Winning the battle.
Do you ever feel like there’s a fight going on between your flesh and your spirit?
If so, what can you do about it?
a) admit that there is a battle! Your flesh will always crave satisfaction in lots of things God hates. In this way there is a war going on, unless your flesh takes a holiday (which isn’t going to happen is it!)
b) recognize that you’re powerless to win without God’s help! By submitting to God you start to draw on His strength as each temptation comes across your path. The closer you draw to God, the stronger you become when faced with temptation
c) decide that discipline is a personal matter! You can’t depend on anyone else to develop it for you. Paul writes, ‘I run…I box…I discipline my body’ (1 Corinthians 9:26-27 NAS). Other people can be your inspiration but only you can actually put the effort in
d) understand that ignoring the consequences of your actions is a recipe for disaster! Lack of self-discipline will inevitably lead to embarrassment for you, and those you love. So before you give in, consider the fallout! In 1 Corinthians 9:27 Paul speaks about being ‘disqualified.’
What does that mean?
It means losing respect in the eyes of others. It means limiting God’s ability to use you for His purposes. It means hurting the cause of Christ in the eyes of a world that’s always watching. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, Nathan the prophet said to him, ‘By doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt’ (2 Samuel 12:14 NIV).
Want to win the battle?
Keep these things in mind!
‘FOR THE SINFUL NATURE DESIRES WHAT IS CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT.’ GALATIANS 5:17 NIV