Winning the Battle of the Flesh 27 April And they that are Christs have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Do you know what it is like to be in a losing battle with your own body? I do…and I can tell you, its miserable. There have been times in my life as a believer when I desired with all my heart to behave one way, and my body seemed absolutely intent on doing exactly the opposite. There were times when I desperately desired to lose excess weight, yet kept on stuffing myself with every kind of unhealthy food I could get my hands on. There were times, years ago, when I so longed to quit smoking that I threw my cigarettes out the car window…then turned the car around to go back and get them! You know what Im talking about. Youve been there too. We call it the battle of the flesh. Oh yes, Brother Copeland. We have to fight our flesh constantly. It has an evil nature, the nature of the old man, you know, and it opposes the nature of God in us. Please excuse me for being blunt, but that is the most schizophrenic thing Ive ever heard in my life. When were born again, were not half God and half devil. Jesus paid the price for our whole being on the crossspirit, soul and body. It bothers me when I hear a believer talk about his old, wicked, sinful, terrible flesh. We shouldnt talk like that! Jesus allowed stripes to be laid on His back so that our flesh could be healed. Ephesians 5:29 says, No man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it. Youre doing something unscriptural and unnatural in the sight of God when you begin to hate your own body. We do have to crucify our flesh, or take dominion over it. And we train our flesh to obey God by practice (Hebrews 5:14). We practice training our flesh by obeying the Spirit and walking in the light of Gods Word. Galatians 5:16 reveals the key. It says when we walk in the spirit, we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. It does not say to hate our flesh enough, and someday maybe it will settle down. If youre led by your spirit, there wont be any need to impose law on your flesh, because your spirit man has been reborn. He has no desire to break the law of God. He has been made the righteousness of God. If youll develop your spirit man and put him in charge of your body, instead of being dominated by your body, eventually youll train that body to work with your spirit instead of against it. Thats the good news!1 Samuel 6-7; 1 Corinthians 1I am Christs. I crucify my flesh with its affections and lusts. Galatians 5:24
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:16-18