Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1st Corinthians 2:12
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18
How do you know if you are led by the Spirit of God or led by the spirit of the world aka the lust of the flesh? Let’s examine both sides of the coin.
I looked up the word “spirit” in Strong’s Concordance and found 456 instances of the word “spirit” listed. I saw spirits of jealousy, lying spirits, spirits of whoredom and the like. In other places I saw the Spirits of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might. The one fact that is evident with all instances: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:1)
When one is led by the spirit of the world, it becomes evident that one is trying to satisfy a lust. A lust can never be satisfied. It’s a selfish ambition because they are the only one who will benefit from it. In Galatians Chapter 5, the Bible points out some of the lusts that the flesh can desire.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like (Galatians 5:19:21)
I believe these “works of the flesh” all originated from some hurt we have personally experienced in life and to cover-up the hurt we adapted these selfish behaviors. Instead of forgiving someone and going about the healing God’s way, we allow these “spirits” to drive our selfish ambitions.
On the other hand when one is led by the “Spirit,” the deeds sown are not only beneficial to the person dispensing the random acts of kindness but it benefits mankind as a whole and promotes the fulfillment of the “Love Thy Neighbor” command.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law 9 (Galatians 5:22-23).
Do you notice any of these two forces evident in your life? You have the choice to decide how to react to adversities. Anything that is not of faith is a sin. It takes faith to love someone who is unloving or who has wronged you. It is your choice on how you go about your life afterwards. The bigger person forgives and then walks in love.