Have you ever found yourself in an intense wrestling match with yourself? Maybe put yourself in a sleeper hold? I know have. And luckily the Apostle Paul has too. So we’re not alone. Let’s take a quick look into Paul’s wrestling match
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15
Have you found yourself saying these same words? You don’t want to commit this sin, but find yourself right there again. You want to do something for God, but again you fail to do so. And this war continues to rage inside of us. But who is fighting this war? What are the seemingly 2 opposing forces battling within us? Paul describes these forces as flesh, which is our human nature that seeks only itself, and Spirit, which is our heavenly nature that seeks God’s will.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
Be honest with yourself right now. How often does your flesh win? How often does your Spirit? If you’re like me, your flesh wins more often than you want to admit. So how do we win this war? How do get our Spirit to winning the battles? Through fasting and prayer. I know, revolutionary! Who would have thought?! But it’s true. Through fasting, as we give up the desires of our flesh it becomes weaker. Through prayer we are strengthening our Spirit and it becomes stronger.
So I encourage you to keep pressing in to the Spirit, pressing out the flesh and pressing on to what God has planned for you!