|Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will. –Romans 12:1-2
I was watching a sermon by Creflo Dollar this morning, titled “Developing Temperence”. He was talking about how we ought to crucify the flesh and deal with strongholds of the mind. As I listened to this, I reflected on my life and different areas where I allowed my flesh rule over me. When we think of the flesh, we often think only about sexual sins, but there is so much more to it than just that.
Many times we let our flesh win the battle over what we eat, and we end up with obesity, heart failures, strokes etc. When we let our flesh win the battle over what we watch, we end up with screwed up minds and compromise of many things that we normally wouldn’t; i.e., adultery, masturbation, etc. When we allow our flesh to win the battle over what we say, we end up saying things we regret, we get into unnecessary arguments and may be viewed differently by our colleagues. When we let our flesh win the battle over the places we go, we end up in uncomfortable situations that could lead to “trouble.”
When people say that the mind is a battleground, they are absolutely correct! Every sin starts in the mind, and if the spirit wins the battle, we can avoid a lot of heartache we face in this world. The verses above urge us to renew our minds, and the only way to do this is to drench them in the living water that is the WORD. Meditate on it day and night because if you meditate on something long enough, you can become so genuinely emotionally tied to it that it becomes your reality. Make God your reality and let him order your steps.
The day you become a Christian, your entire life becomes a constant battle between your flesh and your spirit. Everyday and in every situation, you determine who wins the battle. When Christ comes, he is going to take a log, and if the wins of your flesh outnumber that of your spirit, your spirit lost the war. If you want to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, you have to ensure that your Spirit wins the war.
So brethren, I ask you this question, who is winning the battle today; your flesh or your Spirit?
Stay blessed and spread the word.