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Many people think that when they become a Christian everything is going to be perfect. Well. Christians are still humans and still have fleshly desires and temptations. The Bible says: “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.” (Galatians 5:17-18 KJV) But praise God, Christians are not under the law, thanks to Jesus on the cross. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:24-25 KJV) The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and gives us the power to overcome temptations and fleshly desires. However, we must constantly give the Holy Spirit control of our wills so His fruit will grow in our lives. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV) The Holy Spirit does not force us to do God’s will. The Holy Spirit offers His power and guidance and expects us to follow and obey Him. When we give the Holy Spirit control of our lives, He will produce godly fruit. However, when we follow our self-centered desires, it will lead us to sin. “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: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV) Even Christians are capable of committing these sins if we do not walk with the Spirit who lives in us. It would be foolish if Christians thought they could not yield to the temptations of the world. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 KJV) Although we are capable, God has given us the Holy Spirit and also His word to help us overcome the temptations of the world. God has also given us a great promise: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV) God is faithful and we can depend upon Him to help us at all times and especially at times of temptations. God also expects us to do what He says. When we yield to temptations we cannot blame God. We did not take the help God offered. The Bible says: “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place..” (2 Corinthians 2:14 KJV) God promises us victory when we obey His leading.