“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal. 5:17). The Holy Bible, New International Version
Here is where the most brutal battle is fought.
No it is not some famous place like Dunkirk, Vimy Ridge or Nanjing.
It is the no holds barred fight between Spirit and flesh.
Flesh can be considered lust and self serving.
Spirit is of course the Holy Spirit.
The battle occurs every day. Sometimes it is little battles, sometimes it is horrible battles. Think of an alcoholic recovering from his hellish addiction.
The flesh battles the Spirit. And says: “Come on, you have recovered, one drink won’t hurt.
” Or “remember all the fun we had on those drunken parties?”
The Spirit says “Remember all the hangovers and depression, shame experienced when you sobered up?”
How about gossiping? Yeah let’s gossip about______ (fill in the blank).
Let’s hop in the sack with ___.
The list goes on and on.
Let’s cheat on a test at school (where the laugh is on you because you are only cheating yourself).
The flesh says “Let’s serve ourselves, no matter who we hurt.”
The Spirit says “Live by Gods Laws. Do to other people what you would like them to do to you. Do not do to other people what you do not want them to do to you.
“ The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9 The Holy Bible, New International Version
It is hard and many times we fail.
The wonderful thing is when we sincerely apologize to Jesus for our failures and try not to do them again. When we get the help needed by counseling and taking it to God in prayer we are not only forgiven, we grow stronger in our love and respect for the big three:
God our kind gracious and loving Father, Jesus Christ our Savior King and best friend (just think of that, you have the most powerful king as your best friend if you want Him to be) and the Holy Spirit our mentor, healer and comforter.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (John 5:4). The Holy Bible, New International Version
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Elohay Selichot (God Of Forgiveness) that when we mess up and fess up You are quick to forgive and forget. Thank you for using these circumstances to mature my loving relationship with You. I exalt You in the name of He whose blood made forgiveness possible Jesus Christ. Amen
May the gentle assurance of Jesus’ sweet love encompass you today and every day. Joseph a son of Jehovah
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