Daily Devotional – Fighting My Flesh

By on January 1, 2020
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from 1 Samuel 15: 22. The revealed will of God teaches us many things. We are to be holy as He is holy. We are to avoid sexual immorality, live a life of faith, and to have a grateful attitude. We are to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and also love our enemies. We are to edify and not tear one another down. We are to rejoice in all things.

…Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.

We can sum it up in the words of the prophet Micah; “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Mic 6:8)?

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 In addition to understanding and obeying God’s will as communicated in His Word, we must obey His will as communicated through the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul tells us that we may discern what is the will of God by being transformed in our minds and not conforming to this world.

We have a choice to make. We can follow the lead of the Lord or our own desires. Self-will, however, is a path toward destruction and it is impervious to the very nature of God within us. The battle that rages within is the battle between spirit and flesh.

As we give in to our flesh, it becomes stronger and our ability to resist the desires of the flesh becomes weaker. Although once saved, we are new creatures in Christ and dead to sin. Paul warns us in Romans, chapter six, that we should not allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies and we must, therefore, learn to deny the lust of the flesh. Many Christians have claimed Jesus as the Lord of their life, yet still have areas in which the lusts of the flesh rule.

 Healing of the soul begins with a conscious decision to set the mind on things of the Spirit and refuse to allow sin to exercise dominion over any part of life. Paul taught in Romans that an individual would be a slave to the one whom they choose to obey: a slave of sin, which leads to death, or a slave of obedience, which leads to righteousness. 

“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you [please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” Galatians  5:17-18

We understand that it is not enough to call Him Lord. We must follow the will of the Lord, be obedient to Him, and allow Him to be Lord of our lives. Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane, prayed to God. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want” (Mk 14:36). Jesus is our perfect role model.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you have given me victory and power to overcome the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Thank you that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Help me day-by-day to live out these truths and for these truths to take root in my heart.

In Jesus name
Amen

EncouragementRobin Bertram is an author, speaker, ordained minister, and the executive producer and former host of the nationally and internationally syndicated television show, Freedom Today. She has been a leader of media leaders for 15 years and has placed several Christian programs onto the national and international stage. She is the author of No Regrets how loving deeply and living passionately can impact your legacy forever (Charisma House Publishing) and Hidden Treasures (Abingdon Press).

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Daily Devotional – Fighting My Flesh