The biggest battle

Those who seek to grow deeper with Christ will be engaged in this “biggest battle”.

What is this “biggest battle?” THE WAR AGAINST THE FLESH.

Now, if you don’t know what I mean or what I am talking about, then it is very likely that you are already giving way to the flesh and that it is winning. The flesh and it’s desires are sometimes very subtle.

We must take the time often and check and see who’s winning in this battle. Where are we in our walk? Is the flesh and it’s ways ruling in my life? Am I catering to my flesh 90% of the time?

What’s the opposite of the flesh? THE SPIRIT.

Take the time to read Romans the 8th chapter. Here you will find the key to overcoming the flesh. We must be found in the Spirit moment by moment, or the flesh will win. You cannot be victorious in this life if the flesh is winning this battle.

There will be little or no real growth if you are catering to the flesh.

Dieing to this flesh is in no way easy. It’s a crucifiction that lasts a lifetime. It’s a lifelong process. A daily battle. Who will win today?

The Apostle Paul had the answer. Was his walk deep with Christ? Do you desire to have the power that he had? Then the flesh must die daily. Actually, moment by moment if the truth be known.

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors – not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die;” (pretty serious isn’t it?) HERE IS THE KEY! “but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Rom.8:12-13)

There you have it. If we live according to the flesh we will die spiritually. There will be no growth. There is no life in death.
Only by The Spirit of God actively working and ruling within us can we “put to death” the deeds of this flesh.

May God help all us who desire and “want to” grow spiritually.

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4 Responses to “The biggest battle”

  1. Scotti Says:

    Indeed…a crucifiction that lasts a lifetime, well-said. Thank you for your continual encouragement!

    Galatians 5:22-25 (New Living Translation)
    “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”

  2. timbob Says:

    Hi Bro. This is something that we need continual reminding of as the old nature continually seeks opportunity to take control of the helm. And as Paul explained to the Corinthians, not a day goes by wherein this battle isn’t playing out as continual alurements will call out to the old man saying “come on lets play.”

    CR made a comment yesterday that has caused pondering and will probably become the basis for a post. Before being born of the Spirit, CR was quite a “party animal” so to speak. He stated that “people make really bad decisions when they are intoxicated.” While nobody would question this, it caused me to think that “when we walk in the flesh, we make bad decisions as well. We react instead of respond. We cater to the temporal circumstance instead of considering the bigger and eternal picture. We place the wants of “me” over the needs of our neighbor. We buy stuff that we dont need instead of meeting needs of others who are in want. The list seems endless.

    Thanks for a most needful reminder on this topic. I think I’ll go and revisit Romans chapter 8 before going to sleep. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  3. Richard Says:

    Scotti,
    Good translation on that verse. We do need to remember that they are indeed “Nailed” to the cross and thereby have been “crucified”.
    Thank you and the good Lord bless you!

  4. Richard Says:

    Timbob,
    So true!
    Thanks for the CR comment, good!

    Hope all is well with you and yours!

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