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Romans 7:14-20 The Battle of the Flesh

Romans 7:14-20 (ESV)
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

In the past couple of weeks, we have focused on the topic of temptation and what strategies we can use to overcome it.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13 we learned that God always provides us with a way out and to consult with him in our weakest moments. Then in Proverbs 2:1-5 we were encouraged to seek out God's Word as if we are looking for hidden treasure and to raise our voices for understanding. Both of these scriptures indicated that God must be the foundation of our lives for He provides counsel for every step we take. In our final scripture under the theme of temptation, we examine two types of laws: one that is man made and another that is spiritual. As earthly and heavenly citizens, we are caught between two worlds: one of the flesh and one of the spirit.

We are constantly battling between the realm of the flesh and the spirit,  so how we do prioritize the law of the spirit "Kingdom law" over the law of the land? First, we must recognize when our flesh is the weakest. Is it when we are under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Is it when we are listening to certain secular music that promotes sinful behavior? Is it when we are surrounded by certain individuals that tend to promote negativity? If we are surrounding ourselves with things or people that feed our flesh, then we must counteract it with things or people that feed our spirit. So, I encourage you to write down the things that feed your flesh versus your spirit and ask God to reveal to you a "way out" of circumstances that do not align with your Godly purpose.