02 Feb Philippians 3:3-7

for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

Let’s talk about the differences between setting our minds on the flesh as opposed to the spirit. If you choose to focus on the spirit, you will experience life and peace. You will become the type of person that people want to be around. People will be encouraged by you because your influence will energize them. You will be fun to be with and as you encounter the storms of life, you will stand firm on the solid rock. Fleshly thinking people often live moral lives, but here are some things that will define them. They think more about the natural as opposed to the spiritual. They are more about outward conformity as opposed to inward transformation. Fleshly thinkers are about human zeal as opposed to divine passion. It’s more about self-righteousness as opposed to faith righteousness. As we look at the final verses in Ephesians, we see Paul and his early Christian friends living life by the spirit.