jesus have crucified the

flesh... gal 5:24

Judith 15 Jun 2012

Paul taught 'crucify the flesh.'

crucify by the spirit.

Rob 14 Jun 2012

Did you crucify your flesh?

or did you become dead to sin by 2 cor 5:21?

i believe your entire article is based in flesh, yet

there is no condemnation via rom 8:1.

which tree are you promoting eating from? the tree of

life, or of knowledge of good and evil? the veil

untaken away, or the veil taken away?

you are dead to sin, recon yourself so by christ's

work - romans 5! if you think you've killed the flesh,

christ died in vain!

you can try to reform the flesh, it will let you think

you have done so, and will lead to pride/self

righteousness. or you can come boldly to the throne of

grace and sing with the saints rev 5:12 and 5:13. sin

was crucified on the cross, recon it so by christ's


Wesley 28 Dec 2011

Your words spoke to me after the spirit convicted me

after i masturbated...twice. i feel so asamed of myself

and prayed then realized i need to crucity my flesh and

thanks to you and the word of god, i know understand

what that mean. god bless you in jesus name.

Elisa 20 Oct 2011

Thank you i really needed this affirmation of truth.

Steven 01 May 2011

Glory be to god, he has brought me to this fellowship.

be encouraged brothers and sisters. fight the good

fight. being confident of this very thing, that he

which has begun a good work in you will perform it

until the day of jesus christ. phillipians 1:6 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

Judith 08 Dec 2010

We are transformed by renewing our minds with the word

of god. jesus said, "my words are spirit and they are

life." john6:63

reason is governor of the emotions. how a person

thinks is how his feelings go. start thinking what god

says, start saying what god says and you will be able

to resist the desires of the flesh. 'resist the devil

and he will flee from you.' over time you will become

stronger and stronger till there is no more hold on

you. prayers for your delivery.

Aaliyah 07 Dec 2010

God bless! i have a very hard question to come about.

how do you stop sinning against your oun flesh? if you

know what i mean! i hate it. but still continue to do

it. i really want to but i do. please tell me what to

do and how to pray this spirit off of me. please!

Justin 24 Sep 2010

I really liked this post. but there is an important

point that needs to be expounded upon. when we are

tempted, we need to do one thing: turn to jesus. we

must acknowledge our inherent weakness to overcome the

sin in ourselves (which is nothing more than self

help). we turn to jesus in the temptation, and

acknowledge our weakness in the flesh, ask him to help

us and strengthen us. we recognize our own depravity

and turning to jesus to find rest and peace in the


John 30 Nov 2009

Yes, anything is possible. has anyone considered the

implications if we were to deny any evidence from our

world today, where an individual dies (e.g., illness,

elderely, car accident, heart attack, or simply drops

dead, etc.) and then is ressurected from the dead and

that same individual lives on his life and so on...any


thanks in advanced. hope everyone had a great


Jay 06 Oct 2009

Crucifying the flesh is indeed a hard thing to do

especially if we as sinners saved by grace are used to

doing sin. but with god on our side, anything is


Judith 15 May 2009

We are transformed by renewing our minds with the word

of god, which is our spiritual sword, slaying our evil

passions and desires....not that we are ever completely

free of them but the sword is the antagonist of these

desires and passions and keeps them at bay.

Tony 05 Feb 2009

We believers need to be refresh once in a while. i find

joy reading what the lord allows me to read. i am

guided daily throught the holy spirit and he lead me to

the site. gorly to god, may the almighty living god

bless you all. in jesus name amem

Rick 30 Sep 2008

One of things that has been a new encouragment to me is

to not let circumstances rule me , once i decided not

to lessen to the flesh i found new focus and a stronger

love for the lord...

Keenan 05 Jul 2008

The soul is our will we feed it by the attention that

we pay. in this day i have to find entertaining ways

to bless the lord with my soul as to make the lord my

sweet habitation. a question that i've asked before is

what is on the other side of god's word... that

pleasure that the world cannot describe for it knows it

not. matt 13:49

Victor 23 Dec 2007

I love the way you make it plain and right on the money

keep on doing what you do god bless

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