Flesh vs. Spirit, Part 3

Romans 7:18-20:
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Get rid of the sin and you will get rid of the desire to do it!! Our flesh is in constant battle with God's Spirit that dwells within us. We naturally lean toward the things of the carnal nature. We want to please the flesh. What we fail to realize, until after we have sinned, what is pleasing to the flesh destroys the soul. Fulfilling fleshly desires brings guilt, sadness, shame and other feelings that devour our peace of mind. These things leave us feeling insecure and unable to form and nurture relationships, all relationships. Outer actions generally reflect inner emotions. That is why we take our frustrations out on on others.

We have to dye to sin daily, deny the flesh, and seek to please the Spirit. Galatians 6:8 says, "Whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." We are so afraid to turn our backs on the world and turn our attention to Jesus. We think we have too much to lose. In Mark 8:36, Jesus said, "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" In Philippians 3:7, Paul says, "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ."

Are you giving in to your sinful nature? Will you click on the Salvation tab and give your life to Jesus today? What do you have to gain that is worth losing your soul? Please think about it. God bless you! We love you!!!


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