Battle Between Flesh and Spirit

Paul did not understand the war being waged in his heart after his dramatic experience on the road to Damascus. He wrote:

“For we know the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want., I agree with the law it is good. So it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but don’t have the ability to achieve it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep doing. Now if I keep doing what I do not want, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in me…. O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this death? Thanks to God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh serve the law of sin.  But therefore is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 7: 14 -8: 1.

While undergoing this struggle, wish I’d known I was not the only person familiar with that warfare. Satan is relentless, and a new believer has difficulty freeing herself from his vicious hold on her life. None escape his attacks and he knows where to make them: even after Jesus was baptized and fasted forty days and nights, the devil knowing He was hungry tempted Jesus with the mention of bread.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that I don’t face my temptations alone, and forgive me when I try to win life’s battles alone. Jesus made victory possible; therefore, I thank You in His name. Amen.

Doris Lisemby