Abiding Above - February 3, 2014


Flesh vs Spirit

February 3, 2014

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” - Galatians 5:16-17 

Why do we have such a problem with sin while we are here on the earth? 

My friend, everyone was born with a self-nature called in the Bible, the “old man.” This old nature is self-will against God. When we are saved and sanctified, we receive the Holy Spirit who gives us a spiritual nature.  We have been born again. 

As long as a person is unsaved, there is no spiritual life, and the old nature is in full control under Satan. We serve sin and love sin. We do what comes natural.

But, when we are born again the problem begins. Yes, we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, but we still have our memories and personalities that were once governed and tainted by sin. This is why the Apostle Paul tells us not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We need to think differently because we have  been thinking ungodly since we were physically born.

My friend, I know this is how you feel and this depicts your present day experience. You are not along. This is a stuggle you will find with all Christians.

Let me encourage you by helping you know what to do.

An old and wise Indian said this; “In my heart there are two dogs that are continually in battle, a white dog and a black dog.

A missionary asked him, “Which dog wins the battle?”

His answer was simple, “The one that I feed.”

My friend, what are you feeding on spiritually? Are you eating up the things of this world, movies, TV, radio? It’s time to turn your heart towards home and begin to seek first His kingdom. How? Spending quiet time alone with God and His Holy Word.

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