On days like this I am reminded how much more “growing up” I need to do. Impatience, being disgruntled, general “snarliness” (is that a word?) is what I’m dealing with on this cloudy morning. I make the excuse that it is because I’m tired. The Bible calls it as it really is, flesh. The struggle is real, we all deal with it.
I have found that the root problem, at least for me, is that I cannot control my world. I can’t control a washer that is trying to go out, inflation, the weather, and most of all, death and loss. It is my observation and experience that a lack of control makes me try to control something, anything. Then, when I can’t, flesh rears it’s ugly head.
Paul said in Romans 7 that the he, too, fought the flesh. He said that the things he ought to do he didn’t, and the things he didn’t want to do, he did.
Romans 7:18-19, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
That isn’t too encouraging, is it? He then cries out,
Romans 7:24 “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…”
That is the encouragement. Jesus has already secured our victory! The question is, will we continue to to allow yukky flesh to be dominant in our daily lives? Will we fight the flesh as believes? Sure. We aren’t “home” yet. But, we must diligently seek to walk in the Spirit rather than walk after the flesh. (Galatians 5) That is only done as we surrender to His control. It’s a matter of want to, a matter of choice.
“Father, may we relinquish control of our lives and give you the reigns, daily, minute by minute. Forgive us when we don’t. Thank you for Jesus and the victory through Him that we have as your children. May our lives reflect the indwelling Christ and bring glory to You.”
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