The Great Divide
War! At least it seems like it.
Your flesh is constantly yearning and desiring to quench its carnal thirst. It is the greatest conflict humanity has faced since the very creation.
When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil the dominion that the spirit had over the flesh died. It was replaced with a fragile and premature intellect and reason. We weren’t created with the capacity to tame the flesh by our own force. Our minds were open, like the lifting of a flood gate. We began to perceive the world around us for what it was. A world full of chaos that we couldn’t even begin to wrap our heads around.
Our creator took a back seat not by His choosing, but by our rebellion. The mending process was going to take a span of time that the human mind was incapable of conceiving, so the war waged on.
Our flesh bound by the laws of the perceivable creation was at war with the unperceivable spirit realm. It may seem like a fantasy, but it is the simple truth. The scriptures defines this battle as a battle not against flesh and blood but against principalities in the unseen world. It speaks of weapons that are not of this world but divinely powerful to bring down strongholds.
Paul goes on to make a case against his flesh, “What a wretched man am I..." "What I want to do I don’t do, and what I do want to do I don’t do.” Two polar opposites at war! The flesh does not thirst for what the spirit does, though they coexist as one. One is blind and deaf to the other. Jesus upon His death, burial, and resurrection accomplished what no other man could. He, being God in the flesh, paid the penalty that divided God from man. He bridged the gap that once upon a time Adam severed.
My point in this blog is not to simply focus on the obvious truths that we as Christians know but to remind us to be vigilant. The war against yourself is relentless. That is why John wrote that if we claim to be without sin we are liars, and the truth is not in us. We are in constant state of imperfection, something we must recognize in order to find victory, therefore we’re in constant need for Jesus. Victory is accomplished by having true faith built on a relationship with Jesus. We must know His Spirit that is living within us, that is if we have received Him. We need without a doubt to accept the truths of what the Bible says about Jesus.
Furthermore, make the distinct choice to believe that the Bible is perfect and true from every sentence to every book. It must be undoubtedly received as the word of God. Receiving this physical aspect of God in faith will release the unseen spiritual presence of Jesus in who is the Holy Spirit in your life.
Paul writes to the Ephesians this powerful reminder, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12 KNJV),
Submitting to Jesus and believing with out doubting is the wall we build to guard us from the unseen world. If we want to live in victory we must understand this war waging with in us.
Verses to study: Romans 7:14-25, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Dig deeper; https://bible.org/seriespage/14-war-within-romans-714-25
Lord, give me the wisdom to discern the things of your Spirit. To properly divid those things that are carnal desires and guidance from your Spirit. So that I may stand firm in faith and do your will. Give me understanding of your word as I read the verses provided through this reading and give me wisdom to apply them in faith. Lord fill me with your Spirit and humble me before you. I love you and let me never forget my need for you. Thank you for your grace, mercy, and unconditional love. I trust you and I stand firm in believing you and your word. In Jesus name I pray,,, AMEN!
By: Pastor Daniel Jacome