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‘A Christian is not a person who experiences no bad desires. A Christian is a person who is at war with those desires by the power of the Spirit.’

God in His mercy, leads us through His spirit, to wage war against our flesh.

‘A Christian is not a person who experiences no bad desires. A Christian is a person who is at war with those desires by the power of the Spirit.’

Karibu hapa.

Galatians 5:16-17

16So I say, walk in the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do whatever you want.

One of the greatest battles in the human world is an indwelling one – the battle within the Spirit of God that dwells in all who receive Him, and the flesh. The flesh, here, is not just the ordinary bodily existence. In our day to day encounter with life, we face a lot, however big or small, that creates a void in us or reveals an emptiness that roars with an aggressive hunger to be filled. The flesh is the ego in each one of us that despises infilling from the divine through faith, in its hostility towards God (Romans 8:7). The flesh yearns for a satisfaction that is outside of God.


There’s this one thing that has bugged me for the longest as I have struggled with my perfectionism chains. I always thought that the day I’d stop struggling with sin, would be the day I’d be worthy before God. I worked too hard to “finish” the battle so that I can be worthy, but to my disappointment, the battle has never ended. In fact, it has intensified. The more I get in touch with who I am, the more my imperfections come to the fore. Ideally, we find ourselves more and more in God so that we may appreciate the need to depend on Him through life. But, it can happen that the more we get in touch with our imperfections, the more our flesh gravitates towards them and embraces them such that what we want to do we do not do and that which we don’t want to do, we end up doing. Paul relates (Romans 7:15).

The one thing that’s surely worse than this battle is there being no battle at all. It indicates a comfort in our muddy mess; literally swimming in our filth. This revelation has had me wanting to fight this battle all the more, and more frantically run away from the place of serenity in my sin – for the wages of sin is death. Kicking God out of our mess isn’t winning the battle, letting Him all in is. Avoiding the battle too, is nothing else but just that; avoiding the battle.  Bumming in our sea of filth is death in our spirit, and eventual death, when it’s all said and done. Having no bad desires is no sign of walking in the Spirit; instead, it’s the warring against them that is the perfect sign, because that is what the Spirit of God is here to lead us to do – to fight self, decrease self..and live in Christ! The war is to be fought!

God in His mercy, leads us through His spirit, to wage war against our flesh. He doesn’t stand by the periphery and watch or cheer us on while we fight by ourselves. Instead, He leads us into battle and empowers us for the war. Beautifully enough, the Spirit-led battle is a battle of victory – ‘Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.’ Gal 5:24.

I charge you, friend, to take on this battle with fierceness. It’s a battle that has to be fought! It’s in the fighting that we win it. Charge yourself up; arise from the dullness and complacency. But then again, I know…it’s not that easy. I don’t think it’s meant to be. And I think I may know why….catch you next week, for Part 2 ;) Don't forget - It's got to be fought!And you ain't fighting on your own.

 

Love.

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